Must Be Santa

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For the Christmas song, see Must Be Santa (song).
Must Be Santa
Must Be Santa.jpg
Genre Christmas, family
Written by Douglas Bowie
Directed by Brad Turner
Starring Arnold Pinnock
Deanna Milligan
Dabney Coleman
Country of origin Canada
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Robert Sherrin
Cinematography Albert J. Dunk
Running time 120 minutes
Original network CBC
Original release December 12, 1999

Must Be Santa is a 1999 Canadian television film that tells the story of Floyd Court (Arnold Pinnock), who is selected as the successor to Santa Claus. Robert Sherrin produced the film while Brad Turner was director.

At the time of its release, it was considered to be one of the most expensive such projects ever produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.[1] It was made more expensive when production of the film was interrupted in February 1999 by a strike of the CBC's technicians.[1] Production resumed in May after a labor settlement.[2]

Joe Flaherty makes an appearance as his SCTV character Count Floyd.[3]

The film won a Gemini Award in 2000 for Best Visual Effects.[4]

Universal Studios provided international distribution.



  1. ^ a b "Dunk shot Santa". Playback. 2 October 2000. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 
  2. ^ "Post-strike Cheer For Cbc 'santa'". The Hollywood Reporter. 3 May 1999. Retrieved 2007-12-08. 
  3. ^ "Must Be Santa". Variety. Retrieved 2007-12-07. [dead link]
  4. ^ Brioux, Bill (30 October 2000). "Early winners". Jam!/Canoe. Retrieved 2007-12-07. 

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