CANADIAN FILM FEST ANNOUNCES THE 2017 WINNERS

GREAT GREAT GREAT AND SHE CAME KNOCKING EARN TOP PRIZES AT THE 2017 CANADIAN FILM FEST

EDGING CHOSEN AS THE PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2017 – The 11th edition of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF) closed last night at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto by announcing the 2017 winners. This year’s top honours go to Adam Garnet Jones’ Great Great Great, a film that took home the award for Best Feature, Best Performance in a Feature Film, as well as Best Screenplay, and director John Ainslie was awarded for Best Short for she came knocking. This year’s People’s Pick for Best Flick went to Edging and the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award that includes a $5,000 gift certificate went to Chris Scheuerman for Lost Solace. Not only did April Mullen’s Badsville win the nod of approval from the DGC Ontario for Best Director, but the film also earned Best Costume Design, a prize that was juried by the CAFTCAD. Filth City was awarded Best Comedy as well as Best Performance by an Ensemble. Alan Bacchus from the Harold Greenberg Fund (HGF) was on hand to announce the winners for this year’s CFF/HGF Screenwriting Competition, with the Grand Prize of $10,000 in development funding going to Alison Parker for her screenplay, Log. See below for the complete list of winners for the 2017 Canadian Film Fest.

“This was an exceptional year for us on all accounts,” said CFF Founder and Director Bern Euler. “Narrowing down a list of winners from such a stellar line up was a challenging task for our jurors and we are so proud of the films we presented this year. The enthusiastic audiences that filled the sold out screenings in our new home at the Scotiabank Theatre Toronto prove that Canadians have a solid appetite for quality home-grown products.”

 

2017 CANADIAN FILM FEST AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FEATURE

Great Great Great
Adam Garnet Jones

BEST SHORT

she came knocking
John Ainslie

PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK

Edging

WILLIAM F. WHITE REEL CANADIAN INDIE

Lost Solace
Chris Scheuerman

DGC BEST DIRECTOR AWARD

Badsville
April Mullen

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

Juried by CAFTCAD
Badsville

CANADIAN FILM FEST SPECIAL JURY AWARDS

The 2017 jury consisted of three professionals from different areas of the industry including Alex Boothby (owner of Gang Green Productions), Christine Bujis (Director of Divorce Photographer) and Tim Smythe-Bishop (President, TSB Consulting). They selected the following awards:

BEST COMEDY

Filth City

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Modern Classic

J.M.B. Hunter

BEST SCREENPLAY

Great Great Great
Sarah Kolasky & Adam Garnet Jones

BEST PERFORMANCE – FEATURE FILM

Great Great Great
Sarah Kolasky

BEST PERFORMANCE – SHORT FILM

Parent Teacher
John Phillips

BEST PERFORMANCE – ENSEMBLE

Filth City

BEST BREAKOUT PERFORMANCE

Sunny Side Up
Peyton Kennedy

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Lost Solace
Thomas Billingsley

BEST DIRECTOR, SHORT

Rainfall
Efehan Elbi

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE – SHORT FILM

The Cameraman
Director Connor Gaston

THE 2017 CANADIAN FILM FEST – HAROLD GREENBERG SCREENPLAY CONTEST

The Canadian Film Fest and the Harold Greenberg Fund are proud partners on this unique opportunity for screenwriters. Each year, the CFF Harold Greenberg Script Competition is open to Canadian screenwriters who've written a feature-length screenplay and who are looking for financial development support. This year’s winner and runner up are:

GRAND PRIZE WINNER:

Alison Parker for her script, Log

Not only did Alison win $10,000 in development funding, but also a Harold Greenberg executive who was involved in the selection of the winning script will provide feedback on the script as well as guidance throughout one development round. 

RUNNER UP

Roslyn Muir for her script, Matter
Roslyn wins a pass to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference taking place April 22-23, 2017.

For the full CFF/HGF "IT LIST” of the top eleven finalists click HERE (Can you link to the list on your site?). For more information on the competition, click HERE.

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CANADIAN FILM FEST ANNOUNCES THE 2017 LINE UP OPENING WITH KEN FINKLEMAN’S #AnAmericanDream

 

THE FESTIVAL EXPANDS TO A FIVE DAY PROGRAM AND FINDS BRAND NEW HOME AT THE SCOTIABANK THEATRE

 


Toronto, ON - February 27, 2017 – The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) today announced the line up for the 2017 festival along with news that it is expanding from four days to five. The festival also announced that all screenings and workshops will be housed under one roof at their new headquarters, the Scotiabank Theatre located at 259 Richmond St. W. The festival takes place March 21-25 and tickets can be purchased on canfilmfest.ca starting on March 7.

The indie-spirited festival known to celebrate Canadian filmmakers like no other and that attracts extremely passionate audiences will open with the Toronto premiere of Ken Finkleman’s political satire #ANAMERICANDREAM starring Jake Croker, Diana Bentley, Shiloh Blondel, Jan Caruana and Precious Chong. The festival will close with Andy King’s dark comedy crime story FILTH CITY that stars Melinda Shankar, Melanie Nicholls-King, and Siobhan Murphy. This year’s CFF will showcase a total of 10 feature films and 21 shorts.

Other feature films screening over the five-day festival include LOST SOLACE (dir. Chris Scheuerman) which recently won the Best Director Award at The Auckland International Film Festival, GREAT GREAT GREAT (dir. Adam Garnet Jones), THE HERETICS (dir. Chad Archibald) and BROKEN MILE (dir. Justin McConnell) just to name a few.

The CFF shorts program includes an array of impressive films including the award-winning RAINFALL (dir. Efehan Elbi), THE CAMERAMAN (dir. Connor Gaston) and PARENT, TEACHER (dir. Roman Tchjen).

“It was extremely difficult task to narrow down the selection from the stellar list of submissions, but we think this year’s final selection is exceptional,” commented Bern Euler, Founder and Executive Director of CFF. “We also couldn't be happier or more excited about our partnership with Cineplex. Their generosity to us directly extends to Canadian filmmakers and proves their continued proactive support of Canadian artists.” He added, “We are grateful to the respective teams at the Royal Theatre and the Monarch Tavern, for without their support, we would not have grown to where we are today.”

ABOUT THE CANADIAN FILM FEST:

The Canadian Film Fest is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (features & shorts) and filmmakers flock to the CFF's various industry events to take advantage of essential networking opportunities. CFF's mission is to celebrate the art of cinematic storytelling by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers. For more information, visit www.canfilmfest.ca.

 

FULL LIST OF PRESENTATIONS:

TUESDAY, MARCH 21 at 7:00pm
OPENING NIGHT

#ANAMERICANDREAM

TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  90mins
Genre:  Comedy/ Drama
Director:  Ken Finkleman
Writer:  Ken Finkleman
Producers:  Ken Finkleman, Jason Tan
Executive Producers:  Christina Jennings, Scott Garvie, David Miller, Chad Maker
Director of Photography:  Jason Tan
Editor:  Jason Tan
Music:  Rob Carley
Cast:  Jake Croker, Diana Bentley, Shiloh Blondel, Jan Caruana and Precious Chong

Synopsis:  A cheerfully gullible college graduate embarks on a journey into adulthood that whisks him into the insanity of 21st century America, where he is beset by a parade of oversexed women, gun-crazed zealots, paranoid government agents, fundamentalist preachers and reality TV hucksters.

#ANAMERICANDREAM will be preceded by the short film, RAINFALL

RAINFALL

TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  8mins
Genre:  Animation, Drama
Director:  Efehan Elbi
Writer:  Efehan Elbi
Producer:  Aleksey Matviyenko
Directors of Photography:  Efehan Elbi, Aleksey Matviyenko
Editors:  Efehan Elbi, Aleksey Matviyenko
Music:  Joel Harvey
Cast:  Molly C. Quinn, Efehan Elbi, Omer Elbi, Aaron Manczyk, Zak Tatham

Synopsis:  Not every glance carries a future, and not every kiss leads to true love.  Jessica knows this, even as she eagerly anticipates her first date.  Amidst the storm is a magical day, ending with her first kiss and the promise of something more.

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 at 7:00pm

 

EDGING

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time: 73 mins
Genre: Drama/ Comedy
Director: Natty Zavitz
Writer: Natty Zavitz
Producers: Stephanie Hooker, Martin Wojtunik, Natty Zavitz
Executive Producer: Peter Harvey
Director of Photography: Martin Wojtunik
Editor: Kat Webber
Music: Ralph, Jessie Reyez, Shagabond & Maddee and many more!
Cast: Shomari Downer, Paula Brancati, Andy McQueen, Parveen Kaur, Giacomo Gianniotti, Aidan Shipley

Synopsis:  Jordan is throwing a housewarming party and isn’t around to enjoy it.  He’s fixated on his recently broken garage door opener. Old friends try to rekindle relationships, a disappointed date tries persuading him to leave the garage and two guys from work over indulge in party favours.  EDGING is about the brink of adulthood and how quickly it comes.  It was made in a garage over four cold December days.

EDGING will be preceded by the short films, WELCOME STRANGER, and LOVE IN THE AGE OF LIKE

 

WELCOME STRANGER

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:
5min
Genre:  Sci-Fi/ Drama
Director:  Brit Kewin
Writers:  Nick Kewin, and Brit Kewin
Producer:  Jill Gora
Director of Photography:  Brit Kewin
Editor:  Brit Kewin
Music:  Nick Kewin and John Harry, ‘Material Dreams’ by Scott Williams
Cast:  Nick Kewin, Kate Etienne, Jaclyn Vogl

Synopsis:  Welcome Stranger is a naturalistic sci-fi short film about an alien adrift on earth.  With a gaping hole in his chest that no one seems able to see, he relies on an ill-advised instruction manual about human behaviour to guide his attempts to connect with others.

This short is a meditation on loneliness.  The grief of heartbreak knows no narrative and no ending, just glimpses and fragments and trying to put meaning on experience.

 

LOVE IN THE AGE OF LIKE

TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time: 8mins
Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Theodore Bezaire
Writer:  Amarpal Dhillon
Producers:  Theodore Bezaire, Scott Cavalheiro
Executive Producer:  Gerry Lattmann
Director of Photography:  Sasha Moric
Editor:  Theodore Bezaire
Music:  Catalin Marin
Cast:  Claire Stollery, Jamie Spilchuk, Scott Cavalheiro  

Synopsis:  Courtney, a young professional woman, tries to decide whether or not to break up with her boyfriend because he doesn’t “like” any of her social media posts. 

 

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 22 at 9:30pm

 

THE HERETICS

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  88 mins
Genre:  Horror
Director:  Chad Archibald
Writer:  Jayme LaForest
Producers:  Cody Calahan, Chad Archibald, Christopher Giroux
Executive Producers:  Nat Abraham, Ira Levy, Michael McGuigan, Peter Williamson
Director of Photography:  Jeff Maher
Editor:  Nick Montgomery
Music:  Stephanie Copeland
Cast: Nina Kiri, Ry Barrett, Jorja Cadence, Will King, Colin Price, Nina Richmond, Austin Duffy 

Synopsis:  The Heretics follows a young girl who is abducted by a man, after he claims that a cult is hunting her.  His goal is to protect her until sunrise but while restrained, the young girl falls deathly ill.  As her friends and family search for her, the source of her illness becomes more and more apparent.  She’s not sick…..she’s changing.

 

THE HERETICS will be preceded by the short film, COMPANIONSHIP

 

COMPANIONSHIP

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  17mins
Genre: Sci-Fi/ Romance
Directors:  Zachary Ramelan and Alex Loubert
Writer:  Alex Loubert, and Jordan Gray
Producers: Anna Jane Edmonds
Executive Producers:  Divya Shahani, James O’Donnell, Karl Janisse and Alex Loubert
Director of Photography:  Karl Janisse
Editor:  Zachary Ramelan
Music:  Robert J. Kemp
Cast:  Alex Loubert and Mandy May Cheetham 

Synopsis:  A single woman in her 30’s is finding no luck in the dating world, which leads her to try out a new app-driven service that totes it will change her love life forever.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 at 7:00pm

 

GREAT GREAT GREAT

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  77mins
Genre:  Dark Comedy
Director:  Adam Garnet Jones
Writers:  Adam Garnet Jones and Sarah Kolasky
Producers:  Sarah Kolasky and Adam Garnet Jones
Director of Photography:  James Klopko
Editor:  Michael Pierro
Music:  David Arcus
Cast: Sarah Kolasky, Daniel Beirne, Richard Clarkin, Meredith Cheesbrough, Lindsay Leese 

Synopsis:  In the span of Lauren and Tom’s five-year relationship, they’ve never had a fight.  Their sex life is fine.  They get along fine. Everything points to marriage, until Lauren suddenly sees a lifetime of “just fine” yawning ahead of her, and it immediately makes her hungry for a better, fuller future.  She just needs to decide what “better” really means.  Great Great Great is a deeply relatable portrait of a woman who makes us squirm with discomfort while asking us to love some of the most unlovable parts of ourselves.

 

GREAT GREAT GREAT will be preceded by the short film, TIME OUT

 

TIME OUT

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  10mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Navin Ramaswaran
Writer:  Adam Langton
Producers:  Jen Pogue, and Adam Langton
Director of Photography:  Bruce William Harper
Editor:  Mike Donis
Music:  Antonio Naranjo
Cast:  Adam Langton, Jen Pogue 

Synopsis:  While on a trip to Milan, a couple pretends to meet as their younger selves, to determine their future together.

 

THURSDAY, MARCH 23 at 9:30pm

LOST SOLACE

TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  106mins
Genre:  Sci Fi/ Thriller
Director:  Chris Scheuerman
Writer:  Chris Scheuerman
Producers:  Chris Scheuerman, Andrew Jenkins, Lori Triolo, David Angelski
Executive Producers:  Tom Cox, Jason Van Nieuwkerk, John Jenkins, Darlene Jenkins, Michael Scheuerman
Director of Photography:  Thomas Billingsley
Editor:  Chris Scheuerman, Matthew Scheuerman
Music:  Daryl Bennett
Cast:  Andrew Jenkins, Melissa Roxburgh, Charlie Kerr, Leah Gibson, Michael Kopsa, Johanna Newmarch, Jed Rees, Brendan Fletcher, Carmen Moore 

Synopsis:  Spence Cutler is a psychopath.  He's never felt empathy or guilt.  However, a fateful encounter with a new drug is about to give him a dose of too much reality, and he takes a mind-bending trip down the psychedelic highway of consciousness to come face to face with his own morality and his own twisted soul.

 

LOST SOLACE will be preceded by the short film, MAGIC MUSHROOMS

 

MAGIC MUSHROOMS


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  8mins
Genre:  Comedy (sorta)
Director:  Sean Wainsteim
Writer:  Sean Wainsteim
Producer:  Michelle Woodward
Executive Producers:  Laura Perlmutter, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith, Sean Wainsteim
Director of Photography:  Tico Poulakakis
Editor:  Sean Wainsteim
Music:  Brian Gair, Adam Damelin
Cast: Aris Tyros, Alyssa Capriotti, Aaron Hale, with Maria Syrgiannis 

Synopsis:  After an awkward teen boy and his girl crush switch bodies after taking mushrooms, he discovers that attraction is more complicated than he thought.  Magic Mushrooms is an unexpected, wry reflection on gender identity and coming-of-age sexuality.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 at 7:00pm

 

MODERN CLASSIC

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time: 83mins
Genre:  DARK COMEDY
Director:  J.M.B. Hunter
Writer:  J.M.B. Hunter and David C. Grimes
Producers:  Isil Gilderdale
Executive Producers:  Harland Weiss, Donovan Boden, Liz Dussault
Director of Photography:  Todd M. Duym
Editor:  Michael Pierro
Music:  Nathan Richards
Cast:  J.M.B. Hunter, David C. Grimes, Madeline Leon, Perry Treilhard, John Marcucci, Ashley Sirianni, Matt Schichter, Maurice Jones, Anna Huh and Leigh Cameron 

Synopsis:  No one wants to see a black and white film about a drunk who kills his dog.  Jono and Dave learned that the hard way.  After a series of hapless pitches, they decide to go it alone.  During pre-production, Jono struggles with his identity as a director while Dave succumbs to the dark side of the film's lead role.  Modern Classic is a satirical tale of a strange and disastrous foray into the film industry.

 

MODERN CLASSIC will be preceded by the short film, FARM IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD

 

FARM IS A FOUR-LETTER WORD


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  10mins
Genre:  Mockumentary
Director:  Ryan Couldrey
Writer:  Kira Hall
Producers:  Ryan Couldrey
Director of Photography:  Ryan Couldrey
Editor:  Ryan Couldrey
Principal Cast:  Kira Hall, Jordan Mechano
Supporting:  Jenny Cook, Peter Wills, and Ernest Cook-Wills

Synopsis:  When a TV documentary crew visits The MacIntyre Farm for a story on a floundering industry, they discover a couple at the end of their rope with no f--ks left to give.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 24 at 9:30pm

 

BROKEN MILE


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  82mins
Genre:  Thriller/Drama
Director:  Justin McConnell
Writer:  Justin McConnell
Producers:  Justin McConnell, Dave McGrath
Executive Producers:  Pasha Patriki, Andrew van den Houten
Consulting Producers:  George Mihalka, Shannon Hanmer
Director of Photography:  Justin McConnell
Music:  Sean Motley
Cast:  Francesco Filice, Caleigh Le Grand, Patrick McFadden, Lea Lawrynowicz

Synopsis:  A drug addict (Francesco Filice) awakens to find the girl he is with is dead, and must rush to escape the consequences.  Along the way, he seeks the help of his ex-girlfriend (Caleigh Le Grand), while dodging a mysterious figure (Patrick McFadden) who has started chasing him around the city with a gun.  A tense real-time thriller presented in a single, unbroken take.

 

BROKEN MILE will be preceded by the short film, TUESDAY 10:08AM

 

TUESDAY 10:08AM


CANADIAN PREMIERE
Running Time:  13mins
Genre:  Drama     
Directors:  Thomas Pepper, and Jane Tattersall    
Writers:  Thomas Pepper, and Jane Tattersall
Producer:  Penny McDonald
Executive Producers:  Sonia Di Rienzo, and Aeschylus Poulos
Director of Photography:  Luke McCutcheon
Editor:  Sandy Pereira
Music:  Jonathan Goldsmith
Cast:  Bea Santos, Martha Burns, Dwain Murphy, Fraser Elsdon, Andre Sills, Jesse Griffiths 

Synopsis:  A homeless man is shot dead by police.  While the police chief briefs reporters on the details of the incident, an eyewitness, unsure of what she's seen, dives into an analysis of the video footage.  Using many different video and audio sources she pieces the story together and the full depth of the tragedy comes clear.

 

HOMEGROWN SHORTS

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at 12:00pm

 

THE CAMERAMAN


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  16mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Connor Gaston
Writer:  Connor Gaston
Producers:  Arnold Lim
Director of Photography:  Daniel Carruthers
Editor:  Detritus Kozme
Music:  Gilles Maillet
Cast:  Octavian Kaul, Nolan Hupp, Mur Meadows, Celine Stubel

Synopsis:  Francis must reconcile his relationship with his abusive father who suffers from Huntington’s Disease.  Francis’ younger brother, Ed—the cameraman—records their dysfunctional lives with his Super 8 camera.

 

she came knocking


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  13mins
Genre:  Drama/ Thriller
Director:  John Ainslie
Writer:  John Ainslie, and Kimberly-Sue Murray
Producer:  Kimberly-Sue Murray
Executive Producers:  John Ainslie, Kimberly-Sue Murray, and Ian Macmillan
Director of Photography:  Ian Macmillan
Editor:  Jordan Crute
Music:  Jeff Morrow
Cast:  Kimberly-Sue Murray, Christian McKenna, Janet Green, Catherine Bérubé, Camille Stopps, Farah Merani   

Synopsis:  When a woman witnesses what she believes is a husband abusing his wife, she ignores standard procedures and takes matters into her own hands.

 

WAYS TO WATER

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  17mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Kit Weyman   
Writer:  Kit Weyman
Producers:  Lauren Schell, Vince Tran, Carina Mak
Executive Producers:  Katie Nolan, Katy Maravala
Director of Photography:  Ali Khurshid
Editor:  Kit Weyman
Music:  Greg Williams/ EJ Smith
Cast:  Kit Weyman, Shailene Garnett, Al Mukadam, Zahra Bentham 

Synopsis:  WAYS TO WATER is a dramatic short film that explores the metaphysics of water and human relationships.  Following a summer romance caught somewhere between the beginning and the end, the film follows a boy and a girl through a day and night in downtown Toronto, searching for love at the end of the world.

 

GROCERY STORE ACTION MOVIE


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  13mins
Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Matthew Campbell
Writer:  Chris Wilson, and Peter Carlone
Producers:  Ryan Silva, Jameson Parker, David Kaye, Matthew Campbell
Executive Producers:  Paul Armstrong, Ines Eisses
Director of Photography:  Byron Kopman
Editor:  Ashley Lynch
Music:  Mike Southworth
Cast: Chris Wilson, Peter Carlone, Caitlin Howden, Ryan Beil, Aaron Read 

Synopsis:  A man in line at the grocery store suddenly realizes he’s forgotten the crackers.  Now, in a “24 style” race against time, he has to risk life and limb in order to run back for crackers before losing his place in line.

 

I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT’S KILLING THEM


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  14mins
Genre:  Horror/ Comedy
Director:  Joel Ashton McCarthy                 
Writer:  Joel Ashton McCarthy & Mike Doaga
Producers:  Marena Dix, Nach Dudsdeemaytha, Keli Moore
Executive Producers:  Paul Armstrong, Ines Eisses
Director of Photography:  Tony Mirza
Editor:  Joel Ashton McCarthy
Composer:  Kyle Schreiner
Cast:  Alex Duncan, Clayton Chitty 

Synopsis:  A pitch-black comedy about Vivian, a lonely serial killer whose three loves in life are math, accounting, and killing random people.  This all changes when she meets Alex, the man of her dreams.

 

THE BAKEBOOK


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  10mins
Genre:  Fantasy
Director:  Suri Parmar
Writer:  Suri Parmar, based on her story
Producers:  Suri Parmar and Consuelo Solar
Editor:  Heath Fashina
Music:  Joshua Hemming 

Synopsis:  A modern-day animated fairy-tale, in which a woman overcomes the death of her lover through her passion for baking.

 

SLEEPING IN


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  5mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Denis Dulude
Writer:  Denis Dulude, based on a short story by Eric Godin
Producers:  Fannie B. Dulude (Germaine Productions)
Executive Producer:  Fannie B. Dulude
Director of Photography:  Matheo Lemay
Editor:  Denis Dulude
Music:  Studio Octoma
Cast: Macha Grenon and Kevin Parent 

Synopsis:  Marie and Michel have been in love for a very long time.  This morning, Marie is awake, Michel is still in bed; he’s sleeping in.  A yearning he has had for many years.  It’s fall, his favourite season.  A light breeze gently moves the white curtain.  Michel is a bit cold, but he feels good.  Marie is beside him.  She strokes Michel’s hand, a gesture that he loves.  It’s the perfect weather for sleeping in.

 

SUNNY SIDE UP


CANADIAN PREMIERE
Running Time:  14mins
Genre:   Drama/Comedy  
Director:  Caitlin Dosa
Writer:  Simon Paluck
Producers:  Caitlin Dosa
Executive Producers:  Michelle Solomon, Simon Paluck
Director of Photography:  Justin Black
Editor:   Jamie Phong
Music:  Falcon Jane, Menalon
Cast:  Peyton Kennedy, David Reale 

Synopsis:  After receiving a corneal transplant, a man befriends a witty blue-haired girl at the park.

 

MILK


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  2mins
Genre:  Comedy
Director:  Winnifred Jong
Writer:  Winnifred Jong
Producers:  Winnifred Jong
Director of Photography:  Sarah Thomas Moffat
Editor:  Gloria Tong
Music:  Chris Reineck
Cast:  Annabelle Loi, Fay Jong

Synopsis:  A short comedy about communication. Vicki buys milk and finds telling her grandmother is the hardest part.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at 2:30pm

 

BADSVILLE

 

CANADIAN PREMIERE
Running Time:  96mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  April Mullen
Writers:  Benjamin Barrett & Ian McLaren
Producers:  David J. Phillips & Douglas Spain
Executive Producer:  Kim Hinh
Director of Photography:  Russ De Jong
Editor:  Gordon Antell
Music:  A.J. Gallardo & Simone Cilio
Cast:  Ian McLaren, Benjamin Barrett, Tamara Duarte, Robert Knepper, Emilio Rivera, Gregory Kasyan, Rene Rosado, Octavio Pizano, Paul James Jordan, Chelsea Rendon, Kate Campbell, John White.

Synopsis:  A violent greaser gang is ripped apart when their leader finds love and is determined to leave Badsville - a town where love doesn't exist.

 

BADSVILLE will be preceded by the short film, THE HONEY BADGER

 

THE HONEY BADGER


CANADIAN PREMIERE
Running Time:  15mins
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  KB Kutz
Writer:  KB Kutz
Producers:  Daniel Hayes, Murray Urquhart
Executive Producer:  Daniel Hayes
Director of Photography:  KB Kutz
Editor:  KB Kutz
Music: Teon Gibbs, Jaekwon Beats, Mi Raiz, Limo Recording Studio
Cast: Daniel Hayes, Marco P Flores, David Clark, Robert Owens 

Synopsis:  This documentary follows professional boxer Daniel Hayes as he prepares for his fight in Mexico. Witness the dedication and the assassin-like mindset needed not just to win a fight, but to be victorious in a hostile environment.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at 5:30pm

 

BROKEN


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  68mins
Genre:  Documentary
Director:  Lynne Spencer
Writer:  Lynne Spencer, Elizabeth Rusch
Producers:  Lynne Spencer
Director of Photography:  Lynne Spencer
Editor:  Lynne Spencer
Music:  Tobin Stokes, Owen Underhill, Michael Bushnell
Cast:  Simone Orlando 

Synopsis:  BROKEN is an extraordinarily intimate portrait of Simone Orlando, Ballet BC's lead dancer for twelve years who suffered an injury that was so severe, she could hardly walk, let alone dance.  Hiding her affliction with painkillers, she struggled on, but an MRI revealed hip surgery was required.  This film is a unique study of the devotion that artists, performers and even athletes bring to their vocation, and what happens when fate intervenes to threaten their life’s work – and their identity.

 

BROKEN will be preceded by the short films, PARENT, TEACHER and COME BACK

 

PARENT, TEACHER


TORONTO PREMIERE
Running Time:  12mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Roman Tchjen
Writer:  Roman Tchjen
Producers:  Kegan Sant, Roman Tchjen
Director of Photography:  Christopher Lew
Editor:  Ray Savaya
Cast:  John Phillips, Emily Nixon

Synopsis:  After his son attacks another student, a father becomes embroiled in an impassioned debate with the boy’s well-meaning teacher.

 

COME BACK

 

WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  9mins
Genre:  Drama
Director:  Hannah Anderson, Aidan Shipley
Writer:  Hannah Anderson
Producers:  Hannah Anderson, Natalie Novak, Brett Donahue
Executive Producers:  Hannah Anderson, Michael J. Roberts
Director of Photography:  Scott McClellan
Editor:  Kat Webber
Music:  Ilario Circosta
Cast: Emily Coutts, Brett Donahue, Kathryn Akin, and Christine Horne (voice)

Synopsis:  A young woman struggles to find closure after the sudden death of a beloved friend.  Come Back is a story about the intersection between resolution and grief, and dares us NOT to put it behind us but rather grieve until we’re done. Even if we never are.

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 25 at 8:00pm
CLOSING NIGHT

 

FILTH CITY


WORLD PREMIERE
Running Time:  116 mins
Genre:  Comedy/Crime/Action
Director:  Andy King
Writers:  Andy King and Danny Polishchuk
Producers:  Matt King and Andrew Ferguson
Executive Producers:  Andy King, Andrew Ferguson, Matt King, Vinit Borrison, John Laing, Mark Gingras, Penny Brown, Kyler Koebel
Director of Photography:  Ian Macmillan
Editor:  Marianna Khoury
Music:  Poor Paul
Cast:  Melinda Shankar, Melanie Nicholls-King, Danny Polishchuk, Andy King, Keven Soldo, Kathleen Phillips, Siobhan Murphy, Killian Gray, Lenno Britos, Michael Copeman, Lamar Johnson, Kenny Hotz, Pat Thornton. 

Synopsis:  Welcome to York, a city plagued by crime, corruption and a brutal garbage strike. With an election looming, Mayor Tom Hogg (Pat Thornton), is caught on video smoking crack. Now he’s desperate to get his hands on that video. But so are Hogg’s many enemies, including his eco-friendly opponent (Kathleen Phillips); a vigilante cop out for revenge (Danny Polishchuk); a grieving girl on the run (Melinda Shankar) and a timid but tenacious journalist (Siobhan Murphy). They all want to take the Mayor down, but Hogg and his crew of dirty cops aren’t going out without a fight...

 

FILTH CITY will be preceded by the short film, A.O.K

 

A.O.K


CANADIAN PREMIERE
Running Time:  8mins
Genre:  Romantic Comedy
Director:  Aris Athanasopoulos
Writer:  Aris Athanasopoulos
Producers:  Tamara Almeida, Sean Connolly Affleck
Executive Producers:  Michael Lazarovitch, Kevin Walker, Aris Athanasopoulos
Director of Photography:  Ian G. Carleton
Editor:  Ty Delgaty
Music:  Michael Peter Olsen
Cast: Aris Athanasopoulos, Tamara Almeida, Kevin Walker 

Synopsis:  HIM is an agreeable nice-guy, summoned to HER apartment for a long overdue “talk.”  He ingests a new designer drug – A.O.K – to ease his fear of conflict.  The drug’s psychoactive effect is the catalyst for revelations that leave HIM and HER to decide what is truly best for their relationship.

 

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CFF HGF Script Contest

$10,000 CASH first prize

Visit our SUBMISSIONS PAGE to enter your script and for all the details.

The Canadian Film Fest and the Harold Greenberg Fund are proud to partner on this unique opportunity for Canadian screenwriters. The CFF Harold Greenberg Script Competition is open to Canadian screenwriters who've written a feature-length screenplay they'd love to get some cash and development for.

The Canadian Film Fest runs from March 21-March 25, 2017 in Toronto

We want Canadian scripts! Best of luck to all!

 

CANADIAN FILM FEST 2016 AWARD RECEPIENTS

HOW TO PLAN AN ORGY IN A SMALL TOWN & WINTER HYMNS TAKE TOP PRIZES AT THE 2016 CANADIAN FILM FEST

TORONTO, April 3, 2016 – The 10th edition of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF) announced the 2016 award recipients following the closing night film last night in Toronto. The films that received top honours were two films fresh off their premieres at Slamdance - How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town, which took the Best Feature award, the new award for Best Costume Design juried by CAFTCAD, and award for Best Ensemble cast; and Winter Hymns nabbed the prize for Best Short, Best Cast, and Best Director for a Short Film. Additionally, the short Julia Julep received the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award, Dead Rush won HMV’s People’s Pick For Best Flick, Sean Garrity won the DGC Ontario Best Director award for Borealis, and the NAB Show Best First Feature was Across The Line by Director X. The winner and runner-up of the Harold Greenberg Screenplay Contest were also revealed on Saturday night.

“Unlike any other festival across the country, we unabashedly celebrate only Canadian films and this year, more than ever, there is a true sense of pride in the films and filmmakers. The slogan on our t-shirts proved true - ‘Canadian Movies Kick Ass,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director and Founder of the Canadian Film Fest.

Also announced during the CFF, A71 Entertainment picked up the Canadian rights to Cody Campanale’s feature Jackie Boy.

2016 Canadian Film Fest Awards

WILLIAM F. WHITE REEL CANADIAN INDIE
The winning film receives a $5000 gift certificate to William F. White.

Julia Julep
Director: Alana Cymerman

HMV’s PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK
As voted by the audience (the winning film receives a $500 gift certificate to HMV)

Dead Rush
Director: Zach Ramelan

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Juried by CAFTCAD

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Costume Designer: Marissa Schwartz

 

Canadian Film Fest Special Jury Prizes:

Three phenomenal industry professionals made up the 2016 jury – Amanda Brugel (actor: Room, Orphan Black, Maps to the Stars), Susan Curran (Founding Partner and President of Marketing and Development United Front Entertainment), and Gail Harvey (director: Lost Girl, Murdoch Mysteries, Looking is the Original Sin). They selected the following awards including the new categories for Best Director and Best First Feature Film.

BEST FEATURE

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Director: Jeremy LaLonde
 

BEST SHORT

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

 

BEST DIRECTOR
Presented by DGC Ontario

Borealis
Director: Sean Garrity

 

BEST DIRECTOR, SHORT FILM

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

 

BEST FIRST FEATURE

Presented by NAB Show. (The winning film receives a SMART PASS to The NAB Show (April 16-21) and free hotel) 

Across The Line
Director: Director X

 

BEST ACTRESS

Joey King
Borealis

 

BEST ACTRESS IN A SHORT

Deb McGrath
Duty Calls

 

BEST ACTOR

Stephan James
Across The Line

 

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT

Eric Peterson
Static

 

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST

How to Plan an Orgy in a Small Town
Director: Jeremy LaLonde

Cast: Jewel Staite, Ennis Esmer, Katharine Isabelle, Lauren Lee Smith, Jonas Chernick, Tommie-Amber Pirie, Kristian Bruun, Mark O’Brien, James McGowan, Lauren Holly, Natalie Brown, Christine Horne, and Gugun Deep Singh.

 

BEST CAST, SHORT FILM

Winter Hymns
Director: Dusty Mancinelli

Cast: Sam Ashe Arnold, Kyle Peacock

 

BEST SCREENPLAY

The Substitute
Writer: Madeleine Sims-Fewer

 

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE, SHORT FILM

Divorce Photographer
Director: Christine Buijs