March 20-24 at Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre
CANADIAN FILM FEST ANNOUNCES 2018 LINEUP BOOKENDED BY PREMIERES OF
BECOMING BURLESQUE AND THE GO-GETTERS
Toronto, ON - February 27, 2018 – The Canadian Film Fest (CFF), an indie-spirited festival that celebrates Canadian filmmakers, today announced the lineup for the 2018 edition. The festival will open with Jackie English’s Becoming Burlesque starring Shiva Negar as a young Muslim woman who discovers a way to empower herself through the world of burlesque and close with the Canadian premiere of Jeremy LaLonde’s star-studded comedy The Go-Getters about two addicts who join forces to rip off the rest of the world. The 12th edition of the festival returns to its home at Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre (259 Richmond St. W) and includes 10 features and 20 shorts, with nearly 50% from female directors. The Canadian Film Fest takes place March 20-24 and tickets can be purchased at canfilmfest.ca starting on Tuesday, March 6.
“We were thrilled to see so many fantastic film submissions and believe that this year’s programme is one of our boldest, with meaningful stories that will inspire audiences,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “As we continue to celebrate homegrown talent, we are proud to have a lineup that showcases strong filmmakers across the nation, representing the future of the Canadian film industry.”
CFF is dedicated to showcasing Canadian films in a nationally recognized film festival to inspire filmmakers and cultivate a network of Canadian talent. Feature film highlights include the Canadian premieres of Love Jacked (dir. Alfons Adetuyi) with Keith David, Amber Stevens West, Michael Epps, Lyriq Bent, and Nicole Lyn and Caley Wilson's suspenseful drama Luba. The festival also welcomes the Toronto premieres of The Drawer Boy (dir. Arturo Perez Torres), based on Michael Healey’s critically acclaimed 1999 play, starring ACTRA-nominated actors Richard Clarkin and Stuart Hughes; A Swingers Weekend (dir. Jon E. Cohen) with Mia Kirshner, Erin Karpluk and Jonas Chernick; and Prodigals from Canadian Screen Award-nominated director and Canadian Film Fest award-winner, Michelle Ouellet.
This year’s shorts programme features some of the biggest names in Canadian film and television including Prom Night (dir. Samantha MacAdam) with Gerry Dee, Marty Adams, Frank Spadone, Chandra Michaels, and Trevor Flanagan-Tordjman; Martin's Hagge (dir. Penny Eizenga) written by Gordon Pinsent and starring Sheila McCarthy; and The Things You Think I'm Thinking (dir. Sherren Lee) with Jesse LaVercombe and Prince Amponsah.
For the complete list of titles for this year’s festival, click HERE. More information can be found atcanfilmfest.ca.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN FILM FEST:
The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) 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.
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