THE DRAWER BOY AND LUBA TAKE HOME TOP PRIZES AT THE 2018 CANADIAN FILM FEST

 

Toronto, ON – March 26, 2018 – The 12th edition of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF) wrapped Sunday night at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto by announcing the 2018 winners. This year’s Best Feature award went to The Drawer Boy (dirs. Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff); Game (dir. Joy Webster), took home two honours including Best Short and the jury award for Best Actor in a Short for Jack Fulton’s leading role; Luba (dir. Caley Wilson) was awarded the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award, including a $5,000 gift certificate, and the People’s Pick for Best Flick.

“We are proud of all of the films presented this year over the five-day festival and deciding on a list of winners was a challenge for the jurors,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “The passion and excitement that fills the cinema each year goes to show how Canadians are eager to see more of their stories told on the big screen. Congratulations to all award winners.”

See below for the complete list of winners for the 2018 Canadian Film Fest.

2018 CANADIAN FILM FEST AWARD WINNERS:

BEST FEATURE
The Drawer Boy
Directed by Arturo Perez Torres and Aviva Armour-Ostroff
$3,000 gift certificate from Dazmo Camera

BEST SHORT
Game
Directed by Joy Webster

PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK
Luba
Directed by Caley Wilson

WILLIAM F. WHITE REEL CANADIAN INDIE
Luba
Directed by Caley Wilson
$5,000 gift certificate from William F White

DGC ONTARIO BEST DIRECTOR AWARD
Ordinary Days
Directed by Kris Booth, Jordan Canning, Renuka Jeyapalan

ReTAKE FURNITURE RENTALS BEST SET DESIGN
Room For Rent
Production Design by Gordon Wilding

 

CANADIAN FILM FEST JURY AWARDS

The 2018 jury consisted of industry professionals Grace Lynn Kung, Molly McGlynn and Navin Ramaswaran. They selected the following awards:

JURY AWARD - FEATURE
Room for Rent
Directed by Matthew Atkinson

JURY AWARD - SHORT
Breathing Through a Straw
Directed by Leigh Rivenbark

BEST ENSEMBLE
A Swingers Weekend
Mia Kirshner, Erin Karpluk, Randal Edwards, Michael Xavier, Erin Agostino, Jonas Chernick

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT
Game
Jack Fulton

SPECIAL JURY PRIZE
The Things You Think I’m Thinking
Directed by Sherren Lee

 

THE 2018 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

Honor Thy Mother - written by Kathleen Hepburn, story by Charlie Hidalgo

In addition to winning $10,000 in development funding, a Harold Greenberg executive will be involved in the selection of the winning script, and will provide feedback on the script as well as guidance throughout one development round.

The winner also receives a pass to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference taking place June 23-24, 2018 (valued at $419).

 

SECOND PLACE

Hard Promises by Christopher Smets
The runner up receives a pass to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference taking place June 23-24, 2018 (valued at $419).

 

For the full CFF/HGF "IT LIST” of the top finalists click HERE.

 

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March 20-24 at Cineplex's Scotiabank Theatre

CANADIAN FILM FEST ANNOUNCES 2018 LINEUP BOOKENDED BY PREMIERES OF
BECOMING BURLESQUE AND THE GO-GETTERS

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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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