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THE DANCING DOGS OF DOMBROVA AND TERMINALLY IN LOVE TAKE TOP PRIZES AT THE 2019 CANADIAN FILM FEST 

WOLVES UNLEASHED – AGAINST ALL ODDS WINS PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK

Toronto, ON – March 25, 2019 – The 13th edition of the Canadian Film Fest (CFF) closed on Saturday evening at the Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto by announcing the 2019 winners. Top honours went to Zack Bernbaum’s The Dancing Dogs of Dombrovawhich was won Best Feature and DGC Ontario’s Best Director awards and Terminally in Love, directed by Emily Jenkins and Justin Black, which won Best Short and ReTAKE Furniture Rentals’ Best Set and Production Design. Rama Rau’s Honey Bee received the William F. White Reel Canadian Indie award, and Andrew Simpson’s Wolves Unleashed – Against All Odds took home People’s Pick for Best Flick.

“We’re so proud of the level of talent at this year’s Fest,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “There is always a buzzing excitement in the theatre and the sold out screenings are a testament to the dedicated movie-goers who can’t wait to see the next best Canadian indie films on the big screen.”

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2019 CANADIAN FILM FEST AWARD WINNERS


BEST FEATURE
The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
Directed by Zack Bernbaum
$3,000 gift certificate from Dazmo Camera

BEST SHORT
Terminally in Love
Directed by Emily Jenkins and Justin Black

PEOPLE’S PICK FOR BEST FLICK
Wolves Unleashed – Against All Odds
Directed by Andrew Simpson


WILLIAM F. WHITE REEL CANADIAN INDIE
Honey Bee
Directed by Rama Rau
$5,000 gift certificate from William F. White  

DGC ONTARIO’S BEST DIRECTOR
The Dancing Dogs of Dombrova
Directed by Zack Bernbaum 

ReTAKE FURNITURE RENTALS BEST SET AND PRODUCTION DESIGN
Terminally in Love
Logan Graham Greene 

CANADIAN FILM FEST JURY AWARDS
The 2019 jury include director Joy Webster known for Game (2017), In the Weeds(2015) and Buzzard (2019); internationally established producer David Miller; and executive producer and Vice President of The Characters Talent Agency, Ryan Goldhar. They selected the following awards:


BEST ACTOR IN A FEATURE 
Nose to Tail
Aaron Abrams 

BEST ACTOR IN A SHORT
Spooning
Krista Morin 

ACHIEVEMENT IN DOCUMENTARY FILMMAKING
Wolves Unleashed – Against All Odds
Directed by Andrew Simpson 

BEST SHORT – HONOURABLE MENTION
No. 3: In the Absence of Angels
Directed by Camille Hollett-French

 THE 2019 CANADIAN FILM FEST SCRIPT CONTEST

The Canadian Film Fest and the Harold Greenberg Fund are proud partners on this unique opportunity for screenwriters. Each year, the CFF Script Contest 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
Harold Doesn’t Die by Stephen Sloot

In addition to winning $10,000 in development funding, a Harold Greenberg executivewillbe 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 placeMay 4-5, 2019.(valuedat $419).

SECOND PLACE
Black White BluebyMurryPeeters
The runner up receives a pass to the Toronto Screenwriting Conference taking placeMay 4-5, 2019.(valuedat $419).



CANADIAN FILM FEST ANNOUNCES 2019 LINEUP

OPENING WITH RED ROVER AND CLOSING WITH THIS IS NORTH PRESTON
 

Toronto, ON - March 7, 2019 – The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) today announced its lineup for the 2019 edition of the indie-spirited festival dedicated to celebrating Canadian filmmakers, The Festival will open with Shane Belcourt’s Red Rover, starring Kristian Bruun and Cara Gee following a lonely geologist qualifying for a one-way mission to Mars with the help of an offbeat musician, and will close with Jaren Hayman’s documentary This is North Preston about the economic and racial struggles in the largest black community in the country. Continuing the Festival’s commitment to support Canadian independent films, this year the CFF introduces a second Homegrown Shorts programme. Nine features and 28 shorts will screen over the five-day event including six World Premieres, ranging in stories from deep exploration to historical satire, intense thrillers to warm romances. The 13th edition of CFF will take place March 19-23 at Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto. Tickets can be purchased at canfilmfest.ca.

“This year’s lineup is one of the most entertaining programmes yet and we’re delighted that once again we can give Toronto audiences the opportunity to see them on the big screen,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “We are also honoured to welcome award-winning film producer Don Carmody to our first Producing Masterclass, inspiring and supporting a network of Canadian artists.”

This year’s feature film highlights include the Toronto Premiere of the compelling documentary Wolves Unleashed: Against All Odds about world renowned animal trainer, Andrew Simpson and his difficult task training wild Mongolian wolves in China for the film Wolf Totem; as well as the World Premieres of Gord Rand’s biting satire Pond Life about suburban dreams and family nightmares and John Geddes' thriller Creep Nation, which explores society’s chaotic relationship with privacy on social media.

CFF will also present two incredible Homegrown Shorts programmes for the first time including the Toronto Premieres of Shelley Thompson’s drama Duck Duck Goose about an elementary school teacher and her students coping with fear and guilt during a school lockdown; Juan Riedinger’s A Snake Marked about a convict forced to examine his own place in the world when his estranged father visits; and Shane Day’s directorial debut The Desolation Prize, a throwback to the 60s style hammer horrors, but with a modern edge. The Festival is pleased to screen seven shorts that will have their World Premieres including Chala Hunter’s directorial debut Moon Dog with Martha Burns and Alice Snaden.

The Festival will host a number of engaging industry events and workshops including the first ever Producers Masterclass with legendary producer Don Carmody exploring small and large budget films; a panel discussion on transitioning from the big screen to the small screen; and a panel with film festival programmers on how they programme their events.

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.

 Social Media:
#CanFilmFest
Twitter/Instagram: @CanFilmFest
Facebook: facebook.com/CanFilmFest
Youtube: Canadian Film Fest

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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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Twitter/Instagram: @CanFilmFest
Facebook: facebook.com/CanFilmFest
Youtube: Canadian Film Fest

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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. 
 
Social Media:
#CanFilmFest
Twitter/Instagram: @CanFilmFest
Facebook: facebook.com/CanFilmFest
Youtube: Canadian Film Fest
 

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