The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) began its 2019 edition this week. This weekend, CFF will present two incredible Homegrown Shorts programmes for the first time. Here, I share with you my thoughts on five of these shorts.
With an atmosphere that evokes The Handmaid’s Tale and Orwell, Danishka Esterhazy’s Level 16 has attracted major attention at genre showcases throughout North America and Europe. It is a dark tale of teens discovering that their world is something very different than what they thought. The film opens in Toronto on March 15, 2019.
Starting this week, Goethe-Institut Toronto presents Africa Now, a six-film series highlighting a selection of feature films produced by One Fine Day Films over the last decade. The series highlights 6 Kenyan-German features that have emerged from One Fine Day’s collaborations with Nairobi-based Ginger Ink Films and earned awards from TIFF to Rotterdam to Los Angeles. Here, I share my top 3 film screening at the Africa Now series.
JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF) opens its 7th installment with the powerful documentary TransMilitary, directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson. The film is based on outdated and discriminatory medical policies dating back to World War II, transgender people were banned from serving in the US military until July 2016. READ MORE
The Blood in the Snow (BITS) Canadian Film Festival takes over The Royal Cinema from November 22-27. A personal festival highlight is the BITS Shorts Showcase – two special feature length programs of some of the hottest new Canadian short genre films. Below, I give you my thoughts on some of the short films in these programs. READ MORE
Firstly, apologies friends. I’ve owed you an instalment of my In The City series for some time. No despair! Here are a few personal suggestions of some events you should get to in the next few weeks. READ MORE
Set in the near future, SuperGrid follows the story of a young smuggler Deke (Marshall Williams,Glee), who is forced to make a run on the road that took the life of his sister. He has to convince his older brother Jesse (Leo Fafard,Wolfcop) to get back on the “Grid” and help him clear an outstanding debt. READ MORE
Shorts That Are Not Pants Festival will be opening their very first festival this weekend. The inaugural festival will host 50 films from around the world: Narrative films, documentaries, and animated shorts; something for everyone! Festival founder, James McNally, graciously answered my 5 Questions… to share more about the short film series and film festival. READ MORE
The European Union Film Festival (EUFF) has returned to Toronto with a wide variety of films – currently screening at the Royal Cinema until November 22nd. Award winning films will make their debut at the festival, representing a rare opportunity to see these movies on the big screen. With genres spanning drama, comedy, romance and more, there is something for everyone at the EUFF. READ MORE
The third annual Bloody Mary Film Festival runs November 8th – 9th, 2018 at the Imagine Carlton Cinemas in Toronto. The festival will showcase short and feature-length genre films directed by Canadian female filmmakers over the course of two nights. READ MORE