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.
JAYU’s Human Rights Film Festival (HRFF)Â opens its 7th installment with the powerful documentary TransMilitary, directed by Gabriel Silverman and Fiona Dawson.Â The film is based on outdated and discriminatory medical policies dating back to World War II, transgender people were banned from serving in the US military until July 2016.Â READ MORE
Set in the near future,Â SuperGridÂ follows the story ofÂ 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.Â READ MORE
The third annualÂ Bloody Mary Film FestivalÂ 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.Â READ MORE
Filmed during the last 9-10 years, Ontarioâ€™s Slater Jewell-Kemker has travelled the world on the front lines of climate change. At 15 years-old, Slater began documenting the rise of the global youth climate movement, which has taken her around the world to UN Climate Conferences and communities on the front lines of climate change. The result is the documentary Youth Unstoppable. READ MORE
The 7th annual Breakthroughs Film Festival (BFF) has been working tirelessly towards its vision of an industry that recognizes and effectively represents women filmmakers. For the second year in a row, the festival will screen the work of both New Generation (aged 18 â€“ 30) women directors, as well as Emerging Women Directors (any age).
BFF will feature 19 outstanding short films from 9 different countries spanning across 5 continents. Among them are 4 Toronto-based filmmakers, plus award-winning shorts from locations as diverse as Iceland and Japan.Â READ MORE
Torontoâ€™s Open Roof Festival (ORF) has moved to the cityâ€™s newest cultural hotspot â€“ Lower Junction in Torontoâ€™s Junction Triangle neighborhood. The festival will once again offer filmgoers an eclectic mix of Hollywood and indie flicks paired with emerging musicians or bands in a variety of genres. As with previous years, I have curated my Top 5 Picks for this year’s ORF.Â READ MORE
The Toronto True Crime Film FestivalÂ (TTCFF) will have its first annual edition this week,Â June 8 – 9, 2018 at The Royal Cinema and Monarch Tavern in Toronto. The inaugural lineup includes five film screenings and three symposium events, with 15% of all pass and ticket sales being donated to charity.
As a true crime fan, I am quite interested in attending a few screenings and events at TTCFF. Below are a few of my personal picks! READ MORE
The 15th annual Human Rights Watch Film Festival, co-presented by TIFF and Human Rights Watch, features a diverse lineup celebrating the power individuals can hold in complex social and political situations. This year’s Opening Night film isÂ On My Way Out: The Secret Life of Nani and Popi. The film offers an intimate look at the story of Roman and Ruth Blank. A couple whose experience casts a light on the power and complexity of love, marriage, and deeply held family secrets. Â READ MORE
The 2017 edition of Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival takes place in Toronto from August 11th – 12th. The festival will showcase 53 short films from artists in the Greater Toronto and Southern Ontario area. Take a peek at some of the films screening in the SPARKS program. READ MORE