CFC ANNUAL GARDEN PARTY 2019
Circle of Supporters Partners and Donors
We were delighted to welcome guests to the gorgeous grounds of the Canadian Film Centre for our Annual Garden Party on Wednesday, June 19. This year’s theme, “Honouring our Heritage,” celebrated beautiful Windfields Estate, built in 1936 and leased to the CFC by the City of Toronto in 1988. For more than 30 years, the CFC has supported 1800 alumni and 200 alumni companies on these grounds.
Clockwise from top left: Kathryn Emslie, Chief Programs Officer, CFC, and Magali Simard, Film Sector Development Officer, City of Toronto (Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography); Cheryl Hudson, CFC board member, and Jessika Fink, Toronto Life (Tom Sandler Photography); Erin Burke, Associate Director, Programs & Content, CFC, and Lisa Hamilton Daly, Director, Original Series, Netflix (Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography); Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC, with CFC board members Don Carmody and Steven DeNure (Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography); Emmanuel Kabongo, actor and CFC alumnus (Tom Sandler Photography); Donna Slaight and Gary Slaight, President and CEO, Slaight Communications Inc. (Tom Sandler Photography).
Our guests of honour at the Annual Garden Party were the philanthropically minded individuals who generously give to Circle of Supporters throughout the year. Also in attendance was Norman Jewison, who, with his wife, Lynne St. David Jewison, graced our event and took to the podium to shared his insights on our heritage.
Joining Jewison at the mic were emcees Christina Jennings, CFC Board Chair, Chairman and CEO, Shaftesbury, and Slawko Klymkiw, CEO, CFC, who kept the evening’s speeches entertaining, as did guest Lisa Hamilton Daly, Director, Original Series, Netflix, who flew from Los Angeles for this event.
Speakers at the CFC Annual Garden Party (clockwise from top): Norman Jewison; Slawko Klymkiw; Lisa Hamilton Daly; Christina Jennings; Nichole Anderson; Robert Foster (Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography).
This year as in previous ones, we were especially proud to have Business / Arts join us. Nichole Anderson, President and CEO of Business / Arts, spoke to the impact of both the CFC’s and Business / Arts alliances. Anderson introduced Business / Arts Chairman Robert Foster, who announced the three award recipients of Business / Arts’ annual awards: Mrs. Jenny Belzberg CM, AOE, LLD, recipient of the Edmond C. Bovey Award; Antoni Cimolino CM, Artistic Director of the Stratford Festival, recipient of the Peter Herrndorf Arts Leadership Award; and Paul Desmarais III, SVP at Power Corporation of Canada, recipient of the Arnold Edinborough Award.
Top row left to right: Musical guests Moscow Apartment and In the City (Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography); Bottom row: A guest takes in the VR experience, 'Mother of the Forest.' (Tom Sandler Photography).
Stellar musical entertainment followed these announcements, with the sweet harmonies from Slaight Music Artists Moscow Apartment and Slaight Music Residency alumni-duo In the City (Ashley Jane and Timon Wientzek) both captivated the crowd.
In doors was the CFC Media Lab’s IDEABOOST Innovation Zone, which featured AR demos from two of our IDEABOOST companies, Pixils and Mondo Forma, as well as Mother of the Forest, a CFC Media Lab-OCAD U coproduction and product of the Digital Futures Program.
During their time at the event, guests relished a plethora of signature cocktails, tantalizing apps, and even flights of fine wine as they explored storied grounds.
A sampler of select treats our food and beverage partners brought to the table (clockwise from top left): Holy Cannoli; Tito's Handmaide Vodka; EDO; No Small Feast; Capital B Wines; Kaiseki Yu-zen Hashimoto (All photos Ernesto Di Stefano / George Pimentel Photography except No Small Feast, Tom Sandler Photography).
Thank you to everyone who joined us last night and to all those who support the CFC year-round.
A SPECIAL THANK YOU TO:
CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS SCREENING EVENT PARTNERS
ANNUAL ADVANCE SCREENING PARTNERS
ENTERTAINMENT ONE FILMS
FOX SEARCHLIGHT PICTURES
UNIVERSAL PICTURES CANADA
WALT DISNEY STUDIO MOTION PICTURES CANADA
WARNER BROS. PICTURES CANADA
OFFICIAL MEDIA SPONSOR OF THE CFC CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS
CFC CIRCLE OF SUPPORTERS
We wish to thank our dedicated Circle of Supporters. You continue to nurture and grow the CFC, which benefits all of us in creating a new generation of Canadian talent that will shine both here and abroad, for generations to come.
Windfields Circle ($10,000 +)
Kate Alexander Daniels and David Daniels
Diane Blake and Stephen Smith
Slawko Klymkiw and Christina Bylyna
John Morayniss and Maria Hale
Just For Laughs
Leanne and George Lewis
Robin and Robert Ogilvie
Marion and Gerald Soloway
William F. White International Inc.
Platinum Circle ($5,000 – $9,999)
Alix and James Arnett
The Budd Sugarman Foundation
Julia West and Richard Wernham
Gold Circle ($2,000 – $4,999)
Paul H. Barry
Eric R. Belcher
Martha Burns and Paul Gross
Council for Canadian American Relations
Bob Dorrance and Gail Drummond
Ellen Fine *
Blake C. Goldring **
Robert Lantos, Serendipity Point Films
Sheena Macdonald and Phil Schmitt
Nancy and John McFadyen ***
Abby and Perry Minuk ***
MaryAnne Runnalls ***
Willson Entertainment Productions
Silver Circle ($1,000 – $1,999)
Ralph Brown, QC
Cameron Pictures Inc.
William Clarke **
CMU College of Makeup Art & Design
Mark and Cherie Daitchman ***
Kathryn Emslie (in Memory of Denis McGrath)
Norm Feferman **
Forbes Anderson LLP
Eric Gertner ***
Michael and Marjorie Hale **
Cheryl Hudson and Michael Say
Christina Jennings **
The Munroe Family
The Norman and Margaret Jewison Charitable Foundation ***
Cecil and Robert Rabinovitch
Jeff and Meryl Rosenthal *
Dr. Betty Rozendaal and Sonny Goldstein **
Andra Takacs ***
Myrna Weinstein ***
Brian Wisenberg and Anita Saliss
Bronze Circle ($500 – $999)
Pancheta (Pat) Barnett
Deborah Bernstein and Sam Freeman
Dr. Paul and Joyce Chapnick **
Kevin Colero **
Forbes Andersen LLP
Kevin Fisher, Gardiner Roberts LLP
Hue and Jonathan Foo
Robert and Julia Foster
Sandra Gertner and Millard Roth
Doreen Gryfe ***
Dr. Mark Gwartzman ***
Carolyn Kates **
Marvin and Estelle Kates **
Joy Kaufman and Edward Antecol ***
Robert Kligman and Sandra Secord *
Joni Lindsay ***
Terry E. Markus ***
David W. Middleton
Lorraine Morfea **
Cecil and Robert Rabinovitch
RiskGrid Technologies Inc.
Harvey L. Rogers ***
Greg Rubidge, Syndicado
Debra Thuet and Mike Wilson **
Phil and Vanessa von Finckenstein
Marvin Waxman ***
Marlene Sable Weller **
And four (4) donors who wish to remain anonymous.
* over 5 years of support
** over 10 years of support
*** over 20 years of support
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