​CFC Celebrates Strong Presence At TIFF

By CFC Staff August 31, 2010 16:00


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Toronto, August 31, 2010 – Two CFC-produced short films, a CFC Media Lab/TIFF interactive installation and an outstanding collection of films created by CFC alumni have been selected for the 35th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 9th – 19th. Two CFC shorts – HOW TO RID YOUR LOVER OF A NEGATIVE EMOTION CAUSED BY YOU! and CHAMPAGNE, created through the CFC Short Dramatic Film Program will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program, while CFC's commitment to innovation takes centre stage with WHAT?S YOUR ESSENTIAL 100, an interactive installation that invites visitors to text in their favourite films from the Essential 100 list and see a dynamic visualization of images projected above the box office.

This year at TIFF, an impressive group of CFC alumni are credited in feature and short films, as talent and producer lab participants and as Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! finalists. Congratulations go out to over 40 CFC alumni. Helping launch Canada's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world, CFC is proud of its many alumni who will showcase their innovative work across several diverse programs at TIFF.

HOW TO RID YOUR LOVER OF A NEGATIVE EMOTION CAUSED BY YOU!, produced through the 2010 CFC Short Dramatic Film Program will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program on Friday, September 10 at 9:15 p.m. at the Isabel Bader Theatre and Saturday, September 11 at 1 p.m. at Jackman Hall, AGO. A dark comedy directed by accomplished actress Nadia Litz ('09), written by Ryan Cavan ('09), co-produced by Daniel Bekerman and Heather K. Dahlstrom and edited by Alexandre-Nicholas Giffard ('09) HOW TO RID YOUR LOVER OF A NEGATIVE EMOTION CAUSED BY YOU!, stars Sarah Allen ('09) (Murdock Mysteries), a recent graduate of the inaugural CFC Actors Conservatory and Joe Cobden (Living In Your Car). Like any other couple, Sadie and Dennis have problems. Love can make us do weird things. Sadie (Sarah Allen) does a weird thing. She does it to her boyfriend Dennis (Joe Cobden) without him knowing. When Dennis gets angry, she does it, and it makes Dennis happy. When Dennis disagrees, she does it, and then Dennis agrees. Sadie only wants what's best for both of them—a perfect relationship. This could be a perfect relationship, too… as long as nobody bleeds to death.

CHAMPAGNE, produced through the 2010 CFC Short Dramatic Film Program will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program on Tuesday, September 14th at 7:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 15th at 4:30 p.m. at Jackman Hall - AGO. A touching drama directed and co-written by Hans Olson ('09), co-written by Bretten Hannam ('09), co-produced by Anita K. Sharma ('09) and Rayne Zukerman ('09) and edited by Aren Hansen ('06), CHAMPAGNE stars singer/songwriter Lara Martin and Bayo Akinfemi (Human Cargo). Stuck in a routine existence, Clara (Lara Martin) spends her birthday working the night shift at a furniture store. When she learns that James (Bayo Akinfemi), her secret crush, is leaving for another job, she seeks solace in a gift from her mother - a bottle of cheap champagne. As the night wears on, Clara becomes more and more bold. With her heart on the line and her job in danger, she struggles to find a real connection in a world of artificial displays.

Additional alumni films in this year's Short Cuts Canada program include: The Old Ways (Director/ Writer/ Editor/ Producer: Michael Vass ('05), Producer: Kathryn Mockler ('05), Sad Bear (Editor: Greg Ng ('07), Les Softies (Director/Writer/Producer Emanuelle Shirinian ('06), Editor: Aren Hansen ('06). Living History (Producer: Chris Bennett ('10)

Canada First! opens with the world premiere of alumni-directed feature Daydream Nation (Director/Writer: Mike Goldbach ('01) and also features the world premiere of Oliver Sherman (Editor: Matthew Hannam ('05).

Gracing the Contemporary World Cinema Program is alumni-directed feature Modra (Director/Writer/Producer: Ingrid Veninger ('00), Editor: Aren Hansen ('06). Screening in the Special Presentation program is Trigger (Producer: Leonard Farlinger ('90), Writer: Daniel MacIvor ('94), Editor: Matthew Hannam ('05) featuring the acting talents of CFC director alumni Sarah Polley ('01) and Don McKellar ('92) plus Repeaters (Producer: Jason James ('09).

Premiering in the Midnight Madness program is Fubar II (Producer: George Baptist ('00). How To Start Your Own Country (Editor:Robert Swartz ('04) receives its world premiere in the In the Real to Reel program while Trois temps après la mort d'Anna (Director/Writer Catherine Martin ('91) screens in the Visions program. Premiering as a Gala Presentation is Casino Jack (Producer:Bill Marks (‘94).

CFC alumni participating in the 2010 Talent Lab are Jennifer Mesich('06), Matthew Hannam ('05), Julia Kwan ('01), Leah Mallen ('99), Aubrey Nealon ('01) and Pascal Trottier ('05). CFC Alumni in the new Producers Lab include Paul Barkin ('96), Damon D'Oliveira ('91), Jennifer Kawaja ('96), and Paul Scherzer ('00). Alumni participating in the Telefilm PITCH THIS! are finalists Cher Hawrysh (05) with the project Bitter Pills and Dane Clark ('08), Jordan Gross ('08) with The Fringe, Anthony Del Col ('01) with Kill Shakespeare and Mark Purdy ('10) and Stuart Reid ('10) with Brobots.

And finally, WHAT?S YOUR ESSENTIAL 100, an interactive installation created by Ana Serrano, Galen Scorer and Patrick Dinnen, co-produced by CFC Media Lab and TIFF, pits the general public against the experts and puts you at the centre of the conversation. As visitors enter TIFF Bell Lightbox, they encounter a projection above the box office — a dynamic visualization of kinetic images from each of the 100 Essential Films. They text in “their essential cinema” -- 1 film from the 100. The system takes note of it and adds it to every other person's choice. The projected visualization will change as the differences between what the participants think and what TIFF thinks are displayed on the screen.

At the CFC Annual BBQ (Sunday, September 12th, 12:30 – 3 p.m.), CFC founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and Executive Director, Slawko Klymkiw will play host to a slew of both Canadian and International talent in celebrating the independent creative spirit that has enabled Canada's talent to creatively shine both nationally and internationally. The CFC Annual BBQ is one of our biggest fundraisers in support of our training programs and tomorrow's emerging talent. Through our exclusive raffle and silent auction packages, all contributions help the CFC launch Canada's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world.