​CFC Celebrates Alumni at 2009 TIFF

By CFC Staff August 31, 2009 20:00


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Toronto, August 31, 2009 – An exceptional collection of films created by CFC alumni including the 2009 CFC short film MAN v MINIVAN will screen at the 34th Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-19, 2009).

Helping launch Canada's most creative ideas and voices in film, television and new media to the world, CFC is proud of its more than 30 alumni who will showcase their innovative work across several diverse programs at TIFF.

MAN v MINIVAN, produced through the 2009 CFC Short Dramatic Film Program, will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program on September 13, 2009 at 9 p.m., September 14, 2009 at 3 p.m., and on September 18, 2009 at 7 p.m. at Jackman Hall, AGO. A comedy about one groom's case of cold feet after receiving a minivan from his future in-laws, MAN v MINIVAN is directed and co-written by Spencer Maybee ('08), produced by Jordan Gross ('08), co-written by Dane Clark ('08) and edited by Jonathan Eagan ('08). On the brink of wedlock, Shane (Marc Bendavid) gets a fully-loaded gift from his in-laws that sheds new light on the road ahead. With his best man urging him to the altar and a psychic stripper spurring him to reconsider, Shane must risk his marriage to save his one true love. The film also features Rachel Wilson (Republic of Doyle) as the fiancé Jen, David Reale (Queer As Folk) as the best man Graeme, and Krista Bridges (Late Fragment) as the stripper Penny.

This year at TIFF, an impressive group of CFC alumni are credited in feature, short films and as talent lab participants. Congratulations go out to over 30 former CFC alumni, including Industry Initiative Talent Lab participants Denise Blinn (‘03), Annie Bradley (‘07), Sarah Galea-Davis (‘05), Gloria Ui Young Kim (‘08), Ana Valine (‘08) andDavid Widdicombe ('01), who each were invited to participate in the 2009 TIFF Talent Lab.

Additional alumni films in this year's Short Cuts Canada program include: Big Head (Director: Dylan Akio Smith ('06), fish in barrel(Director: Randall Okita ('09), The Island (Producer: Tyler Levine('04) , Pointless Film (Director: Peter Wellington ('91), The Spine (Producer: Steve Hoban ('92), Swimming Lesson (Director Caitriona Cantillon ('07), (Editor: Tiffany Beaudin ('04)) and The Armoire (Producer: Mark Montefiore ('06), (Editor: Matt Hannam ('05). Also premiering in the Short Cuts Canada program is 5 Dysfunctional People in a Car produced by Julie Edelstein and co-produced by Ryan S. Dias – both members of the CFC's Production Department.

Alumni selections permeate a diverse array of several other genres and programs. A world premiere in the Festival's Real to Reel program is Director Peter Raymont's ('88) Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, which takes an intimate look at the man alongside the myth.

Making their world premiere as Special Presentations are Defendor(Director: Peter Stebbings ('09) and Hugh Hefner: Playboy, Activist and Rebel (Director: Brigitte Berman ('88).

Canada First! which showcases features from first-time Canadian directors include The Wild Hunt (Director: Alexandre Franchi ('02), (Editor: Stephen Philipson ('02) and Producer Trish Dolman's Year of the Carnivore, workshopped through the 2008 Go West Project Lab and produced with alumna Kryssta Mills ('05).

Screening in the Contemporary World Cinema program: Passenger Side (Editor: Matt Hannam ('05) will make its Canadian premiere whileSuck, (Executive Producer: Brad Peyton ('02) will have it's world premiere. Leslie, My Name Is Evil (Producer: Leonard Farlinger (‘90), (Editor: Kathy Weinkauf ('00) screens in Vanguard. Cooking With Stella, starring Don McKellar ('91) (Editor: Gareth C. Scales ('03) premieres as a Gala Presentation.

And, director alumnus Charles Officer's ('02) musical short, Divine Brown at the Rex , part of the collaborative film project Sonic City, will screen at the TIFF In Concert free outdoor film series at Yonge and Dundas Square.

At the CFC Annual BBQ (Sunday, September 13th, 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.