CFC Alumni Films at FIN, Calgary Film, EIFF and VIFF 2017

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● August 28, 2017 14:40


CFC alumni are shining at film festivals from coast-to-coast across the Great White North. On the heels of our alumni at TIFF 2017 announcement, we’re pleased to share that a number of alumni projects will also be screening at the Atlantic International Film Festival (FIN), the Calgary International Film Festival (Calgary Film), the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF), and the Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF). See the full list below.


Atlantic International Film Festival

Portrait of a police officer standing in front of a fence.

Black Cop

Long Time Running from co-writer and co-director Nicholas de Pencier is set to be this year’s Opening Night Gala presentation at the Atlantic International Film Festival, which runs from September 14 to 21, 2017. Additional Gala Presentations include Room for Rent, from Matthew Atkinson; Cory BowlesBlack Cop; and The Child Remains, starring Shelley Thompson. Indian Horse, produced by alumnae Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman, will screen in the Special Presentations lineup, alongside Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle, produced by Don Carmody, Producer Chair of CFC’s Film Programs.

Additionally, nine alumni projects will be included in the Features Program:

  • Dim the Fluorescents, featuring Anna Maguire, Andrew Nicholas McCann Smith and Laura Perlmutter, executive-produced by Daniel Bekerman
  • Don’t Talk to Irene, the second comedy feature from writer/director Pat Mills, produced by Alyson Richards and Michael MacMillan, line-produced by Brendan Brady, edited by Tiffany Beaudin, with music by Erica Procunier
  • Never Steady, Never Still, the first feature from writer/director Kathleen Hepburn, associated-produced by Evan Crowe, executive-produced by Lori Lozinski, edited by Simone Smith and featuring music by Ben Fox and production design by Liz Cairns
  • Ordinary Days, from co-directors Jordan Canning and Renuka Jeyapalan, edited by Aren Hansen, produced by and featuring music by Bryce Mitchell, featuring Kimberly Laferriere, with Jessica Adams as line producer and production manager
  • Coming-of-age film Porcupine Lake, from writer, director and producer Ingrid Veninger, edited by Chris Mutton
  • CFC Features’ comedy PUBLIC SCHOOLED, from writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein, featuring original songs by Adaline and Allie X
  • Studio Black!, from director Cory Bowles
  • Suck It Up, from director Jordan Canning, starring Grace Glowicki and Erin Carter, produced by Canning, Glowicki, Carter and fellow alumnus Marc Tetreault, with music by Ben Fox and film editing by Simone Smith
  • You Ruined Our Life!, from Iain MacLeod

The following alumni projects will screen in FIN’s Shorts Programs:

  • Meet Maurice Crosby, from director Lisa Rose Snow
  • I Love You More, featuring the voice of Lisa Rose Snow
  • Pearls, from director Shelley Thompson
  • The Things You Think I’m Thinking, directed and produced by Sherren Lee, written by and starring Jesse LaVercombe, produced by Kat Hidalgo, edited by Simone Smith, with music by Casey Manierka-Quaile
  • Haircut, from director Lora Campbell

Calgary International Film Festival

Two woman sitting in an old car looking back over their left shoulders.

Suck It Up

A number of alumni films will screen at Calgary Film, which runs from September 20 to October 1, 2017, including Jordan Canning’s Suck It Up, which will be the Closing Gala film, with Canning and Erin Carter in attendance at the screening on September 30. In addition, Entanglement, directed and produced by Jason James, written by Jason Filiatrault and co-edited by Gareth C. Scales and Never Steady, Never Still, from Kathleen Hepburn, will screen in the Canadian Cinema Series, alongside CFC Features' PUBLIC SCHOOLED. Fake Blood, from director/producer/writer Rob Grant and producer/writer Michael Peterson, with music by Michelle Osis, will be part of the Late Shows Series.

The following alumni films will screen in various shorts series:

Frame by Frame Shorts Series

  • Skin for Skin, from producer David Christensen

Rock Bottom Blues Shorts Series

  • Consume, from director/producer Michael Peterson, with music by David Arcus and Michelle Osis

Family First Shorts Series

  • The Cameraman, from Connor Gaston, current resident in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors’ Lab

Small Victories Shorts Series

  • Bird, from producers Judy Holm and Michael McNamara, edited by Matthew Hannam, with music by Lesley Barber, Composer Chair of The Slaight Family Music Lab

Edmonton International Film Festival

The following CFC alumni features will screen at EIFF, which runs from September 28 to October 7, 2017:

  • CFC Features’ comedy PUBLIC SCHOOLED
  • CFC Features' RUDE, directed by Clement Virgo and produced by fellow Damon D’Oliveira and Karen King, which will see a FREE screening in celebration of Canada's 150th
  • Indian Horse, produced by alumnae Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman
  • Meditation Park, from director Mina Shum, produced by Raymond Massey and Stephen Hegyes, featuring Don McKellar
  • Picture of Light (1994), produced by Ingrid Veninger
  • Writer/director Molly McGlynn’s first feature, Mary Goes Round, produced by Matt Code, executive-produced by Aeschylus Poulos, edited by Christine Armstrong and Bryan Atkinson, featuring music by Dillon Baldassero and Casey Manierka-Quaile, as well as two original songs by Lisa Conway, and an appearance by Bruce Novakowski
  • Cory BowlesBlack Cop
  • Ordinary Days, from co-directors Jordan Canning and Renuka Jeyapalan
  • Tomorrow's Shadows, from writer/director Geordie Sabbagh, featuring music by Jeff Morrow, screening as part of the Short Stop: Canadiana lineup

Vancouver International Film Festival

A woman stands in a lake.
Never Steady, Never Still

At VIFF, which runs from September 28 to October 13, 2017, festivalgoers will see the following alumni projects, which screen as part of the 2017 BC Spotlight film lineup:

  • Once There Was a Winter, from director Ana Valine
  • Never Steady, Never Still, from writer/director Kathleen Hepburn
  • CFC Features’ comedy PUBLIC SCHOOLED, from writer/director Kyle Rideout and writer/producer Josh Epstein
  • Entanglement, from director Jason James

Included in the True North Stream are:

  • Charles Officer’s feature documentary Unarmed Verses, produced by Lea Marin, executive-produced by Anita Lee, with original music composed by Lodewijk Vos and Joseph Murray of Menalon
  • Jordan Canning’s Suck It Up
  • Indian Horse, produced by Paula Devonshire and Trish Dolman

Among the films screening in the shorts lineup are the following alumni projects:

  • Bickford Park, from co-directors Linsey Stewart and Dane Clark
  • CFC short dramatic film HIS NAME IS WILLY, from director Liz Cairns, producer Heidi Tan, writer Kathleen Hepburn, starring Kelly Van der Burg and featuring music by Aimee Bessada and Spencer Creaghan
  • Rupture, written, directed, executive-produced and co-edited by Yassmina Karajah, with assistant art direction by Liz Cairns

Additional alumni works screening at the festival include:

  • Mina Shum's Meditation Park, produced by Raymond Massey and Stephen Hegyes, featuring Don McKellar, will be showcased as the Opening Night Gala Film
  • Cory Bowles’ politically charged Black Cop will screen as part of the Future/Present Series, and stars Sophia Walker and features music by Dillon Baldassero

Congratulations to all of our alumni with films at VIFF, FIN and Calgary Film this year!

CLICK HERE for more information on FIN.
CLICK HERE for more information on Calgary Film.
CLICK HERE for more information on EIFF.
CLICK HERE for more information on VIFF.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications