Alumni Films Head to ‘Canada’s Coolest Film Fest’

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● November 02, 2017 16:05

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Never Saw it Coming

CFC alumni have had a strong presence at Canada’s top film festivals this year (like TIFF, FIN, EIFF, VIFF and Calgary Film), picking up numerous awards along the way. Next up, many alumni films are headed to the 17th annual Whistler Film Festival (WFF) – ‘Canada’s Coolest Film Fest’ – running from November 29 to December 3, 2017.

This year’s festival includes 14 features directed by women, and 67 per cent of its programming consists of premiering Canadian features. Among these films are the following alumni projects, all competing for the $15,000 Borsos Award for Best Canadian Feature:

  • Becoming Burlesque (World Premiere), featuring CBC Actors Conservatory alumnus Gabe Grey, in the First Features lineup
  • The Cannon (World Premiere), produced by Peter Harvey and edited by Jeremy Schaulin-Rioux, which screens as part of the Transgressive Tales film strand
  • Micro-budget thriller Cardinals (Western Canadian Premiere), starring alumna Grace Glowicki, produced by Matt Code, executive-produced by Chris Bennett, with music by Todor Kobakov, as part of WFF’s First Features programme
  • The Definites (Canadian Premiere), edited by Christine Armstrong and featuring actors alumna Cara Ricketts, is also included in First Features programming
  • Juggernaut (Canadian Premiere), screening as part of the Canada 150 lineup, produced by CFC Features alumnus Matthew Cervi, edited by Rob Grant and featuring music by Michelle Osis
  • Mobile Homes (Western Canadian Premiere), line produced by Peter Harvey, which will also screen in the Canada 150 programming strand
  • CFC alumna Gail Harvey’s crime thriller Never Saw it Coming (World Premiere), based on the novel of the same name by Linwood Barclay, features music by Dillon Baldassero and is part of the World Premieres lineup
  • Nobody Famous (World Premiere), produced by alumna Heidi Tan, edited by Maureen Grant and featuring music by Spencer Creaghan and Rebecca Everett, is also part of the World Premieres roster
  • Porcupine Lake (Western Canadian Premiere), from writer, director and producer Ingrid Veninger and edited by Chris Mutton, screens in the Canada 150 film strand
  • Screening alongside Porcupine Lake is The Other Side of Porcupine Lake (World Premiere), a behind-the-scenes documentary that follows Veninger in the making of Porcupine Lake, which will screen in the Doc Bloc of the festival
  • Someone Else’s Wedding (World Premiere), edited by Editors’ Lab alumnus Michael Pierro, included in the World Premieres lineup

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Ordinary Days 

The following alumni features will screen at WFF out of competition:
  • Another Wolfcop (Western Canadian Premiere), featuring current CBC Actors Conservatory Resident Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs, screens as part of the Canada 150 block
  • Ordinary Days (British Columbia Premiere), 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, included in the Canada 150 lineup
  • Netherlands, Italy and Canada co-production Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle, produced by Don Carmody, Producer Chair of CFC’s Film Programs, will screen in the From Overseas film strand

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The Things You Think I'm Thinking

Four alumni shorts will screen at WFF as well:

  • Apart from Everything, edited by Aaron Mirkins
  • Lolzita, executive-produced by Gail Harvey and edited by Diane Brunjes
  • 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
  • We Forgot to Break Up, directed and co-written by Chandler Levack, produced by Nicole Hilliard-Forde, line-produced by Kat Hidalgo, edited by Bryan Atkinson, featuring Grace Glowicki

Additionally, alumnus Brett Hannam is one of six filmmakers selected to participate in the Aboriginal Filmmaker Fellowship at WFF with his short script project Wildfire, and CFC alumnus Charles Officer is one of this year’s jury members for the Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature and alumnus Peter Harvey (attending the festival with his films The Cannon and Mobile Homes) will serve as a jury member for the 11th annual MMPIA Short Film Award.

Congratulations to our alumni involved in WFF 2017.

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Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications