Five Alumni Films Named to Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival 2017

By Cory Angeletti-Szasz ● December 06, 2017 13:30

This morning TIFF unveiled the ten Canadian features, shorts and student films of 2017 selected to participate in the 17th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, running from January 12 to 21, 2018 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. We are pleased to share that five alumni films (three features and two shorts) will screen as part of this year’s festival, which TIFF’s Artistic Director Cameron Bailey calls “a vibrant celebration of diversity and excellence in contemporary Canadian cinema.”

A mom and son face each other while dancing at a home school prom.


CFC Features’ award-winning comedy ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL (formerly Public Schooled), written by alumni Kyle Rideout (director) and Josh Epstein (producer) and produced through CFC Features and Rideout and Epstein’s production company Motion 58, will open Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival with a screening on Friday, January 12 at 8:30 p.m., and will play again on Saturday, January 13 at 12 p.m. It will also participate in a cross-Canada tour, screening at TIFF’s partner locations: Montreal PHI Centre on Friday, January 12; Vancouver’s The Cinematheque on Saturday, January 20; Edmonton’s Metro Cinema on Friday, January 26; Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque on Saturday, February 10; with the screening date at Regina’s RPL Film Theatre to be announced. Get more info HERE.

A woman stands in a lake.

Never Steady, Never Still

After a succesful festival run this fall and several award wins, alumna Kathleen Hepburn’s heartbreaking first feature Never Steady, Never Still (developed at the CFC through the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Writers’ Lab) has been selected as one of the best Canadian features of 2017. It also sees a number of additional alumni in key roles: Evan Crowe as associate producer, Lori Lozinski as executive producer, Simone Smith as editor, Liz Cairns as production designer, with music by Ben Fox.

A woman stands in front of a mic in a recording room.

Unarmed Verses

Alumni Charles Officer (writer/director) and Lea Marin’s (producer) critically acclaimed lyrical documentary Unarmed Verses, winner of Hot Docs’ Best Canadian Feature Documentary prize, has also been selected as one of ten features screening in the festival. Learn more on the film HERE.

Three young people stand against a green background.


Among the shorts screening as part of the festival is Rupture, written, directed, executive-produced and co-edited by alumna Yassmina Karajah, with assistant art direction by fellow alumna Liz Cairns. Learn more on the film HERE.

A woman gets her hair done at a salon.

The Drop In

Naledi Jackson’s short The Drop In, edited by alumna Christine Armstrong, will also screen as part of the shorts lineup.

Congratulations to our alumni and all of the filmmakers whose work is being celebrated as the best in Canadian cinema for 2017.

Cory Angeletti-Szasz

Manager, Communications