Seven Alumni Films Make TIFF’s Top Ten List for 2018

By Emily Gagne ● December 05, 2018 16:00

This morning, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revealed their favourite Canadian shorts and features of 2018. We are proud to share that seven CFC films from 13 alumni were included in this year’s Canada’s Top Ten list.

In the past, TIFF celebrated their most beloved Canadian films of the year through the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, screening selected works over the course of one week in January. They are changing their strategy this year, offering the Canada’s Top Ten features a chance to have a proper theatrical run at TIFF Bell Lightbox in 2019, with shorts screening in a showcase in the new year.

We look forward to checking out the following alumni projects at TIFF next year!

Three people and a dog stand amongst trash in a dump


This documentary, which looks at humanity’s troubling treatment of Mother Earth, comes from CFC alumnus Nicholas de Pencier and frequent collaborators Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky. TIFF programmer Danis Goulet called the film “a mesmerizing and disturbing rumination on what drives us a species.” In other words, it’s a must-see film for, well, everyone.

Two children look through a window into a building


Since Sundance 2018, where it won a Special Jury Prize, this short film has been making major waves at film festivals around the world. Produced by outgoing Cineplex Entertainment Film Program resident Evren Boisjoli, Fauve pits two boys against each other as they explore a surface mine.

Two girls look at each other while one eats a lollipop


Firecrackers is one of the six features in Canada’s Top Ten directed (or co-directed) by a woman. Jasmin Mozaffari’s feature debut follows two friends (Michaela Kurimsky and Karena Evans) as they desperately look for a way out of their oppressive town. The film, which features original music by Slaight Music Residency alumnus Casey MQ, was edited by Simone Smith, and executive produced by Matt Code and Paul Barkin.


This coming-of-age drama, written and directed by alumnus Keith Behrman, centres on a teenager (Josh Wiggins) and his parents (Maria Bello and Kyle MacLachlan) as they deal with the fallout of “an unexpected incident” at a birthday party. Alumni Daniel Bekerman, Lauren Grant and Brendan Brady worked on the film, serving as executive producer, co-producer and line producer, respectively.

Two women look at the camera while standing and sitting in a change room


Iconic Canadian director Patricia Rozema is no stranger to thought-provoking films and this feature is no exception. Based on the award-winning stage play by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, this drama zooms in on what it means to be a woman, daughter and mother in ways you’d never expect. Brendan Brady also produced this film alongside alumna Jennifer Shin and CFC mentor Christina Piovesan.

Woman looks to the left as she lies down and clutches a pillow


Editors’ Lab alumnus Matt Hannam (Vox Lux, Wildlife) makes his directorial debut with this short, which has its World Premiere at TIFF 2018. Sarah Gadon stars in the film, which follows a woman as she explores Spain (and herself) to varying results.

Side profile of woman in burka as she looks to the left


This documentary follows a woman who aims to defy expectations and join the Palestinian Security Forces. Alumnus Matt Code served as a producer on the film, which received the Special Jury Prize for Canadian Feature Documentary at the 2018 Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Keep checking TIFF’s website throughout the year for updates on when these films and the other Canada’s Top Ten selections will be screening.