CFC Alumni Shine at TIFF 2016

Updated August 30, 2016

CFC Alumni Shine at TIFF 2016

More than 50 alumni attached to 26 projects will participate at festival

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Toronto, August 18, 2016 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) celebrates another stellar year of alumni successes at the premier North American film festival, the 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF). As directors, producers, writers, editors, composers and actors, CFC alumni at TIFF demonstrate an array of contemporary Canadian talent.

We are especially proud to announce that TIFF will be screening the world premiere of the 2016 CFC short dramatic film CLEO, written and directed by Toronto/Serbia-based director Sanja Zivkovic, edited by Chris Mutton and original score composed by Armen Bazarian and Casey Manierka-Quaile. Also, TIFF’s prestigious Rising Stars program jury selected 2015 CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Grace Glowicki as one of their five stars to watch. Stay tuned for her three new films in theatres soon, including Tito, which marks her directorial debut.

TIFF’s star-studded Galas and Special Presentations will spotlight CFC alumni in these hotly anticipated features:

  • The gorgeously animated Window Horses, directed by Ann Marie Fleming and voiced by recent Order of Canada inductee Don McKellar
  • Tense coming-of-age drama and Cannes hit Mean Dreams, executive-produced by Jonathan Bronfman, produced by William Woods and associate-produced by Courtney Bainbridge
  • Gala headliner The Headhunter’s Calling, produced by Daniel Bekerman
  • The buzzed-about Toronto-set Below Her Mouth, starring Natalie Krill
  • Maudie, penned by Sherry White, about one of Canada’s premier folk artist overcoming juvenile rheumatoid arthritis
  • The late Carol Shields’ novel Unless comes to the screen, produced by Jennifer Kawaja and line-produced by Derek Rappaport
  • Romeo and Juliet meets the Arctic in Two Lovers and a Bear, produced by Jonathan Bronfman with supervising producer Daniel Bekerman
  • Weirdos, the latest from Canada’s prolific director Bruce McDonald, produced by Marc Almon and Mike MacMillan, written by Daniel MacIvor and co-produced by Marc Tetreault

In addition to CLEO, CFC talent covers the eclectic Short Cuts programs:

  • 3-way (Not Calling), directed by Molly McGlynn, produced by Matt Code, edited by Christine Armstrong, music and original score composed by Casey Manierka-Quaile and starring Emily Coutts
  • 5 Films About Technology, starring Supinder Wraich
  • Emma, produced by Lauren Corber, edited by Bryan Atkinson, with music by Ben Fox
  • Four Faces of the Moon, sound and music composed by Menalon
  • Hand.Line.Cod, directed by Justin Simms
  • Mariner, executive-produced by Jordana Aarons, with music and original score by Erica Procunier
  • Shahzad, directed by Haya Waseem, who is currently in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program Directors Lab
  • The Smoke, produced by Jennifer Shin
  • Your Mother and I, directed by Anna Maguire, produced by Kat Hidalgo, music and original score by Ben Fox, edited by Maureen Grant and starring Don McKellar

In TIFF’s prestigious documentary series, two Canadian films were directed by CFC alumni: Nicholas de Pencier’s Black Code and Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams.

Three films stand out with CFC talent in the Discovery series, including Arq, directed by Tony Elliott, edited by Kye Meechan and original score co-composed by Bryce Mitchell; Hello Destroyer, executive-produced by Trish Dolman; and the anticipated Jean of the Joneses – directed, produced and co-written by Stella Meghie, edited by Aren Hansen and produced by Amos Adetuyi.

A special treat this year will be a live table reading of the 2015 Telefilm Canada Pitch This! winning project, Demonalatry, written and directed by Daniel Perlmutter.

In addition to these alumni-helmed films and live table read, CFC alumni Randall Okita, Reem Morsi and Slater Jewell-Kemker will be 2016 Talent Lab participants, and Telefilm Canada Pitch This! finalists draw from CFC alumni with Mary Goes Round, pitched by Matt Code and Molly McGlynn; The Art of Being Busy, pitched by Lauren Grant and Lauren Corber; and To Be Continued, pitched by Rob Grant, Luke Black and Mike MacMillan.

CFC Media Lab was at TIFF Bell Lightbox August 19-21, as part of the virtual reality and immersive media event, POP 03. CFC Media Lab partnered with VICE Canada, Occupied VR, the National Film Board and TELUS Fund to create and screen Cut-Off, an immersive 360° VR documentary experience that places the viewer in the middle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's historic visit to Shoal Lake 40, a First Nation in Canada without access to clean water. Viewers also could visit Cross Lake, where a state of emergency was declared after a wave of youth suicides.

CFC extends an enthusiastic congratulations to all of our alumni at this year’s TIFF, and will celebrate their achievements at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser on September 11, 2016, on the CFC grounds from 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw will host select Canadian and international onscreen talent as well as film, TV and digital media industry professionals. The Fundraiser supports the development of Canada’s content creators and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries.

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