CFC Celebrates the World Premiere of Four Alumni Films at TIFF 2019

CFC Celebrates the World Premiere of Four Alumni Films at TIFF 2019

CFC productions 'MEASURE' and 'FLOOD' selected for TIFF’s celebrated Short Cuts Program, alongside features Easy Land and Tammy’s Always Dying, developed at the CFC

Toronto, August 1, 2019 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is proud to announce that two of its most recent short films have been invited to have their world premiere at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), running from September 5 to 15, 2019. MEASURE and FLOOD, both produced through the 2019 the Cineplex Film Program, will screen in the Short Cuts program.

In addition, two features, Easy Land and Tammy’s Always Dying, were developed as original feature concepts at the CFC, and will have their world premieres in the Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema programs respectively.

All four films were developed through their filmmakers’ time as residents in the Cineplex Film Program. Together, they illustrate that CFC nurtures exciting talent and compelling content – films that make the cut at one of the most fiercely competitive film festivals on the global stage.

The two CFC short productions at TIFF this year include:

  • MEASURE, written and directed by Directors’ Lab alumna Karen Chapman, also a member of Playback’s “5 to Watch” in 2018. Additional alumni involved in the production are producer Elizabeth Melanson, editor Chris Melanchan and composer Jason Couse. The film follows nine year-old Shane, who seems to be wandering the streets of Toronto but is on a secret mission, one he must complete before his mother discovers he was suspended from school.
  • FLOOD, written and directed by Directors’ Lab alumnum Joseph Amenta. Additional alumni involved in the production are producer Daniel Sedore, editor Orlee Buium and composer Stephen Krecklo. The film features a queer teenage boy taking his younger sister on a tenth-birthday adventure involving face paint and glitter. These colourful bandits move through their environments experiencing small joys, until their celebration is interrupted and the cost of their freedom is exposed.

Also, Amenta, Chapman and CFC Features alumna Aisling Chin-Yee (producer of RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS) were all selected to participate in TIFF Filmmaker Lab 2019 (formerly known as TIFF Talent Lab), which selects rising stars in both Canadian and international filmmaking today.

Additionally, Chapman and Directors’ Lab alumna Lisa Jackson, an award-winning film and media artist, were selected to participate in the inaugural 2019 TIFF Talent Accelerator, a customized, year-long development experience for promising Canadian female creators.

Two feature films at TIFF also had their start at the CFC:

  • Easy Land was written and directed by Directors’ Lab alumna Sanja Zivkovic, whose CFC-produced short film CLEO screened at TIFF 2016. Current Producers’ Lab resident Julie Strifler produced the film, and other alumni involved include executive producer Matt Code, editor Chris Mutton and composer Casey MQ. The film was developed at the CFC when Zivkovic was a resident, and it was one of the projects that the CFC recommended for the Telefilm Canada Talent to Watch program. Easy Land follows Jasna, a Serbian architect and mother, trying to create a better future for her daughter, but her mental illness proves to be a problem in their relationship.
  • Tammy’s Always Dying was written by Writers’ Lab alumna Joanne Sarazen, and developed and workshopped during her time as a resident. Two CFC alumnae, director Amy Jo Johnson and producer Jessica Adams, boarded the project post-CFC, and brought on alumnus editor Bryan Atkinson for this dark comedy about addiction, recovery and the female experience.

Sarazen also was selected as this year’s Micki Moore Resident, a new residency program that TIFF established in 2018 for outstanding Canadian female feature film screenwriters. Read our profile of Sarazen, written while Tammy’s Always Dying was wrapping production.

This year’s festival will take place at various venues in Toronto from Thursday, September 5 through Sunday, September 15. Stay tuned for future announcements of more CFC alumni projects when the full film schedule is announced later in August.

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