CANADIAN FILM CENTRE ALUMNI TAKE CENTRE STAGE ONCE AGAIN AT TIFF 

Posted: Sep 7, 2023

As the world descends on Toronto for the 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to celebrate the alumni and residents that will showcase their latest works this month, with numerous features and shorts participating in TIFF 2023. Including several world and North American premieres, the CFC alumni-led projects represent some of the buzziest titles at the Festival this year. 

“Every Fall our CFC filmmakers and creators light up the Festival scene with their incredible talent and this year is no different,” said maxine bailey, executive director, CFC. “The creativity that is emerging from CFC gets stronger and bolder every year, and we are immensely proud of this new generation of storytellers.”

CFC residents and alumni were involved in 12 of the Canadian features in this year’s lineup, in addition to five shorts. The full lineup of titles involving CFC talent are listed below:

CENTERPIECE

  • Fitting In: Molly McGlynn (writer + director), Maureen Grant (editor), Brendan Brady (executive producer), Marni Van Dyk (actor)
  • Hey Viktor!: Simon Baker (associate producer + (actor) 
  • In Flames: Zarrar Kahn (writer + director), Shant Joshi (executive producer), Kalaisan Kalaichelvan (original music), Craig Scorgie (editor)
  • Kanaval: Henri Pardo (writer + director). Developed and supported through Netflix Content Accelerator

DISCOVERY

  • Backspot: D.W. Waterson (director + producer), Joanne Sarazen (writer), Devery Jacobs (actor + producer), Thomas Antony Olajide (actor), Alona Metzer (producer), Remy Huberdeau (editor)
  • I Don’t Know Who You Are: Spencer Creaghan (composer)
  • The Queen of My Dreams: Marc Tetreault (producer), Damon D’Oliveira (executive producer), Simone Smith (editor), Ali A. Kazmi (actor)

MIDNIGHT MADNESS/ TIFF NEXT WAVE SELECTS

  • Hell of A Summer: Christine Armstrong (editor), Gharrett Patrick Paon (line producer, production manager)

PLATFORM

  • The King Tide: Christian Sparkes (director), William Woods (writer + producer), Emily Piggford (actor)

PRIMETIME

  • Bria Mack Gets A Life: Jessica Meya (co-producer + writer), Mark Montefiore (executive producer), Katie Chipperfield (editor), Gloria Tong (editor)

SHORTCUTS

  • Aftercare: Maureen Grant (editor)
  • Express: Malachi Ellis (producer)
  • Motherland: Jasmin Mozaffari (director + writer)
  • This Is Not About Swimming: Marni Van Dyk (writer + director + executive producer), Baun Mah (editor), Daniel Jun (actor), Natalie Urquhart (executive producer), Matt Code (executive producer), Julie Strifler (executive producer), Virginia Kilbertus (original music)
  • The Skates/Les Patins: Xi Feng (editor)

TIFF CLASSICS

  • Artie Shaw: Time Is All You’ve Got: Brigitte Berman (writer + director)

TIFF DOCS

  • Mr. Dressup: The Magic Of Make: Aeschylus Poulos (producer)

Full list of Canadian titles can be found at TIFF.net.

INDUSTRY SELECTS

  • The Boy in the Woods: Katherine Fogler (actor) 

See the full list of industry selects here.

Additionally, CFC alumni are participating a number of industry initiatives and ceremonies:

TIFF FILMMAKER LAB

2023 Filmmaker Lab Participants

  • Chandler Levack
  • Haya Waseem

See the full list of participants here.

SERIES ACCELERATOR

2023 Series Accelerator Participants

  • Exile: Kevin Dong (producer)
  • Out of Pocket: Cory Bowles (producer) + Cazhhmere Downey (writer)

See the full list of participants here.

TIFF EVERY STORY ACCELERATOR 

  • Karen Chapman

See the full list of participants here

2023 CMPA INDIESCREEN AWARDS NOMINEES

Established Producer Award

  • Marc Tetreault: The Queen of My Dreams
  • William Woods: The King Tide

Kevin Tierney Emerging Producer Award

  • Alona Metzer: Backspot

CFC warmly congratulates all of the residents and alumni participating in this year’s festival!


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