|Toronto, ON - March 7, 2019 – The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) announced its lineup for the 2019 edition of the indie-spirited festival dedicated to celebrating Canadian filmmakers, The Festival will open with Shane Belcourt’s Red Rover, starring Kristian Bruun and Cara Gee following a lonely geologist qualifying for a one-way mission to Mars with the help of an offbeat musician, and will close with Jaren Hayman’s documentary This is North Preston about the economic and racial struggles in the largest black community in the country. Continuing the Festival’s commitment to support Canadian independent films, this year the CFF introduces a second Homegrown Shorts programme. Nine features and 28 shorts will screen over the five-day event including six World Premieres, ranging in stories from deep exploration to historical satire, intense thrillers to warm romances. The 13th edition of CFF will take place March 19-23 at Cineplex’s Scotiabank Theatre in Toronto. Tickets can be purchased at canfilmfest.ca.
“This year’s lineup is one of the most entertaining programmes yet and we’re delighted that once again we can give Toronto audiences the opportunity to see them on the big screen,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “We are also honoured to welcome award-winning film producer Don Carmody to our first Producing Masterclass, inspiring and supporting a network of Canadian artists.”
This year’s feature film highlights include the Toronto Premiere of the compelling documentaryWolves Unleashed: Against All Odds about world renowned animal trainer, Andrew Simpson and his difficult task training wild Mongolian wolves in China for the film Wolf Totem; as well as the World Premieres of Gord Rand’s biting satire Pond Life about suburban dreams and family nightmares and John Geddes' thriller Creep Nation, which explores society’s chaotic relationship with privacy on social media.
CFF will also present two incredible Homegrown Shorts programmes for the first time including the Toronto Premieres of Shelley Thompson’s drama Duck Duck Goose about an elementary school teacher and her students coping with fear and guilt during a school lockdown; Juan Riedinger’s A Snake Marked about a convict forced to examine his own place in the world when his estranged father visits; and Shane Day’s directorial debut The Desolation Prize, a throwback to the 60s style hammer horrors, but with a modern edge. The Festival is pleased to screen seven shorts that will have their World Premieres including Chala Hunter’s directorial debut Moon Dogwith Martha Burns and Alice Snaden.
The Festival will host a number of engaging industry events and workshops including the first ever Producers Masterclass with legendary producer Don Carmody exploring small and large budget films; a panel discussion on transitioning from the big screen to the small screen; and a panel with film festival programmers on how they programme their events. Visit canfilmfest.ca for details on the Industry programme in the coming days.
For the complete list of titles for this year’s festival, click HERE. More information can be found atcanfilmfest.ca.
ABOUT THE CANADIAN FILM FEST:
The Canadian Film Fest (CFF) is a non-profit organization that is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent. Film-loving audiences come to enjoy a diverse selection of 100% Canadian film screenings (features & shorts) and filmmakers flock to the CFF's various industry events to take advantage of essential networking opportunities. CFF's mission is to celebrate the art of cinematic storytelling by showcasing Canadian films and filmmakers.
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