​CFC Salutes Alumni Filmmakers and Project Lab Participants at TIFF '11

By CFC Staff August 18, 2011 16:00

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Toronto, August 18, 2011 – The CFC (Canadian Film Centre) would like to congratulate all of its alumni participating in the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Over 30 of our alumni will be participating in this year's festival. CFC is proud of its many alumni who will be showcasing their work across TIFF's diverse programs.

This year's festival lineup boasts an impressive roster of Canadian talent working behind and in front of the camera in a variety of feature-length and short films.

Making its World Premiere among the Gala Presentations is TAKE THIS WALTZ, the second feature film from director/producer/writer Sarah Polley ('01). The film also features a performance by CFC Actors Conservatory alumnus Jean-Michel Le Gal ('09). A funny, bittersweet tale of love, TAKE THIS WALTZ stars Seth Rogen, Michelle Williams, Luke Kirby and Sarah Silverman.

Screening in the Special Presentations category is the war dramaAFGHAN LUKE, co-starring Emmanuel Shirinian ('06), as well as Guy Maddin's KEYHOLE (World Premiere), produced by Jody Shapiro, who is currently participating in CFC NFB Documentary Program.

Among the Contemporary World Cinema selections is the thriller 388 ARLETTA AVENUE (World Premiere) from director/writer Randall Cole ('98), executive producer Vincenzo Natali ('96), producer Steve Hoban ('92) and editor Kathy Weinkauf ('00), the musical adaptation BILLY BISHOP GOES TO WAR (World Premiere), writer/actor: Eric Peterson ('95) and I'M YOURS (World Premiere), from director/writer Leonard Farlinger ('90), editor Matthew Hannam ('09) & star Don McKellar ('92).

Playing in the Vanguard series are the World Premieres of DOPPLEGÄNGER PAUL, a comedy from director Dylan Akio Smith ('06), and i am a good person/i am a bad person, where Ingrid Veninger ('00) fills multiple roles as director, producer, writer and star.

Making its debut in the Canada First program is the teenage gambling thriller THE ODDS (World Premiere) from producer Kirsten Newlands ('03) and editor Greg Ng ('07).

The Short Cuts Canada program plays hosts to the World Premieres of GOOD BOY, producer Chris Bennett ('10), editor Shawn Beckwith ('10) and star Kristin Adams (currently participating in the CFC Actors Conservatory), PATCH TOWN from producer Anneli Ekborn ('04), THE RED VIRGIN by director/producer/writer Sheila Pye ('05), A RIVER IN THE WOODS from director/producer/writer Christian Sparkes (currently participating in the Cineplex Entertainment Film Program's Directors Lab), SORRY, RABBI, producer John Christou ('11), THROAT SONG by director/producer/writer Miranda de Pencier ('98) and UP IN COTTAGE COUNTRY, produced by C.J. Hervey ('04).

Selected for the TIFF Rising Stars Program, a new initiative this year, are Sarah Allen ('09) and Keon Mohajeri ('10). Both are graduates of the CFC Actors Conservatory.

Participating in the Talent Lab are filmmakers Jordan Canning ('10) and Nadia Litz ('09). Alison Reid ('94) and Cher Hawrysh ('05) will be partaking in the OMDC Producers Lab.

Vying for the $10,000 prize of Telefilm Canada's PITCH THIS! are John Christou ('11), with Breaking the Band and Lynne Kam ('05) & Marc Almon ('08) with Pinweight.

Sheila Pye will also be participating in TIFF's Future Projections, a city-wide program of moving-image artworks, with Light as a Feather, Stiff as a Board.

This year's alumni achievements will be celebrated at CFC's Annual Barbeque, taking place Sunday, September 11th from 12:30-3 p.m. CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and Executive Director Slawko Klymkiw will play host a to variety of Canadian and international talent at CFC. The CFC Annual Barbeque is one of our largest fundraising initiatives in support of our many programs.

CFC wishes all of our alumni the best of luck with their screenings, programs and exhibitions as the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival moves forward!

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