CFC Celebrates Strong Alumni Presence at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

CFC Celebrates Strong Alumni Presence at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

Over 40 alumni projects will participate in this year’s festival lineup

Toronto, September 2, 2014 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is pleased to announce that numerous alumni-led projects will screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 4 to 14, 2014. This year’s festival lineup boasts an impressive roster of alumni talent working behind and in front of the camera. Two CFC shorts, STILL and WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, will have their world premiere in the Short Cuts Canada programme. CFC extends congratulations to all of the alumni, project participants and mentors participating in this year’s festival.

The Special Presentations programme sees the world premieres of the CFC/Telefilm Canada Feature Comedy Exchange projects Preggoland, produced by Kevin Eastwood with screenplay written by Sonja Bennett, who also stars as the comedy-drama’s adult-child Ruth; and October Gale from director Ruba Nadda (CFC mentor), starring Actors’ Conservatory alumnus Eric Murdoch.

The Discovery programme selections include the following alumni projects, all of which are seeing their world premieres: Bang Bang Baby, from writer/director Jeffrey St. Jules, executive producer Christina Piovesan (CFC mentor), producer Daniel Bekerman and editor Matt Lyon; Guidance from director/writer/star Pat Mills, executive producer Alyson Richards, editor Bryan Atkinson,with music by Menalon - Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos; Wet Bum from executive producer Daniel Bekerman, producers Paula Devonshire and Lauren Grant and editor Jorge Weisz; Songs She Wrote About People She Knows from producer Amy Belling; We Were Wolves from director Jordan Canning, executive producer Laura Perlmutter, producer/star Steve Cochrane and editor Jonathan Eagan; and Backcountry edited by Dev Singh. The TIFF Next Wave Committee has also identified alumni projects Wet Bum and Guidance as selections that will appeal to the next generation of film lovers.

TIFF’s Short Cuts Canada programme sees the premieres of two CFC shorts produced through the Short Dramatic Film Program: STILL from writer/director Slater Jewell-Kemker, producer Courtenay Bainbridge, writer Kaveh Mohebbi and editor Maureen Grant, starring Actors’ Conservatory alumnus Giacomo Gianniotti; and WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU, from writer/director Rob Grant, producer Luke Black, writer Stu Marks and editor Victor C. H. Fan. Six alumni projects will also have world premieres in Short Cuts Canada: An Apartment from director Sarah Galea-Davis, executive producer Dave Derewlany and editor Stephen Philipson; Burnt Grass starring actor Alex Paxton-Beesley; The Underground from executive producer Paula Devonshire, editor Kye Meechan with music by Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos; Entangled from writer/director Tony Elliott, producers Chris Bennett and Jordan Walker, editor Adam Locke-Norton,with music by Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos; Day 40 with music by Joseph Murray and Lodewijk Vos; and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer from writer/director Randall Okita.

In addition, CFC mentorJohn Paizs sees his film Crime Wave screen in the TIFF Cinematique programme. Alumni Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart have been named 2014 Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! finalists with their project Dog Beach, Florida; alumnus Dylan Reibling has been selected as a 2014 Talent Lab Participant; and Paula Devonshire, Judy Holm, Geordie Sabbagh and Marc Stephenson have been selected to participate in TIFF’s Producers Lab Toronto.

This year’s alumni achievements will be celebrated at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser taking place on Sunday, September 7, 2014from 12:30 to 3 p.m. ET. CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw will host Canadian and international onscreen talent as well as film, TV and digital media professionals on CFC’s campus. The CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser is one of the CFC’s biggest fundraising events that supports the development of Canada’s creative and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries.

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