​CFC Films Receive World Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

CFC feature film Nurse.Fighter.Boy and short dramatic film Pudge to receive their world premieres at TIFF

Toronto, July 15, 2008 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is proud to announce that two CFC-produced films created by CFC alumni have been selected for the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 4th – 13th. NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, the 17th feature film produced through the CFC Feature Film Project has been selected to make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Canada First! In addition, PUDGE, created through the CFC's Short Dramatic Film Program will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program.

"As CFC marks a milestone year - its 20th, we are very pleased to be celebrating this momentous occasion by sharing with Toronto International Film Festival audiences, two CFC produced films created by our talented alumni," said Slawko Klymkiw, Executive Director, CFC. "NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY, the CFC's 17th feature film and the 135th CFC short film PUDGE are films that demonstrate CFC's commitment to creating opportunities for Canada's talent to have their work make and showcased to the world. We are delighted that the Festival has chosen to premiere these exceptional films."

A contemporary love story rooted in social reality, NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY is written and directed by first-time feature film director Charles Officer ('02) (Pop Song, Da Kink In My Hair). The director, who received acclaim for his work on the Genie-nominated short film Short Hymn Silent War, teams with Genie Award-winning producer Ingrid Veninger ('00), (ONLY, The Limb Salesman, Gambling, Gods and LSD), who also serves as writer with Officer.

NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY is an urban love story about the soul of a mother, the heart of a fighter, and the faith of a child. Jude is a single mother who descends from a long line of Jamaican caregivers. Silence is a ‘past his prime' boxer who fights illegally to survive. Ciel is a boy who delves into music, conjuring dreams for his mother. During the last week of summer, a late-night brawl finds the fighter in the nurse's care causing their three fates to be forever entwined.

The diverse cast includes Clark Johnson (The Wire,The Sentinel), Karen LeBlanc, Walter Borden, and newcomer Daniel J. Gordon.

NURSE.FIGHTER.BOY is a CFC Feature Film Program and an Eleven Thirteen production, made possible with the financial participation ofTelefilm Canada, CFC, The Movie Network, Astral Media The Harold Greenberg Fund, and Cineplex Entertainment LP and the generous support of the Toronto Film Community. Established in 1992, the CFC Feature Film Project (FFP) is a comprehensive, development and production focused mentorship program, for up and coming Canadian feature filmmakers, providing 100% of the financing and mentorship needed for the successful development, production and marketing of dramatic feature films.

PUDGE, produced through the 2008 CFC Short Dramatic Film Program will screen in the Short Cuts Canada program. Pudge (Director: Annie Bradley ('00), Writer: Tina Cooper ('00), Producers: Ani Baravyan, Antonella Lacaprara ('03), Avi Federgreen, Editor: Dominique Naipaul (‘00) stars Laytrel McMullen as Violet, a pudgy 12-year-old girl who lands in foster care in the projects, and has to start all over, new school, new rules, and a frosty new roommate.Hassled by schoolyard bullies about her ill-fitting winter coat, Violet vows to earn the money to buy herself a new one. But when she finds employment with Edith (Anne Anglin), an elderly eccentric shut-in, Violet earns an unlikely friendship that fits her best of all.