CFC Talent Onscreen and Behind the Scenes at TIFF 2018

CFC Talent Onscreen and Behind the Scenes at TIFF 2018

An array of CFC alumni and resident projects, pitches and talks makes CFC a vibrant industry presence at the prestigious festival

Toronto, August 22, 2018 – The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) proudly announces an array of CFC alumni and residents who will be participating in the 43rd edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs from September 6 to 16 in downtown Toronto. As actors, composers, directors, editors, producers, speakers and writers, their involvement ranges from presenting their films to pitching new projects. These alumni (shown below in bold) represent the breadth and dynamism of contemporary Canadian talent involved in many of the festival’s buzziest projects – a hallmark of the CFC’s role in contributing to the festival over the past 30 years.

TIFF’s star-studded Special Presentations programme spotlights CFC alumni in these hotly anticipated features, all world premieres:

  • Anthropence, the latest project by award-winning Canadian filmmaking team Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky and and CFC alumnus Nicholas de Pencier, follows up their earlier Manufactured Landscapes with a new, sobering look at our destructive reengineering of the planet.
  • The coming-of-age drama of a teenage boy, Giant Little Ones, is directed by Keith Behrman, also has Daniel Bekerman as executive producer, Lauren Grant as co-producer and Brendan Brady as line producer.
  • Paula Devonshire is line producer on Neil Jordan’s anticipated psychological thriller, Greta, about a lonely, mysterious widow whose friendship with a naïve young woman takes on an increasingly sinister tones.
  • Tickets will be hard to come by for The Grizzlies, directed by CFC alumna Miranda de Pencier, produced by alumnus/mentor, Damon D’Oliveira, and made in creative collaboration between de Pencier and Inuit producers Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and Stacey Aglok MacDonald – the inspiring, true story shot on location in MacDonald’s community in Nunavut.
  • Strike-it-rich drama The Hummingbird Project stars Anna Maguire in a tale of two scheming cousins who try to build a thousand-mile-long, four-inch-wide tunnel from Kansas to New Jersey that will give them a one-millisecond edge on transactions at the New York Stock Exchange.
  • Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece features the talents of CFC producer alumni Brendan Brady and Jennifer Shin, as well as CFC mentor Christina Piovesan. The film adapts an award-winning two-hander about an aspiring writer attempting to reconcile her feminism with the conformist choices of her mother after her mother's sudden death.
  • Director Stella Meghie returns to the festival after her 2016 hit Jean of the Joneses with her follow-up feature, The Weekend, in which an acerbic comedian becomes romantically entangled with her ex, his new girlfriend and another guest on a weekend getaway.
  • Through Black Spruce, directed by writer-director alumnus Don McKellar (who also was the recipient of our 2016 CFC Award for Creative Excellence) explores how a young Cree woman’s disappearance traumatizes her family and triggers events in both Toronto and the remote Northern Ontario community she fled years ago.

  • Cineplex Entertainment Film Program alumnus Matthew Hannam worked on two Gala Presentations screening this year: Wildlife, the directorial debut of actor Paul Dano (Prisoners), starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Carey Mulligan; and Vox Lux, which features Natalie Portman as a pop star driven by tragedy. 

Nicholas de Pencier will also be speaking at the TIFF Industry Conference, a six-day event taking place from September 7 to 12, on the Foundations panel on post-production. The Foundations stream is designed for up-and-comers and explores all aspects of the business, from craft to distribution, with tangible tools for creative practitioners.

TIFF Docs features Tiffany Beaudin’s editing on Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz, the fascinating portrait of Ben Ferencz, the last surviving Nuremberg Trial prosecutor, who continues to wage his lifelong crusade for law and peace.

In the exclusive Short Cuts programme, look for the highly anticipated directorial debut from editor Matthew Hannam, Paseo, a richly textured and eerie short film that traces the journey of an alienated woman visiting Barcelona. Additional kudos go to 2018 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program producer Evren Boisjoli for his work on Fauve; set in a surface mine, two boys sink into a seemingly innocent power game with Mother Nature as the sole observer. And don't miss CBC Actors Conservatory alumna Grace Glowicki in Glitter's Wild Women, a dramedy about sisters who gain strength through (you guessed it) glitter. 

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The Discovery series spotlights the future of world cinema and shines with CFC talent in two films. Clara, which Matt Lyon edited and for which Jonathan Kawchuk composed the music, chronicles an obsessive astronomer and his unconventional research partner searching for the existence of life on distant planets. Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers, which Simone Smith edited, Matt Code and Paul Barkin executive produced and for which Casey MQ composed music, tells the tale of two young women desperate to escape their repressive small town.

CFC’s Andria Spring was a producer of the Midnight MadnessAssassination Nation, a Salem-set thriller in which four young women are accused of hacking and publishing their community’s private information, launching a proverbial witch hunt with very real consequences.

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From the 2017 CBC Actors Conservatory, Devery Jacobs is one the four Canadian TIFF Rising Stars, which features the talents and careers of Canada’s most gifted up-and-coming actors. Born in Kahnawà:ke Mohawk territory, Jacobs is an actor and filmmaker who gave an award-winning performance in CFC Features' RHYMES FOR YOUNG GHOULS

Devery can be seen in TIFF 2018 Gala Presentations selection The Lie, which co-stars Peter Sarsgaard, Mireille Enos and Joey King. Also look for her on upcoming TV shows Cardinal, American Gods and alumni Dennis Heaton and Shelley Eriksen’s The Order.

The 20th edition of Telefilm Canada’s PITCH THIS is a hot-ticket industry event showcasing new voices in Canadian filmmaking. So it’s no surprise to see it well represented by CFC alumni on four of the six selected teams:

  1. Born out of their time working together in the 2017 Cineplex Entertainment Film Program, producer Alona Metzer, director Thyrone Tommy and writer Marni van Dyk are dream-teaming up for Learn to Swim. Here, a jazz musician tries to escape after a tragic and mysterious loss, only to find himself haunted by the painful truths of his past.
  2. Josh Epstein wrote and produced last year’s CFC Features film, TIFF hit and TIFF Top 10 selection ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SCHOOL. He joins the team pitching Saint Joan’s Seven, in which a washed-up wrestler meets his toughest match when he’s forced to mentor the Saint Joan’s Seven — a class of misfit, juvenile delinquent girls with a knack for violence.
  3. The Incident Report features director Naomi Jaye. Mid-level librarian Miriam Gordon begins receiving a series of odd, increasingly hostile letters from a mysterious author who casts himself as Verdi’s tragic hunchback, Rigoletto, and Miriam as Gilda, his murdered daughter.
  4. Gharrett Paon and Bretten Hannam team up for Wildwood. This inspiring two-spirit coming-of-age drama focuses on a rebellious Mi’kmaw teenager who runs away from home to find his birth mother and reclaim his heritage.

Earlier in July, TIFF announced new participants in their Share Her Journey Campaign, which includes several CFC alumnae: two of the campaign’s ambassadors are actor-producer Jennifer Podemski of Moccasin Flats and writer-director Molly McGlynn of Mary Goes Round (a film first developed in our Cineplex Entertainment Film Program’s Writers’ Lab); and writer Nikki Saltz has been named the inaugural Micki Moore Resident for her feature screenplay, Work It.

CFC warmly congratulates all of our alumni participating in this year’s prestigious festival. We will celebrate their achievements in person at the CFC Annual BBQ Fundraiser on September 9, 2018, on the CFC grounds from 12:30 to 3 p.m. CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus Norman Jewison and CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw will host select Canadian and international onscreen talent as well as film, TV and digital media industry professionals at this popular annual fundraiser, which supports the development of Canada’s content creators and entrepreneurial talent in the screen-based entertainment industries.

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