Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival!

Background image is of film to be screened, The Breadwinner

 

The longest running free community film festival in Toronto, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns for its 16th season from Wednesday, November 14th to Saturday, November 17th, 2018. The Festival is dedicated showcasing the films of local and international independent talent. The films showcased are selected because they break cultural stereotypes, are relevant to people from all walks of life, and reveal the multi-faceted realities of being a human being.

 

A Rich History

 

This community festival began as the result of the determined efforts of community residents and volunteers. It was established with the goal of offering residents of Regent Park, and beyond, access to quality films that resonate with their personal experience. Its purpose was for residents to come together as a community to enjoy and engage with film, both as a means of human expression and as a catalyst for change.

 

Here is a little bit of what you can expect and look forward to at this year’s Festival.

 

EMERGING DIRECTOR’S SPOTLIGHT

Photo credit: Film “A Little Different” directed by Kayla Resendes, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The Emerging Directors’ Spotlight is the opening night program for the festival. It takes place on November 14th, from 7:30 pm until 10 pm, and features some of the most promising talents and work from female directors under 26 years old. Following the screenings of their short films, there will be a Q&A session and a pitch contest with an Industry Panel. Attend to see who wins the cash prize to fund their next project! Be advised that the program contains mature subject matter. Some scenes of the films that will be screened contain nudity and a description of suicide.

 

The films included in this year’s Spotlight are:

 

A Little Different — Directed by Kayla Resendes

This 12-minute film follows a young boy and his mother as they work through the challenges they face as Portuguese Canadians.

 

The Citizen — Directed by Rebeca Ortiz

A 5-minute documentary following Fernando Ortiz. Fernando moved to Canada from Chile in the 1980’s in order to escape the dictatorship of Pinochet. Watch to follow his 25-year journey to become a Canadian citizen.

 

1 vers(us) 1 — Directed by Kourtney Jackson

This 5-minute experimental film takes you inside the mind of a young woman dealing with the intersectionality of faith, womanhood and the immigrant experience.

 

Feathers Falling — Directed by Maddy Pilon

A 20-minute documentary that examines the shocking death rates of Indigenous youth in Canada.

 

SELECTED FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING

Photo credit: Film “The Breadwinner” directed by Nora Twomey, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

The program schedule for this year’s Festival offers an impressive selection of feature films, shorts, documentaries, workshops, mixed media installations and Virtual Reality experiences. These are a few of notables you won’t want to miss.

 

The Breadwinner

On Saturday, November 17th, attend a breakfast screening of the celebrated animated feature The Breadwinner, Directed by Nora Twomey. A free breakfast will be served at 9 am and the movie will start at 10 am. You can watch the trailer for the film here.

 

Digital Activism Panel

The Digital Activism Panel gathers local artists and filmmakers together to discuss and explore the impacts and implications of the #MeToo movement on communities of colour, trans folks and beyond. Panellists will focus on how their work engages with ideas of social justice, sexual literacy and more. Join the discussion on Saturday, November 17th, from 12 pm to 1:30 pm.

 

Virtual Space

In addition to the films, this year’s festival offers Virtual Spaces on November 15th and 16th, from 4 pm to 8 pm, and on November 17th from 11 am to 8 pm. These VR and video-based pieces are connected by a common theme of what it means to inhabit ground — where we stand and who we stand with. These spaces are open to the public, with no reservation required.

 

Home Made Visible

Photo credit: Film “Portrait of a Zamboni Driver” directed by Nadine Arprin, courtesy of Regent Park Film Festival

 

Home Made Visible is a collection of 7 short docs and mixed media installations from the BIPOC communities (Black Indigenous People of Colour) who are not proportionately represented in all media. Home Made Visible is a part of the free year-round programs run by the festival. Its mission is to expand the representation in Canada’s media archives of Indigenous and Visible Minorities by digitizing old home movies for free. This program runs on November 17th, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm.

 

This is only a sliver of what you can expect to see on the silver screen and beyond at the 16th annual Regent Park Film Festival. Come and see what you’ve been missing all these years. The Festival is free to attend, but your seats should be reserved in advance.

 

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Don’t miss aluCine!

 

Since 1995, the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival has been providing one of the most comprehensive platforms for independent Latin media makers from across Canada and around the globe. It’s the longest-running Latin film festival in Canada and returns to venues across Toronto from Wednesday, October 3rd to Saturday, October 6th.

 

The focus of aluCine is to provide a voice for Latin artists who work outside of mainstream media programming. Voices that would otherwise go unheard are given a forum for cultural representation within an international context.

 

Whether it’s fiction, documentary, animation or experimental film, aluCine seeks to keep the Latin film culture thriving with a variety of feature-length and short films.

 

The vision for this year’s edition of the Festival is a reflection on perspective and diversity. How each individual perceives their reality differently and the factors that help to shape that perception; their culture, their customs and their history.

 

Films will be screened at Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W), CineCycle (129 Spadina Ave.), TMAC (32 Lisgar Street) and Art Square (334 Dundas St. W). All films are presented with English subtitles. All regular screenings are restricted to those 18 years of age or older according to the Ontario Theatres Act.

 

Tickets

 

General Admission tickets for regular screenings are $15 for adults and $8 for students and seniors. The Opening and Closing Night Gala screenings with reception are just $20.

 

Opening Night Gala – Wednesday, Oct 3rd

7pm-9pm

 

This year’s Opening Night Gala features the Canadian Premiere of the documentary Ciro and Me / Ciro y yo. This is the remarkable story of Ciro Galindo and the film’s director, Miguel Salazar. Back in 1996, Salazar travelled to Galindo’s small Colombian town to photograph its famous river, Caño Cristales. Ciro’s 14-year-old son was the expedition’s guide. When the boy tragically drowns, the task of informing Ciro fell on Salazar. This unbearable situation formed an unbreakable friendship between the two men. The war and conflict in Colombia in the following years brought even more hardship and tragedy into Ciro’s life. Salazar reunites with his friend and together they journey through the tragic past of Colombia and their own personal life experience. Get tickets now.

 

The Love & The Fury / El amor y la furia — Thursday, October 4th

 

The lengths we will go to to protect our loved ones or to follow our dreams and ambitions, is explored in these films. We can be motivated by light or by darkness. Our quest can be noble or absurd. Watch as these protagonists push it to the limit and beyond to try and manifest the reality they want. This film will be presented at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm to 9 pm, on Thursday, October 4th, 2018.

 

#nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America — Friday, October 5th

 

Check out #nofilterneeded Reflexions from Latin America on Friday, October 5th at Jackman Hall, from 7 pm until 9 pm. The films screened at this event explore what we do in the darkest moments to preserve a sense of hope. In this collection of films, the characters attempt to transcend their seemingly inescapable situation.

 

Short for Shorties Special Edition / Cortos para chicos — Saturday, October 6th

 

Calling all kids and their grown-ups! On the final day of the Festival (Saturday, October 6th,

from 2 pm until 4 pm), it’s time for Shorts for Shorties at Toronto Media Arts Centre (TMAC 32 Lisgar Street, Toronto). This year, all the best shorts from the Festival’s previous editions will be screened in one place! Enjoy all the fantasy, beauty and humanity with these unforgettable stories. These might just be the best-animated shorts from Latin America! Get your tickets, today.

 

Closing Party and Award Announcement — Saturday, October 6th

 

The Closing Party and Award Announcements will take place on Saturday, October 6th at

Jackman Hall Cinema (317 Dundas St. W, Toronto) from 9:30 pm until 11 pm. The screenings begin with the short documentary film: Fantasia/Fantasy about Victor Yanqui, a Toronto mechanic by day, and singer in a popular salsa band by night.

 

The closing feature film for this year is Ruben Blades Is Not My Name / Yo No Me Llamo. This is the Canadian Premiere of the award-winning documentary of the man Garcia Marquez described as “the most famous unknown person.” Ruben Blades, and his socially charged lyrics and explosive rhythms, helped bring salsa music to an international audience during the New York Salsa revolution during the 1970’s. He is a 17-time Grammy award-winner, acted in movies, earned a law degree from Harvard, and ran for President of Panama. Enjoy a 50-year journey through Blade’s extraordinary life with director Abner Benaim’s film about this living legend. Get your tickets for the Closing Night Gala, today!

 

Explore the diversity and wonder of your community with this year’s edition of the aluCine Latin Film + Media Arts Festival.

 

Greenrock Property Management Limited wants to help you experience all the culture and diversity that your community has to offer. For information on Greenrock Communities, including Village Green (50 Alexander Street, 40 Alexander Street and 55 Maitland Street), please visit our website.