Toronto’s only free-of-charge community film festival, the Regent Park Film Festival, returns from November 15th to 18th to celebrate 15 years of storytelling. The Festival is held at the Daniels Spectrum (585 Dundas Street East) building.
Expect a great line-up of thought provoking feature length and short films from 26 Toronto-based filmmakers — including four hyperlocal filmmakers from Regent Park. There will also be interactive and informative workshops, panels and virtual reality projects to explore. The festival is a showcase of culturally diverse stories from communities around the globe. It is designed to be accessible to all. The festival is proudly free-of-charge and even includes complimentary child care for attendees.
The festival has been a joyful place for art and community for 15 years. This is no simple feat, and a testament to the strength of Regent Park and the universality of the stories a community like this inspire. – Ananya Ohri, Executive Director
The festival kicks things off with the Emerging Directors’ Spotlight & Pitch Event on Wednesday, November 15th at 7:30 pm. It all starts with a conversation with an esteemed panel of female producers and directors. They will discuss how they got their start in the industry. It will be followed by a presentation of some of Canada’s best new talent as they compete for a $1000 cash prize. Seven female directors – all under 26, will screen their short films and pitch future projects to the panel.
The feature film screenings will begin on Thursday, November 16th at 6 pm with Who’s Streets? — a documentary about the events that led up to the Ferguson protests in 2014. It will be followed by a discussion moderated by journalist Desmond Cole. At 8:30 pm, catch the drama Werewolf — a film about a young couple attempting to deal with the realities of love and addiction. It will be followed by a discussion with director Ashley McKenzie.
The Friday night film is a documentary called Unarmed Verses. The film gives a voice to a 12 year old girl who’s Toronto community, Villaways, faces imposed relocation. It’s followed by a Q&A with director Charles Officer, and producer Lea Marin.
On Saturday, November 18th, wake up to Breakfast & A Movie. A complimentary breakfast courtesy of Bombay Street Foods will be served prior to the screening of Window Horses.
The Closing Night film this year is the coming-of-age comedy Signature Move from director Jennifer Reeder. The screening will begin at 8 pm and will be followed by an awards ceremony.
WORKSHOPS AND EVENTS
In addition to the festival’s feature film and short film screenings, the Regent Park Film Festival will be offering an array of workshops and events to inform and educate, as well as entertain. Workshops are free to attend, however space is limited. A brief online application must be completed to attend. Learn How to Keep Making Films from industry professionals, What Funders Want, or get an Introduction to Virtual Reality.
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
As the only free-of-charge community film festival in Toronto, The Regent Park Film Festival relies on the commitment and efforts of a group of dedicated community residents and volunteers. Through talent, time and will, the festival has managed to grow into a 4-day event with film screenings, school programs and workshops year-round.. The festival strives to celebrate diversity, while uniting the community. All screenings and events are held in the heart of the community at the Daniels Spectrum building.
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