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.



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.



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.




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



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.


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Hot Docs is back!


With over 200 films from across Canada and around the world screened to adoring audiences of more than 200,000 people, Hot Docs is North America’s largest documentary film festival. The festival is back for its 25th anniversary, from April 26th to May 6th.


There is so much to take in at Hot Docs this year, it can feel a bit overwhelming. Be sure to familiarize yourself with the films and programs, so that you can better plan your experience. Find all the films and buy tickets here.

Credit: @hotdocsfest


Opening Night


Opening night of any film festival is an exciting experience. Because this year is the 25th anniversary, this opening night is anticipated to be even more special. Come out and celebrate at the Opening Night Screening and Party. It all kicks off with the screening of The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, at 7pm at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema (506 Bloor Street West). The film is an intimate and unflinching look at restaurant kitchens – specifically the hot tempers, high pressure, and tight quarters that can create a toxic work environment. As more restaurant kitchens begin to be run by women, this tense atmosphere may be dissipating, but not without a fight! Chefs share their experiences with inequality and intolerance while continuing the struggle to create delicious dishes and get the job done.


The screening will be followed by the Opening Night Party at The Royal Ontario Museum at 9pm. Enjoy cocktails and canapés, while rubbing elbows with interesting and exciting guests.

Tickets are on sale now. Proceeds help support the Docs for Schools program, providing curriculum and free screenings for teachers and students in Ontario. A tax receipt for $100 will be issued and sent after the festival for each ticket purchased.


Food & Film


If you can’t make the opening night screening, you may want to dig into the Food & Film program. These separately-ticketed events feature food and special guest filmmakers. You can enjoy TURNING UP THE HEAT WITH ANITA LO & MAYA GALLUS on

Saturday, April 28th. Following the 1:15pm screening of The Heat: A Kitchen (R)evolution, there will be hors d’oeuvres, drinks and discussion at Ricarda’s (134 Peter Street).


FREE Daytime Screenings


Seniors and students with valid student IDs can enjoy free admission to films that begin before 5pm – courtesy of CBC Docs! Get tickets at the venue box office on the day of the screening (subject to availability).


Rush Only


When you see Rush Only, that means all advance tickets are sold out – but don’t let that discourage you! There may still be tickets available on the day in the rush line. The rush line begins roughly an hour before show time, outside of the venue. Festival staff will count the empty seats 15 minutes before the screening and a corresponding number of rush tickets will be made available. Over 80 percent of rush line hopefuls have been able to attend their chosen screenings in the past. Good luck!




If you just can’t get enough Docs in your day, the Premium Pass is for you. It allows you to attend screenings without having to get advance tickets or waiting in a rush line. You just show your pass and get a ticket (subject to availability). Other passes and packages are also available.


Festival Highlights


The Beksinskis. A Sound and Picture Album  (Marcin Borchardt. 80 minutes. Polish with English subtitles. Rated 14A)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival: The Beksinskis. A Sound and Picture Album (Marcin Borchardt)


Zdzislaw Beksinski, a famed Polish painter, photographer and sculptor fathered a style he called “dystopian surrealism”. The style seemed to have seeped into his personal life and his relationship with his wife and son. Bekinski documented the tragic downward spiral of their lives on audio and video recordings. Director Marcin Borchardt has put these pieces together to paint an unsettling picture of human consciousness. It is presented as part of the Artscapes program. Find tickets and screening schedule.


Primas (Laura Bari. 99 minutes. French Spanish with subtitles. Rated 14A)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival: Primas (Laura Bari)


Outwardly, Rocio and Aldana appear to be average Argentine teens. You would never know that they have both experienced unimaginable sexual violence and trauma. Rocio and Aldana share a unique bond and inner resilience that is expressed, in part, through theatre, performance art and acrobatics. Director Laura Bari presents an inspiring and insightful testament to the healing power of human imagination. This film will be screened as part of the Silence Breakers program, presented in partnership with OXFAM CANADA. Find tickets and see the screening schedule.


How Do You Feel About Dying (Cameron Mullenneaux. 75 minutes. English. Rated PG)

Credit: Hot Docs Film Festival; How Do You Feel About Dying (Cameron Mullenneaux)


Ethan Rice has been preparing to die all his life. Born with cystic fibrosis, 28 year old Ethan allows director Cameron Mulleneaux to document his final months. Ethan faces death with a dark sense of humour and concern for those he will leave behind. Ethan’s father, a Vietnam veteran with PTSD is with Ethan night and day. Through home movies, Ethan’s original music and stop-motion animation, the film focuses on what lies beyond the fear of death and what can be found there. This film is part of the International Spectrum program.

Find tickets and screenings.


Experience the insight, entertainment and connection of the world’s finest documentaries at the 25th anniversary of the Hot Docs Film Festival.


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Check out TIFF Next Wave


The creative energy of youth is worth celebrating. The TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is a collection of some of the most creative minds and emerging artists in the world of filmmaking and beyond. It’s an opportunity to see what is coming next, and to mix and mingle with industry professionals and the most promising emerging artists. There are panels, parties, and workshops to attend, and of course, lots of great movies to watch. The big bonus of this youth-based film festival is that all the films are free to watch for anyone under 25! How many will you see?


There is too much happening at this year’s Next Wave Film Festival to cover it all, but here a few highlights to get excited about.


In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg


Kick off your festival experience on February 15th at 7pm, at TIFF Bell Lightbox for In Conversation With… Amandla Stenberg. Amadla is a boundary-pushing voice in the film industry and beyond, having starred in the Hunger Games franchises and the much-anticipated Hate U Give. Hear the young creator and activist in person on her work in film as well as the Art Hoe Collective.


Tickets are $11.50 for anyone under 25 or with a valid student ID, and $23.75 for adults/seniors.


Battle of the Scores + Opening Night Party


Rock out with some of the city’s finest high-school bands on Friday, February 16th at 7pm – as they perform original soundtracks for a scene from the short film Master Controlled by Ryan Bobkin and Ethan Godel. There will be prizes awarded by the audience as well as a panel of industry judges. Matt Johnson and Jay McCarrol from Nirvanna the Band the Show, are your hosts for the evening. Your ticket to Battle of the Scores also gets you into the Opening Night Party.


Young Creators Co-Lab


The Young Creators Co-Lab is an all-day gathering and collaborative space for young and emerging filmmakers that offers a chance to connect with industry professionals. It’s happening on Friday, February 16th, at 9am, register now! If you (or your child) can’t commit to the full day, there are drop-in sessions for sale for $5. Tickets are available 10 minutes prior to each session’s start time on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Films


Every film on the Next Wave Schedule is worth checking out. Best of all, the films are free for all people under 25! Here are a just a few selected highlights to look forward to:


A Kid From Somewhere

A Kid From Somewhere: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


A Kid From Somewhere provides a glimpse into the world of three young and talented creators; photographers Olivia Bee and Patrick O’Rourke, and Nigerian-born musician La Timpa. There will be a post-screening panel with Bee and O’Rourke, as well as filmmakers Paul Johnston and Adam Beck. Tickets for the February 17th screening are available now.


Person To Person

Person to Person: courtesy of TIFF Next Wave Film Festival


Director Dustin Guy Defa’s Person To Person screens on Sunday February 18th at 5pm.

Tickets are on sale now. Fashion Idol and internet publishing sensation, Tavi Gevinson plays a queer teen struggling with the idea that she may be attracted to a boy. The film features spectacular performances from a stellar cast, including Michael Cera, Abbi Jacobson, and Philip Baker Hall, that make this tonally brilliant piece really shine.


High Fantasy


High Fantasy is the second feature film from South African director Jenna Bass. As four friends awaken on a camping trip, they find themselves inhabiting one another’s bodies. It has a raw, reality-TV style that is grounded by the realistic performances form Qondiswa James, Liza Scholz, Nalo Khumalo and Francesca Michel, all of whom are co-writers of the script. Get your tickets now for the screening on Sunday, February 18th, at 7:45pm.


Come on out and get a glimpse of what is coming next in the world of film at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival – February 16th to 18th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.

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Don’t miss the Regent Park Film Festival


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.


Credit: @regentparkfilm


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.

Credit: Regent Park Film Festival




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.




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.




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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