showcase 2016

Thank you to everyone who came out to watch the 2016 WIFT-T showcase and congratulations to all selected filmmakers.

The Audience Choice Award went to:

THE FOREIGNER
Director | Maya Bedward
Writer | Maya Bedward
Producer | Kate Fraser
Submitting Member | Maya Bedward, director/writer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Kate Fraser, producer

The Best of Showcase Award went to:

THE FOREIGNER
Director | Maya Bedward
Writer | Maya Bedward
Producer | Kate Fraser
Submitting Member | Maya Bedward, director/writer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Kate Fraser, producer

The Best Screenplay Award went to:

BENJAMIN
Director | Sherren Lee
Writer | Kathleen Hepburn
Producer | Courtenay Bainbridge, Marc Tetreault, William Woods
Submitting Member | Courtenay Bainbridge, producer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Simone Smith, editor

Congratulation to the 2016 WIFT-T Showcase Award winners!


 

2016 WIFT-T SHOWCASE PROGRAM

AND THEY WATCHED

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And They Watched is a horror morality tale about a custodian of an electric chair. The custodian, numb to the gruesome reality of his job, faces the specter of the chair’s last casualty.

Director | Vivian Lin
Writer | Vivian Lin
Producer | Jennifer Millington
Submitting Member | Vivian Lin, director/writer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Jennifer Millington, producer

BENJAMIN

Benjamin

Six months into a dual surrogate pregnancy between two gay couples, baby Maya dies in utero. When grieving mothers Sophie and Della realize they may not be able to conceive again, they ask to keep the remaining child for themselves, fracturing the idealistic arrangement the four friends once had and forcing the men to make an impossible decision.

Director | Sherren Lee
Writer | Kathleen Hepburn
Producer | Courtenay Bainbridge, Marc Tetreault, William Woods
Submitting Member | Courtenay Bainbridge, producer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Simone Smith, editor

ELIGIBLE

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A wheelchair user who is navigating online dating meets a sobering reality.

Director | Lizz Hodgson
Writer | Joey Christopher
Producer | Inga Dievulyte
Submitting Member | Lizz Hodgson, director

THE FOREIGNER

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When a reclusive gringo stumbles into an underground Brazilian forró party, he is forced to embark on the journey out of his own shell. A poetic portrait of Toronto’s Latin folk scene, The Foreigner is a short film about finding ourselves in the magical worlds that exist beings our city walls.

Director | Maya Bedward
Writer | Maya Bedward
Producer | Kate Fraser
Submitting Member | Maya Bedward, director/writer
Other WIFT-T member on the project | Kate Fraser, producer

IRIS

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Devoted teenage boyfriend Marshall worries his girlfriend Iris, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, might be losing her grip on reality when she tells him she sees another world.

Director | Simone Stock
Writer | Simone Stock, Jay Randall
Producer | Misha Skoric, Simone Stock, Jay Randall, Miles Dale
Submitting Member | Simone Stock, director/writer/producer

PAINTED GIRL

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When Maddie receives an unexpected package in the mail her life is turned upside down. The contents of the package are jolting, setting off a string of memories reminding her who she is at her very core. A startling discovery within the box sets her life on a new course, secretly giving her the power to make change and escape a volatile relationship.

Director | Jennifer Walden
Writer | Jennifer Walden
Producer | Jennifer Walden
Submitting Member | Jennifer Walden, director/writer/producer

SULLY’S

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Tucked away in an industrial west-end neighbourhood is an old school boxing gym that once trained the likes of Nicky Furlano, George Chuvalo and even Muhammad Ali. This documentary looks at the rise and fall of Toronto’s boxing scene, and how Sully’s gym helped build great boxers out of the city’s most troubled youth.

Director | Althea Manasan
Producer | Althea Manasan
Submitting Member | Althea Manasan, director/producer

WE MAKE STORIES OUT OF TOTEM POLES

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The Kwakwaka’wakw First Nation of Vancouver Island is recognized internationally for its rich history of art and expert craftsmanship. The long-lasting effects of residential schools left many carvers disconnected from the meanings and stories behind traditional carvings. This short film opens a window into the world of Charles Joseph, a residential school survivor and a rare master carver in the community that still knows the stories.

Director | Patricia Marcoccia, Sean Stiller
Writer | Patricia Marcoccia
Producer | Patricia Marcoccia, Sean Stiller
Submitting Member | Patricia Marcoccia, director/writer/producer


Thank you to our 2016 Selection Committee 

  • Adria Budd Johnson (Writer & Producer, Process Entertainment Inc.)
  • Colette Vosberg (Director of Business Affairs, Secret Location)
  • Debra Chesley (Writer)
  • Jennifer Curtin (Director of Business Development, CineSend)
  • Jennifer Mesich (Independent Producer & Filmmaker)
  • Jennifer Stewart (Director of Marketing and Development, ACCT)
  • Kerry Kupecz (Vice President, Distribution & Marketing, Unobstructed View)
  • Kristen Henderson (Casting Director, LMJ Casting Inc.)
  • Lisa Gotlieb (Coordinator, Drama, Independent Production, Bell Media)
  • Lisa Rose Snow (Independent Writer, Director, Producer & Actress)
  • Nicole Mendes (Executive in Charge of Production – Drama, CBC)

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