For eight years now Bern Euler and his team of programmers have been putting on the Canadian Film Fest. Not to be confused with its dozens of brethren in the city of Toronto, Euler and company tend towards programming low budget and microbudget films that tend to get lost in the crowded indie film marketplace. Aiming to help bring some of the best in independent Canadian features and shorts greater exposure, the Canadian Film Fest has held true to its all Can Con mandate in a country where distribution is often hard to come by. In many ways over its short life, it has become the Slamdance to TIFF’s Sundance, a festival of alternative programming that often goes overlooked.
The festival of 6 features and 14 shorts kicks off this weekend at The Royal with an opening night screening of Patch Town on Thursday, March 20th at 7:00pm, a highly anticipated independent production based on a short film that made waves at TIFF a few years back. The festival continues with an eclectic blend of mostly comedies and thrillers through Saturday night. A package of Canadian shorts will screen on Saturday at 2:00pm, and each feature gets a short paired up with it. The festival also contains an industry component, the centrepiece of which is a daylong filmmaking masterclass with Indiecan Entertainment founder Avi Federgreen from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, admission to which also includes a festival pass.
For more information, tickets, and a full list of features, shorts, and industry events, please visit the Canadian Film Fest website. For our reviews of several of the features playing this year’s festival, look no further.
Afterparty (Closing Night Gala) (Kirk Haviland)
The Birder (Andrew Parker)
H&G (Andrew Parker)
Patch Town (Opening Night Gala) (Andrew Parker)
Play the Film (Dave Voigt)
The Privileged (Andrew Parker)