... FESTIVALS ::
... MOMENTS ::
CANADIAN FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL
Year Two - 2005
An interactive panel discussion at the host hotel included Robin Rhodes of the Peter F. Drucker award-winning Film Circuit, and Genie award-winning actress and director, Sarah Polley, and a standing room only industry crowd.
L-R, Gemini award-winning Director / Writer / Actor Sarah Polley (SIBLINGS; THE SECRET LIFE OF WORDS; EXOTICA; ROAD TO AVONLEA) with Festival Director Bern Euler.
L-R, Actor Shauna McDonald (SAINT RALPH) and Kendra Black, President, 4Front Film Services. A Canadian Film Centre short film in which Shauna starred, the cleverly twisted Porcelain Pussy, was a huge hit with audience members at the festival and for good reason. Kudos to director Denise Blinn, writer Andrew Kelm, and actors Shauna MacDonald and Frank Chiesurin for a surprising and very clever variation on an old theme.
Some of THE OVERLOOKERS cast and above-line crew, with Bern Euler, Festival Director. This feature, written and directed by Christopher Warre Smets (2nd from right), and produced by Stennar Strom (3rd from right), claimed the prize for Best Feature. Well deserved. This tight, momentum-building film featured mostly solid performances, great music, an intelligent script, and, was made for a shoe-string budget of about $10,000 (Cdn) leaving many amazed at the accomplishment.
L-R, Lawyer / Producer Naomi Zener talks with the ever-unpredictable TV personality J. R. Diggs at Toronto Film Studios.
Directors and actors join Festival Director Bern Euler on-stage after a Saturday afternoon screening of outstanding Canadian short films.
Partial cast and crew from the feature film THE OVERLOOKERS accept their award for Best Feature from Festival Director Bern Euler on the final evening of the festival.
(L) Director Chris Smets (THE OVERLOOKERS) with Kelsey Matheson of the First Weekend Club, celebrating his new award for Best Feature.
L-R, Kendra Black, President of 4Front Film Services and triple threat Director / Actor / Writer Don McKellar (WHERE THE TRUTH LIES; CHILDSTAR; THE RED VIOLIN) still smiling after a spirited conversation about the definition of the word "independent" in independent film. Note to Don: There is no better definition than Atom Egoyan's.