The 9th annual Regent Park Film Festival starts today in Toronto and continues into the weekend. The festival is a community event that is held free-of-charge to all participants. It holds school events during the weekdays for grades 1 up to grade 8.
Tonight's opening night screening will be Community Stories: Youth Media Arts Program, a collection of short films by local filmmakers. The short films include My Brothers Keeper (Ally Rheaume), Love and Defiance (Jeffrey W. Pike), The Queen (Christina Chloe), Stories from the Inner City – Assumptions (Sheena D. Robertson, Peter Wanyenya), Stories from the Inner City – Responsibility (Sheena D. Robertson, Piregashni Chandrakumar), Is That Me (Elijah Hasan), Relativity (Elijah Grenier, Angeline Blattenbauer, and Ellen Vickrey), I Want It (Murray Toews), In Bubble Trouble (Iain Kew Lee) and Girls' Talk (Mayye Zayed). Many of the filmmakers will be in attendance.
The closing night screening will be the feature film Bang Bang by Byron Q. The director and the cast members will be in attendance.
The festival states the following:
Regent Park is an area in transition, largely populated by new immigrants and Aboriginal Peoples. Created in 2003, Regent Park Film Festival (RPFF) is Toronto's ONLY free-of-charge community film festival dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to residents of the largest and oldest public housing in Canada. The films we present reflect key themes such as, immigration, inner city issues, cultural identity and multicultural relationships. RPFF’s principle activity is to organize an annual festival along with year-round school and community screenings, panel discussions, performances and professional training at no cost. The festival aims to reach isolated communities throughout Regent Park and beyond and provide a forum for them to engage in critical dialogue on social issues and to enjoy films from all over the world.All events take place at Lord Dufferin Public School, 350 Parliament St. The festival continues until Saturday, November 5.