TORONTO – Tonight TIFF kicked off its celebration of the best in Canadian film with the announcement of the feature and short film selections for the 13th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. The 10-day festival runs January 3 to 12, 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and features public screenings of the selected films, accompanied by introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers. On , the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival welcomes Academy Award-nominees Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal to TIFF Bell Lightbox to discuss their recent collaborations. The festival will conclude on January 12 with an onstage conversation between Canadian filmmaker John Greyson and Toronto International Film Festival Artistic Director Cameron Bailey. These announcements were made at an industry event in Toronto hosted by Steve Patterson (CBC’s The Debaters). Established in 2001, the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival celebrates excellence in Canadian cinema and raises global awareness of Canadian achievements in film.
“Canadian movies are global movies now, and TIFF's Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival is the best opportunity to see our country's creativity on the big screen,” said Bailey. “In addition to 20 terrific films, we will kick off 2014 with exclusive onstage conversations with Denis Villeneuve, Jake Gyllenhaal and John Greyson — conversations that will capture the ideas that power Canadian filmmaking.”
“This festival is driven by TIFF’s desire to shine a spotlight on Canadian cinema and to celebrate the impressive work of our nation’s filmmakers,” said Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, TIFF.
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival feature film selections for 2013, ordered alphabetically. Synopses below.
Asphalt Watches, Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver (Delusional Brothers)
Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (Entertainment One Films)
The F Word, Michael Dowse (Entertainment One Films)
Gabrielle, Louise Archambault (Entertainment One Films)
Rhymes for Young Ghouls, Jeff Barnaby (Entertainment One Films)
Sarah préfère la course (Sarah Prefers to Run), Chloé Robichaud (Les Films Seville)
Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm), Xavier Dolan (Entertainment One Films)
Vic et Flo ont vu un ours (Vic + Flo Saw a Bear), Denis Côté (Films We Like)
Watermark, Jennifer Baichwal and Edward Burtynsky (Mongrel Media)
When Jews Were Funny, Alan Zweig (KinoSmith)
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival short film selections for 2013, ordered alphabetically. Synopses below.
A Grand Canal, Johnny Ma (Maktub Films)
Quelqu’un d’extraordinaire (An Extraordinary Person), Monia Chokri (La Distributrice de films)
The Chaperone 3D, Fraser Munden and Neil Rathbone
The End of Pinky, Claire Blanchet (NFB)
In guns we trust, Nicolas Lévesque (Travelling)
Noah, Walter Woodman and Patrick Cederberg
Nous avions, Stéphane Moukarzel (Travelling)
Paradise Falls, Fantavious Fritz
Subconscious Password, Chris Landreth (NFB)
Yellowhead, Kevan Funk
In Conversation With... Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal — Sunday, January 5 at 3:30 p.m.With the Hollywood studio film Prisoners and the independent Canadian film Enemy, Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal have struck up a potent director-actor relationship. In this conversation with Cameron Bailey, they will discuss inspiration, working methods and the distance between Hollywood and Toronto.
In Conversation With... John Greyson —
Held for 50 days in a Cairo prison, John Greyson saw his innovative work as a filmmaker suddenly interrupted. In conversation with Cameron Bailey for the first time since they stood on opposite sides of the Toronto International Film Festival’s City to City: Tel Aviv spotlight in 2009, Greyson and Bailey will discuss what it means to make films politically.
Canada Cocktail Party — beginning at
TIFF toasts Canadian film with a fun-filled night in the Bell Blue Room at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Guests can enjoy music, cocktails, and hors d’oeuvres, and get the opportunity to mingle with some Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival filmmakers. The event also includes access to the major TIFF exhibition David Cronenberg: Evolution, and a special installation by the creators of Asphalt Watches, Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman.
Higher Learning presents The C Word: What makes a film Canadian? — Friday, January 10 at 11 a.m.
This free Higher Learning panel features different perspectives from Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival participants, including directors Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls), Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny) and producer Luc Déry (Gabrielle). The panel will be moderated by University of Alberta film scholar and Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival panelist Liz Czach. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office on the morning of the event.
2013 Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Features Panel
A national panel of seven filmmakers and industry professionals selected the best in Canadian feature films.
Daniel Cockburn – filmmaker, writer and video artist (You Are Here)
Liz Czach – Associate Professor at the University of Alberta and former film programmer for the Toronto International Film Festival
Simon Ennis – writer and filmmaker (Lunarcy!)
Martin Katz – producer (A Dangerous Method, Cosmopolis)
Anita Lee – producer (Stories We Tell) and founder of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival
Jason Ryle – Executive Director of imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
Alison Zimmer – Coordinator, TIFF’s Film Circuit
2013 Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival Shorts Panel
A national panel of five filmmakers, journalists and industry professionals selected the best in Canadian short films.
Rafael Katigbak – journalist (Vice, Strut Magazine)
Nathan Morlando – writer and filmmaker (Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster)
Magali Simard – Manager of Film Programmes, TIFF
Mazdak Taebi – writer and filmmaker (Mitra, Mercy)
David Weaver – writer and director (Century Hotel, Siblings, The Samaritan)
Select films will tour major cities across the country, including Vancouver’s Pacific Cinematheque, Edmonton’s Metro Cinema and Montreal’s PHI Centre. Tickets and ticket packages for Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival events at TIFF Bell Lightbox go on sale