Thursday, September 15, 2016

The gathering of the Canadian film tribe: the CFC BBQ

Story and photos by Allan Tong

"You going to the barbecue?"

If you're a Canadian at TIFF, you inevitably hear that question, followed by, "Did you get an invite?"

Held in the first Sunday afternoon of the festival, "the barbecue" is a gathering of the Canadian film tribe as well as a fundraiser for the Canadian Film Centre. It takes place on the manicured lawns of the CFC far north of the Lightbox but near the millionaire mansions of the Bridal Path. Given its distance and isolation, the barbecue is hard to crash and coveted.

If you're lucky enough to get in, you nibble on burgers, hot dogs and pizza and sip wine and beer that sponsors generously donate. But the real point is to show your face, shake hands and catch up with other Canadian filmmakers from various disciplines. Exchanging business cards is an essential ritual.

Each year, CFC founder Norman Jewison delivers a speech and this year under a sweltering sky, the venerable film director, wearing his "NJ" baseball cap, asked for a moment of silence on the anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
By 3:00, the shuttle buses that earlier had ferried guests from Yonge & Front streets began to take them back downtown so they could catch a film or hit the next party.

Norman Jewison

Editor Greg Hopen

Joan Jenkinson, ‎VP Development at Hungry Eyes Film & TV & director Howard Wiseman

The Eggplant Collective
CFC alumni, screenwriter Jeremy Hull & producer Marc Almon

 Christina Jennings (Chair, Board of Directors, CFC, and CEO, Shaftesbury) 
Director (Kim's Convenience) Gloria Kim and husband Jason

 Slawko Klymkiw, CFC CEO 
Writer-director Dawn Kuisma

Eileen Arandiga, CFC director of operations & special projects

Actor, writer and director Bobby Del Rio enjoying a tasty dessert

Editor Michael Doherty & actress Paula Kaye
Actress Leesa Kopansky

TV writers Sara Basso Mina Sewell Mancuso

ChinoKino editor and director David Eng & editor Tamara Scherbak

Actress Clara Pasieka

 Irene Torres of the band, The Sugar Devils & Julie Federman of LinkedIn

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