Story and photos by Allan Tong
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.
|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|