Seven Bravo!FACT-funded short films to screen at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival

CTV is proud to recognize the seven Bravo!FACT-funded (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) short films selected to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Along with this year’s films, a total of 68 Bravo!FACT shorts have screened at the Festival over the past 11 years. Six of the short films have their world premiere in the Short Cuts Canada programme. The seventh selection is set to premiere in TIFF’s Midnight Madness programme.

“I am delighted that the shorts awarded Bravo!FACT grants have been recognized by one of the world’s most respected film festivals,” said Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT. “The filmmakers selected to screen at TIFF are exceptionally talented and this is a tremendous opportunity for them to showcase their work on an international level.” 

CTV and Bravo!FACT celebrate the short films selected this year with a breakfast that honours all of the filmmakers in the Short Cuts Canada program. The breakfast brings together up-and-coming filmmakers with TIFF veterans to call attention to Canadian films’ bright present and future. The breakfast takes place this Friday at CTV’s Queen St. headquarters. 

This year, the following seven films receive their world premiere at TIFF: Living History (Isaac Cravit), File Under Miscellaneous (Jeff Barnaby), Turkey (Sara St. Onge), The Legend of Beaver Dam (Jerome Sable), The Adder’s Bite (Firas Momani), Interregnum (Nick Fox-Gieg), and Yesno (Brian D. Johnson).  Films in the Short Cuts Canada programme (all except The Legend of Beaver Dam) are set to screen in programmes scheduled at the Isabel Bader Theatre, TIFF Bell Lightbox, and Jackman Hall at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

CTV congratulates the Bravo!FACT TIFF selections:

Living History

Writer/Director Isaac Cravit’s comedic yet poignant tale about the growing separation in the relationship between a recently divorced father and his teenaged son during a small-town re-enactment of the Upper Canada Rebellion. 


File Under Miscellaneous

File Under Miscellaneous explores a spiritually exhausted and destitute Mi’gMaq man who has resolved to assimilate into the ruling culture. The poem is adapted by Mi’gmaq Jeff Barnaby from the Pablo Neruda poem “Walking Around” and the film features musician Glen Gould. 



As a woman struggles with her first Thanksgiving as a stepmother, the tension in Sara St. Onge’s Turkey becomes extreme when the ex-wife shows up for dinner. 


The Legend of Beaver Dam

When a campfire song summons the deadly Stumpy Sam, easily-scared Danny’s worst fears are realised in Writer/ Director Jerome Sable’s short film. 


The Adder’s Bite

Writer/Director Firas Momani’s second TIFF selection, The Adder’s Bite, is a philosophical chapter about a man telling a story of his encounter with a serpent. 



Director/Writer/Voice Actor/Animator Nick Fox-Gieg created an animated short based on the extraordinary career of René Carmille, a Resistance agent in Vichy, France – and arguably history’s first computer hacker. The short features the voice of Colm Feore.



This experimental animated short written and directed by Brian D. Johnson is based on the book by Dennis Lee, published by House of Anansi Press, and includes voices by Michael Ondaatje, Margaret Atwood, Leonard Cohen. A conjurer deals an extinction deck in an apocalyptic suite that mixes live action and animation, poetry and music, calligraphy and DNA.

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