10 Bravo!FACT-funded short films are set to screen at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

Bell Media congratulates the 10 Bravo!FACT-funded (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) short films selected to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 8 through September 18. Over the past 13 years, 68 Bravo!FACT funded films have had their premiere screenings at TIFF.

“I am so pleased 10 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 TIFF programmers chose their work out of hundreds of submissions and the filmmakers are now in for an exciting festival ride! Bravo!FACT congratulates all the incredibly talented filmmakers who have shorts screenings at TIFF.” 

This year, the following 10 films receive their world premiere at TIFF: Sorry Rabbi (Mark Slutsky), Up In Cottage Country (Simon Ennis), Issues (FLASHPOINT’s Enrico Colantoni), Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage (Stephanie Dudley), The Yodeling Farmer (John Scoles, Mike Maryniuk), Tabula Rasa (Matthew Rankin), Patch Town (Craig Goodwill), Hidden Driveway (Sarah Goodman), We Ate the Children Last (Andrew Cividino) and Good Boy (Isaac Cravit).

Between September 8 – 18, 2011, Good Boy and Hidden Driveway will screen before a feature film while the other titles will be screened in the Short Cuts Canada program. Screening times will be available at tiff.net.


Bell Media congratulates the Bravo!FACT TIFF selections:


Sorry Rabbi (Québec)

Sorry Rabbi features Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, Slings & Arrows) and Jessica Paré (MAD MEN) in a dispute between two worlds, old and new. Sorry Rabbi is directed by Mark Slutsky (The Recommendations).


Up in Cottage Country (Ontario) 

Starring Josh Peace (LIVING IN YOUR CAR), Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo 2) and Liane Balaban (New Waterford Girl), Up in Cottage Country takes its inspiration from Franz Kafka’s story In the Penal Colony. Up in Cottage Country is directed by Simon Ennis whose previous short, The Canadian Shield, was also produced with a Bravo!FACT grant and premiered at TIFF.


Issues (Ontario) 

Written by and starring Hugh Dillon (FLASHPOINT) and directed by Enrico Colantoni (FLASHPOINT), Issues gives an inside glimpse into a therapy session between a depressed and angry clown, and his psychiatrist.


Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage (Ontario) 

This haunting stop-motion short Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage is an exploration of the Galician poetry of Erín Moure. Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage is directed by Stephanie Dudley.


The Yodeling Farmer (Manitoba)

Master Yodeller Stew Clayton, “Canada’s Ambassador of Traditional Country Music,” struts his stuff in the The Yodeling Farmer directed by Mike Maryniuk’s and John Scoles. Mike Maryniuk co-directed Cattle Call, also produced with a Bravo!FACT grant and premiered at TIFF.


Tabula Rasa (Québec)

Tabula Rasa is a phantasmagorical recounting of the Winnipeg Flood of 1950 directed by Matthew Rankin. MATTHEW RANKIN co-directed Ou est Maurice, and co-directed Cattle Call, both of which were produced with grants awarded by Bravo!FACT, and premiered at TIFF.


Patch Town (Ontario)

Stars of Patch Town include Lisa Ray (Water, Defendor), Julian Richings (who has appeared in over 50 films and 20 television series) and curly haired Rob Ramsay (BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE) as the Cabbage Patch orphan who finally grows up. Patch Town is the first narrative film by Craig Goodwill.


Hidden Driveway (Ontario)

Hidden Driveway recounts the tale of two brothers who share a moment of confusion while trying to make sense of family dynamics that are leaving them in the dark. Hidden Driveway is directed by Sarah Goodman (When We Were Boys).


We Ate The Children Last (Ontario)

Based on a short story by award-winning author Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Andrew Cividino’s We Ate The Children Last describes the decay of society as the result of a medical miracle gone terribly wrong. We Ate The Children Last is directed by Andrew Cividino (Mud). Geoff Smart also served as associate director.


Good Boy (Ontario)

What begins as a golden afternoon at the beach for a mother, her child and their dog, ends with suspenseful results. Good Boy is directed and written by Isaac Cravit, whose film Living History, was produced with a grant awarded by Bravo!FACT and premiered at last year’s TIFF.

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