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


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.

Sunday, July 18 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

In celebration of the First Nations people, BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS… four Aboriginal shorts beginning with Moe Clark’s blend of music and spoken word in Intersecting Circles; Lisa Jackson’s Savage and Kate Kroll’s Shi-shi-etko explore the aftermath of residential schools, and Theresa Wynnyk’s The Bear: Looks Within fuses music and animation. (Encore presentation airs July 23 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Monday, July 12 at 10:30 p.m. ET on Bravo!

This special late-night episode of BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS… features a selection of shorts that can only be aired after nightfall. Innu artist Tanya Tagaq captivates in Tungijuq; Randall Okita portrays a psychological struggle in Fish In Barrel; Corey Lee’s In Translation reads between the lines and between the sheets; and the performers in Matt Barnes’ Vaude-A-Villians are not what they seem.

Sunday, July 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS… puts on its dancing shoes this week with Clancy Dennehy’s Metal Dog, which explores the movement in yoga; Pablo Diconca’s Al Dente visits a seductive dinner; Desh Fernando’s Dances for Small Spaces: Ame brings choreography to an unexpected place; while Swing Fling Thing by Sandra Sawatzky and Strings for Two by Bradley Timmins explore the pas-de-deux – Ballet’s step/dance for two. (Encore presentation airs July 9 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Sunday, January 24 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

This week’s episode of BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS gears up for Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games with a selection of shorts focusing on a few of Canada’s ‘ice capades’. Astra Burka’s Innocence on Ice pays tribute to figure skater Petra Burka, who won the bronze medal for Canada in 1964; Olympian Kurt Browning laces up in Clarence Ford’s In the Groove; Shakespeare takes to the rink in Carolyn White & Hope Thompson’s Grace; Eric Warin tells the story of a boy’s love for hockey and the spirit of NHL past in Alexander Awakens the Ghosts; and a hockey legend drives all night through a snowstorm to get to the game in Shannon Farr’s The Boston Bruins’ Eddie Shore. (Encore Presentation: January 29 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Sunday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

Strangers are brought together in unexpected ways in this week’s episode of BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS. A business woman has a surprising encounter with a bicycle courier in 33rd Floor; the music of Miriam Makeba scores a meeting between a tall tourist and a wheelchair-bound local in Help; a lonely nurse cares for an unconscious patient in Infectious; and in Lost and Found strangers’ lives become intertwined after an engagement ring mishap. (Encore Presentation: November 20 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Sunday, November 1 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT on Bravo!

This week’s BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS features four wildly different dance shorts beginning with a beautiful yet dangerous forest creature in the narrative piece Becoming. Plus, commuters bust out b-boy moves in Subway; Pink Navigator reveals a haunting exploration of age; and the jazzy Tofu Meets Greens follows a charming swing dance courtship. (Encore Presentation: November 6 at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT)

Sunday, October 25 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

This week BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS celebrates the work of filmmaker Laura Taler, with her trilogy composed of Love Song, The Sorcerer, and Forsaken. The films all feature Jesse Rosensweet and soprano Tracy Smith Bessette, as well as earlier dance films Moto Perpetuo and The Barber’s Coffee Break.

Sunday, October 4 at 7:30 p.m. ET / 4:30 p.m. PT

This week, BRAVO!FACT PRESENTS…THE WORD’S THE THING with five new shorts celebrating the literary arts. The Stratford Shakespeare Festival’s acclaimed production of Bartholomew Fair features music by ex-Barenaked Ladies frontman Steven Page; Jordan Scott’s verbal tic informs his poetry in Stutter; puppets bring the words of author Martin Ewen to life in Nagasaki Circus; and writing meets animation in Tanya Davis’ How to Be Alone, and John Robert Colombo’s Recipe for a Canadian Novel.

This Saturday, Toronto trades sleep for a celebration of contemporary art and nightlife. On this night, when Toronto is transformed into an open-air art gallery, CTV’s Bravo!FACT’s (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) finest COMEDIC short films are screening at CTV’s street-level studio, 299 Queen Street West. Out of Site: Contemporary Art Works on Queen Street West Presents From Dusk to Dawn: A Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) Screening. This FREE event will run from 9 p.m. Saturday, October 3rd to 7 a.m. Sunday, October 4th.

Bravo!FACT shorts will be screened on a continuous loop both in studio and on a sidewalk-facing screen for pedestrians (with audio until 11 p.m.). Visitors enter the front doors of the Queen St. entrance.

Bravo!FACT shorts screening at Dusk to Dawn are:

SIGH, a physically comedic dance piece about falling in love at the supermarket, conceived by  and starring Joe Cobden, who co-directed with Benjamin Steiger-Levine;

THE PERFECT MATCH, an opera about two lonely sock puppets and their quest for love, directed by Tom Diamond;

LIBRARY RATS, a comedic dance short, starring Montreal-based “Les 5 doigts de la main” directed by Frédérick Pelletier ;

PEN PALS, an animated story of a late night duel between a pencil and a technically superior graphic pen, directed by Art Curry;

THE STRAIGHTJACKET LOTTERY, a black comedy about the thin line dividing the mentally well from the mentally ill, written and directed by Doug Karr;

THE ARGUMENT, a husband’s fantasy about a rebuttal to an argument he imagines having with his wife, starring real-life husband and wife Colin Mochrie and Deb McMgrath directed and produced by Larry Weinstein;

THE GIRLFRIEND INTERVIEWS, an experimental and comical mockumentary about the search for one woman’s next girlfriend, starting Anne-Marie MacDonald, Cara Pifko, Shoshana Sparling, Pamela Matthew, Diane Flacks and others, written and directed by Cassandra Nicolaou;

THE ISLAND, where the filmmaker considers, with the help of animation, a piece of fan mail he received, written, directed, produced and performed by Trevor Anderson

5 DYSFUNCTIONAL PEOPLE IN A CAR, a witty short about a dysfunctional family dropping Grandma off at a retirement home against her wishes, written and directed by Pat Mills;

120 SECONDS TO GET ELECTED, about a politician who seduces a crowd of potential voters in two minutes, directed by Denis Villeneuve;

CATTLE CALL, a short that examines auctioneering as a spoken word art form, directed and animated by Matthew Rankin and Michael Maryniuk;

SKYLIGHT, a cautionary mockumentary set against the foreboding backdrop of the Antarctic, written, directed and animated by David Baas.