September 1, 2020

WINNERS 2021

WINNERS 2021

Here are the Winners of the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2020

No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k): The Beautiful Logic by Tomomi Muraguchi
Micro-Budget Feature (budget under $250k): Along Came Wanda by Jan Miller Corran
Low-Budget Feature (budget over $250k): Good Life by Bonnie Rodini
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature: The Immensity and Carl Sagan by Clara Martínez- Lázaro
Thriller Feature: The Lost One by Damian Hussey
International Feature: Let Go by Brigitte Drodtloff
Documentary Feature: What Fish Want by Christoph J. Walder
Documentary Short: Fairies Baseball by Ruth Fowler
Music Video: Machine Driven by Luca Schild
Short Film (Jury Award): A Lost Space in the Return by Ferguson Sauvé-Rogan
Short Film (Audience Award): Mirror Jellies by Rebecca Allcock
Short Film (Festival Director Award): Sparks Underwater by Will Hutchins
Animated Short: Akplokplobito by Ingrid Agbo
Horror Short: Katu by Oskar Johansson
Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short: Birthday Boy by Kamran Rathod
Short Short: Lessons by Jude Kalman
Experimental Short: Hess by Lisa Simmons

Screenplay Award categories:
Feature Screenplay: The California Child by Keertana Sreekumar
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay: Secret Library by Laurel King

Here’s the schedule for the 2021 Toronto Independent Film Festival.

All films are screened on the Eventive online platform.

Feature film tickets cost $10 per feature film, shorts blocks cost $10 per 75 minute block.  Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, Sept 9-18.

Shorts Block 1  [Buy here]
Obscenities by Will Nash
Oh, Mighty Ocean! by Nathan Xia
Little Miss Hit Girl by Emily Hannah Ventimiglia
BabyThump by Ian Killick
WHO by Robbin Li

Shorts Block 2 [Buy here]
Birthday Boy by Kamran Rathod
The Queue by Laurie Waplington
Katu by Oskar Johansson
A Trout’s Journey by Felix Emmanuel
The Gardener’s Deities by Pascal Bronner

Shorts Block 3 [Buy here]
Sparks Underwater by Will Hutchins
Resignation Day by Adam Brashaw & Adam Basil
The Rickety Man by Cameron Gallagher
Akplokplobito by Ingrid Agbo
BFF Thelma & Louise: Tanya & Lucy Revisit 30 Years On by Lucy Brown

Shorts Block 4  [Buy here]
The Beautiful Logic by Tomomi Muraguchi
After The Egg by Chelsea Slayter
Defense Contract by Doug LeBow
Alba by Margherita Mazza
Time and Tide by Hannah Hilliard

Shorts Block 5  [Buy here]
Chameleon (A Visual Album) by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Ima Iduozee
Beautiful Moment! by Berkan Dörtkardeş
The Chamber Where A Dreamer Slumbers by Hongbo Cai
HESS by Lisa Simmons
Take a Step by Ben Corlett
Lessons by Jude Kalman

Shorts Block 6 [Buy here]
The Fall by Nathan Horrocks
Eyre & Sea by Jem Cresswell
Fairies Baseball by Ruth Fowler
Black.Eco by Shauna Davis
I See Before Me by Jason J Thomas
Machine Driven by Luca Schild

Shorts Block 7  [Buy here]
The Outsider by Sukhvir Parmar
Ted by Zixin Zhang
The Passing of the Moment: An Athlete’s Journey by Luke de la Nougerede
The Decipio by Jason Gullifer
Mirror Jellies by Rebecca Allcock
Claire by Brendan Kays

Shorts Block 8 [Buy here]
Arabacciu by Oppecini Alexandre
Shadows of the World by Marios P. Papageorgiou
A Lost Space in the Return by Ferguson Sauvé-Rogan
I Hope This Feeling Doesn’t Last by Marie Boulougouris
Urritjara by Tim Georgeson

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Feature Film:
Along Came Wanda (90m) [Buy here]
Directed by Jan Miller Corran

LGBTQ+ ROMANCE
https://www.threewomeninabox.com/along-came-wanda/
A memory jogged by a teapot from an old lover quickly turns into an adventure of discovery for Mary Beth Higgins and her new found friend Wanda as they hit the road in Wanda’s RV/Soup Truck. Along the way they meet guru Daiku and the enticing Laura, a psychic named Davina Moonbeam, a ranch hand Karl and his horse Blaze all the while two friends are falling in love.

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Feature Film:
Architecture of RA (75m) [Buy here]
Directed by Kyle Weyburne

DOCUMENTARY
An exploration of the pyramids and temples of Ancient Egypt, interspersed with snapshots of everyday life from modern day Egypt. The concept is that pyramids were more than simply tombs; they were designed to interact with the sun on a set date in the year.

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Feature Film:
Club Habana (80m) [Buy here]
Directed by Jorge Herrera

DRAMA
Barbara is about to travel to Spain for an exhibition of her paintings. The night before starting her journey there is a hurricane and she has to stay in a nightclub until the morning. During the night she comes into contact with different people who have a variety of conflicts and interests. She is drawn into this microcosm which seems to be a reflection of Cuban society today.

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Feature Film:
Come to Harm (105m) [Buy here]
Directed by Ásgeir Sigurðsson & Anton Karl Kristensen

DRAMA
When his mother relapses, Oliver is forced to go look for his younger brother in the world of crime throughout the night.

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Feature Film:
Drills of Liberation (121m) [Buy here]
Directed by Juan C. Dávila Santiago

DOCUMENTARY
https://instagram.com/simulacrosdeliberacion
After experiencing a ten-year economic crisis, and facing the perils of climate change, Puerto Rican youth do not trust the State anymore. They take to the streets to demand accountability from the government, and organize autonomous community centers to ensure their survival as People of Puerto Rico

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Feature Film:
Good Life (109m) [Buy here]
Directed by Bonnie Rodini

ROM-COM
http://goodlifefilm.co.za/
Olive Pappadopoulous, 35, an Oral Hygienist, flees Cape Town for Greece to try outwit a broken heart, but is faced with the local villagers hilarious hostility and is befriended by a cheeky 7 year old refugee who teaches her how to live “The Good Life”. 

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Feature Film:
Hiroshima: City of Water (68m) [Buy here]
Directed by Chris John Brooke
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DOCUMENTARY
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt14421692/
In Hiroshima water is the element that binds life and death. The seven rivers that flow through the city gave it the name City of Water. Scattered around this huge metropolitan city are monuments to the dead – those who perished both in the moment, and also the aftermath, of the detonation of a nuclear weapon by American forces on 6th August 1945.

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Feature Film:
Let Go (84) [Buy here]
Directed by Brigitte Drodtloff

DRAMA
https://www.losgelassen-film.com/en/home-en/
Six women are forced to stay locked in an apartment. At this point one of them is about to give birth to a baby. All the conflicts, the fighting, the funny and dramatic disputes between them must vanish – confronted by saving a new life.

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Feature Film:
Mise-en-scéne: the artist’s craft (71m) [Buy here]
Directed by Manuh Fontes

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.instagram.com/miseenscene_artesania/
Through the creative process of several artists, the film “Mise en scené, a artesania do artista”, seeks to enhance the importance of art, from the standpoint of the work of philosopher and poet Rainer Maria Rilke.

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Feature Film:
Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature (87m) [Buy here]
Directed by Gale Peter Largey

D0CUMENTARY
“”Nessmuk” is the nom-de plume of George Washington Sears (1821-1890) a poet-philosopher naturalist who is commonly known as the originator of the “Back to Nature Movement.” His books Woodcraft (1884) and Forest Runes(1887) remain classics among naturalists, campers, and survivalists.

A romantic optimist, Nessmuk ‘s final essays envisioned a society in which an inherent human love of Nature would limit the ugly urges for profit leading to assaults on Nature.

 

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Feature Film:
Rico: The Richard Demarco Story (85m) [Buy here]
Directed by Dr Marco J Federici

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.mlcproductionsuk.com/
Emmy award winner Brian Cox (“Braveheart” and HBO’s “Succession”) meets Richard Demarco CBE, the Scottish artist and iconic promoter, who across six decades brought 1000s of artists to the Edinburgh Festival.


FROM SEAN CONNERY TO JOSEPH BEUYS, “Rico” launched the careers of some of the most famous names in contemporary art, also bringing creatives from parts of the globe that many others would have ignored; Poland, Romania, Nigeria, Columbia…yet today, Demarco struggles to make ends meet and is out of favour with the modern art world. Possibly because he fears no one and will call out those he thinks are the charlatans of art.


The film is a “love letter” to the heyday of the Edinburgh Festival and also discusses how art has been commodified by dominant forces. How can society remedy the absence of art in the lives of those who feel excluded from either creating or owning art? Demarco wants to put this right before his final breath!


Brian Cox is joined by the famed Serbian artist, Marina Abramovic among many other names from the art world who ask us to reconsider the contribution of this inspiring man who was voted “European of the Year” in 2014.

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Feature Film:
Seven Square Miles (72m) [Buy here]
Directed by LJ Frizell

DOCUMENTARY
https://lajffilms.org/seven-square-miles-the-film/
Can policing be reimagined? When a small New Jersey city realizes it cannot solve the epidemic of gun violence by arresting their way out of the problem – they try another strategy. With funding from the Attorney General’s office, the city pilots a program to support those who are at risk for reentering the criminal justice system. They call it Trenton Violence Reduction Strategy. With the help of a formerly incarcerated activist and a team of city residents –a young women police detective creates a program whose goal is to support and mentor rather than punish those who are at risk for recidivism. 

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Feature Film:
Some Happy Day (74m) [Buy here]
Directed by Catherine Hill

DRAMA
https://www.instagram.com/somehappydayfilm/
A homeless woman in desperate search of a better life meets a social worker with troubles of her own.

Tina questions whether life is worth it as she tries to find her partner before he spends all the money he has stolen from her. At a crisis centre she meets Frances, a social worker who is 40, finally pregnant and has just discovered her husband’s secret. Their meeting is violently interrupted by Tina’s boyfriend who drags her away. The ramifications lead both women to confront not only their partners, but everything they ever believed in.

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Feature Film:
The Lost One (105m) [Buy here]
Directed by Damian Hussey

ACTION
https://www.damianhussey.com/the-lost-one
While tracking down a missing teenage girl, former police officer Shae Conway uncovers shocking secrets of the elite, who will do anything to keep them hidden.

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Feature Film:
True Calling (88m) [Buy here]
Directed by Erik Knudsen

DRAMA
https://www.onedayfilms.com/films/true-calling/
On the eve of a critical pre-election television debate that he is due to participate in, Josh Joseph, who is earmarked for continued ministerial success, decides, on impulse, to take a significant political risk. He disrupts his hectic electioneering schedule to leave London and drive to the north of England, in order to visit a female childhood friend, Maddy, whom he has not seen for 17 years. He has discovered that she is getting married on the day of the election and is sufficiently troubled by this news to feel the need to intervene in her decision. 

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Feature Film:
What Fish Want (59m) [Buy here]
Directed by Christoph J. Walder

DOCUMENTARY
https://www.ecotone.at/wasfischewollen/
Riverside construction, dams and climate change have had a dramatic impact on alpine rivers – and caused catastrophic environmental damage. This film takes the viewer below the surface, revealing the mating process of brown trout and swimming alongside male graylings as they compete for the attention of the females. 

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Feature Film:
The Turn of the Screw (87m) [Buy here]
Directed by Alex Galvin

DRAMA
http://turnofthescrewfilm.com/
Adapted from the famous Henry James novel, and set in an empty theatre over the course of one evening. Julia finds herself as a last minute replacement for another actress at the dress rehearsal of a stage play version of The Turn of the Screw, set in 1890.

Arriving at the theatre late that night, Julia is immediately thrown on stage and into her role, playing to an empty auditorium. As she interacts with the other characters and the story becomes increasingly terrifying, Julia begins to believe that not only is the fictitious house haunted… but also the theatre itself!
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OFFICIAL SELECTION 2021

SHORT FILMS
Lessons by Jude Kalman
Machine Driven by Luca Schild
Claire by Brendan Kays
Urritjara by Tim Georgeson
I Hope This Feeling Doesn’t Last by Marie Boulougouris
Mirror Jellies by Rebecca Allcock
Take a Step by Ben Corlett
Time and Tide by Hannah Hilliard
BFF Thelma & Louise: Tanya & Lucy Revisit 30 Years On by Lucy Brown
The Gardener’s Deities by Pascal Bronner
WHO by Robbin Li
BabyThump by Ian Killick
A Trout’s Journey by Felix Emmanuel
Akplokplobito by Ingrid Agbo
Alba by Margherita Mazza
HESS by Lisa Simmons
Black.Eco by Shauna Davis
The Decipio by Jason Gullifer
What We Bury (When We Bury Our Dead) by Sebastian Nylén
A Lost Space in the Return by Ferguson Sauvé-Rogan
The Passing of the Moment: An Athlete’s Journey by Luke de la Nougerede
Fairies Baseball by Ruth Fowler
The Chamber Where A Dreamer Slumbers by Hongbo Cai
Defense Contract by Doug LeBow
The Rickety Man by Cameron Gallagher
Katu by Oskar Johansson
Little Miss Hit Girl by Emily Hannah Ventimiglia
Oh, Mighty Ocean! by Nathan Xia
The Queue by Laurie Waplington
Resignation Day by Adam Brashaw & Adam Basil
After The Egg by Chelsea Slayter
Beautiful Moment! by Berkan Dörtkardeş
Eyre & Sea by Jem Cresswell
Ted by Zixin Zhang
Shadows of the World by Marios P. Papageorgiou
Arabacciu by Oppecini Alexandre
The Outsider by Sukhvir Parmar
The Fall by Nathan Horrocks
Chameleon (A Visual Album) by Jaamil Olawale Kosoko & Ima Iduozee
The Beautiful Logic by Tomomi Muraguchi
Sparks Underwater by Will Hutchins
Birthday Boy by Kamran Rathod
Obscenities by Will Nash
I See Before Me by Jason J Thomas

FEATURE FILMS
What Fish Want by Christoph J. Walder
Hiroshima: City of Water by Chris John Brooke
Mise-en-scéne, the artist’s craft by Manuh Fontes
Seven Square Miles by LJ Frizell
Dream Big Little One by Marcus Graham
Some Happy Day by Catherine Hill
Architecture of RA by Kyle Weyburne
Club Habana by Jorge Herrera
Let Go by Brigitte Drodtloff
Nessmuk: In Defense of Nature by Gale Peter Largey
The Turn of the Screw by Alex Galvin
True Calling by Erik Knudsen
Along Came Wanda by Jan Miller Corran
Rico (The Richard Demarco Story) by Dr Marco J Federici
Come to Harm by Ásgeir Sigurðsson & Anton Karl Kristensen
The Lost One by Damian Hussey
Good Life by Bonnie Rodini
Drills of Liberation by Juan C. Dávila Santiago