Cliffside will kick off upcoming Scarborough Film Festival

News May 15, 2014 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

The second annual Scarborough Film Festival will be hosting films from more than 20 countries this June — but it will kick off with a home-grown short film, Cliffside, by Scarborough native Steve Matthew Hoffner.

“The film is a postcard from Scarborough, to Scarborough and about Scarborough,” said festival executive director Sergei Petrov at the downtown Toronto launch of the east-end film festival.

In its second year, the festival has received a big boost in the form of a new sponsor, the University of Toronto. The festival will run from June 3-8, and will include 16 features and 18 short films.

Those films come from filmmakers around the world — from Canada and the U.S., to China, Poland, Mexico and Somalia.

But Scarborough remains front and centre.

The opening night feature is the North American premiere of Grand Street by Lex Sidon, starring Scarborough actor Michael Wincott and Toronto actor Neal Bledso.

And seven of the films — both shorts and features — have a direct association with Scarborough and Toronto.

Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly both attended the launch.

Crawford predicted big things for the film festival.

“This is going to be seen as a very important film festival in the city,” he said.

“I’m confident this is a film festival that not only the people of Scaroborough are going to come out and see but people from across the city. The fact that we have U of T as a sponsor is indicative of how important this is.”

The festival will run films at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Fox Theatre, Woodside Cinema, Cineplex Coliseum and the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online beginning Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. or at venues on the day of the screening throughout the festival.

For more information vitsit the festival’s website at www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com

Cliffside will kick off upcoming Scarborough Film Festival

Sponsorship by University of Toronto shows growing importance of festival: Councillor Crawford

News May 15, 2014 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

The second annual Scarborough Film Festival will be hosting films from more than 20 countries this June — but it will kick off with a home-grown short film, Cliffside, by Scarborough native Steve Matthew Hoffner.

“The film is a postcard from Scarborough, to Scarborough and about Scarborough,” said festival executive director Sergei Petrov at the downtown Toronto launch of the east-end film festival.

In its second year, the festival has received a big boost in the form of a new sponsor, the University of Toronto. The festival will run from June 3-8, and will include 16 features and 18 short films.

Those films come from filmmakers around the world — from Canada and the U.S., to China, Poland, Mexico and Somalia.

But Scarborough remains front and centre.

The opening night feature is the North American premiere of Grand Street by Lex Sidon, starring Scarborough actor Michael Wincott and Toronto actor Neal Bledso.

And seven of the films — both shorts and features — have a direct association with Scarborough and Toronto.

Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly both attended the launch.

Crawford predicted big things for the film festival.

“This is going to be seen as a very important film festival in the city,” he said.

“I’m confident this is a film festival that not only the people of Scaroborough are going to come out and see but people from across the city. The fact that we have U of T as a sponsor is indicative of how important this is.”

The festival will run films at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Fox Theatre, Woodside Cinema, Cineplex Coliseum and the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online beginning Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. or at venues on the day of the screening throughout the festival.

For more information vitsit the festival’s website at www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com

Cliffside will kick off upcoming Scarborough Film Festival

Sponsorship by University of Toronto shows growing importance of festival: Councillor Crawford

News May 15, 2014 by David Nickle Scarborough Mirror

The second annual Scarborough Film Festival will be hosting films from more than 20 countries this June — but it will kick off with a home-grown short film, Cliffside, by Scarborough native Steve Matthew Hoffner.

“The film is a postcard from Scarborough, to Scarborough and about Scarborough,” said festival executive director Sergei Petrov at the downtown Toronto launch of the east-end film festival.

In its second year, the festival has received a big boost in the form of a new sponsor, the University of Toronto. The festival will run from June 3-8, and will include 16 features and 18 short films.

Those films come from filmmakers around the world — from Canada and the U.S., to China, Poland, Mexico and Somalia.

But Scarborough remains front and centre.

The opening night feature is the North American premiere of Grand Street by Lex Sidon, starring Scarborough actor Michael Wincott and Toronto actor Neal Bledso.

And seven of the films — both shorts and features — have a direct association with Scarborough and Toronto.

Scarborough Southwest Councillor Gary Crawford and Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly both attended the launch.

Crawford predicted big things for the film festival.

“This is going to be seen as a very important film festival in the city,” he said.

“I’m confident this is a film festival that not only the people of Scaroborough are going to come out and see but people from across the city. The fact that we have U of T as a sponsor is indicative of how important this is.”

The festival will run films at the University of Toronto Scarborough, the Fox Theatre, Woodside Cinema, Cineplex Coliseum and the Cedar Ridge Creative Centre.

Tickets can be purchased in advance online beginning Friday, May 16, at 10 a.m. or at venues on the day of the screening throughout the festival.

For more information vitsit the festival’s website at www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com