Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival opens on June 2

News May 28, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

The world is soon to be at the fingertips of Torontonians as the third annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival approaches.

Diversity is the unofficial theme of the festival, connecting the people of Scarborough with the life experiences, cultures and people of the world beyond, through film.

Born and raised in Scarborough, 22 year-old budding director, Alicia Harris said, “Scarborough is often seen as an unknown faraway place.”

Harris hopes events like the festival will attract film fans to come and see what Scarborough has to offer as well as expose people to new and different things.

Audiences will take a whirlwind trip around the globe as the festival will be screening 15 international films from 10 countries, spanning more than five continents.

Included in this cornucopia of international films is Harris’ documentary Fatherhood.

The documentary paints the portrait of a young father and examines the role childhood plays in a man’s ability to parent.

“There is a lot of stuff in the media that portrays teen pregnancy in a negative way and from the female perspective. This was a story that needed to be told,” Harris said.

Fatherhood has already been screened at the Canada International Film Festival earlier this year where the film won the Royal Reel Award.

The Scarborough festival will commence by offering free admission to film-goers on the first day at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Sergei Petrov, executive director and lead programmer of the event said, “The free screenings are meant to make the festival more accessible to people to come out and enjoy.”

Harris is protective of her hometown and hopes that the festival will show people the great things Scarborough has to offer.

“The film festival provides a chance to give Scarborough some positive attention and put Scarborough on the map,” Petrov said.

The festival will also double as a competition.

In-competition, films will be juried by representatives of the Toronto film scene.

The jury committee will include Arshad Khan, director of Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival; Michael Barry, content development and operations at Cineplex Entertainment; Sara Saljoughi, assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto; and Scarborough’s Steven Hoffner, an award winning director.

Audiences will have the opportunity to contribute their own input on the films being shown by participating in the Audience Choice Awards.

Recipients of the Audience Choice Awards will earn a William F. White $1,000 production certificate and an editing suite system from AVID.

Festivals like the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival are important because they allow independent film makers an opportunity to show their work, said Harris.

“I like making documentaries because it allows people to connect with real people,” said Harris.

Stories like Sean Gazmin’s. The young man featured in Harris’ film, a native of Scarborough who tells the story of being a teenage father.

“These are the films that aren’t going to make the most money. It’s not Hollywood but they are important,” Harris said.

The festival will take place from Tuesday, June 2, through to Sunday, June 7, at the Cineplex Coliseum, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Fox Theatre on Kingston Road.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala and screening are priced at $20. General admission tickets will be sold for $10.

There is a students and seniors rate of $8 for regular screenings and $15 for the Opening Night Gala.

Each year the festival experiments by adding new elements to the event in an effort to create an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement for audiences, said Petrov.

This year the festival will include two surprise outdoor screenings.

The pop-up screenings will be held on June, 5 and June 6. Locations for the surprise screenings have not been announced.

“If film festivals like this cause even just one person to go and see an international film, then it’s doing its job,” said Harris.

For more information on how to purchase tickets go to www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com

Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival opens on June 2

Third annual festival features variety of films to be screened at number of locations

News May 28, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

The world is soon to be at the fingertips of Torontonians as the third annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival approaches.

Diversity is the unofficial theme of the festival, connecting the people of Scarborough with the life experiences, cultures and people of the world beyond, through film.

Born and raised in Scarborough, 22 year-old budding director, Alicia Harris said, “Scarborough is often seen as an unknown faraway place.”

Harris hopes events like the festival will attract film fans to come and see what Scarborough has to offer as well as expose people to new and different things.

Audiences will take a whirlwind trip around the globe as the festival will be screening 15 international films from 10 countries, spanning more than five continents.

Included in this cornucopia of international films is Harris’ documentary Fatherhood.

The documentary paints the portrait of a young father and examines the role childhood plays in a man’s ability to parent.

“There is a lot of stuff in the media that portrays teen pregnancy in a negative way and from the female perspective. This was a story that needed to be told,” Harris said.

Fatherhood has already been screened at the Canada International Film Festival earlier this year where the film won the Royal Reel Award.

The Scarborough festival will commence by offering free admission to film-goers on the first day at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Sergei Petrov, executive director and lead programmer of the event said, “The free screenings are meant to make the festival more accessible to people to come out and enjoy.”

Harris is protective of her hometown and hopes that the festival will show people the great things Scarborough has to offer.

“The film festival provides a chance to give Scarborough some positive attention and put Scarborough on the map,” Petrov said.

The festival will also double as a competition.

In-competition, films will be juried by representatives of the Toronto film scene.

The jury committee will include Arshad Khan, director of Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival; Michael Barry, content development and operations at Cineplex Entertainment; Sara Saljoughi, assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto; and Scarborough’s Steven Hoffner, an award winning director.

Audiences will have the opportunity to contribute their own input on the films being shown by participating in the Audience Choice Awards.

Recipients of the Audience Choice Awards will earn a William F. White $1,000 production certificate and an editing suite system from AVID.

Festivals like the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival are important because they allow independent film makers an opportunity to show their work, said Harris.

“I like making documentaries because it allows people to connect with real people,” said Harris.

Stories like Sean Gazmin’s. The young man featured in Harris’ film, a native of Scarborough who tells the story of being a teenage father.

“These are the films that aren’t going to make the most money. It’s not Hollywood but they are important,” Harris said.

The festival will take place from Tuesday, June 2, through to Sunday, June 7, at the Cineplex Coliseum, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Fox Theatre on Kingston Road.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala and screening are priced at $20. General admission tickets will be sold for $10.

There is a students and seniors rate of $8 for regular screenings and $15 for the Opening Night Gala.

Each year the festival experiments by adding new elements to the event in an effort to create an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement for audiences, said Petrov.

This year the festival will include two surprise outdoor screenings.

The pop-up screenings will be held on June, 5 and June 6. Locations for the surprise screenings have not been announced.

“If film festivals like this cause even just one person to go and see an international film, then it’s doing its job,” said Harris.

For more information on how to purchase tickets go to www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com

Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival opens on June 2

Third annual festival features variety of films to be screened at number of locations

News May 28, 2015 by Sam Juric Scarborough Mirror

The world is soon to be at the fingertips of Torontonians as the third annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival approaches.

Diversity is the unofficial theme of the festival, connecting the people of Scarborough with the life experiences, cultures and people of the world beyond, through film.

Born and raised in Scarborough, 22 year-old budding director, Alicia Harris said, “Scarborough is often seen as an unknown faraway place.”

Harris hopes events like the festival will attract film fans to come and see what Scarborough has to offer as well as expose people to new and different things.

Audiences will take a whirlwind trip around the globe as the festival will be screening 15 international films from 10 countries, spanning more than five continents.

Included in this cornucopia of international films is Harris’ documentary Fatherhood.

The documentary paints the portrait of a young father and examines the role childhood plays in a man’s ability to parent.

“There is a lot of stuff in the media that portrays teen pregnancy in a negative way and from the female perspective. This was a story that needed to be told,” Harris said.

Fatherhood has already been screened at the Canada International Film Festival earlier this year where the film won the Royal Reel Award.

The Scarborough festival will commence by offering free admission to film-goers on the first day at the University of Toronto Scarborough.

Sergei Petrov, executive director and lead programmer of the event said, “The free screenings are meant to make the festival more accessible to people to come out and enjoy.”

Harris is protective of her hometown and hopes that the festival will show people the great things Scarborough has to offer.

“The film festival provides a chance to give Scarborough some positive attention and put Scarborough on the map,” Petrov said.

The festival will also double as a competition.

In-competition, films will be juried by representatives of the Toronto film scene.

The jury committee will include Arshad Khan, director of Mosaic International South Asian Film Festival; Michael Barry, content development and operations at Cineplex Entertainment; Sara Saljoughi, assistant professor of English and Cinema Studies at the University of Toronto; and Scarborough’s Steven Hoffner, an award winning director.

Audiences will have the opportunity to contribute their own input on the films being shown by participating in the Audience Choice Awards.

Recipients of the Audience Choice Awards will earn a William F. White $1,000 production certificate and an editing suite system from AVID.

Festivals like the Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival are important because they allow independent film makers an opportunity to show their work, said Harris.

“I like making documentaries because it allows people to connect with real people,” said Harris.

Stories like Sean Gazmin’s. The young man featured in Harris’ film, a native of Scarborough who tells the story of being a teenage father.

“These are the films that aren’t going to make the most money. It’s not Hollywood but they are important,” Harris said.

The festival will take place from Tuesday, June 2, through to Sunday, June 7, at the Cineplex Coliseum, University of Toronto Scarborough and the Fox Theatre on Kingston Road.

Tickets to the Opening Night Gala and screening are priced at $20. General admission tickets will be sold for $10.

There is a students and seniors rate of $8 for regular screenings and $15 for the Opening Night Gala.

Each year the festival experiments by adding new elements to the event in an effort to create an atmosphere of anticipation and excitement for audiences, said Petrov.

This year the festival will include two surprise outdoor screenings.

The pop-up screenings will be held on June, 5 and June 6. Locations for the surprise screenings have not been announced.

“If film festivals like this cause even just one person to go and see an international film, then it’s doing its job,” said Harris.

For more information on how to purchase tickets go to www.scarboroughfilmfestival.com