FILM SUBMISSIONS ARE NOW Closed
Films will be announced and weekend passes go on sale on August 23.
Schedule will be announced and individual programs will go on sale September 24.
In our third year, we are focusing on the region of Southwestern Ontario, Canada. We are looking for films that have at least one member of the key artistic team that has spent a significant time in the area or films that were filmed in or are about the region. The key artistic team includes director, writer, producer, DOP, sound design and actors. Subject matter or setting of the film is not restricted to the region.
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SHORT FILM Less than 40 minutes in length
FEATURE FILM Less than 120 minutes in length
SHORT DOCUMENTARY Less than 40 minutes in length
DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM Between 40 to 120 minutes in length
SHORT ANIMATION More than 2 minutes and less than 20 minutes in length
FEATURES AND SHORTS JURY
Over the last two decades, Susan has worked as a marketing executive in both the Music and Film Industry. Currently, she is on a new journey working in film production in marketing and development. In 2016 Susan became a founding partner of United Front Entertainment- VP of Acquisitions and Marketing. Previously as the Executive Director of Marketing/Acquisitions for Anchor Bay Entertainment Canada, Susan released over 1000 titles into the Canadian retail marketplace, over a 100 of which were Canadian acquisitions. She is a champion of new talent, enjoying the energy and ingenuity of the creative folks she meets in the independent film community while successfully bringing their projects to the marketplace.
Director George Mihalka is known for the ease with which he moves from drama to comedy in theatrical features and television, both in English and French. George’s films, television movies, miniseries and episodic work have been honoured with over 50 nominations and awards in Canada, the United States, and around the world.
His international features include the cult horror classic MY BLOODY VALENTINE, and BULLET TO BEIJING, starring Michael Caine and Michael Gambon. His film BLUEMAN won the prestigeous PRIX DE PUBLIC prize at the Avoriaz Fantastic Film Fest in France. In Quebec he is known for the box office hits LA FLORIDA, L’HOMME IDEAL, LES BOYS IV, and the smash hit TV series SCOOP, OMERTA, L’HAUTE SURVEILLANCE.
George’s series, 24 HOUR RENTAL a caustic gangster satire aired on Superchannel to rave reviews. George developed, co-wrote the bible and the 13 part story arc. He was also Director/Execuctive Producer of all 13 episodes.
Other television series credits include multiple episodes of the award winning dramas DaVINCI’S INQUEST and JOZI-H (CBC). George has also directed episodes of LOST GIRL (SHOWCASE), TRANSPORTER (HBO/M6/RTL), THE FIRM (NBC), and KING (Global). His long-form television credits include the Gemini Award winning Dr. LUCILLE (CTV), starring Louis Gossett Jr. and Marina Orsini, and STICKS AND STONES (CTV), starring David Sutcliffe. Winner of the Shaw Rocket Prize for Best Canadian Youth and Family Film, Sticks and Stones also won Best Foreign Feature Drama at the Los Angeles International Family Film Festival and earned Gemini nominations for Direction and Best Film.
Craig Thompson is a veteran producer, director and writer with more than 25 years in content creation, production and management in the Canadian and international film and television industry. His talent as a storyteller has taken him to the front lines of conflict, given him a vantage point on the world’s most incredible locations and allowed him to meet and interact with the most notable personalities of our time. His ability to motivate teams of creative people, manage complex projects, navigate international partnerships and negotiate complicated financing deals has resulted in film and television productions that have earned numerous industry awards and nominations including the Canadian Screen Awards, Gemini Awards and the Irish Film and Television Academy Awards. He currently boasts five films currently streaming worldwide on Netflix.
Beyond his production work, Thompson is also an experienced educator, committed to inspiring the next generation of media professionals. He is a Professor in the History Department at the University of Waterloo where he teaches a course on storytelling and documentary filmmaking. He is also a published author, an engaging speaker, and sought-out conference panelist. Recent feature documentary credits: The Truth is in the Stars (2017), Mostly Sunny (2016) Chaos on the Bridge (2014).
In 2002, he launched Markham Street Films Inc. with partner Judy Holm. MSF produces film, television and award-winning documentaries. The feature-length documentaries McNamara has written and directed have all won Geminis and been nominated for others: Radio Revolution: the rise and fall of The Big 8; 100 Films & A Funeral; Acquainted With the Night. McNamara has also won Geminis for directing episodes of MSF’s series Driven by Vision (17x30min on outsider art) and Fanboy Confessional (6x30min). Recently he wrote and directed both Lights Out for CBC’s Nature of Things; and Ice Sweat & Tears for CBC’s Doc Zone.
Kelly Peckham is a respected director/producer in factual programming. Armed with a journalism degree, she left her hometown of London to work in national broadcasting in Toronto for nearly 25 years. Her experience ranges from national news and current affairs, to children’s and lifestyle programming, to many years spent producing documentary-style segments and shows for Discovery Channel Canada. Kelly has also worked as a production executive overseeing series being produced for a network. She loves great characters, strong storytelling and compelling content. Now, she’s living back in London and chasing adventures to wherever great content will take her.
Animator, Digital Extremes. Tim grew up playing superheroes on the playground and videogames at home. He spent six years on acrobatic teams and five years studying animation, ending with the Digital Character program at Sheridan. When setting keyframes isn't enough he puts on a mocap suit and gets to be that kid playing superheroes on the playground again, only now with some modest acrobatic skills. Tim has been animating for film, television and games since 2005 with credits ranging from Alvin and The Chipmunks, to Veggie Tales, to Dark Void. He is currently animating space ninjas for Warframe at London's own Digital Extremes
Senior Game Designer, Big Blue Bubble, A video game industry veteran since January 2000, and co-founder of the award winning video game developer Big Blue Bubble. Mark has been credited in over 60 gaming titles, and played a key role in the award winning title 24: The Mobile game, in which he led, scripted and designed the game which earned Big Blue Bubble a BAFTA (The British Academy of Film and Television Arts) award in 2006. During Mark’s professional career he has held the titles of, Art Director, Lead Animator, Creative Director and Senior Game Designer.
Head of Production, Big Viking Games. Bonnie Chung has been a writer and producer for animation, gaming and digital entertainment projects for 20+ years. Bonnie has worked on franchises and series including Rolie Polie Olie, Stickin’ Around, Franklin the Turtle, Need for Speed, EA Sports, YoWorld, Fish World and many others. She enjoys great story telling, no matter what medium or platform and is excited to participate as a judge for the Forest City Film Festival this year.