Now in its 11th year, the Festival will be held from April 2 to 6, 2014 in Toronto and from April 11 to 13, 2014 in Markham.
The 2014 ReelWorld Film Festival is showcasing 70% Canadian content, and presenting films from Australia, China, Ethiopia, Finland, France, Grenada, Guadeloupe, India, Iraq, Jamaica, New Zealand, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, The Philippines, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, The United Kingdom, and the USA.
In her opening remarks, Founder and Executive Director Actress Tonya Williams said: “We’re bringing 25 features to screens in Toronto and Markham this year, along with 37 shorts, eight webisodes and nine music videos. Once again we’re introducing audiences to new Canadian talent from the Aboriginal, Asian, Black, Latino, Middle Eastern and South Asian communities.”
About the Festival:
The Opening night film in Toronto will be the world premiere of Jeremy Whittaker’s, “Destiny,” and the Closing Night film will be “Horizon Beautiful,” by Stefan Jäger. ReelSpeak, presented by NBC Universal, will spotlight Actor Oscar Torre, for a one-hour candid conversation where our special host asks the questions that aspiring and established artists want to know. Torre is a multiple award winner, has guest starred on Dollhouse, NCIS, Cold Case, The Mentalist, and he was in HBO`s Larceny, Counterpunch, and Hunting of Man. He also played a supporting role in the 2013 blockbuster film The Hangover Part III. Immediately following ReelSpeak, Torre’s award-winning feature film Pretty Rosebud is screens. Music Video Night, presented by TD Bank Group recognizes the artistry and the mastery that is involved with creating riveting music videos. ACTRA, Toronto’s YEAA Shorts, are back this year with world premieres of short films that were directed by actors who play younger characters on film and TV. Behind the camera or seen on-screen, these films feature the work of many talented Canadian actors. The ReelWorld Shorts Series is a stepping stone for emerging Canadian artists to showcase their talent and for established artists to share their innovations. This year, there are three shorts programs. One explores the theme of identity. Another focuses on artistic innovation, and the third is a Canadian showcase. Throughout the festival, ReelWorld programmers have scheduled many award-winning and star riddled shorts in front of features.
Caribbean Films at this year’s Festival:
Destiny follows the turbulent life of Lisa, a recent college graduate. The film is a romantic drama and explores several story lines that integrate a love story, the passionate pursuit of a music career and a return visit to Jamaica by the lead character. The film is a fast-paced contemporary Jamaican story, set mainly in Jamaica with introductory scenes set in Toronto. Destiny masterfully and artistically portrays Jamaican culture and music.
For more information, visit the film’s FB page.
Forward Ever: The Killing of a Revolution is an exploration of the achievements and shortcomings of the People’s Revolutionary Government (1979-1983) of Grenada as it attempted to forge a new revolutionary society. The film focuses on 1983 with previously unseen archival footage and firsthand recollections of people who witnessed the tragic events of October 19.
For more information, visit the film’s FB page. Watch the trailer here:
AFTER MAS is a new short film from London-based Trinidadian filmmaker Karen Martinez. It tells the story of a love that flourishes under the cover of darkness during the festival of J’ouvert on the streets of Port-of-Spain. Shot in Trinidad in February 2013 during Carnival, we experience the charge of this bacchanalian drama before following the characters return to their separate lives. In the cold light of day, can these young lovers from very different backgrounds stay true to their desires? A richly textured film about identity, desire and conformity, After Mas had its world premiere at the Trinidad & Tobago Film Festival in September 2013 where it picked up the Best Local Short award.
A teacher asks students what they want to do when they grow up. While his classmates answer with great fun, Tom a quiet boy slips away. When it’s Tom’s turn, he speaks with humour and bewildering maturity, describing three possible life choices that will lead to dramatic ends.
For more information, visit the filmmaker’s FB page. Watch the trailer here: