Here are the Winners of the Toronto Independent Film Festival 2020
No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k): F-Word by Heidi Germiane Schnappauf Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k): The Xrossing by Steven J. Mihaljevich Low-budget Feature (budget over $250k): Discarded Things by Tara Lynn Marcelle & Joanne Hock Sci-Fi/Fantasy Feature: All Earthly Constraints by Ryan M. Moore Thriller Feature: The Wilderness Night by Jordan Warner Documentary Feature: The Blinding Sea by George Tombs Documentary Short: In Your Palm by Carter Kirilenko Music Video: Midnight Shine – Lonely Boy by Cliff Hokanson & RoseAnna Schick Short Film (Jury Award): The Cold / IOWÍSTO by Brittany Delgaty Short Film (Audience Award): Sweet Tofu by Li Xiaolong & Brennan Martin Short Film (Festival Director Award): Purgatory by Nadyja von Ebers Animated Short: The Story of the I’m Alone by Allison Wolvers Horror Short: Half Chance of Evil by Sara Lohman Sci-Fi/Fantasy Short: Fruitfly by Jeffrey Hanley Short Short: Black Boys Can’t Cry by Victor Gabriel Experimental Short: Platform by Terence McGlade & Hayden Currie
Screenplay Award categories: Feature Screenplay: Polly Freed by Brooke Berman Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay: Parasomniac by Devi Bhaduri
Congratulations to all our 2020 Winners
Here’s the schedule for the 2020 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 60 minute block. Films can be watched anytime during the festival run, Sept 10-17.
Shorts Block 1 [Buy here] A Thousand Ways To Kiss The Ground by Henna Taylor Grand Master Moses by Michelle Melles & Pedro Orrego
Shorts Block 2 [Buy here] In Your Palm by Carter Kirilenko Nine by Jane Musky Standing Tall: Vancouver Stories of the 2020 Pandemic by Christine Baudry The Story of the I’m Alone by Allison Wolvers
Shorts Block 3 [Buy here] Black Boys Can’t Cry by Victor Gabriel Juicy Girl by MJ Kim Pieces & Bits by Bo Nawacharee The Cold / Iowísto by Brittany Delgaty What Never Happened by Vineet Bhalla
Shorts Block 4 [Buy here] Down To Earth by Nick Crowhurst Fruitfly by Jeffrey Hanley Half Chance of Evil by Sara Lohman River by Emily Skye The Acrylic by Daniel Pike
Shorts Block 5 [Buy here] A Love Story by Kristen Batko Coastal Requiem by Diane Tuft Friday Night Fish by Conor Forrest Helen by Emily-Anne Mikos Hesar (Gate) by Nomadic Alternative & Farnaz Ohadi
Shorts Block 6 [Buy here] Gleam by Christelle Chalupa Hidden Voice by Ifigenia Dimitriou Lifeless by Alex Fedosov & Elvira Sinelnik Light on a Path, Follow by Elliot Montague Midnight Shine – Lonely Boy by Cliff Hokanson & RoseAnna Schick Purgatory by Nadyja von Ebers
Shorts Block 7 [Buy here] Our Home by Iyore Edegbe Planet Earth calling Ana by Fernando Bonelli Platform by Terencemcglade & Hayden Currie Sweet Dreams by Meegwun Fairbrother Sweet Tofu by Li Xiaolong & Brennan Martin
Shorts Block 8 [Buy here] Shards by Elena Gorgevska So, What Do You Think? by Jeffrey John Eyamie The Corner of Chaos and Serenity by Derek Rucas The First Step by Aaron Rothermund Wednesday by Lisa Delhom & Jérémy Paquet
Shorts Block 9 [Buy here] Transfer by Benjamin Rouse Regarding Annabel by Garry Simpson The Bridge by Catherine Fauteux The Tattooed Torah by Marc Bennett Worlds That Never Were by Jagger Lillington A Single Mom by Peyman Soheili
__ Feature Film: All Earthly Constraints (84m) [Buy here] Directed by Ryan M. Moore
DRAMA http://www.aec.movie/ Emily is a struggling screenwriter who works in an ice cream shop. Emma, the lead character in Emily’s screenplay, is a struggling screenwriter who is also secretly “Emmageddon” – a superheroine with the impeccable social graces of a Jane Austen protagonist. Now, Emmageddon must confront Darius, gelato shop owner and art-destroying supervillain, to save all struggling artists everywhere in the universe.
__ Feature Film: Engaged in Vegas (79m) [Buy here] Directed by Abe Schwartz
COMEDY https://www.instagram.com/engagedinvegas When Jen Delaney asked Abe Schatz to marry her, they took off to Las Vegas to create the best engagement video ever. The content they recorded – with the help of a cameraman – turned out to be something else entirely. #schatzamore
__ Feature Film: Love, Unemployed (96m) [Buy here] Directed by Ricky Wong
DRAMA / ROAD TRIP https://www.facebook.com/LoveUnemployed/ Eros, a disgruntled and repugnant street bum, used to be a Cupid. Now however, he spends his days fighting the monotony of his mundane existence and uses his gift of foresight to throw unwanted fortunes at all who pass him by.
__ Feature Film: The Blinding Sea (108m) [Buy here] Directed by George Tombs
DOCUMENTARY https://www.evidentia.net/evidentia-films/ The film follows the life and rivalries of the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who developed relationships with people in diverse cultures in order to explore aboriginal traditional knowledge and modern science, transforming discovery itself into high adventure.
__ Feature Film: Discarded Things (106m) [Buy here] Directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle & Joanne Hock
Discarded Things (106m) [Buy here] Directed by Tara Lynn Marcelle & Joanne Hock
DRAMA http://karenabercrombie.com/ The film follows the life of Grace Wyatt, an esteemed music professor whose life is disrupted by tragedy and alcoholism. When she finds herself thrown out of her lavish academic world and into the harsh reality of teaching at-risk youth, she begins to find emotional restoration as she gets to know the teens. Together, they offer each other support through the power of forgiveness and music.
COMEDY / LGBT+ https://www.magicalmisfitproductions.com/fword-the-film Mike Gallagher is just an all American boy. Mike teaches middle school English. Mike is engaged to the love of his life and happy as can be. Mike has everything going for him – until his secret is exposed to the very person who could change his life forever.
__ Feature Film: Fall Back Down (104m) [Buy here] Directed by Sara Beth Edwards
__ Feature Film: Like Love (82) [Buy here] Directed by Michael Wolfe
DRAMA https://likelovemovie.com/ LIKE LOVE is a vaguely romantic comedy that chronicles the tender, tragic and totally unintentional friendship between a boy and a girl. Harper is a killjoy with a knack for finding the worst in everyone. Enter Jackson: serial monogamist, idealist, and king of attracting the least available person in the room. After a series of un(fortunate) circumstances prompts them to become roommates, a friendship is born. Yet their closeness inevitably sends Jackson down the rabbit hole of attraction, pushing Harper to make a choice: play along, or risk losing her best friend entirely.
__ Feature Film: River Road (88m) [Buy here] Directed by Rob Willey
THRILLER https://tallgrassfilms.ca/river-road A rock musician and a free-spirited woman start an intense relationship in Vancouver which soon spirals into a world of hard drugs and crime.
__ Feature Film: Stealing Chaplin (104m) [Buy here] Directed by Paul Tanter
CRIME THRILLER http://www.dystopianfilm.com/ Inspired by real events, two Las Vegas based con men dig up and steal the corpse of comedian Charlie Chaplin in order to ransom it. With the theft gaining the world’s attention and the reward rising daily, soon every local lowlife, criminal and dirty cop wants a piece of the action.
__ Feature Film: The Xrossing (108m) [Buy here] Directed by Steven J. Mihaljevich
THRILLER https://playtimemotionpictures.com/ When a suspicious death remains unsolved, 3 boys suspect and harass a reclusive Indigenous man, until one boy breaks the toxic cycle to make amends. The man and boy form an unlikely friendship, however the inertia of past actions bring multiple characters to a crossroad and thrilling climax.
__ Feature Film: Wharf Rats (99m) [Buy here] Directed by Jason Arsenault
COMEDY https://www.facebook.com/wharfratspei/ Wharf Rats follows man/child Hughie Hackett, the son of late Paul Hackett, beloved fisherman and local legend in Split Lip Cove, PEI. Hughie has spent his life doing as little as possible without actually doing nothing at all, squandering his potential. Frustrated that his Uncle Angus, known as the best Hackett fisherman in town, a reputation secured by sabotaging his competition, is about to sell off the family fishing company, Hughie forms a misguided plan to pretend that a simple-minded man is his long-lost brother, the key to his father’s will.
__ Feature Film: The Wilderness Night (99m) [Buy here] Directed by Jordan Warner
THRILLER https://www.facebook.com/TWNMovie A man fights through his own psychological and spiritual torment when his guilty past is shadowed by a religious Cult Leader.