7th Annual Breakthroughs Film Festival
**ANNOUNCES the 2018 Award Winners**
After two successful nights of diverse and inspirational storytelling told by a global cross-section of emerging women filmmakers, the 7th annual Breakthroughs Film Festival came to a close Saturday night. We are proud to announce the winners of our five festival awards, presented by our jury comprised of three accomplished filmmakers.
In addition, we are pleased to report that our audience numbers have grown from last year, and a brand-new community-driven award was introduced last night – the Toronto New Wave Award – to be handed out annually, recognizing a Toronto-based emerging filmmaker. The Toronto New Wave Festival, along with the incredibly generous in-kind sponsorship from AstroLab Studio ($2,000 value) will undoubtedly have an immense impact on young filmmakers, and Breakthroughs is excited to develop this new partnership.
Chosen from over 100 submissions, BFF18 featured a total of 19 films which were reviewed by our jury of respected veterans in the film industry: Karen Chapman, Aisha Jamal and Sharon Lewis.
JUNE 16 PROGRAM
JUNE 15 PROGRAM
France - 16:31
On a summer afternoon, Paulette, a young girl, sees Michel, a 30-year old pickpocket, steal a wallet and decides to follow him. The two embark on a journey across the streets of Paris and form an unlikely friendship.
USA - 14:18 min
Twelve-year old Adeline Tang struggles to navigate America’s adult playground and keep her mother’s gambling under control, all for the promise of that perfect family Christmas holiday once her father arrives. But as the days unfold, Adeline realizes that growing up might not hold all the excitement she’d been hoping for.
CANADA - 11:40 min
On the edge of adolescence, Dexter visits his sister in the city for the first time. Little Brother examines the reawakened relationship between two siblings with a 13-year difference as well as the struggles of a young boy exploring a new city and the newness of adolescence.
Canada - 06:40
Zaya is a contemporary dancer who has just realized the love for her dance partner Nadege. But first she must realize the love for herself, overcoming her fears and opening up about who she is to her mother.
Canada - 13:00 min
Jessica Jessica is a grown up coming of age story. The funny/sexy/sad/truth of how hard it is to be a woman who wants to settle down, but won’t settle.
Iceland - 10:56 min
Two young girls collect items for a charity raffle but they’re really spending the profits on what they love the most – Vitamin C effervescent tablets. When an elderly lady clocks on to their scheme, a game of blackmail begins.
Canada - 06:17 min
What happens when a woman is accused of lying, and the unimaginable effects that a disease like endometriosis can have on a relationship. Told in a simple, straight-forward and heart-breaking style, the “liar” (the filmmaker herself) tries to explain to the family of her lover.
Japan - 11:30 min
In a future where people have lost the ability to dream, a company has made a business out of generating perfect dreams that would satisfy as many clients as possible. Khalil, a model employee, had always been one of the top performers until one day, his dreams are no longer to the liking of the company…
Canada - 03:00 min
A dream while you sleep can have a possible deeper meaning than you think at the time. JJ retells a dream her late grandmother had when she was a young woman.
USA/Netherlands: 09:30 min
When Sue’s cousin Genelva visits her from Suriname, they want to go out to a fancy club with Sue’s two best friends. But after having an unpleasant encounter with the club’s bouncer at the door, the course of their night changes completely.
Australia: 08:17 min
A coming-of-age comedy about a young girl who, for the first time, realizes that the world isn’t as fair for girls as it is for boys.
Canada - 16:40 min
Living Here is a story made of solitude and wind told with the poetry of Nunavik’s stark tundra and the beauty of young Martha’s words.
Canada - 05:05 min
Animated with perfection, Vera Reiner was taken from her home and family in Budapest at a young age in World War II. Taken as a prisoner, she recounts the story of how she survived along with thousands of other women during the Nazi occupation of Austria and Hungary in 1944. This was produced by Sheridan College in Toronto.
USA - 06:00 min
While a young woman is auditioning for the role “girl eating banana” the unexpected discovery within the banana pushes her psychological boundaries to limits.
Canada - 11:07 min
Two sex workers in Toronto share experiences relating to race, gender, and emotional labour in their work.
USA - 17:50 min
Shelly, a teen-queen science extraordinaire, plagued by the elusive and tantalizing idea of true love, sets out to create herself the perfect Robot Boyfriend. When she succeeds, she must come to terms with the consequences of his so-called “perfection.”
South Africa - 14:01
Set in apartheid South Africa in the ‘60s the film follows the life of Ntombizodwa, banished to live in the far flung town of Vrede, sent there to serve her house arrest sentence. Everyday becomes an exercise in anticipating the next modus of harassment the apartheid security police will use on her.
Mexico - 10:08 min
Rosario, a housewife who is the caregiver for her ill husband, silently struggles between her responsibilities and her desire for a more fulfilling life.
Canada - 14:17 min
A black male burn-survivor and amputee goes on a date with a regularly-abled man. After the bar, they go back to his apartment where he faces his demons as he attempts to experience intimacy for the first time since his accident 10 years ago.