Apr 24, 2018
BFF 2018 Grant winner
We are thrilled to announce our 2018 Post Production Grant has been awarded to Director Danielle Ayow. Danielle's upcoming documentary, But You're Not Black, challenges our ideas of identity and belonging by allowing us entry into her family's unique background and experiences.
Our annual Post Production Grant awards one emerging director with $1500 worth of services courtesy of Red Square Motion, plus an additional $1000 cash to complete a full post-production package. We'd love to see and support your work next year and encourage you to submit to us next fall!
Join us NOV 10, 2017 for BFF post-production grant fundraiser
May 19, 2017
BFF 2017 Grant winner
Congratulations to our 2017 Breakthroughs & Red Square Motion Post Production Grant Winner Yassmina Karajah! Yassmina will be receiving funds and services to aid in completing her short film 'Rupture', pictured below.
Mar 21, 2017
Breakthroughs Film Festival & Dais presents "Making a Film on a Dime"
Nov 27, 2016
BFF fundraiser party
It's our annual bestie bash! Wrangle your BFFs and join us at The Garrison for the tropical beach party of your December dreams to help raise money for the BFF Post-Production Grant. We will have drinks, prizes, live music and even PWYC shiatsu massages for all the feel good feels!
Starting at 7pm and going until 10pm we will have musical guests, prizes, and a live auction hosted by BFF's own Sarah Kolasky. From 10pm until LATE DJ BLUSH will make the earth quake and our booties shake. Tix are $10 at the door and all proceeds go towards Breakthroughs Film Festival's Post-Production Grant for new generation female filmmakers.
Grab your BFF and come support women in film!
For more information visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/1139962169386703/
Sep 28, 2016
Board Member Position Opening
BFF is looking to add another member to its board! Joining the Breakthroughs team is a fantastic opportunity to gain experience with the operational side of a growing film festival, and build your resume for future employment opportunities in the film industry, nonprofit management, and/or grassroots festival management. Applications may be submitted via email in Word or PDF format to firstname.lastname@example.org by October 10th, 2016. If you would like more information about the position and/or the organization, please feel free to contact us at email@example.com.
For more information visit: http://workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Board-Member-(3)
Aug 25, 2016
BFF 2016 was a resounding success! We are thrilled that the 5th year of Breakthroughs brought in record sales at the box office. Featuring a diverse lineup which included 17 shorts from 9 different countries, we proudly exhibited a range of films from world premieres to award-winning festival favourites. The screenings were followed by in-depth discussions with the filmmakers in attendance and ended with informative Q&As from our audiences. Many thanks to our most spectacular venue — The Royal Cinema — which really helped to showcase our wonderful filmmakers in the light they deserve!
FEB 7, 2016
Breakthroughs Film Festival is proud to once again be partnering with the Toronto Black Film Festival in 2016!
This year we are co-presenting the film Ayanda and the Mechanic.
In a community vibrant with migrants from across the African Continent, against the backdrop of unspoken love, a young woman tries to navigate a path for herself. But this is a world where everything keeps shifting… Everything except the one thing that really does need to change. Ayanda and the Mechanic is a coming of age story of a twenty one year old Afro hipster, who embarks on a journey of self discovery trying to keep the memory of her father alive, when she’s thrown into a world of greasy overalls, gender stereotypes and abandoned vintage cars in need of a young woman’s re inventive touch who tries to reclaim what would’ve been, what could’ve been.
It’s showing Feb 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM at the Carlton Cinema. Tickets are $10.
Enjoy the trailer below, we’ll see you there!
JAN 22, 2016
HEADS UP! We are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Breakthroughs Film Festival! This year’s fest will be held on June 10th and 11th in Toronto. We can’t wait to see your films! Submit by the early bird deadline of FEBRUARY 17th and only pay $15!
Please submit through Film Freeway.
JAN 22, 2016
We’re pleased to announce Gabor Pertic is the new Executive Director of the Breakthroughs Film Festival! We’re very excited to have him on board and make this year’s festival the biggest and best yet!
Gabor Pertic attended the University of Toronto as a Specialist in Cinema Studies, graduating with an Honours B.A. After working as a film critic in Toronto, he transitioned into the world of film festival programming. For several years, he worked in the programming department of the Toronto International Film Festival, four of those years working as Programming Associate to TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling. In addition to TIFF, Gabor has been continuously working and programming for North America’s largest documentary-exclusive film festival Hot Docs. Over the last decade, Gabor has had the privilege of curating a diverse, international selection of films for Toronto audiences.
JUN 14, 2015
We are pleased to announce the winners of Breakthroughs Film Festival 2015. The Jury Prize was awarded to Kristina Wagenbauer for her outstanding film “Somewhere Exactly”.
Congratulations to Kristina!
Honourable mentions were awarded to Maya Bedward for “The Foreigner”, and to Caitlin Durlak for “Persistence of Vision”, and the Audience Choice Award goes to Kate Tsang for “So You’ve Grown Attached”!
Thanks to all our filmmakers, jurors, volunteers and audience and we’ll see you in 2016!
MAY 5, 2016
Withering Heights Elizabeth Cairns Canada Margot’s failing marriage leaves her lonely and sleepless. Oh, and shrinking. Lucky Pennies Emilie Rosas Quebec Trapped in an abusive home, little Antoine desperately wishes for something good. Cheese Hannah Cheesman Canada Buying…continue reading
JUN 16, 2014
We at the Breakthroughs Film Festival are pleased to announce thatShower/Douche by Marie Eve-Beaumont was awarded the Jury Prize at our festival Friday night.
Wanderings by Eleonore Goldberg received an honourable mention.
Please join us in congratulating these outstanding artists!
MAY 10, 2014
Paruparo Shasha Nakhai A migrant nanny expresses her loneliness and pain through dance. On the Proper Use of Friends Sara Bourdeau A love story old, worn and almost buried. Between half-truths, lies and duplicity, Cath and Olivier weigh the merits of their decision…read more
FEB 1, 2014
This year we are thrilled to be holding our 3rd annual Breakthroughs Film Festival at the 288 seat Al Green Theatre at 750 Spadina Avenue. The Al Green Theatre is the host to a number of cultural arts events every year including theatre, music, dance, film, and literature. These events reach out to audiences of various ages, cultures, and demographics. We hope to see you there!
MAY 14, 2013
On May 11 at the end of the evening the winners of the 2013 Breakthroughs Film Festival were announced.
The Jury Prize was awarded to Le Futur Proche, directed by Sophie Goyette.
For it’s stunning beauty and layered storytelling the jury has selected LE FUTUR PROCHE as the winner of the Breakthrough Film Festival. Sophie Goyette has masterfully directed a film which delves into the heart of strained familial relationships and the way one ordinary pilot deals with his grief.
An honourable mention was awarded to Acqua, directed by Raha Shirazi.
The jury would like to award an Honourable Mention to “Acqua” by Raha Shirazi. With its meditative pacing and stunning visuals, “Acqua” carries the viewer on hypnotic journey through a compassionate and honest narrative.
Congratulations to our winners and thanks to our audience. See you in 2014!
JAN 26, 2013
We will be accepting submissions starting February 1st! Stay tuned for more news and details about this year’s Breakthroughs Film Festival.
APR 16, 2012
Expect something and nothing at once (3:36) Michelle Elrick Through blanket forts, poetry, and whispered sounds, Michelle Elrick explores the notion of “home”. L’empreinte (15:00) Claudia Hebert Obsessed with the soundtrack of her past, a woman tries to move on amidst the…continue reading