March 20, 2018
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Announcements

7 Short Projects Selected for 2018 WIFT-T Showcase

1 comedic web series episode, 2 short documentaries, and 4 short narrative films. All female-driven and female-led.

We're excited to announce the seven projects selected for the 9th Annual WIFT-T Showcase. We hope to see you on April 17th at TIFF Bell Lightbox as we celebrate the creativity, diversity, and talent of our members.

Discounted early-bird tickets will be on sale from March 21 to April 4. Regular ticket sales will be available April 5-16, or while quantities last. No tickets will be sold at the door.

Each year, WIFT-T members are invited to submit short projects (documentary, narrative and experimental films; television and digital/web series episodes; and music videos for consideration. All submissions are reviewed and selected by a committee of WIFT-T members.

The 2018 WIFT-T Showcase Selection Committee included: Maya Annik Bedward, Ashley Catania, Vivianne Collins, Lindsey Connell, AnnaJane Edmonds, Rebeka Herron, Chrisann Hessing, Erika Hoen, Andrea Mays, Vanessa Trenton, Caroline Tyre, and Melanie Windle.

Special thanks to our 2018 Presenting Partner, Urban Post Production; Supporting Partner, Sim International; Event Partner, Deluxe Toronto; and Event Supporters: CBC, Dazmo Camera, Dufferin Gate Studios, Foundation for WIFT-T, Hollywood Suite, and Toronto Screenwriting Conference.

The 2018 Showcase lineup includes:

The Door | Fiction

Submitted by Reem Morsi, Writer/Director

A Syrian refugee family faces an unexpected and terrifying manifestation of their grief, forcing each of them to confront a recent loss in ways they could not fathom.

Handmade Film | Documentary

Submitted by Christina Ienna, Director/Producer/Cinematographer

Making film by hand is a rarely practiced craft in today’s industry. Lindsay McIntyre spends three days making the film emulsion she shoots on then develops herself.

Jessica, Jessica | Fiction

Submitted by Jessica Hinkson, Executive Producer/Lead Actor

Jessica, Jessica is the story of two friends in their mid to late 30’s who aren’t married, who aren’t mothers, who aren’t failures, and are both named Jessica.

Martin’s Hagge | Fiction

Submitted by Penny Eizenga, Director/Executive Producer

Martin, plagued by Hagge, his physical creation of anxiety, is nudged from his melancholy by a spunky but wise co-worker.

ROPEd | Fiction

Submitted by Jordana Aarons, Producer

Based on Margaret Atwood’s poem, Half-hanged Mary, and on true events in 1685, ROPEd is the heroic tale of Mary Webster, a healer and landowner, who is confronted by her Puritan neighbours with accusations of witchcraft. Mary is not one to go down without a fight. Now, with all her strength and spirit, she will fight for her very life.

Say My Name | Web Series

Submitted by Rakhee Morzaria, Writer/Producer/Lead Actor

Confident, but often misinformed, Rakhee is just trying to get it right. Small situations spiral out of control as she navigates friendships, feminism, and identity in this offbeat series set in Toronto.

Take a Walk on the Wildside | Documentary

Submitted by Lauren Grant, Producer

Opening the doors to Toronto’s oldest cross-dressing stores, viewers get a glimpse into the colourful lives of its customers and their tender relationships with the eccentric storeowner, revealing the vital role the store continues to play in Toronto’s cross-dressing community.
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