Showcase 2020 has been postponed due to the coronavirus shutdown. When we are able to come together again, we hope to return to TIFF Bell Lightbox for a night of celebration in recognition of the extraordinary talent of our members.
Until that time, we will whet your appetite with the release of the Showcase trailer composed and edited by WIFT-T members Sarah Basciano and Emily Ryder.
The 2020 Showcase lineup includes:
Unidentified Woman | Fiction
Submitted by Katrina Saville, writer/director/producer
A woman struggles emotionally after her roommate, a charismatic con-woman, robs her of her possessions, money, and identity.
May Flowers | Fiction
Submitted by Connie Wang, actor/producer
A misunderstanding occurs when Jimmy goes to the flower shop to pick up an order for his boss. Little did he know how the tables would turn.
A Piece of Me | Documentary
Submitted by Sara Elgamal, director
Shot like a fashion film in the desert of the Afar region in Ethiopia, this United Nations Population Fund campaign piece celebrates three survivors of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Measure | Fiction
Submitted by Karen Chapman, writer/director
Nine-year-old Shane seems to be wandering the streets of Toronto alone, but he is on a secret mission that is too important to fail. A young boy’s journey through grief.
YYZ | Documentary
Submitted by Fonna Seidu, producer
Reflections on the movements and migration of a Nigerian family to Toronto. A first night spent in the airport; a night full of anticipation, expectation, and fear. A look at the feelings of rootlessness and loss of identity that often accompanies immigration.
One Leg In, One Leg Out | Documentary
Submitted by Lauren Grant, producer
An honest look at the complexities of leaving sex work. After a decade on the streets, Iman, a transgender woman, takes the first steps towards pursuing her dream of becoming a social worker.
The Onyx Butterfly | Documentary
Submitted by Yasmin Evering-Kerr, writer/director
Jordan grapples with the societal pressures of being a black, male ballet dancer in a documentary which seamlessly incorporates reality with the poetic elements of a dance performance.
I Can’t Even | Fiction
Submitted by Emily Diana Ruth, writer/director
Sixteen-year-old Lucy’s boring night in takes an unexpected turn when her favourite internet personality follows her on Instagram.
Margoland | Fiction
Submitted by Sarah Quan, producer
A short comedy about Margo: a badass, zero-shits-giving old lady who’s trying to escape her retirement home in the hopes of spreading her late wife’s ashes at The Big Nickel in time for their anniversary.
All submissions were screened and selected by a volunteer jury of WIFT-T members: Kierston Drier, Mary Goldman, Shazia Javed, Josclyn Johnson, Chanel Klein, Monica Mwangi, Tasneem Nanji, Angie Power, Naiyelli Romero, Robina Lord Stafford, Tamara Stone and Liz Taylor.
To stoke the fires of your Showcase anticipation we've invited the selected filmmakers to be guests on our Instagram Live program SnackChats. Join us at as a Showcase juror engages a selected filmmaker for a half-hour or so of casual chat.
May 5 Katrina Saville (Unidentified Woman) chatting with Liz Taylor
May 12 Connie Wang (May Flowers) chatting with Tasneem Nanji
May 19 Sara Elgamal (A Piece of Me) chatting with Monica Mwangi
May 26 Karen Chapman (Measure) chatting with Robina Lord Stafford
June 2 Omolola Ajao (YYZ) chatting with Naiyelli Romero
June 9 Lauren Grant (One Leg In, One Leg Out) chatting with Angie Power
June 16 Yasmin Evering-Kerr (The Onyx Butterfly) chatting with Tamara Stone
June 23 Emily Diana Ruth (I Can’t Even) chatting with Shazia Javed
June 30 Sarah Quan (Margoland) chatting with Kierston Drier
Thank you to our 2020 Event Partners, Deluxe Toronto, Directors Guild of Ontario, Meridian Artists, Sim International, and Western Union Business; and Event Supporters, CBC, Final Draft, Foundation for WIFT-T, Grande Camera, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto,Mongrel Media, and Toronto Screenwriting Conference.
For media inquiries, project stills, filmmaker head shots and bios and other information related to the Showcase, please contact Patti McCabe, Programs & Special Events Coordinator at 416-322-3430 ext. 228 or email to: email@example.com