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WIFT Toronto Showcase

Our annual WIFT Toronto Showcase highlights the creativity, talent, and diversity of our community. We are back in person for the 13th annual WIFT Toronto Showcase on May 18, 2022 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox!

Each spring, we host a special screening of short works by our members: film (documentary, fiction, animation, experimental), and TV & web series episodes. 

The following prizes were awarded at the 2021 WIFT Toronto Showcase:

  • Best of Showcase (Cash prize of $2,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto):
    Tiffany Hsiung (Sing Me A Lullaby)
  • Best Writing (Cash prize of $2,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto):
    Sara Jade Alfaro (After All These Years: How Could I Possibly Go Back Out There?)
  • Best Directing (Cash prize of $2,000 courtesy of the Foundation for WIFT Toronto):
    Leah Vlemmiks (Tesfay - Witch Prophet)
  • Audience Choice (Cash prize of $1,000 courtesy the Foundation for WIFT Toronto):
    Tiffany Hsiung (Sing Me A Lullaby)

Best of Showcase, Best Writing and Best Directing are determined by the jury.

Video provided by show producer Big Bang Beige

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Trailer edited by Sarah Beth Goncarova with music composed and performed by Sarah Basciano

The 2021 WIFT Toronto Showcase Selected Projects Are:

After All These Years (How Could I Possibly Go Back Out There?) | Fiction

Submitted by Sara Jade Alfaro, director * Best Writing Award

Boundless | Fiction

Submitted by Kate Campbell, director/writer/producer

Glad You're Here | Documentary

Submitted by Lisa Kannakko, director/writer/producer/editor/cinematographer

How T.O. Art: Ep 4 "Flora" | Documentary Web Series

Submitted by Amanda Ann-Min Wong, co-director/co-producer

Lola's Wake | Fiction

Submitted by Tricia Hagoriles, director/writer

On the Fence | Documentary

Submitted by Paula Ner Dormiendor, director/writer

Sing Me A Lullaby | Documentary

Submitted by Tiffany Hsiung, director * Best of Showcase /Audience Choice Award

Tesfay - Witch Prophet | Documentary

Submitted by Leah Vlemmiks, director/writer * Best Directing Award

Selection Process

All submissions were screened and selected by a volunteer committee of WIFT Toronto members: Amy McQuaid-England, Asis Sethi, Carla Robinson, Heidi Lasi, Karen Chapman, Lanette Ware-Bushfield, Meaghan Brander, Naiyelli Romero Agüero, Paula Sanderson, Rabiya Mansoor, and Tonjha Richardson.

2021 Showcase Program

Click here to see the 2021 Showcase Program.

BECOME A MEMBER OF THE 2022 SHOWCASE JURY!

This is a great way to give back and champion women content creators in your community. Participating jurors will receive a complimentary ticket to attend the 2022 WIFT Toronto Showcase in May.

Jury members will be required to:

  • Screen all submitted projects and provide feedback;
  • Attend the jury deliberation meeting on March 9 (evening); and,
  • Provide programming notes for at least one selected project.
  • Host an Instagram Live Showcase SnackChat with one of the filmmakers

The 2021 jury members were:

Amy McQuaid-England, Asis Sethi, Carla Robinson, Heidi Lasi, Karen Chapman, Lanette Ware-Bushfield, Meaghan Brander, Naiyelli Romero Agüero, Paula Sanderson, Rabiya Mansoor, and Tonjha Richardson.

Email the following to pmccabe@wift.com by January 14, 2022:

  • Your CV and/or Resume;
  • Your Professional Bio (150 words max); and,
  • A brief statement as to why you are interested in being on the 2022 jury (minimum 150 words).

Selected participants will be notified the week of January 24.

Please note: Committee members will be required to hold active WIFT Toronto memberships, valid up to and including the date of the event in May  2022.

2022 call for submissions will open Dec 6, 2021.

DEADLINES & FEES

Early bird: January 7, 2022 ($20 +HST)

Regular: January 31, 2022 ($30 +HST)

ELIGIBLE PROJECTS

Members can submit up to TWO projects. Run time of each project must not exceed 24 minutes (credits included).

  • Documentary
  • Fiction/Narrative
  • Animation
  • Experimental
  • Television series (episode)
  • Web series (episode)

* Music videos are not eligible for submission

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

Submissions must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for consideration:

  • Only WIFT Toronto members with up-to-date memberships are eligible to submit work for consideration. You may become a member at the time of the application. Membership must be active on Showcase day in May  2022.
  • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2020.
  • Work must not exceed a run time of 24 minutes, including credits.
  • The submitting member must hold one of the following key creative positions on the project: Writer, Director, Producer, Editor or Cinematographer/DOP
  • Submitting member must be at minimum age 18.
  • Submitting member must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
  • Non-English media with dialogue/commentary must be subtitled or dubbed.
  • Work must be fully complete. Works-in-progress are not eligible.
  • Members can submit a maximum of TWO separate projects for consideration (only ONE may be selected for the Showcase). However, separate submission forms must be completed per project.
  • Submissions must include written permission to screen from the project’s producer (or owner) should the project be selected.

Please note that the decisions of the Selection Committee are final.

"Being a member of the WIFT showcase jury has been a true highlight of my time as a WIFT member. Coming together with other folks who are so incredibly passionate about film and just talking about all the wonderful submissions, what worked for one person but missed for another, how to create a holistic show -- it felt like such a pure expression of why I got into this industry in the first place. All in all, it was so incredibly fun and fulfilling! I hope every WIFT member gets to experience being on the jury at least once."
— Rabiya Mansoor, 2021 WIFT Showcase Jury Member