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WIFT Toronto Showcase

Our annual WIFT Toronto Showcase highlights the creativity, talent, and diversity of our community. The 12th annual WIFT Toronto Showcase took place virtually on May 4, 2021. Looking forward to 2022!

Tickets on sale now. Free for members, $20 for non-members. Reserve your tickets today!

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 10 (evening); and,
  • Provide programming notes for at least one selected project.
  • Host an Instagram Live Showcase SnackChat with one of the filmmakers

Our 2021 call for jury members is now closed. The 2021 jury members are:

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 15, 2021:

  • 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 2021 jury (minimum 150 words).

Selected participants will be notified the week of January 25.

Please note: Committee members will be required to hold active WIFT Toronto memberships, valid until the date of the event on May 4, 2021.

2021 call for submissions is now closed.

DEADLINES & FEES

Early bird: January 8, 2020 ($20 +HST)

Regular: January 29, 2020 ($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)

SUBMISSION GUIDELINES

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

  • Only WIFT Toronto members with up-to-date membership are eligible to submit work for consideration. You may become a member at the time of the application. Membership must be active on May 4, 2021.
  • 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.
  • Work must not exceed a run time of 24 minutes, including credits.
  • Work must have been completed after January 1, 2019.
  • Non-English media with dialogue/commentary must be subtitled or dubbed.
  • Work must be fully complete. Works-in-progress are not eligible.
  • Member 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.

*Upon acceptance, successful applicants must provide permission from the project’s producer (or owner) to be screened.

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