Scarborough Arts lights up Scarborough with the 5th Annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival (SCARFF17) on June 6 to 11, 2017! Experience great films, one-of-a-kind outdoor art experiences, and thought-provoking discussions in five spectacular locations that only the region of Scarborough can offer. Free and ticketed screenings and events will take place at University of Toronto Scarborough, Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Arts, Fox Theatre, and Scarborough Bluffer’s Park.
Over 20 films from countries such as Canada, USA, Iran, Chile, Croatia, India, Spain, Egypt, China, Denmark, and Georgia will be showcased at this year’s festival. Out of the 11 public screenings, 5 will be offered at no cost to the public.
“It’s exciting to be able to bring the world to Scarborough and Scarborough to the world stage,” says Sergei Petrov Scarborough Arts Executive Director and Scarborough Film Festival Founder. ” It is not just a platform that highlights everything that we love and know about Scarborough and the talent that is bursting with in it, but it is also important to note that such an event gives all of us an opportunity to celebrate and enrich all of our diverse lives, through international cinematic lens, with some light popcorn at hand, together.”
Festival will present Festival Grand Prix and Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography awards. Attending public will have a chance to cast their vote for Audience Choice Awards Feature Film and Short Film.
Shane Smith, Director of Programming – HotDocs Canadian International Film Festival / Joyce Wong, a Scarborough native Writer, Director / Sampreeth Rao, a Scarborough native Filmmaker and Entrepreneur – comprise the Official 2017 Festival Jury Committee.
“‘Watch Great Films’ has been the Scarborough Film Festival motto since its inception. However, this year we want our audiences to not simply enjoy a great film; we also want them to enjoy a truly memorable film festival experience. In addition to outstanding cinema, we’ve infused our screenings with variety of interesting complimentary events, music performances, experiential art, onstage conversations, and many other surprises that are not to be missed,” adds Sergei Petrov.
Film and experience highlights of SCARFF17 include:
- Local Heroes Film Night (Tuesday, June 6)
A series of shorts that offer an intriguing look at the faces and places that make Scarborough great. The Wexford goes behind the scenes at the legendary The Wexford Restaurant located on Warden Avenue and Lawrence Avenue East. The Voice of the Violin, directed by Scarborough’s Jamie Day Fleck, profiles an Armenian luthier keeping the 400-year old tradition of renowned violin-makers (such as Stradivari and Guarneri) alive from his shop in Toronto. Scarborough poet Randell Adjei shines in The Rising Poet, a documentary of his journey towards founding Reaching Intelligent Souls Everywhere (R.I.S.E.), a Scarborough-based community of youth artists, activists, freethinkers, and revolutionaries creating a safe and welcoming platform for self-expression and healing through the performing arts.
All filmmakers and subjects will be in attendance at this free event. Come and enjoy live experiences of the films through spoken word performances, live music, discussions, and a special treat from The Wexford Restaurant!
- Opening Gala (Wednesday, June 7)
SCARFF17 opens with The Constitution, an award-winning Croatian film that tells the story of four very different people whose misfortunes push them towards each other, forcing each to challenge their deeply held beliefs and prejudices surrounding class, national orientation, sexuality, and religion.
- 25th Anniversary Screening of Wayne’s World (Friday, June 9)
This FREE event will transform Albert Campbell Square into a scene out of Wayne’s World, the comedy classic based on Scarborough-native Mike Myers’ wildly successful Saturday Night Live sketch. Relax on couches straight out of Wayne’s parents’ basement, rock out to a live concert before the feature presentation, and celebrate the 25th anniversary of this beloved film that plucked inspiration directly from Mike Myers’ experience of growing up in Scarborough.
- Cinema Under the Stars (Saturday, June 10)
Experience the majestic Scarborough Bluffs like never before with a film screening of Stanley Kubrick’s 1968 stunning outer space masterpiece, 2001: Space Odyssey! Enrich your cinematic experience with a surprise performance from live musical guests, food, and family-friendly interactive arts activities. Bring blankets and lawn chairs and enjoy this free, open-to-all film screening with the rest of the Scarborough community.
5th Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival runs June 6th to 11th, 2017
For the full film schedule and to book tickets, visit our website: http://www.scarborougharts.com/filmfestival.