The 5th Annual Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival (SCARFF17), presented by Scarborough Arts, concluded its 6-day run on Sunday, June 11, 2017. The Festival presented over 20 local and international films and attracted over 2,500 guests from across Toronto to Scarborough.
SCARFF17 experience highlights include a performance by beatboxer KRNFX at Scarborough Bluffs; a showcase of Georgian culture through an exhibition, food-tasting, and performance by a Georgian vocal ensemble; the world premieres of shorts created by emerging Scarborough filmmakers; and the unveiling of the massive ‘Scarborough’ sign—reminiscent of the ‘Hollywood’ sign in Los Angeles—at the foot of the Scarborough Bluffs.
Select feature and short films were honoured at the Closing Screening and Awards Ceremony on June 11, 2017 at the Fox Theatre. CLASH bagged the Grand Prix Award and the Audience Choice Award for Best Feature Film. The award for Best Cinematography was presented to House of Others and the Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film is presented to The Wexford.
“As this festival year showed, it’s not just about good times and experiences, it’s a chance to celebrate young and talented filmmakers, and play a small role on their starlit creative journey. This celebration brought our local residents together and provided an excuse for guests from all over GTA and outside of Canada, to visit and fall in love in Scarborough, all over again, or for the first time.” said Sergei Petrov, Executive Director of Scarborough Arts. “Scarborough is home. It’s also home to and of the arts. And it’s been a great experience by our audience, guests, filmmakers, partners, volunteers and the festival team, to play a role in making sure that our home is an open, inclusive, kind, a welcoming, and a cool one. So the way we see it – everybody is a winner when creativity shines!”
ABOUT THE WINNERS
- Clash. Directed by Mohamed Diab. 2016. (Egypt, France) – Ontario Premiere. – Festival Grand Prix Jury Award & Audience Choice Award
- House of Others. Directed by Rusudan Glurjidze. 2016. (Georgian, Russian Federation, Spain, and Croatia) – Canadian Premiere. – Best Cinematography Jury Award
- The Wexford Restaurant. Directed by Michael Barry. 2016. (Canada). – Best Short Film Audience Choice Award
ABOUT SCARBOROUGH ARTS
Scarborough Arts, a non-profit charitable organization, serves the Scarborough community through innovative arts and culture programs for citizens of all ages. Our mission is to bring arts to the community and community to the arts.
ABOUT SCARBOROUGH WORLDWIDE FILM FESTIVAL
Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival is an annual six-day celebration showcasing the best in local, Canadian, and world cinema and media projects. Our mission is to enrich the world by celebrating humanity through the art of international films and multicultural media arts.