TIFF: Canadian Film Centre BBQ with Norman Jewison, Jason Priestly, and more
The Windfields, home of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) Annual BBQ, was teeming with filmmakers and guests in honour of Canadian talent at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 9.
John Carmichael (MP Don Valley West), Gary Goodyear (minister of federal economic development agency for Southern Ontario), Slawko Klymkiw (CEO of CFC), and Ana Serrano, (chief digital officer of CFC). Photo credit: Tom Sandler Photography.
At the BBQ, the Canadian government's commitment of up to $3.5-million over three years to the Canadian Film Centres digital-entertainment initiatives, as well as Bell Media's new sponsorship of the CFC's Prime Time Television Program was announced.
Hosted by Norman Jewison, who founded the CFC to provide training to filmmakers on a post-graduate level, the CFC Annual BBQ is one of the most sought after tickets on the TIFF party circuit.
The BBQ provides a great place for the filmmaking industry to network and catch up with many of their industry peers. It also allows young filmmakers to connect with industry heavyweights in an informal setting.
TIFF Rising Stars Tatiana Maslany (Picture Day) Charlie Carrick (an alumni of the CFC Actors Conservatory), Connor Jessup (Blackbird) and Charlotte Sullivan (“Rookie Blue”) with CFC founder Norman Jewison. Photo credit: Danilo Ursini.
Some celebrities in attendance were Jason Priestly, Keith David, Sarah Rafferty, Emily Hampshire, Yannick Bisson, Scott Thompson, Atom Egoyan, Rob Stewart, Ricardo Chavira, Rick Mercer, Vik Sahay, and the TIFF Rising Stars.
Guests mingled as they ate their way through food stations set up by House of Moments, Per Se Catering, Embrujo Flamenco, Pachuco, Marcheleos, Lollicakes, and Piola. Others opted to sip on beverages and signature cocktails offered by Crystal Head vodka, Barefoot Wine and Bubbly, XO Cafe tequila, Mill St., and Evian.