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Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival starts at U of T Scarborough

The Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival puts the spotlight on local and international talent at several Scarborough venues from June 6 to 11. (Photo by Ken Jones)

The Scarborough Worldwide Film Festival kicks off at U of T Scarborough June 6 with a special screening of four short films.

“The Scarborough Film Festival is important because it brings together a large community of film lovers from Scarborough and the wider GTA to enjoy special screenings and events,” says Sara Salijough, associate professor of Cinema Studies at U of T Scarborough. “It enriches the Scarborough and eastern Toronto community by bringing world class, high quality programming to the area.”

Tonight’s special U of T Scarborough screening is part of “Local Heroes Night” – each of the four short films are directed by local Toronto/Scarborough talent and the subjects of each film will be in attendance. The event starts at 7 p.m. at U of T Scarborough’s Theatre AC223.

Since 2013, the Film Festival created by Scarborough Arts, a non-profit community arts organization that serves east Toronto, has featured diverse stories and talent that are both local and international.

Twenty films will screen June 6 to 11 across Scarborough venues including Fox Theatre, Albert Campbell Square, Scarborough Bluffers Park and Scarborough Arts – The Bluffs Gallery.

Saljoughi and one of  her U of T Scarborough classes are working on a collaborative film making project with executive director and founder of the festival, Sergei Petrov. She says the presence of youth and their stories are increasing at the ever evolving event.

“The Scarborough Film Festival and Scarborough Arts are doing a lot to promote the talent of young, diverse filmmakers both locally and internationally,” she says.

Many of the projects throughout the festival and particularly at the opening day screening reflect just that. The Rising Poet a biographical film about Randell Adjei, founder of RISE: a community led by youth that provides a much-needed safe space and encourages free self-expression and healing through performing arts.

Love Stinks is a quirky coming-of-age short film about a 13-year-old girl in the 1980s. Alicia Harris, director and a 2016 Ryerson University graduate, also won the Best Short Film award at the Scarborough Film Festival in 2015 for her film Fatherhood.  

The Wexford features Scarborough resident Michael Barry’s directorial debut. The short film is about the 60 year-old history of The Wexford Restaurant, a restaurant located at 2072 Lawrence Avenue East.

The final film that will be displayed at U of T Scarborough on June 6 is Voice of the Violin. The short film will tell the story of Scarborough resident, Hratch Armenious. Armenious is a luthier and he has been building and repairing violins over 45 years.

The five-day event is supported by the City of Toronto and the Ontario Arts Council (OAC) with U of T Scarborough as the festival’s Major Partner. For more information on tickets and theatre locations visit http://scarboroughfilmfestival.com

 




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