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Commffest Global Community Film Festival


SEPTEMBER

26-30-19

416 362 5570

WWW.COMMFFEST.COM

A festival you can really get in to

10th COMMFFEST celebrates great cinema , the power of global community and cultural heritage

The 2019 COMMFFEST will celebrate 14 years from Sept 26 -29 screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.

COMMFFEST is a film and arts festival that presents a broad range of local and international films representing current affairs and relevant issues that affect our society. COMMFFEST provides opportunities for emerging filmmakers, artists, musicians and global community stakeholders to express themselves freely and to connect with audiences on a more personal level. This unique blend of film, filmmakers and audiences creates a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change – starting with the communities in which we live.

The last 14 years Commffest has built a valuable platform for introducing new and emerging filmmakers as well as bring together communities and not for profit organizations with government officials in panel discussions to tackle pertinent issues often resulting in more funding and support for these groups. Commffest is a cultural platform that strives to educate and create a hospitality environment where filmmakers and attendees can mix and mingle over food, drink and entertainment.

Since showcasing her films with Commffest, Eleanor Mc Grath’s films have not only received world wide recognition but acquisition in the broadcast market.

TESTIMONY , Eleanor Mc Grath’s
As an independent film-maker, you work often for a year or possibly years to direct, edit, produce a film and then comes the waiting game to be selected by a film festival. COMMFFEST is more than a community film festival in Toronto; it is an art festival with a world perspective and I am most fortunate to have been part of the 2015 film festival programming with my documentary, "Forgotten". COMMFFEST's vision is to share stories that demonstrate the strength, struggles and beauty of humankind while providing a strong platform for independent film makers to showcase their perspective and vision of our world today and into the future. We need festivals like COMMFFEST who step away from the mainstream and champion works where the viewpoint is critical, enlightened or visionary in their approach to conflicts or issues that prevail throughout Toronto, Canada, North American and worldwide.

Behzad Sedghi Filmmaker
For me, COMMFFEST has been where my films have finally reached their maturity by connecting through the big screen with their audience. It is this connection that is essential for any artistic endeavour. As this may be the case with most other festivals, however, in my direct experience with COMMFFEST I clearly felt that each artist was given special attention, a chance to have a dialogue about their creation and ultimately was embraced in a celebration of their achievement. COMMFFEST founders and organizers are filled with the love of films and arts and clearly possess the vision and generosity to make this celebration happen every year. I look forward to being part of the next celebration either as an artist or a member of its community.

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community and to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

The programming: The films are chosen by a jury of professionals from a globally solicited call for submissions. Once chosen, the programming is created to generate discussion around specific world events and themes, provoking dialogue and acceptance of others and their concerns.

More about COMMFFEST
COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.

Local Educational engagement:
Over 4000 Children from local schools across the GTA that now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.
COMMFFEST’S unique diversity invites the world to one local community event over several days in Toronto

Commffest is teaming up with the Antigua & Barbuda Film festival which will be held in November 2019 on the exotic Island of Antigua that will foster cross cultural relationships between filmmaker and audiences. All films submitted will be eligible for this festival.

 


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Festival presentation: 

The 2015 COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) celebrates its 10th anniversary from September 23 to 30, screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a non-profit charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.

Festival Nickname: 
COMMFFEST
Edition: 
10
Festival Logo: 
Commffest
Theme: 
not specified
Category/Format: 
Digital / DVD
Festival Info
Price info: 
$10.00 per screening
Opening hours: 
10am- 11pm
Last attendance: 
1800
Number of journalists: 
2
Next Festival Dates: 
09/23/2015 - 09/30/2015
Is the Festival open to the public ?: 
Yes
Does the Festival have a competition ?: 
Yes
Festival Submission
Film submission fee: 
Payment
Submission accepted on Fest21.com: 
No
Film call for entry start day: 
01/31/2015
Film call for entry deadline: 
05/15/2015
Festival Contact
Festival Director Name: 
SANDIE DE FREITAS
Festival Director E-mail: 
Festival Programmer Name: 
NORMAN HART
Festival Programmer Email: 
E-mail for Webmaster: 

The 2015 COMMFFEST (Community Film Festival) celebrates its 10th anniversary from September 23 to 30, screening in movie theatres and exhibition spaces, presented yearly by a group of dedicated volunteers. COMMFFEST a non-profit charitable corporation makes its home in one of Toronto’s most fast growing, economically diverse neighbourhood, Old Town Toronto, where many languages are spoken and where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.

COMMFFEST is dedicated to presenting a wide variety of local, national, and international works that can transform and shape our views of the world.

COMMFFEST mission statement:
To advance education by raising the cultural, artistic and aesthetic expression of the community. And to advance the public’s appreciation of the arts through related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.

In 2014 COMMFFEST expanded to cover the International art scene regrouping renowned painters, photographers, mixed media artists to display their art during the period of the event as collateral activities.

The 2015 COMMFFEST will harmonize the disciplines of film, music, art, theatre connecting the human experience to public exhibits with forums for dialogue about social issues and cultural exchanges.

The films: COMMFFEST presents films of all genres from the quirky independent short to commercially distributed full-length films.

The programming: The films are chosen by a jury of professionals from a globally solicited call for submissions. Once chosen, the programming is created to generate discussion around specific world events and themes, provoking dialogue and acceptance of others and their concerns.

The Filmgoers: COMMFFEST audience members hail from all over the world! The largest cohort is young, diverse and sophisticated followed by knowledgeable and vital seniors.

The Filmmakers: Brandy Yanchyk writes “Having a film debut at the festival has been such a high and this year the house was packed! Thank you for caring about the diverse stories that I want to make and for encouraging us filmmakers and audience members to follow our dreams.”

David Hovan writes “The award from COMMFFEST has propelled the film into many other festivals. Thank you to COMMFFEST enormously for your support that has made the success of Born In Adana possible.”

Kate Mayer writes” We particularly enjoyed the brunch where we could interact with other filmmakers and exchange the ideas we live by. What an amazing group of people from the six poised young women from London to David the Armenian still carrying his people's pain and transforming it into a wonderful work of art to the Chinese group from "The Glimmering Light" with the magical little girl. We made friends, and we hope to stay connected.

More about COMMFFEST

COMMFFEST attracts educators, artists, politicians, business leaders, socially conscious organizations and trendsetters.

Local Educational engagement:
Over 350 school children from local schools Nelson Mandela Public School, Market Lane Public School, St Michael’s Catholic School, The Downtown Alternative School and afar now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum.

COMMFFEST engages seniors with unique programming and is open to local community groups such as The Performing Artist’s Lodge, the senior’s Women’s building Fred Victor Mission and Woodgreen Community Centre among other community centres.

COMMFFEST’S unique diversity invites the world to one local community event over 8 days in Toronto

Awards & Prizes

The COMMFFEST AWARDS: Best Film and Honourable Mention are the two categories for the MADA (Making a Difference) Awards. The MADA goes to filmmakers whose work champions’ social good and community enrichment. Whether young or old, seasoned or just beginning, cinematic storytellers are welcomed into COMMFFEST with opportunities to engage and inspire audiences

$700.00 editing suite package
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Rules & Terms

FILMS OF ANY GENRES (global and local) CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ISSUES ACCEPTED combined with independently produced films. Included in that mix are childrens issues, poverty, human rights LGBTQ, women's rights, third world struggles, environmental issues affecting communities, e.t.c

All submissions are required to release the information of previous screenings.

For Local Filmmakers:
Are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings

To be eligible for awards:
All local filmmakers are expected to promote their films and attend their screenings.
all other filmmakers are required to promote through social media.

Films can not be screened during the same time frame as another festival within that area.

ALL FILMMAKERS SHOULD PROMOTE THEIR FILM TO FRIENDS, SPECIAL CONTACTS LISTS OR EMAILS TO ENSURE A HIGHER TURN OUT.

Festival submissions DVDs or online screeners

DVDs must be formatted in MPEG-2 video for Region 1/North America or Region 0/ “no region, i.e., that the DVD is authored as a video DVD and is not burned as a data disk containing Quicktime or other similar file formats. DVDs must be labeled with the following:
o Title
o Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o FilmFreeway Tracking Number

Please test your DVDs thoroughly before sending. Please avoid excessive packaging and the inclusion of any materials other than what are specified.

ONLY ONLINE CREDIT CARD PAYMENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED! ALL OTHER METHODS OF PAYMENT MAY DELAY THE PROCESSING OF YOUR SUBMISSION!

 

Festival Organization
Name: 
COMMFFEST GLOBAL COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL
Address: 
110 THE ESPLANADE #323
City: 
TORONTO
State: 
ONTARIO
Zip code: 
M5E1X9
Country: 
Canada
Telephone: 
416 362 5570

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COMMFFEST (GLOBAL) COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL showcases a wide variety of local, national, and international films. Its main objective is to bring global communities together by addressing soical and cultural issues.

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