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|Category 1- All genres - Social and Cultural issues and
and independent cinema
|Cinéma vérité is a style of documentary filmmaking, combining naturalistic techniques with stylized cinematic devices of editing and camerawork, staged set-ups, and the use of the camera to provoke subjects.
Films can be on any topic and genre.
This is a new category in addition to the general ALL GENRE category
|interfaith theme films
|5 minute films -all genres and topics
|for our online film festival of short films 5 minutes or less in any genre and category
|shorts all genres
MISSION & OBJECTIVE
COMMFFEST Global community film festival celebrates it’s 10th birthday adding to it’s mix International art/theatre and world music . It is cradled in historical Old Town Toronto, a unique cultural cluster of communities comprised of St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood, Corktown, The Distillery District, where memorable films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were created.
COMMFFEST showcases a wide variety of local, national, and international films. Its main objective is to bring global communities together to increase awareness and understanding that we are more alike than not. Each film represents a voice to share experiences, educate others on their struggles, and discover common bonds of solidarity.
COMMFFEST aims to present a broad and diverse overview of films representing current affairs and relevant issues that affect our communities, providing an opportunity for filmmakers to express themselves freely and connect with audiences on a more personal level. The collective mix of audience, film, and filmmakers creates a dynamic atmosphere to provoke thought and stimulate further understanding and exploration of ideas, attitudes, and emotions that can foster change starting in the communities in which we live.
"At this stage of history either one of two things is possible. Either the general population will take control of its own destiny and will concern itself with community interests, guided by values of solidarity, sympathy and concern for others, or alternatively there will be no destiny for anyone to control."
- Noam Chomsky
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
COMMFFEST Global community film festival celebrates it’s 10th birthday adding to it’s mix International art/theatre and world music . It is nestled in Old Town Toronto, a group of communities comprised of historical St. Lawrence Market Neighbourhood Corktown, The Distillery District, where films like Robcob; Cinderella Man, Chicago, X-Men, The Hurricane, and Against the Ropes were shot.
A festival dedicated to cultural issues and global communities, COMMFFEST screens a wide variety of local, national, and international projects, proving that, in every corner of the globe, great storytellers are more alike than they are different.
COMMFFEST welcomes films of all genres,(drama , comedy , documentary etc.) combining independently produced films with socially conscious works that transform and shape our views of the world.
Exhibiting filmmakers will receive gift packages, restaurant certificates, and invitations to unforgettable networking and social engagements throughout the run of the festival. Each year, COMMFFEST presents its (MADA)"Making a Difference Awards" 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 open arms and with equal opportunities to engage and inspire audiences from across the planet.
Filmmaker Kate Mayer writes” we wanted to COMMFFEST for all that you did for us in Toronto. 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.”
Filmmaker David Hovan – A HUGE THANK YOU
"The award from COMMFFEST has propelled the film into many festivals as you see on FB and will continue to see more of them on FB and I wish to thank you and COMMFFEST enormously for your support that has made the success of Born In Adana possible."
Brandy Yanchyk writes:
The Commffest Global Community Film Festival has shown five of my documentaries at its festivals. The support means so much to me as a filmmaker. It is so wonderful to have a film opening in Toronto surrounded by other filmmakers and friends. Being an independent documentary filmmaker can be very difficult when it comes to getting funding and someone to believe in your story. Commffest has believed in me and the stories that I want to tell. Having my films 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 tell Sandie de Freitas and for encouraging us to follow our dreams
More about the festival
From 2011 to the present over 350 school children from local schools and afar now include the COMMFFEST festival experience as part of their annual curriculum. Following that year a seniors program was introduced.
The Festival fosters and supports more community interaction through workshops, for both youth and adults. Consequently these films are then showcased in the festival.
MISSION & OBJECTIVE:
COMMFFEST is a charitable, not for profit organization whose mission is to advance education by raising the cultural artistic and aesthetic taste of the community and advancing the public’s appreciation of performing arts through independent film festival related artistic workshops and panel discussions, while promoting the works of filmmakers and artists alike.
Awards & Prizes
The screenings are held at the Rainbow cinema in the St. Lawrence Market area. The oldest city in Toronto, between Jarvis St. and Church on Front St. Our secondary location Commffest Malvern is held in the state of art Malvern Public Library in Scarborough 30 Sewells Rd and is a free event. Other locations are determined closer to the event.
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FILMS OF ANY GENRES THAT PERTAIN TO CULTURAL, SOCIAL AND COMMUNITY ISSUES ARE ACCEPTED FOR SUBMISSION.
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.
Films can not be screened during the same time frame as another festival within that area.
ALL FILMMAKERS SHOULD PROMOTE THEIR FILM TO FRIENDS, SOCIAL MEDIA 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 Production Company
o Company Address
o Telephone Number
o Director’s Name
o Length in Minutes
o Withoutabox 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!
WE DO NOT WAIVE ENTRY FEES.
For submissions sent by UPS and FedEx, please be sure to include "Entry Code: #00804" on the shipping label to ensure your package is successfully delivered. Please be sure to put "No commercial value" and indicate its value under $20.00, on the submission package. The Festival will not assume responsibility for, nor will it accept, shipments incurring expenses for terminal charges, duties, taxes or customs brokerage. Clearly indicate on all waybills that transportation and customs charges be billed to the sender.
Sandie de Freitas
COMMFFEST Community Film Festival
110 The Esplanade, #323
Entry Code: #00804
Toronto, ON m5e 1x9
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
COMMFFEST COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL is hereby granted the right to utilize an excerpt from any film submitted and accepted for exhibition at the Festival for promotional purposes.
The individual or corporation submitting the film hereby warrants that it is authorized to commit the film for screening, and understands and accepts these requirements and regulations.
The undersigned shall indemnify and hold harmless COMMFFEST COMMUNITY FILM FESTIVAL from and against any and all claims, liabilities, losses, damages, and expenses (including but not limited to attorney's fees, and costs of the court) which may be incurred by reason of any claim involving copyright, trademark, credits, publicity, screening, and loss of or damage to the screening videos entered.