Manitoba premieres highlight CSFF’s return to Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, January 13, 2015 – The seventh annual Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) returns to Winnipeg on February 5-7. A night of feature films (Friday, Feb 6, Cinematheque, 7pm & 9pm), presented by RBC, is highlighted by the Manitoba premieres of two engaging documentary films. Meet the boys’ and girls’ teams from an inner-city rugby program in Los Angeles as they travel to New Zealand in “Red White Black & Blue” (7pm). “Next Goal Wins” (9pm) is the heartwarming story of the national men’s soccer team of American Samoa, the worst team in the world, and their attempt to win just one match. Stars from both films will participate in Q&As after each screening.

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Two additional FREE events comprise the rest of CSFF’s Winnipeg program. A free screening of “Mighty Jerome”, about the Canadian sprinter Harry Jerome, and panel discussion will celebrate Black History Month (Thursday, Feb 5, Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame, 6pm). Two nights later, CSFF returns to The Forks and its innovative “snowscreen” for a free screening (outdoors!) of a program of short films (Sat, Feb 7, 5:30pm, repeated at 7pm).

For more information on the CSFF Winnipeg program or to purchase tickets, visit http://sportfilmfestival.ca/csff-winnipeg/

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Submissions now being accepted for 2015

TORONTO (October 21, 2014) – The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) is pleased to invite submissions for the 7th annual 2015 CSFF. The main festival will take place in May 2015 in Toronto, with a satellite event scheduled for Winnipeg in February 2015. Early submissions will be considered for the Winnipeg festival (early submission deadline: December 8, 2014), while all films received by January 20, 2015 will be considered for our feature event in Toronto.

More details are provided on the entry form, which can be downloaded here.

For more information, contact CSFF Executive Director, Russell Field, at [email protected].

 

Program announced, tickets on sale, new title sponsor welcomed

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TORONTO, May 7, 2014 – The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF), presented by new title sponsor, Toronto Pearson International Airport, is pleased to announce the program for the 6th annual CSFF, which takes place May 16-18 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Highlights include:

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The complete program is available at: http://sportfilmfestival.ca/2014-canadian-sport-film-festival-program/.

Tickets are available for sale at the TIFF box office.

 

 

2014 Canadian Sport Film Festival program

Welcome to the program of the 6th annual 2014 Canadian Sport Film Festival
Presented by Toronto Pearson International Airport

The program at a glance:

Date Time Feature screening Screening with …
Friday, May 16 7:00 pm Red White Black & Blue The Basketball Game
Saturday, May 17 12:00pm Youth program: Faith’s Goal, Youth of Yangon, Dancing with Style, A Veiled Soul
2:00pm Algorithms The Perfect Fit
4:30pm Walk On I Love Hooligans
7:00pm Next Goal Wins Baghdad Messi
9:30pm Black Diamonds Rooting for the Home Team
Sunday, May 18 12:00pm Road to Silverstone Outside the Ring
2:15pm The Ride Mountains Will Move
4:30pm Running for Jim Tzuf
7:00pm Back on Track Mohawk Midnight Runners


Friday, May 16
7:00pm (Opening Night)

Red, White, Black & Blue (2012, documentary, USA/New Zealand, 81 min, dir: James Brown) – Ontario premiere
A boys’ team and a girls’ team from south Los Angeles take their new-found rugby skills across the world as they tour New Zealand.  By playing local communities, both Pakeha and Maori, the players learn and grow with their teammates, discover new cultures, and dispel myths about the community that they represent.
Opening night sponsored by Toronto Inner-City Rugby Foundation


Screening with:
The Basketball Game
(2011, animation, Canada, 5 min, dir: Hart Snider)
Nine-year-old Hart is attending Jewish summer camp for the first time, when he finds himself part of an epic basketball game between his camp and students of a notorious local Holocaust denier. What awaits him on the basketball court?

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Saturday, May 17
12:00 pm (Youth program)

Faith’s Goal (2013, documentary, Canada, 5 min, dir: Elizabeth Lee)

Eleven-year-old Faith Walker recounts her experiences playing in a previously all-boys’ hockey league, with advice from 2014 Canadian Olympian Jenn Wakefield.

Youth of Yangon (2013, documentary, Myanmar, 13 min, dir: James Holman) – Canadian premiere

A look at the emerging skateboarding community in Myanmar.

Dancing with Style (2012, documentary, Netherlands, 17 min, dir: Xander de Boer)

Eugène sets out to get his bullying classmates to take ballroom dancing seriously.

A Veiled Soul (2010, narrative, France, 24 min, dir: Sylvain Bresson) – Canadian premiere

Fifteen-year-old Samia struggles with the traditionalism of her family and her desire to run track.

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Saturday, May 17
2:00pm

Algorithms (2012, documentary, India, 96 min, dir: Ian McDonald) – Canadian premiere
In India, a group of boys dream of becoming Chess Masters. But this is no ordinary chess and these are no ordinary players, competing as they do in the thriving but little-known world of Blind Chess.


Screening with:
The Perfect Fit (2011, documentary, Scotland, 9 min, dir: Tali Yankelevich) – Canadian premiere
Ballet shoes might be worn by delicate girls, but they are crafted by burly men. A perfectionist shoemaker pounds his soul out making each pair, as he tries to ease the burden on dancers’ feet.

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Saturday, May 17
4:30pm

Walk On (2013, documentary, USA, 82 min, dir: Mark Bashian) – Canadian premiere
Despite medical forecasts, Joseph Kibler, a disabled HIV+ 21-year-old took his first steps with a cane at the age of 18. Now Joseph is training for an AIDS walk, while educating others about HIV and disabilities with the help of a quadriplegic comic, an amputee sprinter, and a disabled veteran.
Co-presented with Inside Out


Screening with:
I Love Hooligans (2013, animation, Netherlands, 12 min, dir: Jan-Dirk Bouw) – Canadian premiere
A football hooligan feels unconditional love for his club. This however means hiding his true self.

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Saturday, May 17
7:00pm (Feature Screening)

Next Goal Wins (2014, documentary, UK, 93 min, dir: Mike Brett & Steve Jamison) – Canadian premiere
When the American Samoan national soccer team lost to Australia 31-0, these tiny islands crash-landed into last place in the FIFA world rankings. Despite having not won an official match for more than a decade, the team’s love of soccer and American Samoan pride sustain them as they train for the next World Cup.


Screening with:
Baghdad Messi (2013, narrative, Belgium/UAE, 19 min, dir: Sahim Omar Kalifa) – Canadian premiere
Eight-year-old Hamoudi is soccer mad. He and his friends eagerly anticipate the Champions League final between Barcelona and Manchester United. But the TV breaks down and reality intrudes.

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Saturday, May 17
9:30pm

Black Diamonds (2013, narrative, Spain/Portugal, 110 min, dir: Miguel Alcantud) – Ontario premiere
Two 15-year-olds from Mali are spotted by a scout, separated from their families and brought to Europe with the promise of soccer stardom. Their journey reveals the shadows behind the beautiful game.


Screening with:
Rooting for the Home Team (2012, documentary, Brazil, 5 min, dir: Erick Boustead through consultation with Comunidades do Trilho) – Canadian premiere
Faced with displacement by World Cup 2014 construction, 22 communities in Fortaleza, Brazil, fight to remain in the homes they have occupied for generations.

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Sunday, May 18
12:00pm

The Road to Silverstone (2013, documentary, Finland/Palestine, 58 min, dir: Johan Eriksson) – Canadian premiere
A group of young Palestinians attempt to build a Formula 1 race car, the first ever built in Gaza, and bring it to compete at the international Formula Student competition at Britain’s famous Silverstone track.


Screening with:
Outside the Ring (2013, documentary, Canada, 28 min, dir: Joanne Green & Steve Lindsay) – Canadian premiere
A group of women and transgendered survivors of violence in Toronto are part of a unique violence recovery program that integrates boxing into their healing.

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Sunday, May 18
2:15pm

The Ride (2012, documentary, Australia, 55 min, dir: Sandra Cook) – Canadian premiere
Four men – three paraplegics and one a quadriplegic – journey 5000 km across the Australian outback on quad bikes to return to the places where they suffered the injuries that are now a part of their everyday lives.


Screening with:
Mountains Will Move (2012, documentary, Tanzania/Australia, 30 min, dir: Douglas McCann) – Canadian premiere
An all-female group of Australian teenagers looking to raise money for a good cause are joined by a group of Tanzanian girls struggling to overcome poverty and inequality as they attempt to reach the top of Mount Meru, one of the highest mountains in Africa.

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Sunday, May 18
4:30pm

Running for Jim (2013, documentary, USA, 78 min, dir: Robin Hauser Reynolds & Dan Noyes) – Canadian premiere
The inspiring story of record-breaking high school running coach Jim Tracy, his battle with Lou Gehrig’s disease, and the 2010 championship team that brought his story to international attention.


Screening with:
Tzuf (2011, narrative, Israel, 24 min, dir: Ofer Matan)
An Israeli basketball coach discovers he can obtain legal status for African refugees by having them play on his team, until a league administrator comes calling. maxresdefault

Sunday, May 18
7:00pm

Back on Track (Closing Night) (2013, narrative, Germany, 105 min, dir: Kilian Riedhof) – International premiere
Paul Averhoff was once a great marathoner, the gold medallist at the 1956 Melbourne Olympics. Now over 70 and forced to live in a nursing home, Paul rejects singing groups and handicraft classes to don old running shoes and train for the Berlin Marathon, which he intends to win.


Screening with:
Mohawk Midnight Runners
(2012, narrative, Canada, 16 min, dir: Zoe Hopkins)
In homage to a late friend, Grant decides to implement positive life changes, one of which involves running naked in the middle of the night. MMR - IMG_0340

 

International premiere highlights CSFF closing night; tickets on sale May 6

TORONTO, May 1, 2014 – The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) is pleased to announced that the international premiere of “Back on Track” will closing the upcoming 6th annual CSFF, May 16-18 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

“Back on Track” will screen on the final night, Sunday, May 18, of the 6th annual CSFF. The film is an alternately poignant and lighthearted look at an aging former runner resisting the idea of spending his final days in a care facility and instead opting to run the Berlin Marathon.

The entire CSFF 2014 program will be announced Monday, May 5. Last month, it was announced that the rugby documentary, “Red White Black & Blue,” will open the festival on Friday, May 16.

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, May 6.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit:  www.sportfilmfestival.ca
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CSFF co-presents screening at Hot Docs

(Toronto, April 13) – The Canadian Sport Film Festival is proud to again this year co-present a screening at the upcoming Hot Docs documentary film festival in Toronto.

CSFF will be co-presenting I’ve Seen the Unicorn.We’ll be giving away a pair of free tickets to the Sunday, April 27th screening. Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to enter. I’ve Seen the Unicorn screens at the following times and locations:

  • Sun, Apr 27 8:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
  • Mon, Apr 28 12:30 PM, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
  • Fri, May 2 4:30 PM, ROM Theatre

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On the tiny island nation of Mauritius, Alvinio Roy, a young, stouthearted fisherman, dreams of becoming a champion jockey at the fabled Champs de Mars Racecourse. Though a remnant of the British Empire, which ruled Mauritius until 1968, horse racing has endured as the lifeblood of the island. As one local explains, “There are beaches—and horse racing!” We follow Alvinio and other horse racing aficionados—a Rastafarian gambler, a shrewd bookmaker, an Irish jockey and the head trainer of the Gujadhur family stables—in rapt anticipation of the year’s ultimate race: The Maiden Cup. With a lyrical eye, director Vincent Toi throws us into the nail-biting sport of horse racing to evoke a nation resolute in spirit despite centuries of colonial rule. I’ve Seen the Unicorn conjures a tangible, fragrant sense of place and a nation galloping forward on its optimism.

 

CSFF Toronto

CSFF announces first feature screening of 2014 festival at Toronto Sports Summit

Toronto (March 29) – The Canadian Sport Film Festival is excited today to announce the first feature screening of the 6th annual CSFF. This announcement took place at the Toronto Sports Summit, hosted by the Toronto Sports Council.

The first of three feature screenings that will be included in the 2014 CSFF program is “Red White Black & Blue.”

“Red White Black & Blue” is a feature-length documentary that profiles two teams (a boys’ and a girls’ team) from south Los Angeles that take their new-found rugby skills across the world as they tour New Zealand.  Along the way, the players learn and grow with their teammates while dispelling myths about the community that they represent.

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The 6th annual CSFF will take place May 16-18 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. CSFF screens films from around the world – documentaries and narrative films, features and short – that use sport, physical activity, play, recreation, and dance to tell compelling stories of personal introspection and social change.

For more information on CSFF and details on the entire 2014 program, go to sportfilmfestival.ca.

 

CSFF announces first feature screening of 2014 festival at Toronto Sports Summit

Toronto (March 29) – The Canadian Sport Film Festival is excited today to announce the first feature screening of the 6th annual CSFF. This announcement took place at the Toronto Sports Summit, hosted by the Toronto Sports Council.

The first of three feature screenings that will be included in the 2014 CSFF program is “Red White Black & Blue.”

“Red White Black & Blue” is a feature-length documentary that profiles two teams (a boys’ and a girls’ team) from south Los Angeles that take their new-found rugby skills across the world as they tour New Zealand.  Along the way, the players learn and grow with their teammates while dispelling myths about the community that they represent.

RWBB - Cameron

The 6th annual CSFF will take place May 16-18 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. CSFF screens films from around the world – documentaries and narrative films, features and short – that use sport, physical activity, play, recreation, and dance to tell compelling stories of personal introspection and social change.

For more information on CSFF and details on the entire 2014 program, go to sportfilmfestival.ca.

 

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CSFF Winnipeg wraps up

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