Tops in Winnipeg: media coverage of 2014 Winnipeg CSFF

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CSFF Winnipeg adds Homophobia and Sport screening and panel

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THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 6 —  FILM SCREENING & PANEL DISCUSSION
(The Hub, 3rd Floor, University Centre, University of Manitoba, 5:30-7:00pm)

Justin
Canadian premiere
(UK, documentary, 2011, 30 min, dir: Ian McDonald)


Justin Fashanu, the only openly gay professional footballer, committed suicide on May 2nd 1998.  Justin – a troubling figure to the gay community, an embarrassing figure to the black community, a ridiculed figure in the soccer community – is a man best forgotten. But seemingly out of the blue, ten years after Justin’s death, the Justin Campaign against homophobia is launched. Justin is the story of Justin and the campaign named in his honour. While the campaigners strive to establish May 2nd as Justin Fashanu Day, Justin’s life and death is remembered by his family, friends, fans and the coach who discovered him. Their accounts, in some cases being told on camera for the first time, create a poignant portrait of Justin in all his brilliance and beauty as well as his insecurities and indiscretions.

 

 

Local content prominent as CSFF returns to Winnipeg

WINNIPEG, January 30, 2013 – The sixth annual Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) today returns to Winnipeg on February 7-8 and local filmmakers and locales will feature prominently. Opening night at the Park Theatre (Fri, Feb 7 @ 7pm, tickets available online) will include the theatrical premiere of Tailwind: Prairie Harvest, the story of Steve Langston and friends’ 1200-km bike tour of Manitoba to highlight local food growers and the biodiversity of our province.

The following night, CSFF returns to The Forks and its innovative “snowscreen” for a free screening (outdoors!) of a program of short films (Sat, Feb 8, 5:30pm, repeated at 7pm). That program includes two short films from local filmmakers — The Toilers of ’33 and The No Regretzkys — among the eight films being screened. Full program details follow below and are online at sportfilmfestival.ca

 

Canadian Sport Film Festival Announces 2014 Winnipeg Program

  • 6th Annual CSFF to screen 10 films from around the world, with screenings taking place February 7th at the Park Theatre and February 8th at The Forks
  • Opening night is highlighted by the Manitoba premiere of The Crash Reel, tracking snowboarder Kevin Pearce’s attempt to recover from a serious crash that derailed his quest for Olympic gold
  • 8 premieres, including 3  Canadian premieres and the theatrical premiere of Tailwind: Prairie Harvest
  • Return of the “snowscreen” for our free outdoor screening at The Forks on Feb 8
  • For more information on the CSFF or to purchase tickets, visit http://sportfilmfestival.ca/csff-winnipeg/

Crash Reel poster - web

WINNIPEG, January 23, 2013 – The sixth annual Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) today announced its return to Winnipeg with a 2014 program that features 10 films from around the world. Headlining the CSFF, taking place February 7-8 in Winnipeg at the Park Theatre and The Forks are the opening night features: The Crash Reel, a profile of snowboarder Kevin Pearce and his attempted comeback from brain injury – a film named one of the best documentaries of 2012 by the Tribeca Film Festival; and Tailwind: Prairie Harvest, the theatrical premiere of Steve Langston and friends’ 1200-km bike tour of Manitoba to highlight local food growers and the biodiversity of our province.

The CSFF brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world.  The Festival connects filmgoers to the story beyond the scoreboard, behind the camera and told with a critical lens.

“As always, this year’s program features a strong line-up of outstanding films,” said Russell Field, Executive Director, CSFF.  “But we are thrilled this year to present such a strong roster of films never before seen in Manitoba, including the award-winning The Crash Reel, and to be returning to The Forks for our innovative free event, eight short films screened outdoors on a screen made of snow. Only in Winnipeg.”

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Media Inquiries:

Russell Field, Executive Director, Canadian Sport Film Festival
204-797-7217
[email protected]

 

Save the date: CSFF returns to Winnipeg

(Winnipeg, Jan. 17) — The Canadian Sport Film Festival kicks off its sixth year with a return to Winnipeg on Feb 7-8. Highlights include an evening of feature films at the Park Theatre on Friday, February 7th, and a free outdoor screening of a program of short films — on a snowscreen — at The Forks on Saturday, February 8th.

The full program of films and ticket details will be announced early in the week of January 20th. Check www.sportfilmfestival.ca for details.

 

Now the fun begins: Submissions closed for 2014

The entry deadline for submissions to the 2014 Canadian Sport Film Festival passed on January 15, 2014. We are thrilled to report that the 170 entries far surpasses the number of submissions from any of the previous five editions of CSFF. We’ve now get to have fun watching some great films and begin the hard work of programming what no doubt will be a strong program for 2014.

Check back here for details on that in the coming months.

 

CSFF now accepting submissions for 2014

CSFF is open for business yet again.

In anticipation of the 6th annual Canadian Sport Film Festival, we are now accepting submissions for our 2014 events. These are tentatively scheduled to take place in Toronto, Ontario on 5-7 June 2014 at TIFF Bell Lightbox and in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 7-8 February.

You can download the entry form here.

CSFF screens films from around the world — fiction, documentary, and animated shorts and features — that use sport, play, physical activity, and dance to tell powerful stories of both personal interest and social justice which extend beyond the field of play. More information about CSFF can be found at www.sportfilmfestival.ca.

We look forward to your submission and will acknowledge receipt as promptly as we can.

Check back here in early-January for our Winnipeg programme and in early-May for our Toronto schedule.

 

Thanks for a great 2013

The 5th annual Canadian Sport Film Festival was an unqualified success, highlighted by 5 screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox that featured engaging and personable guests interacting with the audience. We owe a big thanks to our wonderful and supportive sponsors, and all the hardworking volunteers that make our events possible year and year.

The highlight of closing night in 2013 (Saturday, June 8) was the appearance by Susie, Rita, Dora, and Laura (stars of Uluit: Champions of the North) who travelled great distances to join us and also offer an impromptu throat-singing concert.

Susie Rita and Dora

Friday night (June 7), Carmen Klotz (co-director of Lace Bite) and some of a stars of world-record-breaking marathon hockey game also were in attendance.

The Saturday afternoon (June 8) program was highlighted by a kids’ workshop and screening.

Kids workshop 1 Kids screening

These aspiring young filmmakers worked together to make their first animated film:

 

NEWS RELEASE – Cancer survivors paddle towards courage and community

TORONTO, June 5, 2013 – In the face of adversity, courage and community shine through at the fifth annual Canadian Sport Film Festival. The Saturday program is highlighted by the feature-length US documentary, Awaken the Dragon (Sat, 4pm), which profiles a remarkable group of dragon boaters. Comprised entirely of cancer survivors, this team comes together as athletes and friends to build a community that extends far beyond their boats.

The CSFF’s 2013 programme features 17 films from around the world. Headlining the CSFF, which takes place June 7-8 in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox, are the opening night film, Lace Bite, a profile of 40 remarkable Canadian women who come together to set a record by playing hockey non-stop for 10 straight days and raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the same time; while the closing night film, 9.79*, revisits one of the most controversial moments in Canadian sport history: Ben Johnson’s positive test for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The CSFF brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world. The Festival connects filmgoers to the story beyond the scoreboard, behind the camera and told with a critical lens.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.sportfilmfestival.ca

Follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/canadiansportfilmfestival

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Media Inquiries:

Russell Field, Executive Director, Canadian Sport Film Festival
204-797-7217
[email protected]

 

NEWS RELEASE – Women hockey players skate to centre ice at sport film festival

TORONTO, June 4, 2013 – The fifth annual Canadian Sport Film Festival opens this Friday night and women’s hockey will be front and centre. The festival opens with Lace Bite (Fri, June 7, 7pm), a profile of 40 remarkable Canadian women who come together to set a record by playing hockey non-stop for 10 straight days and raise awareness of cystic fibrosis at the same time. A day later, The Uluit: Champions of the North (Sat, June 8, 7pm) take the stage, profiling an indigenous women’s hockey team. Players from both teams, as well as the co-director of Lace Bite, will be in attendance.

The CSFF’s 2013 programme features 17 films from around the world. Headlining the CSFF, which takes placeJune 7-8 in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox, are the opening night film, Lace Bite, and the closing night film, 9.79*, which revisits one of the most controversial moments in Canadian sport history: Ben Johnson’s positive test for steroids at the 1988 Seoul Olympics.

The CSFF brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world.  The Festival connects filmgoers to the story beyond the scoreboard, behind the camera and told with a critical lens.

For more information on the Canadian Sport Film Festival and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.sportfilmfestival.ca

Follow us on Facebook:  www.facebook.com/canadiansportfilmfestival

 

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Media Inquiries:

Russell Field, Executive Director, Canadian Sport Film Festival
204-797-7217
[email protected]