Fri, Feb 8, 7pm: Short Films on Hockey (FREE outdoor screening)

Friday, February 8, 2013, 7pm, The Forks
FREE Outdoor Screening

Champion City: The 1896 Winnipeg Victorias (2012)
Docudrama / Canada / 25 min
Director: Andrew Wall

In 1896, the Winnipeg Victorias hockey club challenged the Montreal Victorias for a relatively obscure trophy and changed Canada’s game forever. Told through dramatic reenactments and interviews with historian Dr. Morris Mott (Brandon University) and Hockey Hall of Fame VP and Curator Phil Pritchard, Champion City retells the story of Winnipeg’s Stanley Cup champion.

Print source: [email protected]

screens with

The Contest (2007)
Manitoba premiere
Narrative / Canada / 14 min
Director: Naoko Kumagi

It’s 1975 and Yuko, a 25-year-old Japanese immigrant, is trapped in an empty, stilted marriage; she can’t speak the language well; and she lives much of her day in isolation. Her stagnant life is shaken up when a group of boys playing street hockey present her with the hockey card of Montreal Canadiens’ star winger, Guy Lafleur. Yuko learns of a contest at a local store – whose manager worships Lafleur – where the winner gets to meet the hockey star. Determined to win the contest, Yuko gets a job at the store and begins a journey to find her way to Lafleur, and ultimately, herself.

Print source: [email protected]

Guy and Me (2012)
Manitoba premiere
Documentary / Canada / 9 min
Director: Lenny Epstein

Guy Lafleur is a hockey god. Tully is a regular guy with a dream – to play hockey against Guy. Join Tully as he travels to a small community arena in Eganville, Ontario, where he tries to talk his way into a game against the Montreal Canadiens’ old timers, including his childhood hero, “The Flower” himself

Print source: [email protected]

Hockeyheart (2011)
Manitoba premiere
Documentary/ Canada / 9 min
Director: Kim Faires

Kim Faires retraces her own personal path from a childhood dream of playing ice hockey to its everyday reality in this heartfelt story about making your passion work in the real world – and discovering along the way that sometimes the real thing is better than you imagined.

Print source: [email protected]

Night Work: A Sawchuk Poem (2008)
Narrative / Canada / 5 min
Director: Justin Simms

A fanciful look at one man’s brush with fame, recalling a goal scored on East Kildonan’s Terry Sawchuk. Based on the poetry of Randall Maggs.

Print source: [email protected]


Fri, Feb 8, 2:30pm: Children, sport & film (FREE screening & panel discussion)

Friday, February 8, 2013, 2:30pm, University of Manitoba
(Room E3-262, Senate Chamber, Engineering Building)
FREE Screening and panel discussion

Cristiano’s Shirt (2011)
Narrative/ Belgium/ 17 min
Director: Vincent Bruno

Eleven-year-old boys Tom and P’tit Lou dream of owning the same jersey as Cristiano Ronaldo, their idol. Entrepreneurial and resourceful, they devise a plan to raise some money. But with only a limited number of jerseys available to purchase, their scheming might have come too late.

41 Days (2012)
Narrative / Eqypt / 21 min
Director: Ahmed Abdelaziz

It’s World Cup, 1994, and young soccer fan Youssef is forbidden to watch TV – even the cup games – in keeping with mourning traditions after the passing of his aunt. In his time of soccer need, Youssef seeks help from an unlikely ally.

The Game Must Go On (2010)
Documentary / Greece / 22 min
Directors: Angeliki Andrikopoulou & Argyris Tsepelikas

In a cramped street in a crowded Greek city, kids gather to play after school. The adults however protest the noise and flying soccer balls so close to their homes. So the kids take matters into their own hands: trying to convince civic leaders to build them a sport field.

Panellists (discussion to follow screenings)

  • Dr. Naomi Hamer, Centre for Research in Young People’s Texts and Cultures, University of Winnipeg
  • Melanie Hegg, Award Officer, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award – Manitoba
  • Dr. Moss Norman, Faculty of Kinesiology and Recreation Management, University of Manitoba

Presented in cooperation with the Health, Leisure and Human Performance Research Institute
and the University of Manitoba Institute for the Humanities.


Thurs, Jan 31, 7pm: Lace Bite (by invitation only screening)

Thursday, January 31, 2013, 7pm
Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame
(Sport Manitoba, 145 Pacific Avenue )
Screening by invitation only

Lace Bite (2012)
Documentary / Canada / 68 min
Directors: Sharron Bates and Carmen Klotz

To raise funds and awareness for cystic fibrosis, 40 women, over 10 days, attempt to break the world record for the longest ever ice hockey game. As the game and brutal schedule take a toll on bodies and minds, the players are held up by the same cystic fibrosis community they inspire.

Print source: [email protected]


CSFF co-presents “Ping Pong”

The Canadian Sport Film Festival is proud to co-present the great doc “Ping Pong” at the Bloor in Toronto, Nov. 23-Dec. 2 .

Check out for more information


Final day for early submissions to CSFF’s 2013 events

(Toronto, Oct 18) – Today is the deadline for early submissions to CSFF 2103.

We’ve already received 60 films — shorts and features, docs and fiction film — from six continents.

Final submissions are due Nov. 30. More information and the 2013 CSFF entry form is available at


2013 CSFF dates announced

(Sept 10) – The Canadian Sport Film Festival is pleased to announce the dates of its 2013 events.

The fifth annual CSFF will take place in Toronto at TIFF Bell Lightbox on June 6-8.

Additional events will take place in Winnipeg on February 8-9.

CSFF is currently accepting submissions. Click here for all the details.

Check back for updates.


CSFF 2012 wraps up

(Toronto, June 9) – The 4th annual 2012 Canadian Sport Film Festival wrapped up this weekend, with four screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox that included six premieres, and a special children’s workshop run in partnership with the NFB Mediatheque.

Closing night was highlighted by the special guests in attendance, who participated in Q&A sessions with audience members: Martin Guerin, director of Seeing Ali (left, below), and Henrik Lundgren, one of the members of the Stockholm Arts Swim Gents synchronized swimming club that is featured in the documentary film, Men Who Swim (right, below).

This was followed on Saturday by a special children’s workshop, which included a screening of The Swimming Lesson and an animation workshop.

The Canadian Sport Film Festival wishes to thank all our sponsors, donors, and committed audience members. We appreciate your support and enjoy sharing compelling stories about sport and physical activity told through film. We’ll see you again in 2013!


CSFF closing film featured in Toronto Star

(June 8, Toronto) – Men Who Swim, the closing night film at the 4th annual 2012 Canadian Sport Film Festival, was the subject of a feature story by Toronto Star sports columnist Dave Feschuk, which appeared in the paper’s June 9th edition.

The award-winning documentary, which profiles the male synchronized swimmers who comprise the Stockholm Arts Gents Swim club, was the closing-night feature at this year’s CSFF. Team member Henrik Lundgren attended the screening and participated in an audience Q&A afterwards.


Filmmaker Q&As highlight CSFF opening night

(June 8, Toronto) — The 2012 Canadian Sport Film Festival opened last night with two screenings at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The feature films included the UK/Rwanda/South Africa co-production, Africa United, a  touching tale of five children determined to walk their way through 7 countries to make it to the opening of the World Cup in Johannesburg; and the international premiere of A Mother’s Comeback, an intimate look at the struggles of a woman to return to the sport she loves after three decades away and the daughter who makes that happen.

The 2012 Canadian Sport Film Festival continues tonight with two screenings:

Audiences were treated to in-depth discussions with representatives of both films. Mark Blainey, co-producer of Africa United, participated in a wide-ranging conversation about the ideas behind the film’s conception and script. while the stars of A Mother’s Comeback, Rose-Marie and Sabine Millberg, treated the audience to the same camaraderie that had played such an important role in the film.


NOW Magazine gives CSFF 4 “N”s

(June 7, Toronto) As the Canadian Sport Film Festival readies for opening night, the lineup for the 2012 CSFF has been given a 4-N (out of 5) rating in NOW Magazine’s newest issue.