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CSFF 2023

Opening Night
November 17, 7 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox

CSFF 2023 Opening Night
November 17, 7 p.m.

+ Man to Man

Opening Night


Friday, November 17, 7 p.m.
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Jesselyn ‘JessZilla’ Silva is a 15-year-old girl from New Jersey and a three-time National Boxing Champion. Jess has her sights set on becoming the best in boxing. Her father, Pedro, navigates what it means to support his daughter’s dreams in a male-dominated sport that’s also very dangerous. On the cusp of making the U.S. Olympic team, she faces her toughest battle yet: a cancer diagnosis. JessZilla is a coming-of-age story about what it means to be a champion.

2023, United States, Documentary

90 minutes

Director: Emily Sheskin


JESSZILLA trailer →

Jesselyn 'JessZilla' Silva in the boxing ring

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Poster of the short film Man to Man directed by Shehroze Khan.

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Man to Man

Malcolm brings his son Dion to a boxing ring to ‘make a man’ out of him. Tensions fly as Dion decides he cannot be the kind of man his father wants him to be, and refuses to learn how to fight.

2022, United Kingdom, Drama

19 minutes

Director: Shehroze Khan


MAN TO MAN trailer →

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JessZilla - #CSFF23 Opening Night Feature

Man to Man - #CSFF23 short drama

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