Canadian Film Fest Lives!
(April 21, 2020 – Edmonton, AB) Postponed due to restrictions on how many people can get together at the same venue at the same time during the COVID-19 pandemic, Edmonton-based Super Channel and the Canadian Film Fest have partnered to bring a virtual edition of the festival to Canadian film fans across the country, and this year becomes known as, The Canadian Film Fest presented by Super Channel. Screenings begin May 21 and continue until June 6.
“When we learned that the CFF was postponed and in jeopardy of being canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we felt we had to do something to enable these important Canadian films to be experienced and enjoyed by film lovers during these uncertain times,” said Don McDonald, President and CEO, Super Channel. “We jumped at the chance to not only resurrect the festival experience for CFF fans, but to also expand its audience by bringing a virtual version of the festival to Super Channel viewers across the country. We are sure that our audience is going to be delighted with the opportunity to view these exceptional Canadian films, many of which are Canadian premieres.”
“On behalf of the Board, our filmmakers and our small but mighty team at the Canadian Film Fest, we are forever grateful to Super Channel for seeing the value of our festival and partnering with us to revive our 2020 edition,” said Bern Euler, Executive Director, Canadian Film Fest. “We are proud to showcase some of our country’s freshest voices and talent to Super Channel’s national audience, further reinforcing the importance of our Canadian storytellers.”
As originally planned, The Canadian Film Fest presented by Super Channel will kick off on May 21 with The Cuban (dir. Sergio Navarretta), starring Ana Golja from Degrassi: Next Class and Oscar winner Louis Gossett Jr., which follows a young Afghan immigrant’s unexpected friendship with an elderly Cuban musician in this coming-of-age drama about the power of music over Alzheimer’s. Closing out the Festival experience on June 6, will be the 2020 Slamdance Film Festival Audience Award-winner Shoot to Marry (dir. Steve Markle), a real-life romantic comedy about a heartbroken filmmaker who uses documentary filmmaking as a means to meet the love of his life.
Including those films and between those dates, 9 Canadian Film Fest features, plus 25 short films, will premiere exclusively on Super Channel Fuse. There is more information online. Click here to see where you can find Super Channel Fuse from your cable service provider.