August 9, 2011

10 Bravo!FACT-Funded Short Films Are Set to Screen at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival

– This year’s short films feature Canadian actors such as Gemini-nominee Hugh Dillon (FLASHPOINT), Jessica Paré (MAD MEN), Lisa Ray (Water) and Liane Balaban (New Waterford Girl) –
– Over the past 13 years, 68 Bravo!FACT Films have screened at TIFF –
– This year’s short films come from Ontario, Québec and Manitoba –

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Toronto, ON (August 9, 2011) – Bell Media congratulates the 10 Bravo!FACT-funded (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) short films selected to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), September 8 through September 18. Over the past 13 years, 68 Bravo!FACT funded films have had their premiere screenings at TIFF.

“I am so pleased 10 shorts awarded Bravo!FACT grants have been recognized by one of the world’s most respected film festivals,” said Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT. “The TIFF programmers chose their work out of hundreds of submissions and the filmmakers are now in for an exciting festival ride! Bravo!FACT congratulates all the incredibly talented filmmakers who have shorts screenings at TIFF.”

This year, the following 10 films receive their world premiere at TIFF: Sorry Rabbi(Mark Slutsky), Up In Cottage Country (Simon Ennis), Issues (FLASHPOINT’s Enrico Colantoni), Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage (Stephanie Dudley), The Yodeling Farmer (John Scoles, Mike Maryniuk), Tabula Rasa (Matthew Rankin), Patch Town (Craig Goodwill), Hidden Driveway (Sarah Goodman), We Ate the Children Last (Andrew Cividino) and Good Boy (Isaac Cravit).

Between September 8 – 18, 2011, Good Boy and Hidden Drivewaywill screen before a feature film while the other titles will be screened in the Short Cuts Canada program. Screening times will be available at

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Bell Media congratulates the Bravo!FACT TIFF selections:

Sorry Rabbi (Québec)
Sorry Rabbi features Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky, Slings & Arrows) and Jessica Paré (MAD MEN) in a dispute between two worlds, old and new. Sorry Rabbi is directed by Mark Slutsky (The Recommendations).

Up in Cottage Country (Ontario)
Starring Josh Peace (LIVING IN YOUR CAR), Julian Richings (Hard Core Logo 2) and Liane Balaban (New Waterford Girl), Up in Cottage Country takes its inspiration from Franz Kafka's story In the Penal Colony. Up in Cottage Country is directed by Simon Ennis whose previous short, The Canadian Shield, was also produced with a Bravo!FACT grant and premiered at TIFF.

Issues (Ontario)
Written by and starring Hugh Dillon (FLASHPOINT) and directed by Enrico Colantoni (FLASHPOINT), Issues gives an inside glimpse into a therapy session between a depressed and angry clown, and his psychiatrist.

Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage (Ontario)
This haunting stop-motion short Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbageis an exploration of the Galician poetry of Erín Moure. Little Theatres: Homage to the Mineral of Cabbage is directed by Stephanie Dudley.

The Yodeling Farmer (Manitoba)
Master Yodeller Stew Clayton, "Canada's Ambassador of Traditional Country Music," struts his stuff in the The Yodeling Farmer directed by Mike Maryniuk's and John Scoles. Mike Maryniuk co-directed Cattle Call, also produced with a Bravo!FACT grant and premiered at TIFF.

Tabula Rasa (Québec)
Tabula Rasa is a phantasmagorical recounting of the Winnipeg Flood of 1950 directed by Matthew Rankin. MATTHEW RANKIN co-directed Ou est Maurice, and co-directed Cattle Call, both of which were produced with grants awarded by Bravo!FACT, and premiered at TIFF.

Patch Town (Ontario)
Stars of Patch Towninclude Lisa Ray (Water, Defendor), Julian Richings (who has appeared in over 50 films and 20 television series) and curly haired Rob Ramsay (BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE) as the Cabbage Patch orphan who finally grows up. Patch Townis the first narrative film by Craig Goodwill.

Hidden Driveway (Ontario)
Hidden Driveway recounts the tale of two brothers who share a moment of confusion while trying to make sense of family dynamics that are leaving them in the dark. Hidden Driveway is directed by Sarah Goodman (When We Were Boys).

We Ate The Children Last (Ontario)
Based on a short story by award-winning author Yann Martel (Life of Pi), Andrew Cividino’s We Ate The Children Lastdescribes the decay of society as the result of a medical miracle gone terribly wrong. We Ate The Children Last is directed by Andrew Cividino (Mud). Geoff Smart also served as associate director.

Good Boy (Ontario)
What begins as a golden afternoon at the beach for a mother, her child and their dog, ends with suspenseful results. Good Boy is directed and written by Isaac Cravit, whose film Living History, was produced with a grant awarded by Bravo!FACT and premiered at last year’s TIFF.

About Bravo!FACT
Bell Media's Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by the national cable channel Bravo!. The foundation is the largest funder of shorts in Canada. Since its inception, twenty-two million dollars have been awarded in grants for the production of over 1,500 shorts across the country. The shorts are broadcast in Canada on Bravo! and are often honoured at local, national and international film festivals. Bravo!FACT is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo!FACT can be found at

About Bravo!
From high-profile dramas to blockbuster feature films, Bravo! delivers stimulating and entertaining programming to viewers across Canada. In addition to the award-winning performance series AT THE CONCERT HALL, Bravo! is home to the Gemini-nominated hit original drama, THE BORGIAS. Bravo! is a division of Bell Media, which is owned by BCE Inc. (TSX, NYSE: BCE), Canada’s largest communications company. More information about Bravo! is available at

For more information:
Amanda Rinaldo, CTV, /A\, Bravo!, 416-384-5325,
Lindsey Coulter, CTV, /A\, Bravo!, 416.384.5057,



August 9, 2011


Toronto – After four years together on the set of FLASHPOINT, Hugh Dillon and Enrico Colantoni took their working relationship to another level - writing and directing a new short film, ISSUES, that has been selected to have its world premiere at the 2011 Toronto International Film Festival. ISSUES is an A71 Productions Inc. film, produced by Chad Maker & Kirk Comrie, and executive produced by David Miller, starring Dillon and newcomer Steven Stack.

“With Issues, the whole project had a real punk rock ‘make-your-own-rules’ vibe, from the characters to the story to the team. We’re extremely honoured that the TIFF programmers have recognized and selected it”, stated Dillon & Colantoni.

ISSUES is a film that revolves around BOBBY, an entertainer who has reached the top of his career - he’s the best at what he does and has been for sometime. But now that he has reached the top, what is left? Bobby has issues — he struggles with his public life; sometimes he is happy, sometimes sad and sometimes just down right scary. As he explains his troubles and concerns to his shrink, DR. MANN, it becomes clear that Bobby is trapped in his head and beyond traditional therapy. However, Dr. Mann has one more trick up his sleeve, helping Bobby embrace his true, twisted self, through a simple childhood game.

ISSUES was a true collaboration as Dillon & Colantoni along with A71 Productions rallied much industry support to ensure the film would look and feel as strong as the script and the performance. From bringing on the production crew from FLASHPOINT to the postproduction house Redlab Toronto and A71 Sound, the team made it work.

“The idea was to bring the high caliber production standards Hugh & Rico are familiar with on Flashpoint, and that we are used to with our feature films, and apply them to this short”, said Maker. “I think we achieved it, and we are all thrilled that the TIFF programmers thought so too!”.

ISSUES is directed and written by Hugh Dillon & Enrico Colantoni, produced by Chad Maker & Kirk Comrie (A71 Productions), and executive produced by David Miller (President, A71 Productions) & Hugh Dillon. The film was supported by Bravo!FACT (Foundation To Assist Canadian Talent) and A71 Productions.

David Miller

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