Toronto, CA: The Female Eye Film Festival (FeFF) returns for its 17th edition from November 7 to 10, 2019 at Scotiabank Theatre, 259 Richmond St. West. Industry Initiatives take place at the Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King Street West, Toronto Ontario Canada.
FeFF is thrilled to showcase so many talented women,
most of whom are writers, directors and producers by featuring films from
around the globe – Iran, Greece, Armenia, India, Russia, Ukraine, Israel,
Italy, Ireland and the UK – and films from all across North America. Some
directors return to FeFF with their new features, documentaries and shorts
while Feff also discovers the work of independent female filmmakers and
screenwriters during this important shift for gender parity in our industry.
The Female Eye Film Festival was voted one of the World’s
Top Fifty Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee by MovieMaker Magazine for the
seventh consecutive year in 2019. FeFF is a not-for-profit annual competitive
international film festival for women directors that bridges the gap between
the written, visual, and media arts.
This year the Best in the Biz Tribute, a signature
series of the Female Eye, celebrates Canadian writer, director and producer
Mina Shum as FeFF Honorary Director 2019.
Born in Hong Kong and raised in Vancouver, Mina Shum
is a multiple award-winning independent Canadian filmmaker. She has written and
directed numerous shorts and five feature films that have successfully touched
international and domestic audiences. Her artistic background is eclectic: she
has created site-specific installations, made theatre and was also a member of
an alternative rock band called Playdoh Republic. She was director resident at
the Canadian Film Centre in Toronto. Her award-winning films Meditation Park
(2017), Ninth Floor (2015, documentary), Long Life, Happiness & Prosperity
(2002), Drive, She Said (1997) and Double Happiness (1994) have premiered at
Sundance, Toronto and Berlin. Double Happiness won the Wolfgang Staudte Prize
for Best First Feature at the Berlin Film Festival and the Audience Award at
Torino in 1994. The New York Times calls her work “wry and winning.” Her recent
directing work for television includes Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries
and October Faction, an upcoming series for Netflix. The discussion will be
moderated by Carol Whiteman, President & CEO, CWWA Producer, WIDC.
The Opening Night film is Murmur, written and directed
by Heather Young, winner of the 2019 FIPRESCI Discovery Prize at the Toronto
International Film Festival.
The Closing Night film is Mad? in which elderly
iconoclastic artist Mir-iam Kohen is admitted to a geriatric mental-health
facility against her will. She immediately understands that this is no ordinary
hospital. Over the course of 28 bizarre days, Miriam experiences myriad strange
occurrences as she battles against doctors, patients and the system to retain
her civil rights. Is she crazy, or are they?
Starting in 2020, the FeFF will move to March to
intersect with International Women’s Day (IDW), as part of its move their new
home at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Tickets are $10 at the door or advance purchases on
online, Opening and Closing galas are $20, an all-access film pass is $150. For
more information, visit www.FemaleEyeFilmFestival.com
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