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November 20, 2019

Opening Night: Emerging Directors’ Spotlight & Pitch Competition

Hosted by Regent Park Film Festival


585 Dundas Street East, Toronto, ON, Canada

November 20
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

An exciting OPENING NIGHT to the 17th Annual Regent Park Film Festival that you don’t want to miss!

Hosted by actor, filmmaker, and YouTuber Kiran Rai aka Kay Ray, our Opening Night features the best of Canada’s emerging talent. Beginning with a screening of previous works from four selected filmmakers, followed by a live pitch competition, this exciting opportunity gives filmmakers a platform to have their ideas heard in front of a jury of industry experts and live audience, for the chance to win a development deal with the CBC and a $1000 cash reward, courtesy of RBC!

More information and registration on Eventbrite

Dead End (dir. Lu Asfaha)
The true colours of a couple are revealed after a murderous night peels at their relationship. When couple Katie and Andy find themselves responsible for the death of a friend, a simple backyard burial becomes a therapy session that may end in arrest.

Restless (dir. Tommy Truong)
Restless is a short animation depicting director Tommy Truong’s personal struggle with anxiety through the daily mundane activities of his career. The struggle of balancing a sustainable lifestyle while not burning out, and the importance of support are the overarching theme of Restless.

EAST: A Relationship (dir. Noor Khan)
EAST: A Relationship is a short film about how an individual’s relationship with people shaped her relationship with the land. She comes from the Middle East and South Asia, and it is also her location in relation to Toronto, i.e. Scarborough. Her relationship to EAST, both locations, have impacted her social standing, and social community.

Geni (dir. Jackie Batsinduka)
Realizing how much her life resembles her mother’s despite their distance, Geni must tackle this truth in order to break its spell. Geni is the story of a daughter’s intergenerational trauma, a mother’s sacrifice, and the cyclical nature of family that we all attempt to deny, but must inevitably face.


Lesley Birchard is a storyteller who fuses television and digital production success with a passion for mentoring and inspiring the next generation of content creators. As Executive in Charge of Production for CBC Docs at Canada’s public broadcaster, Lesley spearheaded CBC’s digital-first strand CBC Short Docs, commissioning documentary content from emerging Canadian filmmakers. Prior to CBC, Lesley was a Production Executive at Food Network Canada and before that, was a freelance producer, director and story editor on factual series including Project Runway Canada and Canadian Idol.

Paige Murray has worked at the CBC for over eight years within the content areas and is currently the Development Manager, Comedy and Drama for CBC English Television. As the key point of contact for comedy and drama submissions, Paige actively looks for new talent and projects and evaluates series pitches to fulfill CBC’s programming needs. Paige is also the programmer for Canadian Reflections and Vice Chair of the Breakthroughs Film Festival Board.

Sara Yacobi-Harris has been working with the Unscripted Content team at the CBC for the past two years as the executive assistant to the director of unscripted content, Jennifer Dettman. She is also leading several projects for the team including internal and external equity and inclusion initiatives as well as talent outreach and festival partnerships. Previously she worked with the Film Circuit team at TIFF. Sara is currently pursuing an MEd in Social Justice Education at the University of Toronto with a focus on community engagement and alternative methods of education.

Free. Open captions. ASL interpretation for intro & talkback. Wheelchair accessible venue. Complimentary tickets for support persons; please RSVP in advance to avoid sold out screenings. Service animals welcome. Free childcare available.