The 30th Anniversary of the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) BBQ and fundraiser, was held on the first Sunday of TIFF18 ( Toronto International Film Festival 2018) on the grounds of the Windfields Estate. It was a gathering of over 2000 guests who came out to support the work of the CFC in the areas of education in film, TV, music and digital media (including VR and AR) and pay tribute to the accomplishments of Canadian talents.
There have been over 1800 graduates of the CFC since its inception.
Producer Christina Jennings, Chair of CFC‘s board of directors and chair and CEO of Shaftesbury Films, was the emcee for the afternoon. She made the announcement about the creation of the Jay Switzer Comweb/ William F. White Indigenous Creator Scholarship. The scholarship is a fitting tribute to the late Canadian TV Executive, Jay Switzer.
CFC CEO Slawko Klymkiw announced the establishment of a five-year partnership entitled, The Netflix- CFC Global Project. This partnership with Netflix will offer more opportunities for Canadian talent and help increase their global presence. It will be divided into 3 separate components including The Calling Card Accelerator, The Project Accelerator, and The Marketplace Accelerator.
CFC Founder and Chair Emeritus, the legendary Canadian producer/director, Norman Jewison, paid tribute to the Mayor Mel Lastman (former mayor of North York and Toronto) who provided the CFC with the Windfields Estate, for the grand sum of $1.00. Jewison praised the Mayor as
“the man who really made it happen.”
He was also very optimistic about the future of the CFC.
There were plenty of food options to choose from sponsors: 10tation Event Catering, EDO, Holy Chuck, The Real Jerk, The Mighty Cob and Pizzaville. Flow Water, Fever Tree, Signal Hill, Kim Crawford, Ruffino, Crystal Head, Rose Cider and Mill Street Brewery provided refreshments. Gelato Fresco, Dolce Moda, Holy Cannoli, and Lollicakes put a sweet finish to the event.
Rebecca Everett and Theo Tams performed their music for the guests.
Some of the notable guests attending actors Gordon Pinsent, Eric Petersen, Emmanuel Kabongo, Harman Walsh, Bart Rochon, Cobweb’s Paul Bronfman, and singer Andy Kim.