ONE FESTIVAL, TWO NIGHTS, SIX COUNTRIES, SIXTEEN FILMS
Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival Returns to Toronto’s Assembly Hall April 20 and 21
– Tickets on sale Friday, March 23 at 10 a.m. ET on www.lakeshorts.ca –Toronto, ON (March 13, 2018) – Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival returns for its 8th edition this spring, bringing the world of remarkable independent shorts to Toronto’s Lake Shore. The Festival, produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment Inc. in association with Lakeshore Arts, will celebrate 16 short films that range from thought-provoking dramas to charismatic comedies at The Assembly Hall (1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive) on Friday, April 20 and Saturday, April 21, 2018.
Running for two evenings, the Festival will showcase some of the best independent short films from right here at home and around the world, including Apart from Everything (Canada, 19 mins) starring Tatiana Maslany as a women trying to reintegrate back into society after a two year absence and a recent stint in rehab; Jessica Jessica (Canada, 13 mins), a film about two friends with the same name and the depressing and hilarious truth of how hard it is to be a woman who wants to settle down, but won’t settle; and Second Best (Australia, 20 mins), a dark comedy about identical twins and their unbreakable bond, no matter what might try and come between them.
On Friday, April 20, the focus will be on works of established and emerging Canadian filmmakers at the Scotiabank Loved and Local evening hosted by renowned film critic Richard Crouse. The AGF Gala on Saturday, April 21 will showcase international and award-winning short films and will be hosted by acclaimed actor Rick Roberts (Saving Hope, Republic of Doyle, Rookie Blue). Blue carpet arrivals for Scotiabank Loved and Local and the AGF Gala will commence at 6:30 p.m. followed by a pre-performance reception. The screenings will begin at 7:45 p.m.
Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival is helmed by husband and wife duo, actress Michelle Nolden, a Canadian Screen Award winner best known for her work on Designated Survivor, Impulse, Saving Hope and The Time Traveller’s Wife; and Fifth Ground Entertainment Inc.’s Chris Szarka.
“What started as a small grassroots initiative, has quickly grown into an annual favourite,” said Nolden. “We are pleased to continue to bring a diverse slate of though-provoking independent short films to Toronto audiences who share our passion for cinema.”
Tickets for the Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival go on sale Friday, March 23 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Tickets for the Scotiabank Loved and Local evening are $45 and tickets to the AGF Gala and after-party are $65, both available for purchase online at www.lakeshorts.ca.
Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival is partnering with The Assembly Hall and the City of Toronto Arts and Culture to help support and develop local artists. The Festival acknowledges outstanding achievement for featured short films through awards donated by local sponsors Agency 71, Assembly Hall, Cinespace, City of Toronto, Post City Sound, Scotiabank, SteamWhistle and William F. White.
About Lakeshore Arts
Celebrating 25 years serving South Etobicoke communities, Lakeshore Arts is a community arts organization that strives to build a more vibrant community through the integration of arts and culture into all aspects of life for those who live, work and visit the Lakeshore. A not for profit charity that believes that art transcends barriers and fosters the social and holistic well-being of a community. Their programming reflects the community they serve and strives to engage all peoples through multi-disciplinary, accessible and inclusive art experiences.
Richard hosted the 6th Annual Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival last night. After reviewing over one hundred submissions from comedies to thrillers to compelling dramas, Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival brought the world of cutting-edge independent short filmmaking to Toronto’s Lake Shore. The Festival, produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment Inc. in association with Lakeshore Arts, will celebrated its sixth year at The Assembly Hall at 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Drive on Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, 2016.
And the winners were:
Zero Recognition (10 min, Canada)
Directed by Ben Lewis
Winner William F. White Award $2500.00 in Equipment Rental on next film.
On Saturday May 2, 2015 Richard hosted the 5 Annual Lakeshorts International Film Festival Gala Screening. A sold out crowd enjoyed films from all over the world, including picks from The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Spain, Kosovo and India.For more on the festival follow them on Twitter @lakeshortsfilm for daily updates!
A taste of Richard’s opening speech:
Wow… it’s nice to see that not everybody went to see Avengers: Age of Ultron… or mortgaged the house to get the pay-per-view Mayweather v Pacquiao fight. Why get pummelled by superheroes or boxers when you can come spend rime with us? I think you made the right choice.
It’s been five years! Let’s give Michelle and Chris and Raj and everfyone a big round of applause, but let’s also acknowledge you, the audience. Without you—and I have seen many of the same faces here year after year, there would be no reason for us to be here.
Tonight we present a glimpse of the world via shorts from all over the world. Of course Canada is represented—we’re making some of the best short films in the world these days—but as the programmers act locally, bringing us the terrific fifth year of the festival, they’ve been thinking globally and tonight treat us to movies from The United Kingdom, The Netherlands, Spain, Kosovo and India.
The things that bind all these movies is simple—a desire to tell stories and a love of cinema. That is truly an international language and it’s what we’re here to celebrate tonight.
Fidelity Investments andSteamWhistle present Art, Beer and Reciprocity– All are welcome – Tickets $35.00 and are still available via website – Art Show and Lakeshorts Fundraiser at the SteamWhistle Roundhouse. Live Entertainment by the fantastic Brandi Ward. Inclusive of food and beverages.
Friday, May 1st, 2015
Loved and Local – Host Award Winning Actor Rick Roberts – Blue Carpet 6:30p.m. – Tickets $40.00 (includes food and beverages by SteamWhistle and East Dell) After screening mingle. Location – Assembly Hall
Saturday May 2nd, 2015
10:30a.m. – “The Long and Short of It” panel discussion on the making of a short film – Free to the Public – location – Assembly Hall – Please join us!!! Currently the panel includes these short film lovers:
Moderator – Zoie Palmer (Lost Girl)- Panelists – Jeremy Lalonde (Sex After Kids), Avi Federgreen (Prisoner X), Ryan Goldhar (The Characters, At Home By Myself With You), David Lester (Frozen Marbles)
12:15p.m. – The Official Etobicoke Cultural Hotspot Launch – Free to the Public – Location Assembly Hall
Through The Eyes of The Artist Art Exhibit, Lakeshorts Best Of Screening,Dignitary Address,Why I Love Etobicoke Screening,Live Entertainment,Food and Beverages – Free to the Public
6:30p.m. – Lakeshorts Gala Screening – Host Richard Crouse –Blue Carpet – 6:30p.m. Screening begins at 8:00p.m. After Party begins at 11:00p.m. – – Entertainment is “Charlie Don’t Surf” – Tickets $65.00 (includes all food and refreshments courtesy of SteamWhistle and East Dell) Location – Assembly Hall
All tickets are available HERE! Please follow us @lakeshortsfilm for daily updates about the Festival!
From Richard: “I want to send a huge shout out to the folks at Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival (@lakeshortsfilm) for asking me back for the fourth year to host their awards gala on Saturday May 3, 2014. So much fun, so many great films and so many awesome people. Thanks to Michelle Nolden, @noldenmichelle, Jenn Perras, @jennperras, Chris Szarka and everyone else who pulls together to make it such a great event! Mark your calenders for next year when they celebrate the 1/20 of a century! It’ll be a blow out!”
Lakeshore Arts, along with Fifth Ground Entertainment, is gearing up to host its first ever short film festival, an exciting new event that’s sure to give Etobicoke a new place on the map of the Toronto art scene.
LakeShorts International Short Film Festival is set to launch Saturday at the Assembly Hall, and will feature the talents of filmmakers both locally and internationally, said Susan Nagy, executive director of Lakeshore Arts.
Nagy said the idea spawned from a previous Lakeshore Arts program, My Neighbour’s An Artist, which showcased a film screening of local Etobicoke actors, directors and filmmakers.
“One of the things filmmakers of short films find challenging is there’s not a lot of opportunities to get their films showcased,” Nagy said, “…And there really was nothing in South Etobicoke of that calibre.”
One of the artists whose film was shown was directed by local actress and LakeShorts festival director, Michelle Nolden, who thought the event went so well that Etobicoke should have a short film festival of its own.
Nolden said LakeShorts will feature 13 short films chosen from more than 110 film submissions that came from local artists to filmmakers all over the world including Iran, Spain and Korea.
“There’s funny stuff. There’s thought provoking films. There are some really poignant films. It’s a real different and diverse programming,” she said.
Five jurors, including Nagy and Nolden, selected the chosen 13 that include ‘Sis’ from the U.K., ‘It’s Just Gary’ from Australia and ‘Seven Layer Dip’ from the U.S., to name a few.
Nolden said the films are an eclectic mix of art films, drama and comedies, and each film in the festival is interesting in a different way.
Nagy said it was a challenging process to pick the final 13 films because there were so many great ones to choose from, but they are excited about the ones that were chosen and think people will be too.
“There definitely is something for everyone,” she said. “I think they’ll be a lot of chatter like, ‘What film was your favourite, what did you think,’ and I think people will really enjoy the experience and are going to be surprised and pumped that they saw this in South Etobicoke.”
The event will be hosted by film critic Richard Crouse and once you walk down the blue carpet, people are welcome to take a picture with Crouse in front of the film festival poster.
“It’s a real film festival experience,” Nolden said. “You walk down a blue carpet and we have a videographer and photographer. There’s wine and finger food, so it will really feel like a gala experience.”
The event is being catered by Cafe du Lac, and 20 local sponsors in total are participating making it a real community event.
Nagy said LakeShorts is a win-win situation for the artists and the community because it’s a great way to create new networks and attract new audiences to Etobicoke community arts scene.
Both Nagy and Nolden said they hope this inaugural event is one of many to come and becomes an annual event for South Etobicoke. They also hope to eventually extend the event to an entire weekend.
LakeShorts takes place on Saturday, May 7, at 6:30 p.m. at The Assembly Hall, 1 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at www.lakeshorts.ca