Regent Park Film Festival returns virtually with a lineup of local talent

CBC Toronto is a proud sponsor of Regent Park Film Festival, Toronto's longest running free community film festival. The events will take place virtually this year from November 26-29.

Regent Park Film Festival takes place virtually from Nov. 26-29

Farewell Regent by Christene Browne (Submitted by Regent Park Film Festival)

Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto's longest-running free community film festival. All events will take place virtually this year from November 26-29, 2020, in partnership with CBC Toronto.

The festival puts the spotlight on local filmmakers with a full program of feature and short film screenings, industry panels and artist talkbacks.

Opening night with Metro Morning's Ismaila Alfa

Metro Morning host Ismaila Alfa will moderate a virtual panel discussion with 'Being Black in Toronto' filmmakers on Nov. 26 as part of Regent Park Film Festival (CBC)

On opening night, Thursday November 26, catch a special presentation of Being Black in Toronto featuring six short films by emerging directors that highlight the complexities of the Black experience. Following the screening, stay tuned for a panel discussion with the filmmakers, led by Metro Morning host Ismaila Alfa.

Being Black in Toronto (Submitted by Regent Park Film Festival)

Films with the whole family in mind

Family-friendly programming is a consistent feature of the festival, and this year is no exception. FamJam showcases two feature films: Farewell Regent and The Kings of Mulberry Street. The first film explores what happens when the largest redevelopment in North America dismantles the place where social housing began. The second film follows the story of Baboo and Ticky, who join forces against a shared threat.

Kings of Mulberry Street by Judy Naidoo (Submitted by Regent Park Film Festival)

Festival attendees can also participate in Block x Block: Regent Park trivia, an online game presented by the Toronto Ward Museum that will focus on the rich history and diversity of the Regent Park community.

Emerging Directors' Spotlight & Pitch Competition

Rounding out the festival weekend on November 29, closing night will feature a fixture of the Regent Park Film Festival. Hosted by Fresh Air's Jason D'Souza, the Emerging Directors' Spotlight and Pitch Competition gives up-and-coming filmmakers the chance to pitch their next project to a jury of industry experts from CBC. This year, filmmakers can pitch their projects in one of two categories: SCRIPTED and UNSCRIPTED. Winners, will receive a CBC development deal and $1000 prize.

Fresh Air interim host Jason D'Souza will host the closing night event on November 29, the Emerging Directors' Spotlight and Pitch Competition (CBC)

To view the schedule and register for free screenings, visit the festival website here.

For more stories about the experiences of Black Canadians — from anti-Black racism to success stories within the Black community — check out Being Black in Canada, a CBC project Black Canadians can be proud of. You can read more stories here.


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