First Things First: Coming of Age in Canadian Film
Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival guests discussed the making of their coming-of-age films.
As part of the 15th annual Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival™, special guests joined post-secondary students and faculty to discuss the timelessness of coming-of-age films, and to share insights into the creation and circulation of their films. The onstage conversation considered the significant role that setting plays for these stories, how directors drew upon or embellished real world inspirations, as well as practical approaches to casting and financing.
Panelists included Andrew Cividino (Sleeping Giant), Niv Fichman (executive producer, Closet Monster), Sandy Wilson (My American Cousin), Halima Elkhatabi (NINA), and Kyle McDonnell (Menesetung).
This Higher Learning event was held on January 15, 2016, at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and was moderated by film writer and critic Jason Anderson.