Mark your calendars for the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival October 3-6
This week the city of Toronto is again rolling out the red carpet for another film festival. This time it’s for the Toronto Motorcycle Film Festival (TMFF).
Caius Tenche is the festival director and founder of TMFF. The event takes place over three days and runs from October 3-6. The festival begins with an opening VIP reception on Thursday night with screenings on Friday and Saturday. All screenings are taking place at the historic Revue Cinema. Built in 1912, The Revue Cinema is Toronto’s oldest operating movie house and is a designated historic landmark.
The Festival gives attendees the chance to meet the directors of the films playing at TMFF. All screenings include a post-film Q&A session so you can hear from the filmmakers directly and ask questions.
“Storytelling is as old as time and to be able to tell the stories of our inspiring motorcycle culture through the language of cinema is especially exciting.”Caius Tenche, Festival Director TMFF
Nearly 60 films were submitted for consideration, and from those, the 17 films that form the Official Selection span the globe from Canada, United States, Sweden, Switzerland, France, United Kingdom and as far away as Australia.
“The films included in this year’s Festival tell stories of adventure, freedom, and pushing boundaries; The essence of the human spirit that everyone can relate to, whether they are ardent motorcyclists or not,” said Caius Tenche, Festival Director and Founder. “Storytelling is as old as time and to be able to tell the stories of our inspiring motorcycle culture through the language of cinema is especially exciting.”
Highlights include the North American Premiere of Wayne by award-winning New Zealand producer Fraser Brown (McLaren) and Australian director Jeremy Sims, that recounts the incredible life of Wayne Gardner who went from a $5 dirt bike to MotoGP World Champion; Gareth Maxwell Robert’s Oil in the Blood, the first documentary feature film to catalog the builders, riders and artists of the contemporary custom motorcycle culture; and Alberto Bernad Vidal and Patrick Botticchio’s heart-warming and humble Blenio, Utah that reflects on the dream of a butcher from a small 800- person Swiss village, who despite not having any experience, aims to set a new land- speed record at the Bonneville Salt Flats.
The festival presents a mix of full feature and short films produced by large and independent filmmakers and includes red-carpet Q&A sessions with attending filmmakers, producers and cast, as well as juried awards. A panel of judges from the media, industry and motorcycle community will choose the winning films for Best Canadian Film, Best Short and Best Feature Film, while the audience will vote for their favourite film which will receive the People’s Choice award.
This year, the TMFF is running in parallel with this year’s Festival, and has partnered with the Birch Contemporary gallery to assemble an art exhibit named “Fast Forward” showcasing incredible examples of motorcycle style and craftsmanship. The intent is to showcase a highly-curated collection of incredible motorcycles as works of art.
Festival passes and single event tickets are available directly from the TMFF website. For a full lineup of showtimes and events please click here.
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