Bell Media Supports 19 Canadian Projects Announced for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival®

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Toronto International Film Festival

TORONTOAug. 9, 2017 /CNW/ – Bell Media is pleased to confirm that 19 projects supported through various Bell Media funding, development, and pre-licensing initiatives have been confirmed as official selections for the 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival®, running from September 7 to 17, 2017. The Canadian premieres announced by TIFF earlier today and supported by Bell Media include Oscar®-nominee Kim Nguyen’s Eye on JulietPat Mills’ Don’t Talk to IreneIngrid Veninger’sPorcupine Lake, and Kyle Rideout’s Public Schooled.

These projects join previously announced Bell Media-backed titles including Nora Twomey’s The Breadwinner, and Bell Media’s highly anticipated new documentary about iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip’s final tour, Long Time Running, from Banger Films, and acclaimed filmmakers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier.

“It’s shaping up to be another incredible year for TIFF and we’re proud to have supported some of the biggest, brightest Canadian films and filmmakers slated for this year’s Festival,” said Randy Lennox, President, Bell Media. “Special congratulations go out to our partners on the World Premiere of Long Time Running – TIFF is the perfect platform to kick off momentum for the launch of this exceptional, emotionally charged film.”

Below is the full list of projects selected for the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival to date that have been supported by Bell Media through story optioning support, script development, pre-licensing, funding, and/or equity investment:

A Worthy Companion – Carlos SanchezJason Sanchez (World Premiere)

Alias Grace – Mary Harron (World Premiere)

Bickford Park (short) – Linsey StewartDane Clark (World Premiere)

Bird (short) – Molly Parker (World Premiere)

The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey (World Premiere)

Don’t Talk to Irene – Pat Mills (World Premiere)

The Drop In (short) – Naledi Jackson (World Premiere)

Eye on Juliet – Kim Nguyen (North American Premiere)

Les Affamés – Robin Aubert (World Premiere)

Lira’s Forest (short) – Connor Jessup (World Premiere)

Long Time Running – Jennifer BaichwalNicholas de Pencier (World Premiere)

Mary Goes Round – Molly McGlynn (World Premiere)

Meditation Park – Mina Shum (World Premiere)

Never Steady, Never Still – Kathleen Hepburn (World Premiere)

Porcupine Lake – Ingrid Veninger (World Premiere)

Public Schooled – Kyle Rideout (World Premiere)

Pyewacket – Adam MacDonald (World Premiere)

The Little Girl Who Was Too Fond of Matches (La petite fille qui aimait trop les allumettes) – Simon Lavoie (World Premiere)

We Forgot to Break Up (short) – Chandler Levack (World Premiere)

The full line-up of Canadian films was announced by the Toronto International Film Festival earlier today. For further information on these and other Festival films, please visit

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