The 28th Annual Canadian Film Centre BBQ Fundraiser

By: Sari Colt

I recently attended the 28th Annual Canadian Film Centre (CFC) BBQ Fundraiser, which was held at the historic Windfields estate, on a spectacular September day. There were close to 2000 guests attending the event, which supports the work of the CFC's programs in film, television, music and new media. Some of the CFC programs include the Actors' Conservatory, the Slaight Family Music Lab, CFC Media Lab, Bell Media Prime Time TV Program, the DHX Experience and many others.
The BBQ also celebrated the work of CFC alumni who had their films showing at TIFF 2016, including The Headhunter's Calling, Below Her Mouth, Maudie, and Two Lovers and a Bear

Tents were set up throughout the grounds featuring food and drink and various industry suppliers. I enjoyed tasty treats from 10tation Event Catering, Fat Lamb Kouzina Catering, The Mighty Cob, Gelato Fresco, Holy Cannoli, Lollicakes, Crystal Head Vodka, Flow Water, Magnotta Winery, Brickworks Cider, Mill Street Brewery and more! 

Christina Jennings, chair of the Board of Directors and CFC CEO, Slawko Klymkiw gave speeches thanking everyone for attending the fundraiser.

Then, legendary Canadian producer/director and CFC founder Norman Jewison came to the podium. Jewison spoke about the accomplishments of the CFC alumni and their successes. 

In the greenhouse, the Media Lab set up virtual reality stations whereby guests could use HTC Vive headset to participate in games.

Musical entertainment was provided by Adaline and Tomi Swick.

Among the many guests attending were actor Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D), actor/director Art Hindle, and comedian/actor Ron James.

I am already looking forward to the 29th Annual CFC BBQ!

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Photos by Liz Tomkins.