11th Grand River Film Festival Announces MCAP SHORT Shorts Finalists and Industry Day Program

October 11, 2017, Cambridge, ON – Celebrating excellence in independent filmmaking and a new focus on tech, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is pleased to announce the 2017 MCAP SHORT Shorts finalists and Industry Day program.

Seven finalists from across the province were selected for this year’s shorts competition now in its 10th year. Finalist films will be screened throughout festival week paired with feature films, allowing greater exposure to this often overlooked format.

“Short films are a fantastic format for both the filmmaker and the audience,” said Paul Tortolo, Chair of Festival Program. “The challenge and art of telling a story in a 15 minute frame or less, produces exceptional films, and is a popular part of the annual GRFF program.”


2017 MCAP SHORT Shorts Finalists:

André the Anti-Giant by Kim Saltarski, Toronto

Break Room by Andy Hourahine, Paris

Drift by Mike Gallant, Toronto

Final Exam by Philippe Gosselin, Toronto

Happy Face Hill by Samantha Chalmers, Cambridge

Sahil by Salar Pashtoonyar, Toronto

What About Shelley by Kyle Reaume, Toronto

All finalists will receive an honorarium screening fee, GRFF swag bag, 2 All Access Passes to the festival and complimentary admission to Industry Day. Prize winners receive $750 thanks to sponsor MCAP.



The Industry Day event takes place Friday, October 27, 1-5pm at Communitech’s Tannery Event Centre in Kitchener. GRFF welcomes Colin McRae, Head of Development at Shopify Studios as the Keynote Speaker. McRae is an in-demand, international award-winning executive producer, director and content expert having worked for major media companies Bell and VICE, to starting his own company Vapr Media, and creating content for Red Bull Media House, NHL, NFL, Disney, MTV and many more.

Joining the panels are independent filmmakers Jason Butler of Subprod Productions, whose film First Round Down not only screened at GRFF in 2016, but also made the festival circuit rounds across North America and recently Dieppe, France; Trinni Franke award winning filmmaker and social media producer whose resume boasts Cineplex Front Row Centre, Union Pictures, Agency 71 and currently Willis Sweete Productions; Karam Masri program consultant for film and TV at the Ontario Media Development Corporation (OMDC); and, Michael Meredith of RBC. Leading panel discussions is Samantha Clark, Publicity Manager at Communitech.

Featured at the Industry Day event will be the screening and awards presentation of this year’s winning MCAP SHORT Shorts films, culminating in a catered networking reception. Tickets are on sale now at https://grand-river-film-festival.myshopify.com Pricing is $15 general admission,

$10 students and seniors.


About Grand River Film Festival:

Founded in 20017, the Grand River Film Festival (GRFF) is committed to celebrate and inspire community through the shared experience of film. Featuring compelling documentaries, engaging shorts and premiere features, GRFF presents an integrated cultural experience. The festival encourages community involvement through a shared love for cinema by offering unique and diverse programming with creative community partnerships. The festival takes place each fall at venues throughout Waterloo Region (Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo).


Media Contact Tamara Louks Executive Director info@grff.ca