WATCH.

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Passholders will be able to access VOD films through watch.torontofoodfilmfest.com anytime between Oct 16 to Oct 25. Ticket holders (links below to purchase) will get a link on Oct 16th and have 48 hours to view films on first play. Films are geoblocked to Ontario, except for TFFF CBC Gem Collection films are open to all Canadians.

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Baristas

Canada

Rock Baijnauth

The sequel to the hit documentary "Barista" features four National Barista champions from around the globe who represent their countries and their craft in an attempt to win the World Barista Championship in Seoul, South Korea.

Q&A with Director Rock Baijnauth: Friday, Oct 16th 8:00pm – 8:45pm

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Fish & Men

United States

Darby Duffin, Adam Jones

Toronto Premiere

FISH & MEN exposes the high cost of cheap fish in the modern seafood economy and the forces threatening local fishing communities and public health by revealing how our choices as consumers drives the global seafood trade.

Q&A with Director Darby Duffin: Saturday, Oct 17th 8:00pm – 8:45pm

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Rooibos Restitution

South Africa

Sylvia Vollenhoven

Co-presented with TSAFF

The story of the indigenous San and Khoi people and their struggle to be recognized as the original knowledge holders of the uses of rooibos.

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Sockeye Salmon. Red Fish

Russian Federation

Dmitriy Shpilenok, Vladislav Grishin

Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters - to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year! But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible!

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The Golden Harvest

United States

Alia Yunis

Canadian Premiere

The Golden Harvest is a 6,000-year old love story in which the filmmaker tries to understand the profound, often troubled, relationship between olive trees and the people of Mediterranean, including her own father. It is a complicated romance, sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, that is constantly evolving in a region that includes some of the poorest and most conflicted areas of Europe and the Middle East.

Q&A with Director Alia Yunis: Sunday, Oct 18th 5:30pm – 6:15pm

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The Lunchroom

Argentina/Uruguay

Ezequiel Radusky

Canadian Premiere

For 30 years Lila has been a cleaner in a provincial municipality building. She’s an important figure in the office’s carefully knit society because of the unofficial staff cafeteria, which she runs together with her friend Marcela. When Lila gets the opportunity to refurbish the lunchroom and run it officially as the boss, this sudden elevation of her status causes Marcela’s envy and starts a slow decay of the office’s delicate status quo.

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The Taste of Pho

Poland

Mariko Bobrik

Toronto Premiere

A Warsaw-based Vietnamese cook struggles to fit into the European culture, which his ten-year-old daughter has already embraced as her own. A story about love, misunderstanding and food.

Weed and Wine

United States

Rebecca Richman Cohen

WEED & WINE interweaves their stories, urging comparisons between France’s revered winemaking traditions and the emergent legal cannabis industry. The film observes tensions ebb and flow as, on each farm, one generation prepares to pass on the torch to the next. Two sets of farmers, separated by vast gulfs of culture, language, law and legacy, navigate a common challenge: how to bear the burdens of history—and change—on their land.

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When Tomatoes Met Wagner

Greece

Marianna Economou

Toronto Premiere

In a dying farming village in central Greece, two cousins and five women decide to do things differently. With a little help from Wagner, Christopher Columbus and local myths, they cultivate an ancient tomato seed and enter the world market with their organic products. With humour and poetry, the film speaks to us about the power of human relationships, the ability to see life and the world differently and the importance of reinventing oneself during difficult times.

 

Shorts

Shorts are screened in 2 programs: scripted and documentary

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541: A Place for The Community

Canada

Amanda Wright, Gabriel Dinardo

Toronto Premiere

Chef Leah Janzen, program chef at Kitchen 541 Eatery and Exchange in the downtown core of Hamilton, Ontario has made it a life mission to provide a place for anyone in need of food, shelter or warmth within the poverty-stricken community. She sets out to accomplish this by serving first-class food made with love and quality ingredients in the hopes to change the way people view what it means to sit at the table and feel like you belong.

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Champagne

United States

Elizabeth Schiffler

Canadian Premiere

Champagne explores the experiences of a young chef striving to succeed in her career, stuck somewhere between finding her own way and learning how (and when) to ask for help when she needs it.

Cheat Meal

Canada

Jacqueline Godbout

Toronto Premiere

Jacqueline Godbout's debut film about cravings, will power and navigating this strange, strange world we are in.

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Egg on Your Face

United States

Joshua Parkhill

Canadian Premiere

A documentary crew details the abated rise and evolution of a French Egg Chef.

Make Love: Horton Ridge

Canada

JR Reid

At Horton Ridge they've gone back in time to use a traditional floor malting process to put more focus on the art of craft malting. For episode 7 of the Make Love series we talk to head maltster Alan Stewart about what makes his organic malt unique.

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Melted

United States

Nikki Chapman

A macabre girl laments about the inevitability of death after being given a melting cartoon character popsicle.

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Nourishing Japan

United States

Alexis Agliano Sanborn

Canadian Premiere

Embark on a delicious journey from farmer’s field to school classroom that celebrates how one country has reimagined school lunch and food education. At the heart of Japan’s 2005 Food Education Law are the incredible people whose daily work nourishes the next generation’s relationship to food, the earth, and one another.

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Pie

Australia

Michael Jones

World Premiere

A profile of two Cambodian brothers who made Australia's best pie.

Porridge

Canada

Ryan Wibowo, Darik Maurice

World Premiere

As an immigrant's homesickness manifests itself in the form of recurring dreams, he attempts to recreate a dish from his childhood to move past the feeling.

Raw Milk

Canada

Ronan Nanning-Watson

Raw Milk is a surreal thriller about an irreverent slacker who hunts for unpasturized milk to cure her brother’s allergies. Her search through the muddy farms around Greater Vancouver sucks her into a deadly dairy conspiracy. Recasting the noir tropes of the “paranoid thriller” to Drone Metal and legal weed, Raw Milk laughs with the very high and very absurd stakes of unpasteurized dairy in Canada.

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The Bee Farmers

United States

Steve Utaski

Canadian Premiere

A short doc profiling a one-of-a-kind program based in the Pacific Northwest that rents bees to residential customers which in turn are used to pollinate farms around the US.

The Chop

United Kingdom

Lewis Rose

'The Chop' is a comedy about Yossi, a charismatic Kosher butcher who loses his job, cannot find work at other Kosher butchers, and therefore decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butchers.

 

CBC GEM Collection

The following are available on demand through our TFFF CBC Gem Collection.

More info here.

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BAIT!

Canada

Keith Robertson

A man goes ice fishing, alone. What's the worst that could happen?

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Cottagers and Indians

Canada

Drew Hayden Taylor

Tension between Indigenous wild rice cultivators and local homeowners sharing the same waterway.

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Dish Pigs

Canada

Jon Deitcher

Dish Pigs tells the untold stories of dishwashers working in Montreal.

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Forage

Canada

Sam Larson

Anishinaabe chef Shawn Adler forages for unique wild foods that grow all around us.

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Modified

Canada

Aube Giroux

A mother-daughter investigative journey that questions why Canada doesn't label genetically modified foods.

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My Farmland

Canada

Diana Dai

A look at the changing face of Canadian farms from the perspective of local farmers, Chinese immigrants, and investors.

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Pass the Salt

Canada

Panta Mosleh, Hayley Gray

Two women of different faiths fall in love and must find a way for their traditional families to break bread.

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Stage: The Culinary Internship

Canada

Abigail Ainsworth

Winner of the People's Choice Award at TFFF2019.

Culinary apprentices navigate their way through one of the best restaurants in the world, Mugaritz.

 
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