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About The Chang School Film Hub

The Chang School Film Hub is an Experiential Learning Exchange initiative designed to support emerging talent in The Chang School’s film community. Current learners and recent graduates of the Certificate in Film Studies have the opportunity to submit film proposals and if selected, they receive funding, access to equipment, and coaching from a film industry professional.

The Chang Film Festival

Presented by The Chang School Film Hub, The Chang Film Festival is a showcase of exceptional films made by students and recent graduates of The G. Raymond Chang School of Continuing Education’s Certificate in Film Studies, as well as students enrolled in Accessibility Studies courses.

WHEN: February 7 and 8, 2019, 5:00 p.m.–7:00 p.m.
WHERE: Jackman Hall (entrance on McCaul Street)
Art Gallery of Ontario
317 Dundas Street West

This event is free.



Thursday, February 7, 2019

5:00 p.m. Opening remarks and Film Hub movie trailers


Inland Freaks (10:48 min)
Director: Kalainithan Kalaichelvan
Director of Photography: Andrew Lau
A group of men commit themselves to an experimental treatment program – one that claims to cure them of their forbidden desires.

film still from Inland Freaks

Installing… (4:51 min)
Director: Janet Rose Nguyen
What happens when a software developer falls for the AI she is testing?

film still from Installing…

Sounds and Clouds (4:00 min)
Director: Gabriel Waddington
An artist paints with the sky.

film still from Sounds and Clouds

Dual (5:40 min)
Directors: Silvet Ali and Bradley Mulder
Director of Photography: Jeffrey Danyleyko
After having a fight with his wife, William receives a phone call from a mysterious stranger.

film still from Dual

Legacy (5:10 min)
Director: Alex Kleynhans
A woman relives her relationship with her now-deceased fiancé as she attempts to complete the journey they planned together before his death.

film still from Legacy

Ride Share (12:08 min)
Director: Justin Darmanin
Director of Photography: Lucas Picciolo
Two strangers meet for a trip they will never forget.

film still from Ride Share

An Ode to My Mother (3:45 min)
Director: George Turnball
Based on a poem written by director George Turnbull, this animated short depicts the true story of his own adoption.

film still from An Ode to My Mother

Man’s Search for Meaning (5:45 min)
Director: Justin Darmanin
Director of Photography: Jason Li
A neurotic man tries to connect with a world he feels is out of touch.

film still from Man’s Search for Meaning

Daybreak (7:34 min)
Director: Mauro Cecchi
Director of Photography: Maria Elliot
A narcissistic middle-aged man is confronted by his wife after his ongoing love affair is revealed.

film still from Daybreak

The Antagonist (7:35 min)
Director: Alex Caucean
Writer: Victoria Sullivan
An out-of-work sales rep seeks help controlling his inner demons.

film still from The Antagonist

6:30 p.m. Filmmakers Q&A

Friday, February 8, 2019

5:00 p.m. Opening remarks


Marian (5:38 min)
Director: John Paul Trujillo
A rhythmic and quirky portrait of a street drummer is revealed.

film still from Marian

Step into My World (8:42 min)
Director: Nicola Di Capua
A scenario is created: A one-day film shoot takes place where the entire crew is deaf, except for a hearing production coordinator who comes to work unaware of the life-changing experience that awaits him.

film still from Step into My World

Giiwe: This is Home (27:32 min)
Director: Merle Robillard
Director of Photography: Andrew Lau
A survivor of the Sixties Scoop, Brent Mitchell reconnects with his family and Ojibwe culture decades after being taken from his home in Manitoba and brought to New Zealand, where he was emotionally, physically, and sexually abused while living in a non-indigenous foster home.

film still from Giiwe: This is Home

6:00 p.m. Filmmakers Q&A

6:30 p.m. Awards ceremony


Best Short Film

An Ode to My Mother – George Turnball
Dual – Silvet Ali and Bradley Mulder
Man’s Search for Meaning – Justin Darmanin
Legacy – Alex Kleyhnhans
Daybreak – Mauro Cecchi

Best Documentary Short

Step into My World – Nicola Di Capua
Giiwe: This is Home – Merle Robillard
Marian – John Paul Trujillo

Best Short Screenplay

The Antagonist – Victoria Sullivan
Installing… – Janet Rose Nguyen
Ride Share – Justin Darmanin
Dual – Silvet Ali and Bradley Mulder

Best Performance

Installing… – Janet Rose Nguyen
Man’s Search for Meaning – Justin Darmanin
Dual – Mauro Cecchi

Best Cinematography

Daybreak – Maria Elliot
Inland Freaks – Andrew Lau
Ride Share – Lucas Picciolo
Man’s Search for Meaning – Jason Li
Dual – Jeffrey Danyleyko

Best Trailer [Audience Choice]

On the Wall/Off the Wall – Gabriel Waddington
Giiwe: This is Home – Merle Robillard
Rishta – Silvet Ali

All nominees are eligible for the Grand Jury Prize.

Winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on February 8, 2019.

Questions about the festival? Contact Joanna Tsanis at

2018 Chang School Film Hub

We are pleased to announce four filmmakers have been selected to receive the funding and resources of The Chang School Film Hub in 2018!

Silvet Ali

Silvet Ali Silvet Ali is a Montreal-based journalist and filmmaker who recently graduated from The Chang School’s Summer Film School. She completed a BA in Journalism with a minor in Film Studies at Concordia University and joined the CBC Montreal team as a journalist and producer in both radio and TV in 2009. After nearly a decade of working at CBC, she decided to take a summer off to explore her love for film in Toronto at The Chang School.

Through the support of The Chang School Film Hub, Silvet will be directing and producing a short fiction film she wrote titled Rishta. The film follows a young Pakistani-Canadian woman as she succumbs to pressure from her parents to consider arranged marriage and meet with a potential suitor.

“I still pinch myself every day that my script got chosen for the Film Hub. It’s the first script I ever wrote and it’s such an honour to have the chance to bring it to life. It’s important for me as a first-generation Pakistani-Canadian woman that our stories get told. I’m excited that my first film will be one that’s extremely personal to me. It’s still so rare to see a story about people who look like me and have a similar experience as me, depicted on film. It’s a dream come true to get the support of the Film Hub at an institution like Ryerson University, but also to have it be a very personal story – one that I’m proud to share. My hope is that it resonates with people from all backgrounds and encourages others to tell their stories.”

Mauro Cecchi

Mauro CecchiMauro is a Toronto-based filmmaker and a recent graduate of The Chang School’s Certificate in Film Studies. He originates from the music industry as a Producer/Recording Artist and has recently transitioned into film to follow his passion for filmmaking. Since his transition, he has written, directed, and produced a handful of short fiction films and documentaries.

Mauro will be producing Rishta with Silvet Ali.

“I am grateful to have gained the opportunity to establish myself further as a filmmaker so early on in my career. It is absolutely a dream come true.”

Amy Phelan

Amy PhelanWhile studying theatre at Brock University, Amy learned an essential lesson: It’s possible to imagine a world, build a microcosm of it, then bring people into the experience. Literature was her first love, leading her to work as an intern under Daniel Richler at Book Television for City TV, where she fell in love with screenwriting. Later she wrote and co-produced CBC’s Outfront, a radio documentary about the soundscape of the street where she lived. She also interned with Infield Fly Productions. Amy is a graduate of The Chang School’s Summer Film School program.

With the support of The Chang School Film Hub, Amy Phelan will be producing a short documentary film titled John Muir at Trout Hollow. The historical documentary will trace John Muir’s time in Canada through the lens of William Trout’s memoirs.

“The ELX Film Hub grant is a rare gift. The grant made my first independent film possible and taught me to produce by the seat of my pants!”

Anthony Guerriero

Anthony GuerrierAnthony Guerriero is a graduate of The Chang School’s Summer Film School program. He is based in Toronto, ON where he worked as Assistant Director on Twilight Ride (2017) and Production Manager on Crimson Sands (2017). Anthony will be directing John Muir at Trout Hollow.

Industry Coaching

Charles (Chuck) M. Scott is President of Caber Media and the ELX coach who will work closely with the selected filmmakers as they bring their projects to life. He is an award-winning producer/director with over 270 documentary and factual television programs successfully completed. His production company has partnered with many producers around the world and shot in over 50 countries. His programs have aired on many major broadcasters such as BBC, Five, NHK, CBC, CTV, Global, Discovery Channel, National Geographic, PBS, Science Channel, Discovery Health. Chuck has also produced and/or directed hundreds of commercials, music videos, corporate videos, three feature films, children’s shows, and a daytime talk show. Chuck is a graduate of Staffordshire University in the UK where he obtained his Master of Art in Film Studies with merit. He also has a diploma from Sheridan College Media Arts program and has done additional studies in film, economics, and business at York University and Sheridan College.

Giiwe: This is Home

Giiwe: This is Home is the first production completed through The Chang School Film Hub.  The documentary chronicles the journey of an indigenous man named Brent who was taken from his home during the “Sixties Scoop,” when an estimated 20,000 indigenous children were taken from their homes and placed into white, middle-class families. The film follows Brent as he attempts to reconnect with his long-lost siblings, home and culture. Giiwe: This is Home was made by Certificate in Film Studies alumni, Merle Robillard and Andrew Lau.

Update: Giiwe: This is Home was officially selected to screen at the 2018 Regina International Film Festival and the 2018 Auckland International Film Festival. Follow the film’s Facebook page for more updates.

2017 Selected Filmmakers >>