Canadian Film Fest lineup includes indie features 'Babysitter,' 'Bloom'

TORONTO — Canadian Film Fest has announced thelineup for its hybrid festival taking place from March 28 to April 1.

The indie film festivalwill screen nine features, 25 short films and a digital series that can be viewed in person at Scotiabank Theatre or virtuallyon Super Channel Fuse with a subscription. It's the fourth year the festival is partnering with Super Channel, a pay TV network.

Canadian Film Fest will open in Toronto with "Babysitter" directed by Canadian Screen Award nominee Monia Chokri.

The comedy is adapted from Canadian playwright Catherine Leger's play of the same name and followsa man's therapeutic efforts to rid himself of sexism and misogyny.

Opening night will also include the premiere of Toronto-based filmmaker Christopher Yip's digital series "Streams Flow From a River" via Super Channel.

It follows a Chinese-Canadian family trapped by a snowstorm forcing them to confront past events that drew them apart.

Also among the films that will be showcased includes is "Bloom," directed by Fanie Pelletier, which dives into the world of teenage girls.

The film details the hyper-connectivity that teens live in, exploring themes of loneliness, struggles with self-image and alienation.

Tickets for theatrical screenings can be purchased on the festival's website starting March 7.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 2, 2023.

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Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version erroneously stated it was the fourth iteration of the festival. In fact, it's the fourth year Canadian Film Fest is partnering with Super Channel.