Within every hero lives a tragedy.

HURT: The Steve Fonyo Story has been added to the lineup for this year’s Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Details were made public yesterday at a press conference hosted by the Toronto International Film Festival. 

Established in 2001, the festival celebrates and promotes contemporary Canadian cinema and raises awareness of Canadian achievements in film. Running January 8 to 17, 2016 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto, the 10-day event presents public screenings of the selected films accompanied by introductions and Q&A sessions with filmmakers, as well as special events, industry panels and free engagements.

The Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival tours select films to major cities across the country including stops at Vancouver’s The Cinematheque (January 8 to 17), Montreal’s PHI Centre (January 8 to 16), Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque (January 15 to February 28), Edmonton’s Metro Cinema (January 22 to 31), Ottawa’s National Gallery of Canada (January 23, additional dates TBA), the Calgary International Film Festival at the Globe Cinema (February 4 to 7), and the Atlantic Film Festival in association with the Halifax Central Library (May 2 to 8).

New this year, the festival will present a special screening simultaneously in three different cities, which includes a simulcast introduction and interactive Q&A offering audiences in Vancouver’s The Cinematheque and Montreal’s PHI Centre the chance to ask questions of the talent in Toronto. Director, Alan Zweig, will participate in the Q&A session after the HURT screening.

Filmgoers in Toronto can vote for the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival People’s Choice Award winner.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival 2015 features were chosen by a panel that included:

  • Liz Braun ─ entertainment columnist (Sun Media/Postmedia newspaper chain)
  • Marie-Hélène Cousineau ─ filmmaker and producer (Sol, Before Tomorrow)
  • Stacey Donen ─ film programmer
  • Kris Elgstrand ─ writer and filmmaker (Songs She Wrote About People She Knows)
  • Midi Onodera ─ filmmaker and video artist (Skin Deep)
  • Ravi Srinivasan ─ executive director of the South Western International Film Festival

Tickets and ticket packages for Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival events at TIFF Bell Lightbox go on sale December 9th for TIFF Members and December 16th for the public.

Purchase tickets online at tiff.net, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET at 416.599.TIFF and 1.888.599.8433, or in person at the TIFF Bell Lightbox box office from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. ET. Pricing as follows: regular screening ticket is $10 (feature film or shorts programmes) or purchase the 6ix Pack for $50 and get six tickets for the price of five.

In order to be eligible for the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival, the film (short or feature) must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident, Canada must be an official country of production on the film, and the film must have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada in 2015.


HURT is a documentary portrait of Steve Fonyo, a one-legged cancer survivor who successfully completed a cross-Canada run in the 1980's, only to spend three decades mired in crime and addiction.

Produced with the participation of

Canadian Media Fund, Ontario Media Development Corporation, Super Channel and iChannel.

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