EKRAN Toronto Polish Film Festival is back and it is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The Opening Film on Tuesday, November 6 at Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema will be a vibrant Canadian thriller “22 Chaser” directed by Rafal Sokolowski and starring Brian J. Smith, Kaniehtiio Horn or Raoul Max Trujillo.

Sokolowski is no stranger to the festival – in 2012 his film Seventh Day won Best Short Film at Ekran. Rafal Sokolowski, the Toronto-based, Polish Canadian director is a long-time supporter of Ekran Film Festival. The evening will include a Q&A with the film’s director and crew. 22 Chaser was produced at the Canadian Film Centre and is Sokolowski’s feature debut. The film tells the story of Ben (Brian J. Smith), a tow truck driver and a new father, who is struggling to provide for his family. Having recently moved from a small town to the big city, he is one of Toronto’s last honest tow truck drivers. However, that changes when he trades his personal values for financial success and stability for his family, as he switches from towing illegally parked cars to chasing road accidents in his rig.

The festival offers audiences across the GTA a chance to enjoy the best of contemporary Polish cinematography on the big screen presenting its customary array of feature films, documentaries, and short films. The festival also features special screenings and opportunities to meet the people behind the magic on the screen. The best of the showcased feature films will be chosen by a jury, which this year includes Larry Anklewicz, Ottie Lockey, Steve Veale, Elizabeth Radshaw and Robyn Kay. The Polish Canadian singer Anna Cyzon will host the festival’s Toronto screenings, while its Mississauga edition will be hosted by the Polish actress Jolanta Mrotek.

Friday, Nov 9th, 6:30pm – Block of Short Films, various directors, Revue Cinema A Prayer, director Sofia Bohdanowicz An Evening, director Sofia Bohdanowicz Another Prayer, director Sofia Bohdanowicz Running Toward Thou, director Hanka Brolinska How to Fall, director Aref Mahabadi

Saturday, Nov 10th, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Screening of Short Films & Documentaries at High Park Library, Community Room, 228 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto (FREE) Daddy, director Kacper Anuszewski Dreaming of Warsaw, director Mateusz Czuchnowski Heimat, director Emi Buchwald New Bronx, director Filip Ignatowicz Short Distance, director Giovanni Pierangeli You Are What You Eat, director Monika Kalicki

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