The industry came out two by two, hoorah…HOORAH! ACTRA’s inaugural Studio District Film Party was the Noah’s Ark of TIFF parties. Just when we thought the Hangloose Media headquarters, located at Logan and Lakeshore, couldn’t pack any more local actors and producers, it did. (The line continued down the block late into the night.)

The evening kicked off with the most well-trodden red carpet of all time, starting with the cast of Fire Song and Beeba Boys. In Fire Song, First Nations director Adam Garnet Jones tells the story of a young man growing up on a reserve, questioning his people’s history, unsure which path to choose for his future. Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys explores Vancouver’s Sikh mob turf wars. Both films tell here-and-now stories that help show off Canada’s rich cultural diversity.

The enthusiasm on the red carpet kept on coming! While Roy Thomson Hall and The Elgin may boast A-list celebrities, this carpet was all about celebrating the working industry in Canada; the people who keep the film and television industry thriving. It was a night to celebrate our people, homegrown creativity and entrepreneurship.

The film fest breezed into town for ten days, but the people below form the bedrock of our industry that flourishes year-round. Shedoesthecity was very proud to be a media sponsor.