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on the fence

WRITER & DIRECTOR   

“On The Fence” follows several intertwined conversations with a group of multicultural individuals and their struggle with identity. This film combats cultural dysphoria and allows audiences to find peace within themselves and rediscover Canadian customs and the culture that has gifted them a beginning. It is essential that those individuals see, not a disadvantage, but the privilege and beauty to have been a part of both.

WRITER & DIRECTOR   

WRITER & DIRECTOR   

“On The Fence” follows several intertwined conversations with a group of multicultural individuals and their struggle with identity. This film combats cultural dysphoria and allows audiences to find peace within themselves and rediscover Canadian customs and the culture that has gifted them a beginning. It is essential that those individuals see, not a disadvantage, but the privilege and beauty to have been a part of both.

AWARDS & acknowledgemenTS

  • CineFam Film FestivalBest Short Film 2021 
     

  • Canadian Film Festival - Best Producing Award 2021 & Streamed on Amazon Prime Superchannel 
     

  • Canada Shorts Canadian & International Short Film Festival  - Award of Distinction
     

  • Oakville Festival of Film and Art (OFFA) - Best Student Film & Audience Choice Award 2021
     

  • NFFTY - Opening Night Screening 2022 & Best Student Film Nominee 2022
     

  • MISAFF - Best Canadian Short 2021
     

  • Reelworld Film Festival - Best Writer & Director Nominee 2021 & Best Producer Nominee 2021
     

  • Sheridan College - Best Non-Fiction Film Award 2021 & Vladimir Kabelik Excellence in  Documentary Filmmaking Award 2021 & Sheridan College's Official 2021 Selection into the Student Academy Awards & CILECT
     

  • Durham Region International Film Festival - Best Student Film​ 2021
     

  • Barrie Film Festival - Third Place ​Open Category Winner 2021

  • WIFT Showcase - Official Selection 2021
     

  • CBC Gem Toronto Reel Shorts - Official Broadcast 2021
     

  • Vancouver International Women in Film Festival - Official Selection 2021
     

  • Yellowknife International Film Festival - Official Selection  2021
     

  • Cultural Lens Film Festival - Official Selection 2021
     

  • Milton Film Festival - Official Selection 2021
     

  • LIFT Off Global Network Sessions - Official Selection 2021
     

  • Diwa Filipino Film Showcase of Seattle -  Official Selection 2021
     

  • Gen Zed Film Festival - Official Selection 2021

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" A thought-provoking look at the meaning of home and identity."
                                                                           - Kevin Connor NFFTY 2022 Programmer

"This beautifully crafted film about identity captured by its five crew members all from various cultural backgrounds, transports us on a journey into the film’s core message: What is culture? As each storyteller sits in the foreground, profiled and shadowed to share deeply personal experiences of immigrant life, acclimation and loss, starkly juxtaposed home video images of their playful childhood's gleam in the background. This open and compelling film will return viewers to their own precious memories of culture with pride. Whether celebrating one’s heritage, home or country, we are reminded never to forget where we come from, for risk of sacrificing who we are along the way."

                                                      - Lanettte Ware-Bushfield, WIFT Showcase 2021 Juror