12th Annual Reel Artists Film Festival

Thursday March 26 through Saturday March 28, 2015

TIFF Bell Lightbox – 350 King Street West


Risk-taking [noun]: the act or fact of doing something that involves danger or risk in order to achieve a goal.

The art world thrives on taking risks and loves the artists who take them: Ai Weiwei, Marina Abramovic and Chris Ofili, are just a few who made names for themselves by taking chances.

This year the theme of risk-taking in the arts is explored at the 12th-annual Reel Artists Film Festival, the Canadian Art Foundation’s film festival devoted to documentaries on art and artists. Three exciting new films will be screened, and special discussions will delve deeper into the ideas and subject matters of these documentaries.

RAFF opens the Festival with a bang featuring the much talked about Beltracchi–The Art of Forgery, directed by Arne Birkenstock, winner of the Best Documentary at the 2014 German Film Awards. Wolfgang Beltracchi, currently in jail, is the ultimate risk-taker who pulled off the biggest art-forgery scandal of the past 100 years.

The 2nd of the films to be screened is Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy, directed by Stéphanie Valloatto, and was featured in the specials screening section of 2014 CANNES. In this ominously timed documentary, Valloatto investigates 12 international artists who risk everything for freedom of expression. There will be a post screening panel discussion that includes a number of political cartoonists that will no doubt be one of the highlights of this festival.

Making its world premiere is the 3rd documentary, Patron Saint, written, produced and directed by Michael Kainer that features the incomparable Janusz Dukszta, who as a major art patron has collected 100 portraits, of himself, that he commissioned over the last 60 years. For more information see http://canadianart.ca/raff/

Don’t risk missing out—tickets now on sale.

Opening Night Gala Screening and Party Tickets:

Early Bird Price (purchase before March 6): $225

Regular Ticket Price (purchase March 6 and after): $300

Festival Tickets:

Advance Sale: $20

Day of: $25

Students and seniors with valid ID: $15

Double Feature (includes a single ticket to both screenings on Friday or Saturday): $35

VIP Ticket (includes premium reserved seating, complimentary cocktail and a special Canadian Art gift bag): $50

To purchase tickets:

Online: canadianart.ca/raff/tickets

Phone: (416) 368-8854, ext. 104., 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon–Fri.

Weekend Festival tickets: (416) 599-TIFF (5433) or 1 (888) 599-8433 (toll-free); 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily.

Service fees apply to ticket sales (exclusive of Opening Night) purchased online and by phone.

Weekend tickets may be purchased in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, 10:00 a.m.–10:00 p.m. daily. Opening Night tickets are not available to purchase in person.

All prices include HST. All Weekend Festival ticket sales are final; no refunds or cancellations. All seating is general admission.

12th Annual Reel Artists Film Festival

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