Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 20 Years!
December 9th – 10th, 2019
2019 Call for Submissions – 20th Filmi: Toronto’s South Asian film festival
Filmi20 is now accepting submissions of all genres: shorts, docs, animation, web series and features. We are looking for new, innovative thought-provoking films from any genre with a South Asian theme and films acted, written, directed by South Asians!
Filmi 19 will be held December 7th & 8th, 2019 at Harbourfront Centre Theatre.
“The Meter Man of Le Moutrechon,” is a short film about a parking authority officer who’s an absolute stickler for rules and regulations. Soon, however, he comes across the face that launched a thousand parking tickets. She’s cute, she’s cool, she’s funny…but she’s a rule breaker! She always has loose change on her, but she doesn’t feed the meter, and she certainly doesn’t pay her parking tickets. Can she crack the armor that shields the meter man from fun and uncertainty? Or will the meter man’s discipline and devotion to law and order rule the day? Who will pay the ultimate price for all those parking tickets?
Director’s Bio: Ronnie Khalil is a producer, writer and director. He recently co-directed and co-wrote the feature film, You Can’t Kill Stephen King! a campy horror comedy set in Maine, which has garnered international attention, with numerous offers including the U.S., U.K., Germany, Japan, Australia and South Korea.Ronnie was also commissioned to write the new feature film, “A to B,” set in Abu Dhabi and directed by the region’s premiere director, Ali F. Mostafa.
His film script Seducing Leyla was accepted to both the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival as part of their film connections, as well as EAVE, one of the premiere European producer’s film workshop. Ronnie also served as a guest panelist at the Dubai Film Festival to discuss, “Comedy Across Cultures.”
He has been featured on ABC News, BBC, CNN, The World, NPR, FOX, the European News Channel, Air America, and Al Jazeera (in a good way), and has written articles for CNN.com and CollegeHumor.com.
In addition to his film accomplishments, Ronnie is co-Founder of The Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles and garnered national attention as the first comedian to perform in Cairo after Egypt’s revolution, joking about taboo subjects such as politics and sexual harassment.
Ronnie has performed with the Axis of Evil, Arabs Gone Wild, Sultans of Satire and taped two Friday Night Live Showtime Comedy specials in Dubai, including Minorities Rule and New World Order, as well as a stand-up show on Australia’s Comedy Channel and the new Sirius XM special, “Ronnie Khalil, Unveiled in Lebanon.”
In addition to stand-up, Ronnie earned his M.B.A. from the University of Miami, and lectured in colleges throughout the United States regarding success and motivation. His most popular lectures are Success through C.O.M.E.D.Y.and Networking: How to Avoid Really Hard Work. Prior to comedy, Ronnie worked as an account executive at one of South Florida’s largest public relations firms.