17th Annual Filmi!
Filmi Toronto’s South Asian Film Festival Celebrating 17 Years!
December 2nd – December 3rd, 2016
7:30PM Shorts Programme
Director: JONATHAN DUBSKY
A spontaneous event turns Mahima’s world around and everything she thought
about who she is and what her future will be like is challenged. On route to her
engagement party, she looks out the car window and locks eyes with the saintly
Theresa, a homeless woman. From that moment onward, Mahima’s inner life
changes. Although she has a good career, is getting married, and desires to start
a family, she feels that something is missing. Mahima questions: is life just about
being a somebody?
Principal Actors: Fenulla Jiwani, Jani Lauzon & Saad Siddiqui
Supporting Actors: Meher Pavri, Mishu Vellani & Sugith Varughese
2014 FILMI’S ARTIST in PROFILE
Writer/Producer/Actor – Fenulla Jiwani
Fenulla Jiwani is an award winning actress, screenwriter, playwright, producer &
singer/songwriter. From humble beginnings her parents immigrated to Canada
from Uganda with just pennies in their pockets in hopes for a better life. Fenulla
was born in Toronto and her passion and desire for the performing arts began
with her first performance at the age of five in a ballet recital. She trained at
the Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts and graduated in 2004. Since
graduating, Fenulla launched FenStar Productions to create compelling stories
that touch the human spirit, expressed through multidisciplinary mediums,
and cast ethnically diverse performers. Fenulla has written and performed
in six of her stage productions “Light of India,” “Bollywood Bonanza,” “The
Source,” “Qalam-e Ishq (Pen of Love),” “30 Dates” and “Paul and Priya’s
Wedding.” Her critically acclaimed production, “30 Dates,” toured Canada for
two years performing at renowned theatres and earned her accolades in major
magazines, newspapers & television. Fenulla is also a passionate singer/
songwriter; in 2012, she released an 18-track album, entitled “Divinity We Are
One” with performances in Canada, USA & India. Fenulla was recently honoured
as the recipient of the 2014 Cayle Chernin Award for her film, ‘NOBODY’. Her
second short, ‘Blackbox Shadow,’ is being shown in festivals internationally.
Fenulla has teamed up with award-winning Director of Film and Television, Gail
Harvey, for her third short entitled ‘Eclipse’ to shoot Fall 2014. She is also writing
a feature film.
Director: JONATHAN DUBSKY
Jonathan Dubsky is an award winning director, actor, writer and cinematographer
from Montreal, now residing in Toronto. He found acting at a young age but
only started falling in love with the craft in his late teens. After graduating from
the Theatre program at John Abbott College and then continuing his studies in
Film Production at Concordia University in Montreal, Jonathan began working
both in front of and behind the camera professionally. As a filmmaker, Jonathan
has directed several short films, including “All For Davey”, which won ‘Best
Ensemble’ at the Toronto 48h Film Festival, “Mars Is Laughing at Us”, an official
selection at Reel World 2014, the feature length film “Les Epouvantails” and a
web series, “Cub3d” that received various media attention and press.