SYNOPSIS: When Irene – the fattest girl in high school – gets suspended, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. Following her passion for cheerleading, she secretly signs up the senior residents to audition for a talent-search reality show to prove that you don’t need to be physically “perfect” to be perfectly AWESOME.

DIRECTOR BIO: Pat Mills’s first feature film, the dark comedy GUIDANCE, which he wrote, directed and starred in, had its world premiere at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. Picked up by Strand Releasing in the US and Search Engine Films in Canada, Guidance was theatrically released in Summer 2015. Hailed as a “GRADE A” comedy by the Los Angeles Times and a New York Times Critics’ Pick, it currently holds a 88% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Guidance is now available on DVD, Netflix, Vimeo, Amazon, TMN, HBO and itunes. His performance as “David” was nominated for an Actra Award for Outstanding Male Performance.

An alumnus of TIFF’s Talent lab and TIFF Studio, Pat was named winner of TIFF’s Pitch This! for his second feature DON’T TALK TO IRENE. The screenplay won BEST COMEDY SCREENPLAY at the Austin Screenplay Competition.

TIFF Official Selection


CAST: Michelle McLeod, Bruce Gray, Scott Thompson, Geena Davis

PRODUCERS: Mike MacMillan, Alyson Richards


SALES: International – The Film Sales Company

DISTRIBUTION: Canada – Search Engine Films

Mobile Homes

SYNOPSIS: A wanderlust young mother must decide between her recklessly hypnotic boyfriend and the unspoken promise of finding a solid home for her son. DIRECTOR BIO: Vladimir de Fontenay has been quickly making a name for himself in the US indie world as a…

SYNOPSIS: Nova Scotia. 1976. The weekend of the American Bicentennial. When 15-year-old Kit decides that living with his father is too repressive, he hits the road to move in with his mother. Accompanied by his girlfriend Alice, Kit will explore his…
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