Support the Toronto Korean Film Festival

Image courtesy of TKFF
Image courtesy of TKFF

First of all, I should mention that I have a very strong connection to the Toronto Korean Film Festival (TKFF). You see, I’m the Chair of the Board of Directors for the festival so my opinion and support of the festival are not unbiased. That being said, I joined the board BECAUSE I strongly support and believe in TKFF and the passionate volunteers that run the film festival. I also love films, watch a ton of them and sometimes write about them so it seemed like a good fit when they invited me on the board. Basically, I would have written this article, or one like it, regardless as evidenced by my many articles about the festival before I joined the board in the fall of 2014.

But now that I have the disclaimer out of the way, let’s talk about the festival and how you can help.

This year, TKFF is returning for our fifth annual festival featuring some of amazing films from not only Korea but also the Korean diaspora, including our fabulous yearly Korean Canadian showcase. While the lineup hasn’t yet been announced – I don’t even know which films are coming – if it’s anything like previous years, there will be some interesting films that are sure to spark conversation.

Why am I talking about TKFF?

It’s simple. The festival is gearing up to start and will be happening from Friday, June 17th to Friday, June 24th. Plus this year, for the first time, the festival will have an opening screening with a reception up in North York on the 17th at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, with the rest of the festival at Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto. There’s so much fun and great films planned for our fifth annual festival.

But we need YOUR help!

What is TKFF?

I’ll let the festival speak for itself here.

With the mission “To Advance Diversity Through Korean Cinema”, TKFF is a non-profit organization that aims to present authentic Korean cinema to the Canadian community, and to support local Korean filmmakers.

Basically it’s a great film festival run entirely by volunteers that seeks to add to the Canadian landscape by showing a variety of Korean and Korean Canadian film. Of course, it’s not just about film screenings as there are always a few talks and discussions after a some of the screenings to help broaden the audience’s understanding of not just the films themselves but Korean culture, history and the social context. I learn something every year and always end up understanding the films better so the film talks are often my favourite part of the festival. But I digress…

Why should you join me in supporting TKFF?

We need your help! In order to bring quality Korean films to the festival we need people like you, who are interested in Korean film and Korean culture, to donate to our fundraising/crowdfunding campaign to make the festival happen. But don’t worry, because it’s a crowdfunding campaign, there are cool perks that you could get. From $30 for a “Double Date Night” (who doesn’t love double dates) to $300 for the “Ultimatum” perk that includes 4 festival passes so you and your friends won’t miss any of the fun, there is something for everyone. Even if you can only give $10, it’s a great help.

So please, visit our Indiegogo campaign and help support our festival if you can. Your support will help this great festival be even better. It helps us bring Korean films to Toronto, provide a prize for the Korean Shorts Competition Showcase, and connect the audience to the films with our post-screening talks. Basically, your support is key to the festival!

How can you support TKFF

  • Donate to our crowdfunding campaign! Every little bit helps but of course, larger donations are very appreciated too ^^
  • Share our campaign on social media – we love people talking about us
  • Tell your friends about the festival and our fundraising campaign – ask them to support us too ^^
  • And of course, come to the festival!!

Just the facts, social media edition

Now that I’ve hopefully hooked you on how great TKFF is and convinced you why you should support it – and yes, I’ve already put my money where my mouth is – here’s how you can stay connected with the festival.

Cindy Zimmer

Live life to the fullest everyday - this is a the philosophy I try to live by and it's taken me on many adventures. I write about Korean culture from a non-Korean perspective as the editor/founder of ATK Magazine and I'm on the Board of Directors of the Toronto Korean Film Festival. Previously, I ran a Korean-English language exchange group (in Toronto) for 3 years to stay connected to my three years living in Korea as an English teacher.

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