Higher Learning: The C Word - What makes a film Canadian?

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Canada's Top Ten Film Festival - Higher Learning

Free panel discussion featuring different perspectives from the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival.


This free Higher Learning panel features different perspectives from Canada's Top Ten Film Festival guests — directors Jeff Barnaby (Rhymes for Young Ghouls) and Alan Zweig (When Jews Were Funny), and producer Luc Déry (Gabrielle) — on what makes a film Canadian. The panel will be moderated by University of Alberta film scholar and Canada's Top Ten Film Festival panelist Liz Czach.

Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis on the morning of the event at the TIFF Bell Lightbox Box Office.

Guest Biographies

    • Jeff Barnaby
    • Jeff Barnaby is a Mi'gmaq filmmaker from Listuguj, Quebec. His short films have played in numerous festivals, including Sundance, Tribeca, Fantasia, and Vancouver. His film The Colony (07) was selected by the Festival as one of Canada's Top Ten shorts. Rhymes for Young Ghouls (13) is his debut feature.
    • Alan Zweig
    • Alan Zweig was born and educated in Toronto. After working in the film industry as a writer, producer, director and actor for twenty-five years, he found his niche directing documentaries. His films include Vinyl (00); Family Secrets (03); I, Curmudgeon (04); Lovable (07); and A Hard Name (09), which won the Genie Award for Best Documentary. His latest film, When Jews Were Funny (13), won the City of Toronto & Canada Goose Award for Best Canadian Feature Film at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    • Luc Déry
    • Luc Déry founded the Montreal-based production company micro_scope in 2002. His projects include Louise Archambault's Familia (04), Denis Villeneuve's Incendies (09), Filippe Falardeau's Monsieur Lazhar (11), Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette's Inch'Allah (12), and Archambault's Gabrielle (13), all Official Selections of the Toronto International Film Festival. His other production credits include C'est pas moi, je le jure! (07), Congorama (05) and Continental, un film sans fusil (06) and En terrains connus (10).
    • Liz Czach
    • Liz Czach is an Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta, and a former programmer of Canadian film for the Toronto International Film Festival. She has been published in Cinema Journal, Journal of Canadian Studies and The Moving Image, as well as a number of edited collections including Transnational Stardom, Theorizing Film Acting, and Canadian Television: Text and Context.