Have a look at all the Brazilian flicks we proudly co-presented with an incredible diverse range of partners in Toronto!

Toronto Japanese Film Festival

FOTOS_10a_1Dirty Hearts | Saturday, June 15 | 1:30 PM

If you missed the screening of Dirty Hearts at Brazil Film Fest in 2012, you have a great chance to see this great film at the Toronto Japanese Film Festival, on June 15th, 1:30 PM, at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC). This screening is a co-presentation between the TorontoJFF and Brazil Film Fest.

Dirty Hearts (Corações Sujos)
Director: Vicente Amorim

“In Brazil, the War is not over”. When Japan lost World War II, a new war started in Brazil. A war between the Japanese immigrants who accepted defeat, and those who did not. “Dirty Hearts” tells the story of one of these warriors.

The Toronto Japanese Film Festival runs from June 13th to the 28th. The JCCC is located at 6 Garamond Court, in Toronto (M3C 1Z5), near Don Mills Rd. and Eglinton Ave. East. Ticket $12.

Lulaworld 2013

Samba Classes LulaworldBrazil Film Fest is honored to be one of the presenting partners of LULAWORLD Festival. From May 10th to 31st, more than 120 artists representing more than a dozen countries, including Brazil, will participate in this great event. Lula Lounge is located at 1585 Dundas Street West, in Toronto. For more info, please visit

Brazilian culture at LULAWORLD

May 18 | Saturday | Taste of Samba
A free class open to all! Learn the basic Samba steps with Adrianna Yanuziello from Dance Migration. A fun class that teaches you one of the most popular dances in Brazil. Doors Open: 10:45AM | Show Starts: 11:00AM | Admission: Free.

19 May | Sunday | Benjamim Taubkin & Luanda Jones
Internationally-acclaimed Brazilian jazz pianist Benjamim Taubkin joins us direct from Sao Paulo, Brazil to perform a solo concert. Brazilian Canadian composer and vocalist Luanda Jones received rave reviews for her 2009 release Aquarela. Followed by an Uma Nota After party with Lido Pimienta, DJ General Eclectic and visuals by aluCine.
Doors Open: 7:00PM | Show Starts: 8:00PM | Admission: $15.

22 May | Wednesday | Zé Fuá Forró Band (Pé de Serra style)
Luciano Porto’s Zé Fuá Forró Band (Pé de Serra style) delivers a blast of energy and excitement on stage in the authentic Forró style originating in Pernambuco in the north-east of Brasil. Melding the traditional and the modern, Zé Fuá appeals to the heart and the heels, starting the party at the first note and carrying you way down south with its hip-shaking rhythms and infectious melodies.
Doors Open: 9:00PM | Show Starts: 9:30PM | Admission: $10 @ door.

31 May | Friday | Faces of Samba by Dance Migration & Roseangela Silvestre
plus Maninho Costa and Batucada Carioca – Toronto-based Brazilian dance ensemble Dance Migration is joined by special guest, Brazilian choreographer, instructor and dancer Rosangela Silvestre, direct from Brazil. Doors Open: 7:00PM | Show Starts: 8:00PM | Admission: $25 ADV / $30 DOOR for whole night, $15 after 9:30


lw2013logoEach May, the annual LULAWORLD festival gives Lula Music and Arts Centre the opportunity to work with local artists to create special presentations that push their programming into new areas, to encourage first time collaborations and to include special guest artists from outside of Toronto as well as artists from musical cultures and genres that may not be represented at Lula on a weekly basis.

This year’s festival opens with night of Ethiopian jazz and closes with an evening dedicated to the history of Brazilian samba with a special guest dancer / choreographer visiting from Brazil. Other projects featured in the festival include an evening that blends soul and world influences, a collaboration between international Ukrainian musicians with a local visual artist and an evening produced in conjunction with Jewish Music Week.

Inside Out LGBT Film Festival – May 25th

Two iconic women, one passion. Based on the true love story of Elizabeth Bishop and Lota de Macedo Soares.

Brazil Film Fest is proud to co-present with the 23rd Inside Out Toronto LGBT Film Festival the Canadian premiere of the latest film of director Bruno Barreto, REACHING FOR THE MOON (Flores Raras). The screening will take place at TIFF Bell Lighbox Cinema 1, Sat. May 25th, at 7:15 PM.


Frustrated poet Elizabeth Bishop travels to Brazil and encounters the beguiling architect Lota de Macedo Soares. Initial hostilities make way for a complicated yet long lasting love affair that dramatically alters Bishop’s relationship to the world around her. Anchored by magnificent lead performances from Miranda Otto and Glória Pires, REACHING FOR THE MOON is an intimate snapshot of the search for inspiration, wherever and however you find it.

This film is set to premiere in Brazil only in August, so see it before the Brazilians.

To get more info and to buy tickets, please check the Inside Out LGBT Film Festival site.


Breakthroughts Film Festival – May 10th and 11th – 8:00 PM – 10:30 PM – Innis Town Hall.

Brazil Film Fest is proud to be a partner of the Breakthroughs Film Festival. This year, the festival will be held May 10th -11th from 8:00 PM-10:30 PM at Innis Town Hall on the campus of the University of Toronto. Tickets are $15 at the door and can be reserved by emailing


The Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by emerging female artists. They show films from any and every genre made by talented young women just entering the Canadian film scene.

Breakthroughs refers to the struggles women artists face in an industry where they make up only 5 percent of directors and must, in many cases, work even harder than their male counterparts to make their voices heard. Check the 2013 program at

Octavia Films

Photo:  Ruzanna Shortstuffyan, Cecilia Amado, Brian Carver (Executive Director of Octavia Films), and Nicole Dorsey.  Credit: Eric Major

Photo: Ruzanna Shortstuffyan, Cecilia Amado, Brian Carver (Executive Director of Octavia Films), and Nicole Dorsey. Credit: Eric Major

BFF is presented by Octavia Films: A Non-Profit for Women, an organization dedicated to promoting female artists in Canadian independent film. All proceeds from this festival go to fund their short films grants program, which awards grants in the amounts of $1,000 and $2,000 to promising filmmakers.

Octavia Films was a community partner of Brazil Film Fest in 2012. During our festival, we organized a meeting between Brazilian director Cecilia Amado, the director of the Opening Night Film (Captains of the Sand) met with Nicole Dorsey and Ruzanna Shortstuffyan, two up and coming directors to talk about her experience and give advice to them.

20th Annual Hot Docs – April 28th and 30th / May 4th

Brazil Film Fest is proud to announce that we will co-present the film HILL OF PLEASURES at this year’s 20th annual Hot Docs, Canadian International Documentary Festival.

Two screenings will take place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox (Cinema 2): on Sunday, April 28th, at 6:45 PM, and Tuesday, April 30th, at 3:30 PM. Another screening will take place at the Isabel Bader Theatre, on May 4th, at 6:30 PM.

Hill of Pleasures - Poster - Hot DocsHILL OF PLEASURES | Maria Ramos | Netherlands, Brazil | Portuguese
The Hill of Pleasures, one of Rio de Janeiro’s poorest slums, is a community with no rules. After 30 years of lawlessness, a young group of newly appointed police officers faces an overwhelming task: taking back control of this community where uniforms mean nothing and only guns carry authority. Change doesn’t happen easily. According to experts, it can take up to a decade for people to fully adjust. In the meantime, drug dealers and criminals conduct business as usual while honest members of the community, like Orlando the mailman, cautiously embrace change. Caught in the middle are the youth, lured by a world of crime and easy money, constantly harassed by police. This observational doc, beautifully shot against one of the world’s most stunning views, reveals a community living in the midst of uncertainty at a time of pivotal change.

For tickets and more info, visit the Hill of Pleasure page at Hot Docs.

About Hot Docs

Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival is North America’s largest documentary festival, conference, and market. Each year, the Festival presents a selection of more than 180 cutting-edge documentaries from Canada and around the globe. Through its industry programs, Hot Docs also provides a full range of professional development, market, and networking opportunities for documentary professionals.

Hot Docs was founded in 1993 by the Documentary Organization of Canada (formerly the Canadian Independent Film Caucus), a national association of independent documentary filmmakers. In 1996, Hot Docs became a separately incorporated organization with a mandate to showcase and support the work of Canadian and international documentary filmmakers and to promote excellence in documentary production.

Hot Docs, running from April 25th to May 5th, 2013, will feature Canadian and international competitive programs, an international documentary market, The Doc Shop, and the Hot Docs Forum (May 1st & 2nd).

Toronto Jewish Film Festival, April 18th and 19th

Brazil Film Fest is proud to co-present two films at the 21st Toronto Jewish Film Festival. The films are Hertha, by Luis Mario Fontoura (15 min, 2012), and Second Movement for Piano and Sewing, by Marco Del Fiol (51 min, 2010). The screenings will happen on Thursday, April 18th, at 3:00 PM, at ROM Signy and Cléopheé Eaton Theatre, and Friday, April 19th, at 3:00 PM, at Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande Cinema 3.

International Premiere
Brazil 2012, 15 min
Portuguese w/English Subtitles
Director: Luis Mario Fountoura

93-year -old Hertha Spier, a Holocaust survivor, chronicles the obstacles that brought her to Porto Alegre, Brazil.

Brazil 2010, 51 min
Portuguese and Korean w/English Subtitles
Director: Marco Del Fiol

In São Paulo, Brazil, a Jewish clothing designer and a Korean music teacher lead quiet, rather lonely lives until fate unexpectedly brings them together. Lush cinematography, beautiful music, gentle humour and superb performances blend seamlessly to tell a sweet story that explores the human need for creative fulfillment and love.


ROM Signy and Cléopheé Eaton Theatre. 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto, ON.
Cineplex Odeon Sheppard Grande Cinema 3. 4681 Yonge Street, Toronto, ON.


For tickets and more info, visit the page of the festival.

About TJFF

Presents films, documentaries and shorts from around the world on themes of Jewish culture and identity. The festival celebrates 21 years in 2013.

Afro-Brazilian Fiction Program, March 28, at AluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival

Brazil Film Fest is proud to co-present the Afro-Brazilian Fiction Programme at the 13th edition of AluCine Latin Film & Media Arts Festival, Thu, Mar 28 – 5:30pm at Jackman Hall (AGO).

AquemDasNuvensAquém das nuvens / Beyond the Clouds, by Renata Martins
2010 | 17’ | Fiction

One Sunday, as he has done every Sunday afternoon for 30 years, Mr. Nenê goes to meet friends at a samba jam, leaving hiswife Geralda at home. When the afternoon’s festivities give way to sadness, the old Samba man does everything he can in order to keep the rhythm of their relationship alive.


CerimoniaCerimônia / Ceremony, by Francine Barbosa
2010 | 14’43 | Fiction

Mariana is 8 years old when she is rushed to her aunt Helena’s funeral. While the rest of her family mourns their loss together, there is no place for children in their traditional Catholic rituals. Mariana is forced to learn how to deal with death on her own.


JenniferJennifer, by Renato Candido
2011 | 30’ | Fiction

For 17-year-old Jennifer, the trials associated with an emergence into adulthood also entail a dilemma related to her identity in a society that is preoccupied with the meanings of whiteness. As Jennifer tries to fit in and find love, she manipulates images of herself through Photoshop in order to alter her appearance.


CoresBotasCores e Botas / Colors and Boots, by Juliana Vicente
2010 | 15’50 | Fiction

Like so many girls in the Brazil of the nineteen-eighties, Joana wants to be a Paquita, a dancer on superstar Xuxa’s TV show. Joana’s family is wealthy, and will support her, but she has one problem: she is black, and Xuxa has never had a black Paquita on the show.

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About aluCine

For the last twenty years, aluCine has presented a panorama of challenging and unique Latin American films by Latino artists living in Canada and abroad. In November 1993, a group of Latin American film and video makers held the first Cruzando Fronteras conference in Toronto, with the participation of 39 active artists. As part of this conference, a curated selection of over 30 independently-produced films and videos demonstrating the talent and creativity of Latin American film and video makers was presented to the public.

In 2010, aluCine began to showcase independent feature films by Latino artists as well. aluCine is committed to functioning as an outlet for the Latino community as a whole while embracing our community’s extraordinary diversity.

Besouro, November 10, at Regent Park Film Festival

Brazil Film Fest is proud to co-present the film Besouro, by João Daniel Tikhomiroff, the closing feature of the 10th Regent Park Film Festival. Besouro was the opening film of 4th edition of Brazil Film Fest in 2010.

[note color=”#F7DB00″] Besouro offers a transfixing glimpse into the roots of capoeira, an acrobatic martial art originating within the oppressive conditions faced by Brazilian migrant workers in the early 1900s. The film follows the young Besouro de Mangangá on a spirited journey to fulfill the mission of his former master. Shielded by the mystical forces of his ancestors, Besouro must overcome mounting pressure on all sides. [/note]
  • Feature Program: Besouro
  • November 10, 2012 – 7:30pm
  • Location: Daniels Spectrum, 585 Dundas Street East, Toronto.

*All Festival Programing is FREE, and Free childcare is available*

To reserve seats and group bookings CLICK HERE.

About Regent Park Film Festival

The Regent Park Film Festival is Toronto’s only free-of-charge community film festival, dedicated to showcasing local and international independent works relevant to residents of Regent Park, the largest and oldest public housing project in Canada.

The Festival’s principal activity is to organize an annual festival along with year-round school and community screenings, panel discussions, performances and film/video workshops at no cost. The Festival aims to reach isolated communities throughout Regent Park and beyond, providing a forum for them to engage in critical dialogue on social issues and to enjoy films from all over the world.


Brazil Film Fest co-presents Bay of All Saints

Brazil Film Fest is proud to co-present the documentary Bay of All Saints, directed by Annie Eastman, at the 13th Annual Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival (October 10–14, 2012). The screening will take place at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3, on October 11 at 7:30 PM.

Individual tickets are on sale at:

Bay of All Saints
Toronto Premiere
Director: Annie Eastman
USA / 2012 / 74 min / Documentary

Portuguese with English subtitles

Seated atop the sullied waters of Brazil’s Bay of All Saints, rows of palafitas—haphazard shacks supported by stilts—house a landless urban community slated for relocation. Over the course of six years, Norato, a refrigerator repairman raised in these sea-lodged slums, acquaints us with the diverse personal histories and daily struggles of Geni, Jesus and Dona Maria, three single mothers settled on the bay.

The government’s efforts to reclaim the occupied waters in the name of ecological restoration mean an uncertain future for each of the hardworking families, who cannot be sure if the promise of social housing will be kept. Offering a glimpse into the complexities of urban poverty, Bay of All Saints is a telling portrait of bureaucratic inefficacy and its impacts on communities told through the experiences and stories of the women’s fight for a home.

Audience Award Winner, Best Documentary, SXSW Film Festival
Jury Award, Best Documentary Feature, Woods Hole Film Festival


About Planet in Focus

Planet in Focus is Canada’s leading not-for-profit environmental media arts organization. Since 1999, Planet in Focus has played a significant role in helping to raise awareness about the state of our planet through the power of film. As the producer of Canada’s largest environmental film festival, Planet in Focus showcases a wide range of outstanding films and filmmakers from across Canada and around the world.