Film student to debut work at Toronto film festival

Posted: January 7, 2015 1:15 p.m.

Student Candy Fox’s short film was chosen by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of the top student films in Canada.
Student Candy Fox’s short film was chosen by the Toronto International Film Festival as one of the top student films in Canada. Photo: U of R Photography

University of Regina film student Candy Fox is about to make her debut at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Fox is a fourth year film student who wrote, produced, and edited the short film “Backroads”. It was chosen by TIFF as one of the top student films in Canada.

 “I was shocked,” says Fox, as she reflected upon hearing the news. “And then I was just really proud. It reaffirmed about what I was doing as a filmmaker and I was happy because the story is really important I feel.”

The story is about Fox’s friend Camillia Stonechild and her painful journey of family abuse.

The film is billed by TIFF as a ‘powerful documentary’ that ‘sheds light on the strength of survivors of family abuse.’

“Me and Camillia both felt there’s always that kind of putting it (family abuse) behind closed doors when it does occur in families,” says Fox. “That was one of the inspirations to share this with the world and try to connect with other people who have gone through something similar.”

The TIFF screening highlights the strength of the work produced by University of Regina film students.

“We were delighted when we heard the news about Candy's film being chosen,” says Associate Professor Mark Wihak who is also head of the University of Regina’s Film Studies Department.

“It's the second time in the past three years one of our students’ projects has been chosen by TIFF, and it's great recognition of the quality of work coming from our students. They are capable of making films on that level, and we want it to be a goal for them.”

Fox credits her film studies at the U of R for helping her grow as a filmmaker.

“I’m able to take classes over a long period of time and really get a lot of the experience that I didn’t have when I first came in,” says Fox who plans on graduating this spring. “Everyone seems so supportive in the department, so that’s great.”

“Backroads” will be shown in Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox theatre, January 9, 2015, as part of its Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival.

For information on the University of Regina’s film studies program please go to:
http://www.uregina.ca/finearts/areas-study/film/index.html