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BCA Student Jax Guillen’s Short Film ‘Ivory Tulle’ to Screen at 2023 CineFAM Film Festival

Bachelor of Creative Arts student Jax Guillen’s short film, Ivory Tulle, was recently selected for the CineFAM Annual Film Festival.

The annual festival, which takes place this year from Dec. 8-10 at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox, is a three-day celebration of bold, original film stories by Canadian women and non-binary creators of colour.

Jax Guillen | Ivory Tulle

Guillen said that, as an emerging filmmaker, seeing her story chosen to be screened alongside those of other underrepresented creators – especially women of color – at the festival was an incredibly fulfilling experience. 

“It’s more than just a recognition; it’s a validation of the stories we breathe life into,” said Guillen, who graduated from the Film Production program at Yorkville affiliate, Toronto Film School, in 2022. 

“I put a lot of heart into this project and this recognition makes me feel seen and understood. I hope that this opportunity inspires creators from underrepresented groups to continue creating meaningful, authentic stories that resonate with their communities, as well.”

Ivory Tulle, which features an all-Filipino cast, follows bride-to-be Teresa, as she struggles to prepare for her wedding day amid pressure from her family and friends to invite her estranged father to the ceremony. 

Nominated for Best Picture at the 2023 TFS Festival of Films, the nine-minute film marks Guillen’s first contribution to increasing Filipino representation in film and has been screened at various international film festivals. 

Ivory Tulle will be screened live as part of CineFAM’s Day 2: The Ties That Bind program at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Saturday, Dec. 9 at 6:30 p.m. Tickets can be purchased HERE

The film will also be available to stream online HERE starting from Friday, Dec. 8 at 12 a.m.

“I would like to extend a warm invitation to my school community to join and support the film, either in-person at the festival or by watching it online,” Guillen said. 

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