On May 6th and May 7th 2016,  Lakeshorts International Short Film Festival once again exceeded the expectations of all who attended.  Guests walked the signature “Blue Carpet” amidst Lakeshorts banners, cameras and film crews and alongside television and film personalities. Filmmakers from continents away made the trek.  All were greeted by the Balintore Trio (Who have played for the Governor General) compliments of KPMG.  No details were overlooked from “Oscar Style” award photos, to delectable food offerings by local restaurants “Posticino”, “Food Appeal” and “Thrive.”  Steam Whistle Breweries and Diamond Estates winery provided refreshments. To start us off Angelique Francis had a captivating performance of bass and deep textured vocals . “The Easy Street Band”  had guests dancing into the wee hours. Late night appetites were capped off with Toronto’s renowned FBI Pizza. 

The Gala was hosted by Richard Crouse and the ScotiaBank Loved and Local screening was hosted by Rick Roberts. At the Scotiabank Loved and Local, our host collaborated with Paul Braunstein for an interactive dance of film and theatre to kick off the night. 

16 films were selected from almost 200 submissions from around the world, representing: Canada, USA, Taiwan, Denmark, Iran and the UK. From comedy and animation to biting dramas that tackle today’s hot-button issues, Lakeshorts indeed (again) brought the world of cutting-edge independent filmmaking to South Etobicoke! 

Lakeshorts International Film Festival is produced by Fifth Ground Entertainment in association with Lakeshore Arts. Learn more about the festival, and how you can apply at