RAFF Guest Speakers

Guest Speakers for the Reel Artists Film Festival

March 26–28, 2015

TIFF Bell Lightbox, 350 King Street West


RAFF panelists
Blake Gopnik, Haroon Siddiqi, Stephanie Valloatto, and Phil Richards

The Reel Artists Film Festival is thrilled to announce the list of special guest speakers who will lead panel conversations, keynote talks and discussions on the subject of risk-taking in the arts at the 12th-annual edition of the festival.

The event takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox from March 26 to 28.

Guests appearing at RAFF 2015 include:

Blake Gopnik: Art Critic

Bruce MacKinnon: Cartoonist, the Chronicle Herald

Brian Gable: Cartoonist, the Globe and Mail

Haroon Siddiqui: Editor/Columnist, the Toronto Star

Arne Birkenstock: Director/Producer/Screenwriter, Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Stéphanie Valloatto: Director/Producer, Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy

Rae Johnson: Artist
Phil Richards: Artist
Andy Fabo: Artist

Max Streicher: Artist
Janusz Dukszta: Doctor of psychotherapy and subject of Patron Saint

Michael Kainer: Director/Producer/Writer, Patron Saint

John Ralston Saul: Author

MARCH 26, 8:00 P.M.: Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery

Introduction and conversation

Topic: Art forgeries

Discussion between Arne Birkenstock and Blake Gopnik

MARCH 27, 6:00 P.M.: Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Introduction and panel discussion
Topic: Political cartooning in Canada
Panel includes Stéphanie Valloatto, Bruce MacKinnon, Brian Gable and Haroon Siddiqui

MARCH 27, 9:10 P.M.: Beltracchi: The Art of Forgery
Introduction and conversation

Topic: Art forgeries

Discussion with Arne Birkenstock and Blake Gopnik

MARCH 28, 5:30 P.M.: Patron Saint
Introduction and panel discussion with Michael Kainer, Rae Johnson, Phil Richards, Andy Fabo, Max Streicher and the subject of the film, Janusz Dukszta.

MARCH 28, 8:15 P.M.: Cartoonists: Foot Soldiers of Democracy
Introduction and keynote speech
Topic of discussion: Freedom of speech
Stéphanie Valloatto and John Ralston Saul


About the Reel Artists Film Festival

RAFF is one of many programs produced by the Canadian Art Foundation. Your ticket purchase to the RAFF Opening Night Celebration and Festival includes a contribution to CAF, which will directly support programs and initiatives that connect art enthusiasts with the arts throughout the year.


Opening Night Screening and Celebration Tickets

Gold Screen Tickets: $300

Visit canadianart.ca/raffopeningnight for details.

To Purchase Opening Night Tickets:

Online: canadianart.ca/raffopeningnight

Phone: (416) 368-8854, ext. 104, 9:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m., Mon–Fri.


Festival Tickets

Advance Sale: $20

After March 26: $25

Students and Seniors with Valid ID: $15

Double Feature: $35 (includes a single ticket to both screenings on Fri. or Sat.) Festival Silver Screen Ticket: $50 (includes premium reserved seating, complimentary drink voucher and a special gift bag with a year-long subscription to Canadian Art)

All tickets are subject to availability.

To Purchase Festival Tickets:

Online: canadianart.ca/rafftickets

Phone: (416) 599-TIFF (8433) or (1-888) 599-8433 (toll-free); 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily.

Service fees apply to ticket sales (exclusive of Opening Night) purchased online and by phone.
All screenings will be held at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Schedule and programming subject to change.

Reel Artists Film Festival 2015 Committee

Marc Glassman


Lilo Bulger

Amy Burstyn-Fritz

Anouchka Freybe

Ingrid Hamilton

Adrienne Kirby

Katherine Knight

Rebecca Kun

Charlotte Mickie

Rundi Phelan

Jennifer Kerbel Poirier

Daniela Ponce

Anusha Rajeswaran

Steven Rapkin

Tatiana Read

Pauline Rentzelos

Elisa Salvatore

Miranda Urbanski

Charline Wang

Sabrina Wong