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November 15, 2022

Women in sport headline 14th annual Canadian Sport Film Festival


CSFF 2022 returns with in-person and virtual screenings

TORONTO - The 14th annual 2022 Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) returns in person beginning this Friday November 18. The program of 10 films includes 6 Toronto premieres and 1 North American premiere. The hopes and hardships faced by girls and women in sport take centre stage in this year’s program.

“From the opening night film, “Raise the Bar’, to “Category: Woman” on closing night, this year’s festival highlights the challenges facing women and girls in sport today,” says CSFF Executive Director Russell Field.

The opening of CSFF22 includes two screenings of “Raise the Bar” on Friday, November 18, a film that is testament to the activism and passion of a girls’ basketball team in Iceland. A free screening for youth at 1 p.m. on Friday will be followed by the Opening Night screening at 7 p.m. The panel discussion after the evening screening includes Brynjar Karl Sigurdsson, the coach of the team portrayed in the film, and will be Ainka Jess of Shes4Sports (

 “A Common Goal”, which profiles the Arab members of the Israeli men’s national soccer team, is screening on Saturday, November 19 at 1 p.m. – the day before the FIFA Men’s World Cup opens in Qatar. Director Shuki Guzik will be appearing remotely for the post-screening Q&A.

“Waterman” on Saturday, November 19, 4 p.m. is a compelling biography of trailblazing surfer and Olympic swimmer, Duke Kahanamoku. Narrated by Jason Momoa, the film affirms Duke’s importance to Hawaiian culture. Director Isaac Halasima and producer David Ulich will remotely join a post-screening panel, which also includes local scholar Dr. Richard Norman.

CSFF22 wraps up with the powerful documentary “Category: Woman” on Saturday, November 19, 7 p.m. Profiling athletes such as Caster Semenya, the film details the struggles of the women who resist the sex testing and gender verification rules of international sport and the activists who work to change these rules. Anastasia Bucsis of CBC Sports and the Player’s Own Voice podcast (@anastasure), will host a post-screening panel with director Phyllis Ellis, as well as activist Payoshni Mitra and athlete Annet Negesa, both of whom will be joining virtually.

Bios and photos of all CSFF22 guests are available on request. Screeners and stills are also available.

CSFF screenings take place November 18-19 at TIFF Bell Lightbox in Toronto. CSFF films are also available to screen across Canada on the digital TIFF Bell Lightbox platform. Find details of the full festival program and tickets online.

CSFF is generously supported by a number of partners and sponsors, including support from RBC’s Emerging Artists Fund.


Moira Sheridan
Marketing & Communications Director

Russell Field
Executive Director

Social Media Links:

Twitter: @CSFF_CA
Instagram: @canadiansportfilmfestival

About CSFF:

The Canadian Sport Film Festival (CSFF) brings together the theatre of sport and the medium of film to tell unique, provocative and passionate human stories from around the world. CSFF works to showcase international films and filmmakers not typically screened or widely available. CSFF educates, engages and entertains communities throughout Canada using powerful stories told on film through sport, many of which promote physical activity as a means to achieve long-lasting health benefits to both body and mind. For more information, visit:

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