Brazilian Film & Television Festival of Toronto
Selton Melo’s The Clown” premieres in Canada

By Ingrid Coifman

The 6th edition of BRAFFTV (Brazilian Film & Television Festival of Toronto) will screen 35 Brazilian films produced in the last two years from October 11th to 14th at Carlton Cinema in Toronto. During the competitive exhibition, the public can watch celebrated productions including Corações Sujos (Dirty Hearts), O Palhaço (The Clown), Dois Coelhos (Two Rabits), Rock Brasília, Estamos Juntos (We are Together), and Reflexões de um Liquidificador (Reflections of a Blender).

The Canadian Premiere of O Palhaco (The Clown), directed and starred by Selton Melo, is being awaited with high expectations, since the film has been chosen to represent Brazil in the 2013 Oscar dispute – Best Foreign Language Film.

The films screened in Toronto will be competing for the trophy Golden Maple in the categories: Best Picture, Director, Actress, Actor and Jury for long, medium, and short fiction film, as well as Best Documentary. The jury includes George Ayub, international film distributor, and Diana Sanchez, international programmer for Latin America, Spain and Portugal of TIFF – (Toronto International Film Festival).

The curator of the Festival, Hudson Moura, believes that Brazil’s cinema reflects the country’s globalized passions. “It presents a place that is unknown to foreigners and at the same time deeply missed by Brazilians who live abroad. Our selected films unveil a history of contrasts between poor and rich, business people and poets, social, cultural and artistic movements”.

BRAFFTV organizers are Cecilia Queiroz (Puente, CA), Barbara de la Fuente (Southern Mirrors, CA), along with Cefac Institute. The Festival has gathered 11,800 people in attendance in the last five years.


Date: October 11th-14th 2012

Place: Carlton Cinema (20 Carlton Street)

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