Thank You!

On behalf of the entire Jayu team, we would love to extend the biggest thank you we possibly can to everyone who helped make this year’s festival possible. We’re still so overwhelmed with joy. The 2014 Human Rights Film Festival in many ways was a dream come true and for that, we owe our community of supporters and friends our heartfelt gratitude.

We would like to thank our Presenting Sponsor, Humber College, for helping us this year in our mission of raising awareness of the world’s most important stories and laying the groundwork for change through cinema. This year’s festival showcased 19 brilliant films focusing on 16 different countries with 13 premieres, all focusing on the themes of persecution, women & children and change. 

This year’s film festival couldn’t have been made possible without the generous support of The City of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as our other partners and sponsors including: The Centre for Social Innovation, Sheraton Hotel, The Eaton Chelsea Hotel, Hotel Le Germain, Exciting Event + Marketing, Uber, Momofuku, Amsterdam Brewery, Tallboys and Dufflet Pastries.

More than 1000 filmgoers joined us this year and we could not have done this without our incredible community partners and co-presenters including: Canadian Labour International Film Festival, Coalition for Gun Control, European Union Film Festival, Generation Action, Global Youth Volunteer Network, Hanvoice, Human Rights Watch, Horizons for Youth, Hot Docs, ImagineNATIVE, Oxfam, Reel Asian International Film Festival, Regent Park Film Festival, Scarborough Film Festival, Toronto Jewish Film Festival, Toronto Korean Film Festival, Toronto Palestinian Film Festival, Toronto Smart Phone Film Festival, War Child, Working Women Community Centre and Pan Am (including Papito Wilson).

As a non-profit organization, we depend on the support of our community and friends. We’re so proud to have exceeded our $10,000 goal on our IndieGogo campaign this year and we couldn’t have done it without the generous contribution of 100 funders including: Carly Bedini, Stefan Hostetter, Amar Wala, Julian Guy-McCarvill, David Vella, Leah Vlemmiks, Eui Yong Zong, Sergei Petrov, Jennifer Vlemmiks, Arius Derr, Teresa Francella, Fashion Helps (Sheila McElrea), Patrick Fraser, Elysse Kwon, Ron Samson, Vanessa Guidorizzi, Kate White, Miriam Fine, Poppy Sanders, Aaron Setton, Rodica Cohen, Michelle Ragno, Mark Lipman, Sanjeev Kugan, Drew Wilkinson, Irit Cohen, Jeanette Cohen, Moshe Ronen, Dan Ronen, Asi Kathein, Ryan McInally, Saskia Rinkoff, M. Palmisano, Mike17949, Adil Dhalla, June Elliot, Emma Lewzey, Karen Cohl, C. Vella, William10361, Victoria Gamaniouk, Mark Hutchison, Hana Tailblum, Dominica Lim, Stella847, Tony Palmisano, Calumn Shanlin, Kitaek Hong, Maureen Moyer-Burt, Ilana Ben-Ari, Carmelina Mete, Grey McAdam, Louanne Chan, Vlad Rebellon, Tracy Luu, Tarah Campbell, Mary Calder, Gloria Ruffolo, Barnabe Geis, D. Hamilton, Deepa Mehta, Randy Weinstein, Lisa Brody-Hoffman, Joanna Flatt, Karim Rizkallah, Beth Morgan, Ilan Man, Rjzilli, Title17, Nathan Da Silva, Ashleigh Marshall, Jack Kim, Olivia Guy-McCarvill, Eudice, Julie Lancaster, Timna Ben-Ari, Ellen Yu, Lindsayjmcd, Corey Berman, Brittney Drysdale, Hamid Belahsene, and all the anonymous contributors too!

We screened 19 films and held three Jayu Speaks events and beyond this, facilitated some incredible discussion. We’d love to thank our guests including filmmakers, authors and more: Charlie Petersmann (Cantos), Rachel Beth Anderson (First to Fall), Timothy Grucza (First to Fall), Tarek Ben Kura (First to Fall), Rodrigo Michelangeli (Bullets of Peace),  Holen Sabrina Kahn (A Quiet Inquisition), Eui Yong Zong (Conceived), Laura Delle Piane (Since I Was Born), Jean-Marc Sainclair (Since I Was Born), Wayne Wapeemukwa (Luk’Luk’I: Mother), Daniel Yong (Leftover), Paramita Nath (Durga), Robin Blotnick (The Hand That Feeds), Lucia Jang (In Between), Sungju Lee (In Between), Susan McClelland (In Between), Soohyun Nam (In Between and beautiful cello performance), Rob Montz (Life After Liberation), and Amar Wala (The Secret Trial 5).

A large chunk of our feedback complimented us on how professional and well-run our festival was this year. For this, we owe many thanks to the wonderful support of the staff from the TIFF Bell Lightbox including Giselle Arsenault, Alyssa Kornet and the countless theatre managers, ushers, box office staff and more.

Thousands of hours went into making this festival happen this year. For this, we owe our thanks to our 40+ festival volunteers. We also owe a big thank you to our friends including: Elysse Kwon, Rebecca Rodrigues, Julian Guy-McCarvill, Alanna Mager, and Ryan McInally.

A big thank you to Jayu’s wonderful Board of Directors whose year-round support was invaluable. This includes: David Vella (Chair of the Board), Eui Yong Zong, Jack Kim, Sannah Choi, Saskia Rinkoff, Sergei Petrov, Ron Samson and Jane Kim.

Lastly, a big thank you to our staff whose work ethic, passion for humanity and sense of humour are unmatched: Alicks Girowski (Director of Operations), Bryson Parks, Joanna Hillier, Leah Vlemmiks (with help from Sam Johnstone), Jade Mattinson, Taylor Luftig, Arius Derr and Jake Park.

Thank you for making 2014 memorable, beautiful, and very difficult to top in future years.

Peace and love.


Gilad Cohen
Founder / Executive Director

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