A CELEBRATION

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A Celebration is a short drama about 8-year-old Ada​ living with her ​newly immigrated mother in ​Toronto,​ ​as they try to stay out of trouble and make ends meet​.

2019 / 11 min / Fiction / Canada / English, Turkish
Cast: Ada Yilmaz, Simlâ Civelek, Andi Robarts, Tabitha Grove, Behzad Mohseni
Writer and Director: Mahsa Razavi, Producer: Atefeh Khademolreza, DOP: Matthew Kennedy, Funded by Toronto Art Council

Aired on CBC Network, GEM TV, Canada, 2020

WINNER

Award of Excellence, Canada Shorts Film Festival, 2019

Best Actress, The Retro Avant-Garde Film Festival, Cairo, 2020

Best Film, International Short Film of India, Mumbai, 2020

 

OFFICIAL SELECTION

REGARD - Festival International Du Court Métrage Au Saguenay, Canada, 2020 

Narrative Shorts By Women, Boston Women's Film Festival, Boston Museum Of Fine Arts, 2019

Festival International Du Film De Nancy, France, 2020

25th International Short Film Festival In Drama, Greece, 2019

28th Kineko International Children’s Film Festival, Japan, 2021

32 Filmfest Dresden, Germany, 2020

The Kinolub Film Festival For Children And Youth, Poland, 2020

International Film Festival Cologne, Germany, 2020

Breakthrough Film Festival, Toronto, Canada, 2020

Rencontres Audiovisuelles Association's short film travelling program 'Ciné Soupe', 2021.

18th Taiwan Int'l Children's Film Festival (TICFF), 2019

Alberta International Women’s Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Edmonton Short Film Festival, Canada, 2019

Diorama International Film Festival, New Delhi, India, 2020

Festival Filministes, Montreal, Canada, 2020

Providence Children’s Film Festival, Rhod Islands, 2020

International Children's Film Festival (ICFF), India, 2020

Caminhos Film Festival, Portugal, 2019

Toronto New Wave Film Festival, Canada, 2019

“Kin” Women’s International Film Festival, Armenia, 2019

 

Screenings for Children (school curricula) 

A Celebration (2019), which is about racialized children’s experience of exclusion and racism at Canadian schools, has been screened as a part of school curricula in selected elementary schools in Toronto (North York), the US (Colorado) and was offered to teachers of selected secondary schools from all over the Quebec territory. It was also screened for more than 25,000 children in Greece in 2020 as a part of the Drama Short Film Festival film screenings for children as well as the school screening component of the 25th edition of the REGARD International Short Film Festival in Saguenay, Quebec in 2021. 
From September 2021 to September 2022, the film will be shown at the Rencontres Audiovisuelles Association's educational short film travelling program 'Ciné Soupe', which travels the schools in northern France and Belgium.