Peel Student Film Festival 2017 Press Release: Peel filmmakers debut their work on the big screen at The Rose Theatre

BRAMPTON - May 23, 2017, The Peel District School Board showcased secondary school films at the sixth annual Peel Student Film Festival at The Rose Theatre in Brampton. Students from across PDSB high schools were at the event, also in attendance were Brampton Mayor - Linda Jeffrey, Caledon Councillor - Annette Groves, Peel District School Board Chair – Janet McDougald and Director of Education for Peel District School Board – Tony Pontes.

The judging panel was made up of recognized media industry representatives, including former Peel student, Jasmeet Sidhu, currently the senior creative producer at, working with celebrities like Serena Williams, Kevin Spacey and Gordon Ramsay. The judging panel can be accessed on our website:

Post-Secondary schools offering specialized programs in Film, Media and Animation sponsored this year’s prizes and event by providing post-secondary opportunities for winning students. Sponsors included: Brock University, Toronto Film School, Humber College, Seneca College, Trebas Institute, Max the Mutt: College of Animation, Guelph-Humber University and George Brown College. Organizational sponsors include: City of Brampton, Brampton Entrepreneurs, City of Mississauga and Earth Markets.

"The Peel Student Film Festival highlights the great talent of young filmmakers in Peel!" Linday Jeffery, Mayor of Brampton

PSFF had over 200 submissions from secondary students across Peel Region and 800 students in attendance.

The Peel Student Film Festival empowers young artists to express their creativity, entertain audiences, and share their visions for a more just and sustainable world. The festival is a celebration of youth culture, highlighted by the richness and diversity of a new generation of filmmakers. Students won in eight categories of film:

2017 Winning Films


1st Place:The Reason for the Sun - Joshua Rooplall, Kyiele Gaspard - Central Peel S.S.

2nd Place: Dream - India Coossa - Humberview S.S.

3rd Place: Barry's Success Plan - Balpiar Brar - Brampton Centennial S.S.


1st Place: Thinking Box- Tristan Costea Pina, Alexia Costea Pina - Streetsville S.S.

2nd Place: The Wizard Of Oz - Emily Thich, Mahima Bassi - Brampton Centennial S.S.

3rd Place: Then- Brayden Nilsen - John Fraser S.S.


1st Place: Feral Cat Colony Caregiver- Mia Maaytah - Humberview S.S.

2nd Place: Black History Year – Aaryaman Sundarakrishnan, Wisam- AEC - Mississauga Campus

3rd Place: OFSAA Provincial Wrestling Championships 2017- Michyla Marshall-Tross, Rula Al-Zahed - Louise Arbour S.S.


1st Place: Notified- Elizabeth Intac, Trewlawny Reid, Udaibir Dhaliwal – Fletcher’s Meadow S.S.

2nd Place: Ask for Help – DC Dzoja - John Fraser Secondary School

3rd Place: Tell Someone – Noman Shaikh - John Fraser Secondary School


1st Place: Re:Life- Darlene Tran, Diana Tran - Glenforest S.S.

2nd Place: Sharpie Commercial- Maryam Kakal, Medha Prasad - John Fraser S.S.

3rd Place: Snickers Commercial – Djordje Dzudza - Port Credit S.S.

Movie Trailers

1st Place: The Distinguished Life of Florence Hasselhoff – Samina Khaliq, Lilian Do – Applewood Heights S.S.

2nd Place: Tecnicolor Daydreams - Tristan Costea Pina - Streetsville S.S.

3rd Place: Others – Saahil Matharu – Fletcher’s Meadow S.S.


1st Place: Would You Stay? – Nayab Gilani - David Suzuki S.S.

2nd Place: The Filmographer – Jack Peresin- Cawthra Park S.S.

3rd Place: Lisa- Elizabeth Intac, Hayah Imam – Fletcher’s Meadow S.S.


1st Place: Pharrell Williams' Happy (Recreation)- Dysen Bozic-Camar - Humberview S.S.

2nd Place: Redbone - Emily Thich, Mahima Bassi - Brampton Centennial S.S.

3rd Place: Rule – Brianna Acebedo- Humberview S.S.

Media contact: Brandon Graham and Stefanie Fontana

Event Venue

2016 Rose Theatre Venue

This year's film festival will be screened at The Rose Theatre in downtown Brampton. The address is 1 Theatre Lane, Brampton ON L6V 0A3 at the intersection of Queen Street and Main Street.

Event Date

Tuesday 23 May 2017

Tuesday 22 May 2018 is the date of this year's event. Tickets are free however you must make reservations by contacting by email at The Peel District School Board.

Submission Deadline

Submission Deadline Thursday 29 March 2018

The submissions deadline is Thursday 29 March 2018. This year we will be accepting submissions via electronic file transfer. Complete details are provided on the Submissions information page.