Provoking dialogue on the power of sport to inspire social change.


The Canadian Sport Film Festival:

  • Showcases international films and filmmakers not typically screened or widely available.
  • Educates, informs, engages and entertains communities throughout Canada using powerful personal and political 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.
  • Provides a safe environment for critical analysis and discussion about stories and themes represented in CSFF films.
  • Engages youth using film and sport in innovative and collaborative workshops.


In 2008 the Canadian Sport Film Festival was conceptualized and founded by Russell Field out of his passion for both sport and film – a passion reflected in his work as assistant professor at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches the course “Sport, Film, and Society.” He is a past film review editor for the Journal of Sport History. His knowledge of the international landscape of sport film ensures each edition of the Canadian Sport Film Festival includes a selection of provocative films from around the world. Born out of a desire to expose the power of sport and film the Canadian Sport Film Festival is organized by committed volunteers and takes place annually in Toronto and Winnipeg.