The documentary Leone Stars
is one of six finalists chosen to compete at Toronto International Film Festival’s Pitch This! where film projects in various stages of development are pitched, competing for a $10,000 prize. Leone Stars
is the only documentary in this year's line-up.
Co-directors Allan Tong
and Ngardy Conteh
will pitch on Tuesday, September 13 at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. The film is produced by Haligonian Walter Forsyth
The doc follows members of Sierra Leone Single-Leg Amputee Sports Club who are chosen for the national amputee soccer team. They were young boys when rebel soldiers hacked off their arms and legs during Sierra Leone’s civil war.
The film was the first documentary in English Canada to successfully raise $20,000 in funding on the popular crowdfunding site, Kickstarter.com. The funds allowed the production team to take a three-week trip to Sierra Leone capital, Freetown, and the southern province of Bo earlier this year. Additional funding is needed to follow the team to the world championships in 2012.