Sunday, December 12, 2021


By Eva Fydrych

of Canadian International Fashion Film Festival

Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine and courtesy of CANIFFF

Highlights of the pre-recording day + full list of winners

TORONTO, ON - One of the most exciting things about the fashion industry is the fact that it's always changing. It is an inspiring and innovative environment that always adapts to the current times and looks for new means of expression.

Canadian fashion industry is no different. In the end of October, I had a pleasure of attending the pre-recording of CANIFFF (Canadian International Fashion Film Festival) at the iconic Stephan Caras Int'l Headquarters in Riverside, Toronto.

The day started at 10 am with a spectacular performance of Canadian pop singer, Dani Doucette. Dani was performing an acoustic version of “Get It Out” originally produced by @vessbroz while wearing a sequin mini dress from CARAS' SS16 FLORÀL collection.

Dani Doucette & Reno Silva19 October 2021 (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine) Click to enlarge

*(To view some of the CARAS past collections, click here. We used to feature all Toronto shows in Fashion Studio Magazine as Stephan Caras remains one of our favourite Canadian designers. He has brought world-class quality to the local fashion industry and set a new level for the runway shows.)

From then, the day became even more interesting with high-end fashion and high-profile guests (including Skylar Campbell, Jackie Oakley, Deanna Sciortino, Carolina Lopez), lots of interviews, and interesting behind the scenes moments filmed at various parts of the Atelier in a beautiful historic heritage building on Queen East.

This year's awards were hosted by Keysi Sayago and Shayne Stephens. Keysi was wearing another stunning CARAS' design, this time from the Fall/Winter 2018 collection. Have a look at this gorgeous, eye-catching dress below!

Kyriako Caras and Keysi Sayago (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Another highlight of the day was a live performance by Carolina Lopez who brought dazzling Latin energy with her song HERO (a neo-soul fusion with reggae and hip hop vibes). You can listen to it here.

Carolina was wearing black and red CARAS dress from SS15 RUBI collection.

Carolina Lopez; Makeup @iryna_gromadaHairstyle @zhannasokolyk (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

If you would like to get to know the winners of CANIFFF Awards Show 2021, please continue reading!

Photo courtesy of CANIFFF

By Roger Gingerich


Toronto, Canada - November 3, 2021 - The CANADIAN INTERNATIONAL FASHION FILM FESTIVAL (CANIFFF) just completed its 2021 Festival Edition, October 25th-27th.

This 2021 season, CANIFFF received hundreds of Fashion Film submissions, covering 44 countries. After weeks of deliberation, our prestigious international jury proudly awarded winners in 21 Fashion Film Categories. “HOW TO FALL IN LOVE”, featuring Pamela Anderson, took home the “Canadian Fashion Film” Award, while “KILL - BURN” earned 8 nominations, and won the coveted “Best Fashion Film” of the year. CANIFFF also continued to foster the next generation of Fashion Filmmakers through FREE submissions and a Student Award Category.

Best Fashion Film of the Year: KILL-BURN (Taiwan) Photo courtesy of CANIFFF

*(EDITOR'S NOTE: I had a chance to watch Alexander King Chen show during Taipei IN Style fashion week and both his designs and the whole runway show were truly spectacular. It is great to see Asian designers getting more and more recognition around the world).


Best Fashion Film of the Year: KILL-BURN (Taiwan)
Best Director: LE BEAU MONDE (United Kingdom)
Best Cinematography: JANNAH - A FIVE PETAL STORY (United Arab Emirates)
Best Concept: MUSICAL CHAIRS: A BATTLE ROYALE (United States)
Best Editing: STORY - GIVE A DAMN (Israel)
Best Costume Design: ALEXANDER WANG - SISTERS (United States)
Best Hair: THE EYES (United States)
Best Makeup: EVERYTHING IS TEMPORARY (United Kingdom)
Best Performance: ALEXANDER WANG - SISTERS (United States)
Best Commonwealth Fashion Film: LOST TIME (United Kingdom)
Best Canadian Fashion Film: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE (Canada)
Best Eco Message: JORDEN (Canada)
Best Social Message: KILL - BURN (Taiwan)
Best Dance: BLOOM ON TIPTOE (Korea)
Best Music Video: HEROE (Canada)
Best CGI: LOST TIME (United Kingdom)
Best Original Music: TUSCANINI - A STORY OF TRADITIONS (Italy)
Best Narration: UNPOSTED (Japan)
Best Student Fashion Film: ANDROGYNE (Canada)

Best Set Design: DEENA LYNCH X CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN (Australia) Photo courtesy of CANIFFF


CANIFFF’s 2021 prestigious Official Jury included international Fashion & Film industry leaders. For more on our 2021 jury, please see their full profile here: JURY

  • Alan Gemmell - UK: Her Majesty’s Trade Commissioner for South Asia & British Deputy High Commissioner for Western India.
  • Tri Dao Phuc - VIETNAM: Founder of Yeah1 Group & VP for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations Fashion Designers.
  • Stephan Caras - CANADA: Fashion Designer.
  • Josh Wilson - UK: Executive Producer & Forbes 30 under 30.
  • Ajitesh Sharma - INDIA: International Award-Winning filmmaker.
  • Meiling - TRINIDAD: Caribbean Fashion Designer & Board of Directors for the Commonwealth Fashion Council.
  • David Jays - UK: Editor-in-Chief for Dance Gazette for the Royal Academy of Dance, Writer & Critic for Sunday Times & the Guardian.
  • Aline Bortoloti - MEXICO: Creative Director and Podcast Host.
  • Lorenza Morello - DUBAI: Fashion Lawyer.

Best Canadian Fashion Film: HOW TO FALL IN LOVE (Canada) Photo courtesy of CANIFFF

As Fashion Weeks continue to navigate the ever-changing terrain, CANIFFF provides a unique platform for brands, filmmakers, designers, & creative industries to showcase their talent, brands, and services. This year, CANIFFF supported the fashion & film industry through our theme of “Community” in our Chats, Collaborations, Panels with industry leaders, & our Annual Awards Show.

“I feel the virtual revolution we are currently going through has pushed fashion films front and centre as the medium for storytelling. After so many decades in the business of fashion, coupled with my love of film and cultural influences, it’s exciting to now have Canada being a leader on the Fashion Film Festival world stage. Toronto is uniquely situated to be the Canadian home for this unique creative platform, as it is one of the most culturally diverse cities in the world,” remarks CANIFFF CEO Roger Gingerich.

The fashion film is an intriguing anomaly these days - it is a niche subgroup of the short film genre. Fashion films are one of the most unique and fascinating forms of expression. Fashion films are pieces of content created by brands, designers, storytellers, and artists that include fashion as the main character or plays a supporting role. The films present new stories while also influencing consumer decision-making.


Below you can find more behind the scenes photos from the pre-recording day. Enjoy the pictures!

CARAS atelier, Queen Street East, Toronto (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Kyriako Caras and Roger Gingerich getting prepared for an interview (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Skylar Campbell and Jackie Oakley being interviewed by Shayne Stephens (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Keysi Sayago, Shayne Stephens, and Big Bang Beige crew (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Design by Stephan Caras (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Designs by Stephan Caras (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Roger Gingerich and Keysi Sayago wearing CARAS dress (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Inside the Atelier (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Roger Gingerich, CEO of CANIFFF (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Design by Stephan Caras (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Inside the Atelier (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Design by Stephan Caras (Photo by Eva Fydrych / Fashion Studio Magazine)

Roger Gingerich, CEO of CANIFFF and Eva Fydrych, Founder & Art Director of Fashion Studio Magazine

Don't forget to watch our Instagram reel featuring CANIFFF pre-recording day highlights. You can view it here.


Recently, Roger Gingerich was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Commonwealth Fashion Council (CFC). Based in London, England, the CFC is a fashion body of 54 nations promoting fashion education, youth & gender empowerment, and responsibility. Gingerich, 54, also served eight years on the board of directors of Fashion Group International Toronto, including three years as its Regional Director. Furthermore, he sat on the board of directors of Canada Fashion Group Inc. which hosted the largest fashion weeks in Canada: Toronto Men’s Fashion Week and Toronto Women’s Fashion Week.


Under the leadership and ownership of Roger Gingerich, The Canadian International Fashion Film Festival is a celebration, exploring the diverse and shifting landscape of fashion in film and honouring some of the genre’s greatest. Fashion has always played an integral part in film. Only recently however, has fashion played a leading role in its very own genre.

CANIFFF Advisory Board are: Alex Jordan (Producer of Private Eyes TV Series), Deirdre Kelly (Editor in Chief of The York University Magazine), George Sully (CEO Black Designers of Canada), Carmen Martinez (Marketing, Licensing and Sales Executive), Mike Goncalves (Beauty Consultant), Alysha Newman (Commonwealth Games Champion, Canadian Olympic Athlete, and Nike Ambassador), Renzo DiCarlo (CEO of BioPharma Services), and Lauren Shirreffs (CEO of 2Social Agency).

For more information about CANIFFF:
For Full Award Show: 2021CANIFFFAwardShow

See you next year! :)


*Special thank you to Roger Gingerich, CANIFFF, and Stephan Caras for inviting Fashion Studio Magazine to the pre-recording day of the Award Show.


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