About Us


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.

The Team

Russell Field

Executive Director

David Vella

Director, Board and Executive Relations, Toronto International Film Festival

Neil Wright

President, Wright Real Estate Ltd. Brokerage; Chair, Harbord St Business Improvement Area

Tony Bolla

Alicia Tyson

Sabrina Razack

Education, Community Engagement Specialist

Kirk Moss