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Where: Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St W) & Online

When: February 13-18, 2023

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Toronto Animation Industry Conference

Toronto Animation / VFX Job Fair

Rift (Feature 1: Online only)

93 minutes

Mon, Feb 13th

8:30PM - 10:03PM

RIFT is a high concept animated feature film about a former marine who goes to extreme measures to save his kid brother who has the ability to tap into multi-dimensions across space and time.

Max, a young boy held captive in a research facility uses his ability to create rifts in the fabric of spacetime, across parallel universes, looking for the one in which his brother Leon, a former-marine, manages to rescue him. With attempt after attempt ending in Leon’s death, the strain starts to take its toll on both brothers.

When Max discovers his captors are using his power against him, he realizes he must stop focusing on how the story ends and rewrite the story from the beginning.

RIFT is directed and produced by Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull (Disney’s FAST LAYNE, indie sci-fi features - THE BEYOND & 2036 ORIGIN UNKNOWN) and produced by Paula Crickard (JOLT, THE PROTEGE). The film’s executive producers are Yariv Lerner (RAMBO - LAST BLOOD, THE HITMAN’s WIFE’s BODYGUARD), Amy Gardner (IDENTICALS) and Jason Potter. The film was graded by colourist Vanessa Taylor (THE NORTHMAN). The cast includes BAFTA-award winning actor, Jane Perry (CYBERPUNK 2077, HITMAN, RETURNAL), Dave Fennoy (THE WALKING DEAD) and Cade Tropeano (BLACK BIRD). Motion capture performances from Ace Ruele (ETERNALS) and Alex Kong (WHAT IF).

ALSO!! Stick around after the screening for a 30-minute look at the pioneering methods used in the making of RiFT from the creators themselves. It's a wild ride and if you're an indie filmmaker this is inspiration fuel!



Hasraf ‘HaZ’ Dulull


HaZ started his career in Video games cinematics before moving into Visual Effects where he was nominated for several VES awards for his VFX Supervision work on CG heavy Docu-series for BBC, Discovery and History Channel.  His short films (Project Kronos and SYNC) gained traction in Hollywood leading to him transitioning over to Directing & Producing with his breakout feature film THE BEYOND, the indie sci-fi was released in 2018 and was number 2 in the iTunes Charts before being licensed on Netflix and turning into a profitable movie.  His second feature film - 2036 Origin Unknown, starring Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica, The Mandalorian) earned a limited Theatrical release before landing on Netflix.  He was then hired by Disney to helm the pilot and episodes for action comedy series Fast Layne, where he also served as EP / Creative Consultant on the entire series. 

HaZ is the co-founder of production company HaZimation, producing animated feature films, series, video games and Metaverse project based on their propriety pipeline utilising Unreal Engine.   

He is represented in Hollywood by  Vendetta Management.


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