Each year, COMMFFEST's prestigious Making a Difference Awards (MADA) are bestowed upon those filmmakers who best demonstrate a capacity for positively altering the social status quo. Exhibiting filmmakers receive gift packages, restaurant certificates, and invitations to all COMMFFEST festivities, including the filmmaker brunch and the awards gala at the world-famous St. Lawrence Centre for The Arts. This year, COMMFFEST will work alongside two TV broadcasting outlets and public libraries to offer maximum exposure to the festival's honorees. Additionally, the festival recently launched an online radio show to market and promote filmmakers and community-issued stories to reach an even wider audience.
"Attending COMMFFEST 2012 was an excellent experience," recalls filmmaker Esther Buckareff, whose film, Powerful as God, picked up a MADA at last year's festival. "The festival brought my documentary even greater public attention after media featured [it] on primetime TV.... It was easy to meet other filmmakers in the field and share our experiences." Created to introduce filmmakers to one another and also to the world at large, COMMFFEST is fueled by great stories and by a desire to make a difference.