Sail-In Cinema™ Announces Winning Films for 4th Annual Event

Public Voting Puts Terrifying T-Rex, Savage Shark and Amiable Alien in Starring Role at Free-Floating Film Festival

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TORONTO, July 17, 2014 /CNW/ - The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) today announced the movies that will screen at this year's Sail-In Cinema™, Toronto's largest outdoor theatre and floating movie experience. Over the last month, the TPA invited the public to vote for their favourite movie from a shortlist of 10 movies grouped under this year's theme "Creature Craze." By the close of voting yesterday, a record-breaking 4,900 votes were cast and three clear winners emerged.

Ranging from the prehistoric to the oceanic to the intergalactic, this year's movies have something for everyone and will unspool as follows:

  • Jaws (back by popular demand) on Thursday, August 14
  • Jurassic Park on Friday, August 15
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial on Saturday, August 16

"We are thrilled with the number of people who voted this year – which represents an almost fourfold increase from last year – and are excited to screen the films that have been chosen by popular demand," said Deborah Wilson, Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs. "Each of the movies will offer a unique experience to audiences: We expect E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial will attract a kids-and-family audience and tap into a sense of nostalgia, while Jurassic Park will appeal to those looking for more heart-racing action. As for Jaws, this film is a returning favourite and will no doubt draw an audience looking for the unique experience of watching the rampage of a killer shark while they sit near, or better yet, on the water. Interestingly all of the films in this year's festival are from the renowned filmmaker Steven Spielberg, who clearly continues to be a fan favourite."

Free landside tickets are now available at www.sailincinema.com. While tickets are free, it is necessary to obtain a ticket given that there is limited seating on the landside and entry is subject to availability of space. The first 500 ticketholders on site each night will receive special seating and attendees will have a chance to win several prizes from Sail-In Cinema™ partners. Boat mooring will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

The festival also features a marketplace of sponsors and community organizations that partner with Sail-In Cinema™ to provide additional entertainment, food services and free samples, as well as the chance to participate in games and activities.

Sail-In Cinema™ will be held from August 14 to 16, 2014, at Sugar Beach located at 25 Dockside Drive. Families and film fans alike can watch movies under the open skies in a truly unique setting on the city's waterfront. Each night at dusk (approximately 8:45 p.m.), the festival will showcase a movie that can be viewed from land or boat on the world's first two-sided floating movie screen anchored to a barge on Lake Ontario. For more information please visit www.sailincinema.com.

Movie Synopsis

Jaws (1975)
The peaceful community of Amity Island is being terrorized by a huge great white shark. Fear of the water is affecting life and tourism on the island so sheriff Brody, with the help of marine biologist Hooper and weathered sea captain Quint, decide to go after the shark and kill it in open water.

Jurassic Park (1993)
This feature film presentation of Michael Crichton's best-selling novel, Jurassic Park combines the (then) latest in special effects with masterful storytelling. An age-old fantasy becomes a reality as dinosaurs are genetically re-created for the ultimate theme park. For the park's first visitors, the adventure begins in wonder and excitement but soon takes a suspenseful turn as the dinosaurs break out of their carefully constructed environment and begin to wreak havoc.

E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
E.T. is a story of friendship and discovery about an extraterrestrial being from outer space who is accidentally stranded on Earth. In his search for refuge, E.T. wanders into a backyard where he is discovered by a ten-year-old boy. The boy assumes responsibility for the alien, as he desperately searches for a way to reunite the creature with his own kind and return him home.

About the Toronto Port Authority (www.torontoport.com)
The Toronto Port Authority (TPA) owns and operates Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, the Port of Toronto (Terminals 51 and 52), and Toronto's Outer Harbour Marina. The TPA is financially self-sufficient, as required under the Canada Marine Act, and its activities and operations are not funded by taxpayers. In addition to moving more than two million passengers through the airport each year, the Toronto Port Authority provides transportation, distribution, storage and container services to businesses at the Port, and owns and operates one of the largest freshwater marinas in Canada. TPA is committed to fostering strong, healthy and sustainable communities along Toronto's waterfront and has invested more than $5.6 million in community and environmental initiatives since 2009.

SOURCE Toronto Port Authority

For further information: Media Contact: Erin Mikaluk, Senior Manager, Communications & Media Relations, Toronto Port Authority, Tel: (416) 863-2065, Cell: (647) 298-0544, E-mail: emikaluk@torontoport.com