TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - 05/10/11) - Catherine MacKinnon, the director and founder of the Toronto International Deaf Film & Arts Festival (TIDFAF) www.tidfaf.ca is Canada's first Deaf filmmaker to graduate from a Canadian film degree program. She is also the co-producer of the epic feature film Hamill based on the life of Deaf UFC fighter Matt Hamill. With tens of awards to her credit, TIDFAF remains her crowning glory. "TIDFAF breaks down stereotypical barriers by placing Deaf filmmakers, actors and crew centre stage. We are showcasing Deaf Cinema's impact on both Deaf and Hearing communities," says MacKinnon.The 3rd bi-annual TIDFAF takes place May 12-15 at the legendary Innis Town Hall with special guest emcees Deaf actress & activist Modela Kurzet and Luke Adams-the first Deaf contestant on CBS's Amazing Race (Season 14). Adventures of Power starring Ari Gold (actor/director) and Shoshannah Stern (ER, The Division, Providence), both attending TIDFAF, will launch TIDFAF 2011. Available for interview: All above mentioned plus over 15 filmmakers and actors. For complete festival schedule, movie stills, talent bios, pics and media accreditation visit www.tidfaf.ca.