RKSS prepared a quite elaborate pitch for Turbo Kid, which was presented at the inaugural 2012 edition of Frontières. It wasn't long after that Anne-Marie Gélinas and Benoit Beaulieu of EMAfilms came on board the project. It was through an introduction by Gélinas at a TIFF cocktail party that Michael Ironside came on board as the villain Zeus. The character was actually written with the actor in mind, but RKSS never thought in a million years that they would actually get Ironside to agree to come on board the project.
The filmmakers held a casting session in Toronto to find an actor to play the lead role of The Kid. Munro Chambers was the very first person to audition for the role and the filmmakers knew right away that they had their kid. For the lead female role of Apple, RKSS had always intended to have the role played by Quebecois actress Laurence Leboeuf, though like Michael Ironside, they were unsure whether or not she would accept. In fact, as part of the effort to bring her aboard, a photoshopped image of Leboeuf in character was sent along with the script.
Turbo Kid had its world premiere at the 2015 Sundance film festival, mere months after post-production was completed. This opened the door for Turbo Kid to play at other festivals, including SXSW, where it won the Midnighters audience award. The film's Canadian premiere at Fantasia marks a massive homecoming for Turbo Kid and the end of a three year journey.
Turbo Kid screens one more time at Fantasia on July 31, 2015 at 11:55 PM. The film will then be opening across Canada on August 28, 2015.