Thursday, May 31, 2012

2012 TIFF Emerging Filmmakers Competition - finalists announced

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the finalists of their second RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition. The 20 participating filmmakers of the 2011 TIFF Talent Lab were asked to make a short film on a given theme with selected films becoming eligible to win prizes. This year's theme was "time."

Talent Lab participants were asked to develop a 1-5 minute short film and given three months to make their film. Each filmmaker received a $500 bursary donated by RBC and a small video camera. Finalists were selected by a jury panel comprised of established film industry producers, directors and executives. The top five films will now be judged before the 2012 Festival by online voters as well as an official jury of industry professionals.

The five selected finalists are Dec 32 by Johnny Ma, January by Cameron Labine, My Last Cigarette With... by Kaz Cai, Seconds by Jordan Canning and The Arrival Hour by Nimisha Mukeriji.

Along with invaluable international exposure, cash prizes courtesy of RBC will be awarded to the top two juried films as well as the Fan Favourite Award. The jury's winner will receive $15,000; honourable mention will receive $10,000; and the Fan Favourite Award will be awarded $5,000 (all figures CAD).

Audience voting for the Fan Favourite Award takes place from June 1 to June 29. Those who vote are automatically entered in a contest to win an all-expenses paid trip for two to the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Vote online at


Dec 32

By Johnny Ma

The end of the world, experienced through the eyes of a child.


By Cameron Labine

He's in Vancouver. She's in Toronto. That's 3362.44 km of long distance relationship.

My Last Cigarette With...

By Kaz Cai

It is modern day Shanghai, but a man remains trapped in vintage style and shackled by addictions.


By Jordan Canning

The disremembered details of a man's life flash before his eyes as he chokes to death on a piece of meat.

The Arrival Hour

By Nimisha Mukeriji

A visitor's first hour in a new country is one she won’t forget.

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