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 rbc.com/fanfav.
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.