Saturday, May 12, 2012

Toronto Student Film Festival 2012, May 12

Lights. Camera. Action: Announcing 6th annual Toronto Student Film Festival
May 12th, 2012

Student filmmakers from around the world have flocked to enter the sixth annual Toronto Student Film Festival (TSFF). Toronto is recognized around the world for its passion for film in all of its forms and the many film festivals that run throughout the year. The Toronto Student Film Festival ( differs considerably: it is run by youth for youth. Since its inception in 2006, the festival has strived to promote and showcase the work of hundreds of young filmmakers aged 12 – 21 from almost every continent on the globe to screen their short films.

The 2012 showcase is taking place on May 12th at the Toronto Underground Cinema, one of the city’s last undiscovered gems. This year TSFF received 200 entries of which 25 have been chosen as finalists by the Festival Committee comprised of students and advisors, as well as industry experts including:

Ron Mann, one of Canada’s foremost documentary filmmakers. He directed his first documentary feature, Imagine the Sound, at the age of twenty-two, which won an award for Best Documentary at the Chicago Film Festival, as did his follow-up, Poetry in Motion. Other awards include a Genie for Best Feature Length Documentary for Comic Book Confidential which also picked up a Blue Ribbon Award at the American Film and Video Awards. Grass also won a Genie Award for Best Documentary. In 2009 he released a documentary on mushrooms and mushroom hunting.

Jesse Wente, weekly film critic for CBC Radio in Toronto for nearly a decade. He also appears on Q, CBC Radio’s national arts and culture show and is seen regularly on TVOntario’s Saturday Night at the Movies.

Martha Burns, a Gemini and Dora Mavor Moore award-winning actress, film producer and director well known for her stage, television, film work, teaching and youth outreach.

According to Ron Mann, “It was truly inspiring to see so many young, passionate and talented filmmakers.” Jesse Wente said “We were very pleased with the overall selections and it was a very hard choice.”

Winners in the following 12 categories will be awarded prizes ranging from cash to film programs to scholarships. Real work experience in the field affords exceptional opportunities for young film makers to get a taste of the business from the inside. Prizes will be awarded for:

  • Best Film
  • Best Experimental
  • Best Film Ages 12 – 16
  • Special Jury Selection
  • People’s Choice Award
  • Best Sound Editing
  • Best Cinematography
  • Best Writing
  • Best Editing
  • Best Animation
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Drama

  • Toronto Student Film Festival 2012 Film Order:

    1. Ostrichcized
    2. Frank and Celeste
    3. Race of the Dead
    4. David
    5. iRony
    6. Concealed
    7. Brain Drain
    8. Independence in Sight
    9. Every Bone
    10. Family Portrait
    11. Moustache Boy
    12. Mined Over Matter
    13. Nocturnal Man
    14. We Real Cool
    15. Doppler Affect
    16. Late Pass


    17. Seizing the Homefront
    18. Free Daily
    19. Le Petit Chef
    20. Getaway
    21. Sledge
    22. Children in China
    23. Bedroom Brawl
    24. Blue Skies
    25. Strophe/Antistrophe/Catastrophe
    26. Think Brilliance

    The inaugural festival was held in April of 2006. Since then the TSFF has become a premier event for aspiring film makers to showcase their talent in a wide variety of genres. The standard of the films has been outstanding. The festival is a wonderful event that pays tribute to young talent and artistic expression through the medium of short film.

    This festival is largely possible because of digital technology — all entries are submitted online using a web service called Withoutabox, accessible from anywhere in the world. With access to digital technology — cell phones with built in cameras, inexpensive pocket video cameras, even 3D versions can be purchased at a fraction of what it would have cost even a few years ago. Even better, with the advent of digital recording, students no longer have to deal with the time, expense and editing challenges of traditional film. This allows for an explosion of youthful creative energy that would have been stifled and silenced.

    To view the films of last year’s TSFF finalists please click here.

    Event Details:
    2012 Toronto Student Film Festival
    Date: Saturday, May 12th, 2012
    Venue: Toronto Underground Cinema
    Address: 186 Spadina Avenue (north of Queen St. West)
    Showtime: 7pm (Doors open at 6pm)
    Ticket Price: $10 (General Admission)

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