Wednesday, May 9, 2012

9th Student Film Showcase

Showcase offers national exposure with presentations in Toronto and Vancouver

Scholars rejoice at the ninth annual Student Film Showcase, featuring 10 shorts made by budding filmmakers from across Canada. Presented in association with the Film School Consortium — a national group of 17 colleges and universities — the programme recognizes the nation’s roster of emerging auteurs at one-night-only screenings of the year’s top student films. Curated by TIFF programmers Magali Simard and Alex Rogalski, the Showcase hits Toronto on Tuesday, May 22 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and returns to Vancouver for its second year on Saturday, May 26 at the Vancity Theatre. Past Showcase works have advanced to screen at major festivals around the world, including the Toronto International Film Festival®.

“This programme champions cinematic and artistic discovery at the most fundamental level,” said Simard. “Spotlighting the cream of the crop in student film, TIFF proudly delivers the fresh cinematic vision of a new generation of filmmakers to Canadian audiences.”

Students will engage in career-development activities, including a panel discussion and networking opportunities with industry professionals and fellow emerging filmmakers. This year’s panel features cinematographer/director David Frazee (Flashpoint, The Firm), and filmmakers Vincenzo Natali (Splice, Cube) and Kari Skogland (The Stone Angel, Fifty Dead Men Walking).

2012 Student Film Showcase lineup, in alphabetical order:

APRIL DOESN’T HURT HERE – Matthew Yim (University of Regina)
ERASERMEN – Jeff Garneau (York University)
THE GREAT MALDINI – Lee Ventura (Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
IN HERE – Roman Tchjen (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME – Stephen Dunn (Ryerson University)
LINGO – Bahar Noorizadeh (University of British Columbia)
OPEN INVITATION – Jae Woo Park (OCAD University)
SAX – Dean Heezen (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
SWIFT – Kristen Campbell (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
TAM – Toan Nguyen (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

A jury of industry professionals selects the Best Film (Live Action) and Best Film (Animation) and awards prizes to the winning filmmakers. Jury members are: filmmaker Jason Eisener (Hobo With a Shotgun), actress Lisa Ray (Water, Bollywood/Hollywood) and film critic Norman Wilner (NOW Magazine). Prize packages consist of: one Sales and Industry pass for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival; one ticket to the Directors Guild of Canada Awards; $1,000 courtesy of the DGC; and a DCP output of the winning filmmaker’s work, courtesy of Technicolor.stablished in 2001, the Film School Consortium has grown into a collaborative network of 17 film schools from six provinces and currently consists of the following establishments: Capilano University, Concordia University, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Langara College, Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, OCAD University, Queen's University, Ryerson University, SAIT Polytechnic , Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning, Simon Fraser University, University of British Columbia, University of Regina, University of Toronto, University of Windsor, and York University.

Tickets are currently on sale; the programme runs approximately 90 minutes. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit TIFF Bell Lightbox located at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, Toronto, Ont., call 416.599.TIFF(8433) and 1.888.599.8433 or visit Vancity Theatre is located at 1131 Howe Street, Vancouver, B.C.; visit for tickets and details.

About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $170 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit

Student Film Showcase prizing is provided by Technicolor and the Directors Guild of Canada.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, L'Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Canada, the Government of Ontario, and the City of Toronto.

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