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 (www.tsff.ca) 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, Jesse Wente, Martha Burns.
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:
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.