On the 30th of April I had the chance to see Unclaimed at Hot Docs, where it received a standing ovation from all of us. As I tweeted that night: I cried, the person to my left cried, the person to my right cried.
UNCLAIMED follows Vietnam vet, Tom Faunce, desperately tracking an old man living in rural Vietnam who claims he is in fact US Special Forces, Sgt. John Hartley Robertson, who was shot down over Laos in a classified mission, presumed dead, captured by enemy forces and eventually forgotten by all including himself. This man is 76 now, missing most of his teeth, and has little memory of the past. He doesn’t even speak English. He suffers from what the psychologist in the film calls second-language syndrome, which I assume is some form of language attrition. Read the rest of this entry »
Do you regularly attend Film festivals like TIFF and Hot Docs and wonder how such an event is put together? Are you a regular film festival volunteer who’d like to be part of a worthwhile and established community project, or a student or recent grad who’d like to gain some insight into special event operations? Do you like to watch films that are outside the mainstream? If you answer yes to any of these questions, then you should consider joining the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival team!
We are currently seeking volunteers to assist with our festival which takes place on June 15th 2013. Roles will include sales for box office and concessions, front of house work such as line management, ushering and ticket collecting as well as general theatre operations. Volunteers will also assist in the setup of our space, which will also be used as an art gallery for various installation projects, as well as a media wall.
Shift Times: 2pm-6:30pm or 6pm-10pm on Saturday June 15th
You will also be expected to attend a short orientation session at the venue prior to the festival in June.
We are looking for volunteers with the following skills and qualities:
-Personable people who are able to work successfully within a large team.
-Ability to work in fast paced and crowded environments -previous experience negotiating crowds of people an asset.
-People who are good at interacting with the general public – previous experience with this definitely an asset, previous experience working at other festivals a plus!
- Good numerical skills – cash handling experience and/or previous box office/concessions experience an asset.
-Ability to stand for the duration of your shift.
-Interest in independent film and filmmakers and/or art and new media.
As a volunteer you will be able to watch some of the films we show, however please bear in mind that you will be unable to watch screenings in their entirety. If you are a highschool student looking for volunteer hours, we can provide you with a letter detailing your hours worked. (Note: Highschool students may not be permitted into all screenings as per certification restrictions).
If you’re interested in joining us and can commit to the above shift requirements, please send a resume and cover letter to Natasha
at tysff.events [at] gmail.com
with “Volunteering” in the subject. Please state what skills you have and how you feel you can contribute to the execution of the festival. You don’t necessarily need to have any previous experience, but a positive attitude and ability to work effectively as part of a team are a must!
Looking forward to meeting you!
A few weeks back I took to this blog to list the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival’s four favourite locally-based Cinecoup projects. Over the course of the last week teams have been throwing their #BeEventful launch parties in an effort to spur voting for last nights Top 15 cut. Unfortunately, of the four favorites only Orangutan Guerrillas made the cut.
The good news, however, is that Toronto projects managed populate five of the fifteen spots! Not to intentionally advocate a Toronto vs Canada way of viewing of this film promo democracy – we love all of Canada! – but instead in an effort to keep a finger on the pulse of local independent films and filmmakers, here they are for you to judge. The full Top 15 can be found here.
Orangutan Guerrillas – documentary
What happens when a bunch of activists & non-conformists set their sight on a seemingly insurmountable crisis between rainforest & palm oil?
Directed by Mark Bochsler. Produced by Sandra Leuba and Emily Hunter
Post-Apocalyptia – adventure, drama
In a Post-Apocalyptic future you either adapt or you die; if the world ended tomorrow, would you have what it takes to survive?
Directed by Dan Slater. Written and produced by Adam Booth and Matt Purdy
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The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is still a month away, but if you are itching to experience some young filmmaking talent before hand, have no fear! The Multimedia Film Festival of York Region is fast approaching!
Celebrating its fourth year running, this festival is dedicated to showcasing the work of York Region independent and professional filmmakers, including students, expressing the diverse experiences of living in York Region. This exciting festival features both film and digital photo submissions covering a wide range of topics, including social justice, multiculturalism, the environment, and the struggles of youth from the unique vantage point of the various communities of York Region.
This year, the Festival will be running from May 6-16, with screenings taking place in each of the Region’s cities and towns. For the full festival schedule, as well as information on purchasing tickets, and archives of the festival’s past films, visit: http://www.yorkregionfilmfestival.com
The submissions deadline for the 5th Anniversary of the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Fest is this Friday, May 3rd.
Submissions are only $10 per entrant but this fee covers multiple entries from the same entrant. There are no fees for those currently enrolled in an Ontario high school. Download the submissions form here
We are accepting all kinds of films: documentary, comedy, drama, experimental, and anything else you can think of! This is a great opportunity to show your work at a juried event.
Also, don’t forget this year for the first time we are accepting new media, photography, video art, and installation pieces for our off-screen exhibit. There is no fee for off-screen submissions, so there is no excuse not to submit! Download the submissions form here
All GTA residents aged 14-28 are eligible to apply.
Thursday was the launch of Hot Docs’ 20th annual festival. The festival, which runs for 10 days, is the largest Documentary film festival in North America. The 10 days includes exclusive premieres of some of the worlds most fascinating stories, with screenings at its home, The Bloor cinema, as well as at The Royal, TIFF Bell Lightbox, The Fox out in the beaches and even an outdoor screening in the Victoria College quad, just to name a few.
If you’ve seen the programme guide this year then you know how overwhelming it is! Here are a few picks for what is buzzing at the festival and some hidden gems you will want to check out.
“The Great North Korean Picture Show” delves into the world of the North Korean Filmmaking industry. Foreign cameras enter North Korea’s only film school and follow the plight of two young actors trying to reach their dreams. Every aspect of this film had to be reviewed by North Korean officials before leaving the country; a definite window into a world about which we know very little.
The Life And Crimes Of Doris Payne
“TPB AFK: The Pirate Bay Away From Keyboard” surrounds the vicious copyright lawsuit between the three twenty-something founders of The Pirate Bay against the Hollywood industry. At risk, these young men face imprisonment and millions of dollars of debt.
“The Life and Crimes of Doris Payne” documents an 81 year old woman deemed to be one of the world’s most notorious jewel thieves. We witness as she stands trial for her final heist, speculating whether she is repentant for her near $2 million earnings. All the while, Doris is charismatic and entertaining as we learn about intimate details of her life.
“The Expedition to the End of World” captures a group of motley artists and scientists who set sail to visit the North Pole during its unique melting point that reveal hidden fjords. These unconventional characters seek the meaning of life in this lighthearted, modern-day adventure.
The full listings of film and ticket information can be found at Hot Docs website.
It’s been a couple of crazy weeks for the festival staff as we have been attending many events to scout for quality material for this year’s Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival. Off-screen programmer have been at numerous gallery openings for Ryerson and Guelph-Humber to see if anything can be displayed in our first ever off-screen exhibition. A bunch of us have attended screenings at U of T to see work from the Hart House Film Board as well as screenings at The Royal for Humber College’s FMTV diploma program and their film and media production degree program. Programming Associate, John, even patiently sat through every 1st year 16mm film at York University last week. Overall, from Chinese melodramas to puppet musicals, this year is looking pretty interesting.
Tonight, we’ll be at the Augmented Cinema Festival, a cross-stream showcase of work by OCADU students and graduates run by T24 Project alumni, Jamie MacMillan. We’ll also be heading up north to see the 4th year productions at York University’s Finish Line.
Submissions for Toronto Youth Shorts are due next Friday – send us your films and installation proposals for consideration!