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TUFF is on!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival, North America’s largest commuter film festival, is ready to roll out its sixth annual edition. For 11 days, from September 7 – 17, 2012, Toronto’s subway system will become a standing-room-only cinema showcasing the world’s best one-minute, silent films to over one million viewers.

TUFF will screen 73 amazing films from 18 countries on Toronto Transit System (TTC) platform screens, and feature a new “Too TUFF for the TTC” program of online films. Films play every 10 minutes on Pattison Onestop’s 300 subway platform screens in stations across the city. Pattison Onestop will also provide designated “Film Zone” screens for commuters to watch TUFF uninterrupted on the north and south platforms of the Bloor subway station, as well as at Dundas and St. Andrew subway stations.

TUFF films can also be seen online, and viewers are encouraged to cast their vote, from September 5th to September 14th, for the Viewers’ Choice Award. The top 10 Viewers’ Choice films play on the TTC on Sunday September 16th.

 

Submit Your Stuff to TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns for a sixth year of spectacular one-minute silent films. Forever the strong and silent type, TUFF takes place September 7 – 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals of 2010″, TUFF is an 11-day long celebration of the art of the urban silent screen. TUFF films screen via the Pattison Onestop network of digital platform screens to over 1 million daily commuters who ride the Toronto subway system.

Filmmakers, video artists, and animators are invited to submit their work to TUFF beginning April 1, 2012 at www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com.

The festival accepts all genres of silent, one-minute film, video and animation that are of interest to a cosmopolitan audience.

Submission deadline is July 15, 2012. Submit free until May 31, 2012. As of June 1, 2012 a $20 fee will apply.

TUFF is open to Canadian and international artists, and awards thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.

Guest judge for the sixth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival is acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (“Payback“, “Manufactured Landscapes” “Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles“)

TUFF is co-produced by Pattison Onestop and Art for Commuters.

Details: 

Deadline: July 15, 2012
Free Submission: until May 31, 2012
Paid Submission: $20 CAD as of June 1, 2012
Films can be submitted online through the TUFF Website or visit www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com for more details.

 

Also, be sure to see Sharon Switzer’s exhibit at the Corkin Gallery, it’s on now, and it’s called Nearly Present.

Corkin Gallery is pleased to present new video animations and prints by Sharon Switzer.

Nearly Present imagines the otherworldly beauty of the ethereal. In this new body of work, Sharon Switzer experiments with particle systems; using this commercial software to create unusual and evocative animations. The work also touches on the artist’s earlier interests in the relationship between photography and the invisible: ghosts, time, things that photography shouldn’t be allowed to capture but does.

In this work, Nearly Present is the disembodied space of the digital and the virtual that exists unseen around us. Forgoing the ironic humour intrinsic to previous bodies of work, Switzer has created mesmerizing ethereal videos that have no need for language. This work hovers just outside of the known world, like ghosts caught in the machine.

Details: 

When: March 24 – April 24, 2012
More information: http://corkingallery.com/?q=node/248

Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for Submissions!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), the only festival of its kind in North America, is a public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals,” TUFF takes place September 9 – 18, 2011 on Onestop platform screens across the Toronto subway system.

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan, will guest judge the fifth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), selecting the top films of the festival.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to submit one-minute silent films an urban population. TUFF pays artist fees and awards thousands in cash and prizes.

Deadline for submissions to TUFF is July 15, 2011. TUFF is free to submit prior to June 1, 2011. After that date, there will be submission fees: $10 (June 1 – June 30) and $15 (July 1 – July 15). Films can be submitted through the TUFF Website.

5 Years and Still TUFF!

TUFF Masters the “Art of Cool”


Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) was just named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals” in the Fall 2010 edition. TUFF is the only Canadian festival that made the cut this year!

Published in NYC, MovieMaker is the the USA’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely read independent movie magazine.

Check out who else is up to snuff: http://www.moviemaker.com/festivals/article/20_coolest_film_festivals_2010_20101201

For more on TUFF: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

All I have to say is… ICE COLD! Way to go!

TUFF 2010, Call for Submissions

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Making a great one-minute film, that’s TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) founded by CFC Media Lab Alumnus, Sharon Switzer, is a 10-day (September 10-19, 2010) public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world. Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winning films (Check out the incredible prizes!) Artist fees of $100 will be payed to every film that’s selected by our jury to screen on the TTC and on the TUFF website.

Films are selected by a guest jury, with the top films chosen by a special Guest Judge. The TUFF 2010 Jury includes Min Sook Lee, Jorge Lozano, Kathleen Mullen, Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Haema Sivanesan, and Michael Zryd.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to consider our urban-themed categories:

  • Urban Encounters and Other Stories
  • Our Environment and Urban Growth
  • The Medium is the Message
  • Urban Ideas and Politics
  • Urban Journeys
  • The City is a Poem
  • After Night Falls


TUFF SUBMISSION DEADLINE:
July 15, 2010
Submit your film before June 1st and avoid the $10 entry fee. Fees rise to $15 on July 1st.

www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

…Need support to make your TUFF film? Click HERE to find out about the Trinity Square Video (TSV) Pitch Award.

FEATURED: ALUMNI SHARON SWITZER

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Alumni Sharon Switzer attended the Media Lab in 2006 and was part of the team that created Things Left Unsaid. She is founder of the Toronto Urban Film Festival which is currently accepting submissions.

www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

Bio

Sharon Switzer (b. 1966, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada)

An artist and curator, Switzer has been exhibiting her media art since the early 1990’s. She regularly produces and curates public art festivals and exhibitions to massive audiences through her work with Art for Commuters. Switzer has also twice been contracted by Pride Toronto to commission and produce a series of video artworks for their festival, entitled ‘Video Art is Queer’. The first curatorial collective that she formed, Clamorous Intentions, was active in Toronto during the early 1990’s, producing 3 large-scale, multi-media public events in 2 years. Switzer is an instructor at OCAD, and is actively involved in the Toronto arts community, presently serving as President of Gallery TPW’s Board of Directors. Her video work traveled to museums across Canada as part of ‘18 Illuminations,’ and a catalogue of her work was produced by McMaster Museum of Art. Sharon received her B.F.A. from Otis Art Institute, Los Angeles, her M.F.A. from The University of Western Ontario, and is a Graduate of the CFC Media Lab at the Canadian Film Centre. She is represented by Corkin Gallery in Toronto, and her work can be found online at www.corkingallery.com, www.circuitgallery.com and www.sharonswitzer.com.

As Founder and Executive Director of Art for Commuters, Switzer initiated and continues to produce 3 large-scale public art projects each year on the Onestop network of over 270 LCD screens in Toronto’s subway system, to a daily audience of 1.3 million people. Scheduled to coincide with CONTACT, ‘Contacting Toronto’ is an annual, month-long photography exhibition, curated through invitation and open-call. Scheduled to coincide with the Toronto International Film Festival, the ‘Toronto Urban Film Festival’ is an annual 10-day public film festival. The only one of its kind in North America it features a different urban-themed program of silent, 1-minute films each day. ‘Words Travel Fast’ is an annual project scheduled to coincide with Toronto’s Nuit Blanche that pairs poets and animators. This unique collaborative project seeks to expand the possibilities for how both poetry and animation can be integrated and newly experienced. Other smaller projects include Station Portraits, an ongoing series of TTC photos by local photographers, and screening curated videos during Pride Week and Luminato. www.art4commuters.com, www.contactingtoronto.ca, www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

*NEW* TUFF $2500 prize for emerging filmmakers, sponsored by the City of Toronto

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CFC Media Lab Alumni Sharon Switzer founded this amazing film festival which continues to grow and attract a high level of talented filmmakers.

TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL
Silent 1-Minute Films on the TTC

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2009
Trinity Square Video Pitch Deadline: June 15, 2009

Share your film with an audience of 1.3 million daily commuters. Finalists selected by a stellar panel of guest jurors, with top prizes awarded by this year’s guest judge, writer/director/actor Don McKellar.

ABOUT TUFF:
The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is the only film festival of its kind in North America, and one of the largest in the world with an average daily viewing audience of over 1 million. The 3rd annual TUFF is programmed on the Onestop Network of 270 subway platforms screens throughout the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). We accept all genres of film, video, and animation from both professional and amateur filmmakers. All films screened are silent and 1-minute in length. TUFF is free to enter and open to both Canadian and international submissions.

2009 SUBMISSION CATEGORIES: Urban Diversity – Urban Encounters – Urban Ideas – Urban Imaginary – Urban Journeys – Urban Natural – Urban Secrets

AWARDS:
1ST PLACE – 4.5 star trip for two to Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
2nd/3rd  PLACE – TBA

NAISH MCHUGH AWARD FOR EMERGING FILMMAKERS
$2,500 given to the film that best captures the unique qualities of Toronto, created by an emerging filmmaker living and/or working within the Greater Toronto Area (416/905 area code). Sponsored by the City of Toronto through the TFTO.

TRINITY SQUARE VIDEO PITCH AWARD:
NEW DEADLINE: JUNE 15, 2009
Looking for production help to make your TUFF film? Send a one or two paragraph pitch that describes your 1-minute film idea. The seven submissions that best capture the spirit of this year’s TUFF themes will receive a full TSV membership and up to $600 of in-kind support towards both the production and post-production of their TUFF movie. Send your pitch with CV and contact info to: A4C@torontourbanfilmfestival.com.

FOR MORE INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT YOUR FILM ONLINE: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for submissions

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CFC ALumni Sharon Switzer founded / runs this fabulous short film festival:

TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL
Silent 1-minute films on the TTC
September 11-20, 2009
Presented by Heineken

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2009
TSV Pitch Deadline: May 30th, 2009
Share your work with an audience of 1.6 million daily commuters. And, win a trip for two to the Dominican Republic plus other great prizes. Finalists selected by a stellar panel of guest jurors, and screened by this year’s Guest Judge — writer-director-actor Don McKellar.
The 3rd annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) is programmed on the Onestop network of 270 subway platforms screens throughout the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The festival runs concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).
We accept all genres of film, video, and animation from both trained professional, and amateur filmmakers. All films screened are silent and 1-minute in length. TUFF is free to enter and open to both Canadians and international submissions.
2009 Submission Categories:
Urban Diversity – Urban Encounters – Urban Ideas – Urban Imaginary – Urban Journeys – Urban Natural – Urban Secrets

Trinity Square Video Pitch Award – Deadline May 30th, 2009
Locals, looking for support to make your TUFF film? Send us a one or two paragraph pitch that describes your 1-minute film idea. The seven submissions that best capture the spirit of this year’s TUFF themes will receive a TSV membership and up to $600 of in-kind support towards both the production and post-production of their TUFF movie. TSV Pitch Award Winners will be screened as their own category on the 8th day of TUFF. TSV: www.trinitysquarevideo.com Send your short pitch with CV and contact information to: A4C@torontourbanfilmfestival.com.
For more information or to submit your film online: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com
TUFF is co-produced by Art for Commuters (www.art4commuters.com) and Onestop Media Group (www.onestopmediagroup.com).
Contact: A4C@torontourbanfilmfestival.com

CFC Media Lab Alum @ TUFF

CFC Media Lab Alum Sharon Switzer is the executive director / curator of the Toronto  Urban Film Festival [TUFF] which runs September 5-12 at a subway station near you!

This years festival features work from three other CFC Media Lab Alumni:

City Revenge by Faisal Anwar
Urban Secrets – stories about the hidden or forgotten city
Thursday September 11th

Change by Carlo Ghioni and Isabella Stefanescu
Urban Encounters – the moments that make city-living worthwhile
Saturday September 6th

For more information, to watch the videos and to VOTE for your favorite please go to www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com

Update:

It seems we have a boon of CFC Media Lab alum in this years’ TUFF Festival…  Congratulations to Midi Onodera who has two films in this years festival:

“Privacy”, Sept. 9
and
“I Could Never Forget You”, Sept. 1

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Stop Them in Their Tracks
Final Submissions Call for TUFF

DEADLINE EXTENDED – JULY 7, 2008

Next MONDAY is the final day for submissions to the 2008 Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF).

Share your work with an audience of over 1 million people who ride the rails and another 50,000 who visit our Website and YouTube channel.

Now in its second year, TUFF is the only festival of its kind in North America. TUFF runs concurrent with TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) when Toronto — and the TTC — play host to thousands of film fans and film professionals alike.

Professional and first-time filmmakers are encouraged to submit their films, videos and animations to one of 7 urban themed categories. All submissions must be silent and exactly 60 seconds in length.

Filmmakers retain all rights, and will receive an honorarium of $150 per selected film. Prizes include a trip for 2 to Aruba from Belair Travel; a Sony HD Camcorder with accessories; Sony Digital Cameras; MP3 Players; dinner at the Drake Hotel with a notable filmmaker.

Submit your film now at: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com <http://www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com/>

TUFF is co-produced by Art for Commuters (A4C) and Onestop Media Group.

Contact: Sharon Switzer, TUFF Executive Director, at A4C at torontourbanfilmfestival.com

Submit Your Stuff to TUFF!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns for a sixth year of spectacular one-minute silent films. Forever the strong and silent type, TUFF takes place September 7 – 17, 2012, concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals of 2010″, TUFF is an 11-day long celebration […]

Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for Submissions!

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), the only festival of its kind in North America, is a public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals,” TUFF takes place September 9 – 18, 2011 on Onestop platform screens across the Toronto subway system. Award-winning Canadian […]

TUFF Masters the “Art of Cool”

Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) was just named one of MovieMaker Magazine’s “20 Coolest Film Festivals” in the Fall 2010 edition. TUFF is the only Canadian festival that made the cut this year! Published in NYC, MovieMaker is the the USA’s leading resource on the art and business of making movies and the world’s most widely […]

TUFF 2010, Call for Submissions

Making a great one-minute film, that’s TUFF! The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) founded by CFC Media Lab Alumnus, Sharon Switzer, is a 10-day (September 10-19, 2010) public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily. TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world. Over […]

FEATURED: ALUMNI SHARON SWITZER

Alumni Sharon Switzer attended the Media Lab in 2006 and was part of the team that created Things Left Unsaid. She is founder of the Toronto Urban Film Festival which is currently accepting submissions. www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com Bio Sharon Switzer (b. 1966, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada) An artist and curator, Switzer has been exhibiting her media art since […]

*NEW* TUFF $2500 prize for emerging filmmakers, sponsored by the City of Toronto

CFC Media Lab Alumni Sharon Switzer founded this amazing film festival which continues to grow and attract a high level of talented filmmakers. TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL Silent 1-Minute Films on the TTC SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2009 Trinity Square Video Pitch Deadline: June 15, 2009 Share your film with an audience of 1.3 million […]

Toronto Urban Film Festival – Call for submissions

CFC ALumni Sharon Switzer founded / runs this fabulous short film festival: TORONTO URBAN FILM FESTIVAL Silent 1-minute films on the TTC September 11-20, 2009 Presented by Heineken CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS SUBMISSION DEADLINE: JULY 15, 2009 TSV Pitch Deadline: May 30th, 2009 Share your work with an audience of 1.6 million daily commuters. And, win […]

CFC Media Lab Alum @ TUFF

CFC Media Lab Alum Sharon Switzer is the executive director / curator of the Toronto  Urban Film Festival [TUFF] which runs September 5-12 at a subway station near you! This years festival features work from three other CFC Media Lab Alumni: City Revenge by Faisal Anwar Urban Secrets – stories about the hidden or forgotten […]

TUFF extension

Stop Them in Their Tracks Final Submissions Call for TUFF DEADLINE EXTENDED – JULY 7, 2008 Next MONDAY is the final day for submissions to the 2008 Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF). Share your work with an audience of over 1 million people who ride the rails and another 50,000 who visit our Website and […]

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