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Toronto Youth Shorts
Toronto Youth Shorts
Toronto Youth Shorts provides young and emerging filmmakers under 30 a professional forum to showcase their work. Take a look at some of the best shorts from the most recent festival.
As I Am
Meet a motivational speaker that does not have a voice. Get to know the writer and director Pauline Beal, and how she created this inspiring short film.
Damsels in Distress
Prince charming is on a quest to find his bride, but nothing seems to go right. Will he find his Princess? Meet with director Raine Bracken to learn about her motivation for writing a not so traditional fairy tale.
What would you do if you saw your mother struggling, not enough food in your fridge, and had a little brother to take care of? The temptation to do something, anything, to survive is getting too strong – what would you do?
Director Leah Lalich created a short film about how social media exemplifies how people are drawn to beautiful people. But why is that? How do these social media influencers make an impact and make this into a lucrative career? Meet Siffat Haider, a blogger who has over 24,000 followers online. Get to know Dana Herlihey, who has become a different kind of influencer on social media with over 300,000 followers.
Harold West & His Journey to the Stars
Set in the early 60s, film director Harold West is in Hollywood and desperately trying to get his film made. Will he be able to pull it off? After the short film, sit down with the director and co-producer Jacqueline Andrade to understand how she made this script come to life.
How to Pick Up Girls
When Zachary, Scott, or Bryan tell people they are cheerleaders, they often a look of surprise, followed by inappropriate and sexist questions or comments. How do male cheerleaders handle the pressure and bullying that comes from being a part of a cheerleading team? Meet with director Carly Howcroft and understand the larger part men play in the competitive cheerleading world.
Scout & Cash
Two best friends exist in their own world. But what happens when you fall in love with someone, and your best friend doesn’t like them? Meet the comedic co-creators of this short film Caitlin English and Eric Frank to see how they turned a serious issue into something funny.
Director Carlee Diamond introduces you to her documentary about the underground hip hop scene in Toronto at The Honour Roll. See how they create confidence in young artists and build a community where they learn to elevate and master their skills.
This Home is Not Empty
A reflection about what was going on in her personal life, Carol created a short artistic film with a very unusual set.
Once a dancer, now struggling after a spinal surgery, how do you find the strength to keep going in hopes of one day finding normalcy? Growing up with scoliosis, the director Kristina Wong wanted to show that there is positivity and hope.
Being drawn back into that same hellish state, I continue to feel angry, confused, scared; reliving those moments over and over again. How could I be a statistic? Director and writer Sydni Lazurus describes her life, and that of others, after sexual assault.
Deep in the forest, an injured hunter searches for his family who are being hunted by a supernatural force. Directed by Kevin Saychareun.
A Woman Departed
A letter to a woman, now lost. Directed by Steven Czikk.
Dreaming is a Private Thing
Sam, an android employed to create motion pictures, discovers what it means to be human through his original film. Winner of Best Production at the 2015 Ryerson University Film Festival. Directed by AJ Smith.
A young father reflects on life as a parent, and the impact of his own childhood. Winner of the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival. Directed by Alicia Harris.
Seleziya "Sparx" Esho is a Canadian professional wrestler with an emotional divide between her obsession and love of the sport and the physical mental strain it puts on her body and family. Directed by Dan Laera.
Inspired by the works of Jonas Odell, 'White Lines' follows the true story of a fourteen year old boy's addiction to cocaine. Directed by Jessie Posthumus and Hanna Jovin.
A young girl's fantasy adventure with her grandfather allows her to come to terms with his illness. Starring Cadence Schuster (Paradise Falls). Directed by Kristina Mileska.
The Crocodile and the Capybara
Alesia gives Ramón a card with three warnings, and a reminder that José will never love him. Directed by Guillermo de la Rosa.
A down-on-her-luck, middle-aged nurse spends one fateful night with her young patient when he decides to run away from the hospital. Starring Connor Price (Being Human). Directed by Pia Abrahams.
A New Reflection
Katie Atkinson is born with multiple facial differences. Despite all the challenges, Katie has grown into an intelligent, talented young lady, and her facial differences are not the only thing that define her as a person. Directed by Pauline Beal and Lindsay Fontatine.
Can the student chefs step up in this competition to prove they have what it takes to make it in the industry?
Roger Waters and the creative team behind Another Brick in the Wall – The Opera tell a passionate and fascinating story of how Pink Floyd’s iconic album “The Wall” became a true opera, not a “rock opera”. A film by Pierre and François Lamoureux.