TORONTO STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL celebrates student filmmaking achievements

    Film submission deadline March 15

    TORONTO, March 7 /CNW/ - Tickets are now on sale for the 2nd annual
TORONTO STUDENT FILM FESTIVAL (TSFF), a unique not-for-profit event that
celebrates the filmmaking accomplishments of secondary school students. The
festival will be held on March 30-31 and is open to all high school students
who have written, directed, edited or produced a short film ((less than)10
minutes) during their high school years. Submission deadline is March 15, and
there is no charge to enter. Details at:
    TSFF premiered in Spring, 2006, playing to sell-out crowds and gaining
widespread support from the film and educational communities. Some of Canada's
leading arts organizations will again participate, including CTV,
CitizenShift/National Film Board, Worldwide Short Film Festival, Canadian Film
Centre, Epitome Pictures, Inside Entertainment, and the New York Film Academy.
TSFF will screen the top 25 films submitted in a Festival Showcase on March
30, with awards presented on March 31 to the top films chosen for overall film
achievement, direction, screenplay and editing.

    New awards for 2007 include:
    -   "CitizenShift Film with Impact" Award for a film that brings a
        youthful voice to social issues like poverty, the environment, human
        rights, justice, etc.
    -   "People's Choice Award" based on audience voting.

    TSFF organizers have also just announced that the award-winning
documentary, The Making of a Martyr, will be screened along with several other
acclaimed short films holding special interest to teens. Filmmaker Alistair
Leyland will provide behind the scene insights into the challenges of making
this powerful documentary, which explores the world of suicide bombers and
recently received the Audience Choice Award for Best Film at the second annual
United Nations Documentary Film Festival.
    "Our goal is to give budding student filmmakers a chance to tell their
stories," explained Pat Macdonald, TSFF Executive Producer. "The quality of
drama, comedy, animation and mockumentary films that we are receiving is truly
impressive, and this festival allows these young filmmakers to publicly screen
their work and interact with industry professionals."
    TSFF tickets are only $6 per night or $10 for a 2 day Festival Pass and
may be purchased on-line at Crescent School's Centre for Creative
Learning, at 2365 Bayview Ave. in Toronto will again host the event.

For further information:

For further information: Pat Macdonald,, (416)

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