FAQ


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Q: How can I volunteer for you?

A: Send us an email with the headline "Volunteer" and we'll get back to you when we send out calls for volunteers.  The majority of our volunteers help out in June during the festival but we may have occasional opportunities during other times.

Q: What makes your festival so special?
A: We specifically showcase works made by young emerging filmmakers exclusively from the Greater Toronto Area.  Toronto is a huge festival city but a lot of the events focus on competitive, international or professional level works.  There aren't many opportunities for those who are new at the craft or just starting out in the business to showcase their work in an educational and professional setting outside of the classroom and we're trying to fill that void.  In addition, we are one of the only festival to feature a live adjudication from a jury panel made up of industry professionals and it is an experience you do not want to miss out on.

Q: I'm not a student.  Can I submit?
A: Yes, you can, provided you're within our age requirement.  While a lot of our work come from students, we're a youth film festival not a student film festival.  A lot of our films are made by recent grads, non-students or students studying something other than film.

Q: Who can submit to the festival?
A: All film submissions must be made by the director or producer of the film.  The director of the film must be within the ages of 14-28 on June 1, 2012 and reside in the Greater Toronto Area, which includes:
- The City of Toronto: East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough
- York: Aurora, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, King, Markham, Newmarket, Richmond Hill, Stouffville, Thornhill, Vaughan
- Durham: Ajax, Brock, Clarington, Oshawa, Pickering, Scugog, Uxbridge, and Whitby
- Peel: Brampton, Caledon, Mississauga,
- Halton: Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton, Oakville

For festival purposes, "residing" means born in, currently living in, currently attending school in or was attending but will return in the following September in one of the respective municipalities from above.

Q: So I have to pay $10 for every film I submit?
A: No, it's a $10 flat fee for every entrant.  A person can submit one or twenty films and will still only pay $10 in total.

Q: Can you waive my entry fee?
A: We waive our submission fee to those who submit before our earlybird deadline.  Those enrolled in an Ontario high school are also exempt from the submission fee.

Q: My film is 20 minutes and 10 seconds long.  Can't you let that slide?
A: All submissions must adhere to this rule.  No exceptions will be made.  Shorten your title credits or make adjustments to your film to achieve the proper run time.

Q: Do you accept rough cuts?
A: No, please submit completed films only.

Q: Do you have preferences for length, genre, format, etc?
A: We really don't.  Being a local event highlighting local artists, our festival is as diverse as the city, having screened dramas, docs, animations and experimental work of all lengths.  We also don't force ourselves to adhere to a shorter is better mantra.  A good film is a good film, regardless of how long it is.

Q: Can I send you my film via YouTube and tell me if you like it before I submit?
A: Please submit your films through our regular channels.  Other methods will not be considered.

Q: Are you part of TIFF?
A: We are not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival.

Q: Do you receive any government grants?
A: We currently receive no financial assistance from any government body.