2013 festival team
The 2014 Toronto Youth Shorts Festival team consists of:
HENRY C.M. WONG - Festival Director
Henry founded the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival in 2009 and has since gone on to work with many other great festivals in the city, including the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, the Canadian Film Festival, and the Planet in Focus International Film Festival. He has also provided event coordination and support to organizations such as the Banff World Media Festival, the Canadian Film Centre, and the Scarborough Walk of Fame. Completing an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Drama and English from the University of Toronto Scarborough in 2008, he was awarded a Chinese Canadian Youth Achievement Award for his contributions to the Toronto arts community. A self-described geek and an avid Buffy/Angel/Firefly fan, he is eerily in close touch with Hong Kong pop culture despite having never step foot there once and has a small crush on Ellen Page (though it's slowly being replaced by Emma Stone).
JOHN GALLAGHER - Programming Coordinator
With an enthusiasm for the arts since childhood, John spent his youth drawing, painting, and pestering parents for the latest Adobe software. He has volunteered alongside artists, aiding in works commissioned by Nuit Blanche and Simcoe County, assembling everything from book sculptures to fire sculptures. A graduate of the U of T’s Cinema Studies program, He now sees himself on the other side – joining up with the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Fest to help filmmaker’s and their work find stage and spotlight in the local community. As both cinephile and patriot, John is very excited to be part of a project that finds importance in both. He looks forward to 2013 working with the festival, surveying the community for its cinematic potential and hopefully finding further inspiration to make works of his own in the years ahead. John also has a fondness for cooking, mosh pits, and caffeine abuse.
JULIA CROCCO - Programming Associate
Julia is currently in her third year at the University of Toronto, majoring in Cinema Studies, and Minoring in English, and Book and Media Studies. Film is her number one passion. She is currently a part of a student filmmaking group on U of T campus called “Raindance on Campus” that shares their love of film by getting together and making their own short films. She also has a great interest in theatre. She has performed in various (and rather eccentric) community plays and is currently a member of the U of T Drama Coaliton executive, which organizes the annual U of T Drama Festival and Drama Awards. Her favorite film is “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape” , and sometimes she wishes her life was a movie directed by Baz Luhrmann.
MICHELLE BRYKMAN - Communications Coordinator
Michelle is a graduate from Wilfrid Laurier University where she gained an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies and Communication Studies. She developed her love for film festivals during her final year of high school at York Mills CI when her Media Studies class executed the school’s first film festival. From there she has involved in The Grand River Film Festival, The Monsters and Martians Science Fiction Film Festival, and The Toronto International Film Festival. She is an avid Starbucks consumer and loves The Beatles, Harry Potter, and 1960s culture.
DAN BULMER - Operations Coordinator
Dan graduated with a B.A. in English and Theatre & Film Studies from McMaster University in Hamilton, where he was involved as a performer and director with groups such as the Summer Drama Festival and the Thespian Company. With a lifelong love of entertainment, the arts, and popular culture, Dan moved to Toronto a few years ago, and he has put his skills to work by helping out with such organizations as the Toronto International Film Festival and Fan Expo Canada. He is pleased to be working with Toronto Youth Shorts, and looks forward to seeing what the talented young filmmakers of this city can come up with!