A festival with an intriguing mandate and a sense of genuine discovery.
- Norman Wilner, NOW Magazine
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Fest is a positive and encouraging
environment for emerging talent to showcase their works. Not only do the
filmmakers learn about festival competition, but the chance to sit and
talk with the jury allows for a dialogue which aims to inspire growth.
With documentaries, dramas, comedies and animated shorts, the diversity
in the festival is unique and speaks to the thriving Toronto film
community as a whole.
This gathering of young local talent easily stands out among the mass of film fests that pop up around the city each summer. -Kiva Reardon, inMovies / Torontoist
The films themselves were as diverse as the individuals who dreamt them
up. And in the end the audience was given a a visceral experience that
explored both the everyday life and the abstract of what it means to be a
part of the cityscape that is Toronto.
- Genevieve Walker, SceneCreek
Toronto Youth Shorts is possibly the best film festival in the GTA for
up-and-coming filmmakers. The screenings feature short films from
students and young filmmakers from a variety of schools and backgrounds
and each day of the festival includes networking opportunities and
highly effective and informative Q&A's. One of the only local
festivals to include a thorough adjudication session where each film is
discussed by the jurors, Toronto Youth Shorts is truly about the filmmakers and their
- James Vorstenbosch, FilmArmy
The Toronto Youth Shorts Festival
organizers need to be commended for their vision and their hard work
creating this great annual venue for young filmmakers in the GTA to show
off their art. There are few places where young filmmakers can get
their films showcased in this way. The films in the first two years
have been thrilling, innovative, and cutting edge. As the festival
grows, it has the potential to become a giant in the local filmmaking
scene, rivaling even TIFF in its relevance to young filmmakers. So
many young filmmakers will never be able to say they got their first big
break from TIFF; many, many filmmakers will be able to say they got
their first big break from Toronto Youth Shorts!
- Matt Guerin, Toronto filmmaker (Golden Pin, Best Canadian Short winner at Inside Out), Toronto Youth Shorts Jury 2009
The festival is not only a great showcase for young emerging artists’
work, but it also provides a venue for these artists to hone their
skills and get feedback on their work from industry professionals.
- Jovana Jankovic, Toronto Film Scene
A great resource for film fans and young storytellers in the surrounding area.
||Comments from Past Filmmakers
The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival was an amazing chance to showcase
my work, as well as see the work of other young filmmakers in Toronto.
But, more than that, it was an opportunity to network with other
filmmakers and create connections outside of film school that will help
me in the future.
- Ben Brommell, Winner of Cultural Relevancy Award 2012 (Tainted) and Excellence in Film Direction Award 2011 (Oil and Water)
glad something like this exists. It’s not very often that you would
find something that will take student projects and encourage the growth
of young filmmakers.
- Bert McKinley, Winner of Excellence in Film Direction Award 2010 (The Human Project: Scars)
As an aspiring filmmaker with no
professional training, it’s very daunting to put your work out there for a
large audience. I am very thankful for a film festival like Toronto Youth
Shorts where I was constantly encouraged to make and showcase films despite my
non-film background. It’s a great festival for anyone who wants a supportive
and constructive platform to showcase his or her proudest pieces of work. Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival was an
excellent way to network and meet others young filmmakers in the community and
it was so helpful to get first-hand advice from industry professional on how we
can improve as filmmakers. Keep up the good work, TYSFF team!
- Roop Gill, 2012 T24 Project participant
The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is truly the best place
for both established and new filmmakers living in the Greater Toronto
Area to showcase their work. TYS has strong values in promoting new
work, local work and reflecting Toronto's rich diversity. If anyone is
looking to join a network that will excel and showcase talent in their
work on an established and professional level, there is no better place
than the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival.
- Ally Rheaume, Winner of Cultural Relevancy Award 2011 (My Brother's Keeper)
been lucky enough to have had two different experiences within the
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival: one as a participant and one as a
judge on the jury panel. Both experiences have shown me how this
festival is an amazing outlet for youth filmmakers to support each
other, network, and develop their craft--not to mention that it's a
guaranteed good time!
- Karen Forhan, Winner of Excellence in
Film Direction Award 2009 (Along the Lines of Connectivity), Toronto
Youth Shorts Jury 2010, Toronto Youth Shorts Programmer 2011
filmmakers, judges and staff of the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
displayed an undeniable passion that made participating in the festival
an invaluable experience. Henry and his staff have created a
professional and exceedingly friendly forum for emerging filmmakers to
share their work and network with their peers. After completing the film
production program at York University, I was fascinated to see the work
that had come out of neighboring film schools; the festival grants
local filmmakers a great opportunity to continue their growth through
showcasing their own talents while simultaneously learning from others.
- Matthew Yipchuck, Winner of Achievement in Screenwriting 2011 (Bad Luke)
I entered my short documentary film, A Slice Of Life, into the Toronto
Youth Shorts Film Festival immediately after I finished my last year of
Film Production at York University and I am extremely happy that I did.
Everyone involved in the festival were extremely polite, helpful and
professional. This festival has allowed me to network with so many
talented people, it has introduced me to the festival circuit and my
film has been praised by many critics who would not have ever seen it if
I had not entered it in this festival. Thank you for everything Toronto
Youth Shorts Film Festival!
- Emily Powell, 2012 participating filmmaker (A Slice of Life)
I had the
amazing opportunity of being apart of the Toronto Youth Shorts. Being in high
school, this was the first experience I had of having one of my own videos
being viewed at a festival. It was a motivational experience and encouraged me
as a newly passionate film maker to peruse a career in filmmaking. I think that
this film festival differs from others and should be recognized as a way for
young aspiring film makers such as myself to get their films publicly viewed.
I enjoyed the entire experience and think the whole event was put together very
- Nicole Monticchio, 2012 participating filmmaker (Masks of Insecurities)
The festival was a great opportunity to
showcase my short films and gain recognition in the Toronto film
community. The support and feedback I received from the festival team
was invaluable and an incredible environment to meet other inspiring
- Ashley Bowes, Winner of Excellence in Art Direction Award 2010 (Toyzilla)
Youth Shorts is a great launching point for any aspiring filmmaker. It gave me my first
festival experience and the staff accommodated me with warmth and
kindness. I will continue to come back until they get annoyed with me.
- Philbert Lui, Winner of 2011 T24 Visual Thesis Award (S2)
my opinion the T24 Project film challenge is close to being an
essential task for any up and coming film maker. The learning curve is
steep and even if the result of your film is less than amazing what you
learn about the process and demands of film making is priceless.
- Chris Laxton
The T24 Project was one of the best experiences in filmmaking that I
have had to date. I gained an excellent understanding of how I
work under pressure, as well as learning a lot about the different
skills that my crew had to offer. It was a tiring and difficult
endeavour that every filmmaker should try, at least once (if not every
year that Henry decides to keep it running!)
- Jamie McMillan