Student Film Showcase

Approx. Duration: 1 hour 36 minutes

Special Events - Student Film Showcase

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Every year, TIFF shines a spotlight on the best new short films by post-secondary students from across the country, giving Canada's emerging young filmmakers a chance to show their work and participate in career-building workshops and panel discussions with industry professionals.

Films in Student Film Showcase

    • Blackout
    • Sharron Mirsky
    • The Toronto blackout of 2003 is the focus of this animated documentary, which stitches personal anecdotes together with handcrafted illustrations to recall a moment when the vibrant Big Smoke was transformed into a magical, mysterious place.

    • Firecrackers
    • Jasmin Mozaffari
    • Lou pumps gas at the local truck 'n' go, but dreams of one day escaping with her BFF Chantal to "blow up" in the big city. Funny and brutally honest, Firecrackers paints a picture of small-town life filled with truck-stop diners, deadbeat adults, and the teenagers who hope to escape from both.

    • Genius: The Kevin Aussant Story
    • Naomi Mark
    • Kevin — and his mother — always believed he'd become the greatest screenwriter of all time. Gifted and confident, but discouraged by his father, Kevin finally moves to the big city to pursue his dream in this quirky comedy about the unshakable power of creativity.

    • Sun of a Beach
    • Natan Moura
    • Shunned for shining a little too brightly, the poor sun feels alone in its search to connect and be wanted. Good intentions fire up the screen in this fun and cheerful animated vignette. SPF 30 recommended.

    • Noah
    • Walter Woodman, Patrick Cederberg
    • In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager's computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the digital age.

    • Elizabeth
    • Eui Yong Zong
    • A sensitive documentary on the preservation of memories, Elizabeth follows Donald as he prepares to put to rest his companion of 18 years. This film is a raw, touching, and at times surprising portrait of grief and the difficulty of imagining life without a loyal partner.

    • 1997
    • Byron Chan
    • Repurposing an old home movie clip of a family posing on a boat near port, Byron Chan loops the footage and reconfigures history in this captivating formal study of analogue archival material reshaped in the modern age.

    • Savage
    • Dylan Stirewalt
    • On a small farm, two young brothers spend their day picking produce, tormenting chickens, throwing eggs at trains, and hunting each other with foam-dart guns. Daily life in the countryside is given a sensitive, subtle and patient treatment by director Dylan Stirewalt.

    • Godfather Death
    • Eileen H. Peng
    • A Brothers Grimm-inspired fairy tale given a striking animation treatment, Godfather Death tells the story of a young doctor whose godfather was — fittingly — Death. Empowered by his godfather's gift of a potion that cures all disease, the doctor soon learns that the balance of life cannot be cheated.

    • Placement of the Grain
    • Mitch Kraft
    • Sculpted monochromatic figures mutate into eerie renderings that are simultaneously transfixing and disturbing; if the Quay Brothers and David Cronenberg had an animated cinematic lovechild, it might look like Placement of the Grain.

    • Rosbilt
    • Marie Tacbas
    • Toronto artisan Ross Stuart has been hand-crafting banjos and ukuleles for years, but has found it hard to turn his work into a sole source of income. Rosbilt is as much a polished portrait of an honest, outspoken and hard-working man as it is an examination of artistic output as livelihood.

    • Basilisk
    • Mami Thompson
    • Basilisk, a greedy land-based creature with eyes only for a pot of gold, is on the run trying to track down his prize. A colourful, vivid animation reminiscent of the great Hayao Miyazaki, Basilisk and its animator Mami Thompson are names to watch out for.

    • Team Work
    • Tor Aunet
    • It's a beautiful day in the mountains as a young boy, Snorkly, joins a day-camp race and lies to get onto the team of his choice, The Fanny Pack. Team Work is an absurd, hilarious film — a cross between Robot Chicken and South Park, with a touch more heart.