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TUFF love: deadline extended for Toronto Urban Film Festival

If you're a Toronto area filmmaker or even just a video geek, you've probably stared at those big, hi-def monitors in various subway stations and thought to yourself, "this has to be good for more than a CP24 feed." The Toronto Urban Film Festival agrees with you. Taking their cue from the glut of one-minute film festivals that have popped up all over the world in the past few years, TUFF is looking to put your one-minute movie on those very same TTC monitors, so it can be seen by a captive audience of 100,000 commuters.

On the Lot it ain't, but a venue's a venue.

This week TUFF announced a deadline extension to August 27th of their call for submissions, so if you're feeling cinematic, you've still got time to crank out a one-minute movie on one of the following urban themes: My TOwn; Urban Ennui; 905 to the 416; The Imaginary City; Big Smoke, Big Dreams; and Forgotten Places, Uncommon Spaces. The movies must be a minute long and must be silent.

TUFF is being programmed by a spatter of local film dignitaries, including John Greyson, Steve Reinke, Heather Keung, Jon Davies, Kim Simon and Jacqueline Nuwame. Additionally, director (and this year's TIFF headliner) Jeremy Podeswa will be awarding prizes to the top 3 videos in the festival. The prizes include a trip to Jamaica, a camcorder, various iPods, and dinner at the Drake with an unnamed filmmaker. (It could even be me, though my agent has yet to receive a call, so assume it's someone more interesting.)

TUFF has been cunningly timed to coincide with TIFF, and will be ruling the TTC video screens from September 8-14. More information is available at torontourbanfilmfestival.com.


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