Greening Toronto: student shorts competition

Student filmmakers called to paint TTC video screens green


In the ongoing effort to turn those video monitors on the TTC into something other than "those video monitors on the TTC," Art for Commuters and ONESTOP Media Group have announced a new call for submissions, this time focusing on student filmmakers and eco-friendly urbanism.

The programme is called "Greening Toronto: Ideas for a Living City," and aks post-secondary students (not specifying, of course, that they be film students) to envision a green future for our city. Sharon Switzer, Art for Commuters Director says, "We want to see green visions, hopes and dreams for the city. Healthy, vibrant cities are only possible if people are engaged in transforming their urban communities into places where they want to live. You don't have to be a scientist or a specialist to imagine the possibilities. Have fun, be bold, go crazy - for sixty seconds."

Greening Toronto follows on other such initiatives, like the Toronto Urban Film Festival, which ran on TTC screens in September. The series producers are looking for silent one-minute movies, all themed around a future Toronto that is ecologically sustainable. Entries can be film, video, or animation, and the selected finalists will be screened regularly on the subway monitors during the month of February. There will also be prizes at the end of that month.

The programme is juried by members of Art for Commuters. The call for submissions runs through the fifteenth of January, 2008, with further info available on the Art for Commuters web site.


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