Emmy® Award-Winning Filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal To Guest Judge Sixth Annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF)

Call For Submissions Deadline: July 15, 2011

Toronto, ON [May 7, 2011] -- Emmy® Award-Winning documentary filmmaker, Jennifer Baichwal, will guest judge the sixth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), which returns to digital platform screens across the Toronto subway system, September 7 - 17, 2012. Best known for Manufactured Landscapes, a sumptuous meditation on China’s industrial revolution, Baichwal has been directing and producing documentaries for 18 years. She recently completed an adaptation of Margaret Atwood’s Payback: Debt and the Shadow Side of Wealth with the National Film Board of Canada, which is currently in release, and is presently in production on a film about water with Edward Burtynsky, Nick de Pencier and Daniel Iron.

“I'm very pleased to be Guest Judge at TUFF and particularly honoured to be the first doc filmmaker,” said Jennifer Baichwal. “The short form is vital and seductive, like a poem, and the screening platform is absolutely brilliant!”

“TUFF is pleased to welcome Jennifer Baichwal as this year’s Guest Judge and as the festival’s first documentary filmmaker. We believe her inquisitiveness into the human condition is the perfect compliment to a festival that reaches over 1 million people a day,” said TUFF Executive Director Sharon Switzer.

“We are thrilled to have Jennifer Baichwal as this year’s Guest Judge. Her appreciation of visual language and sense of discovery compliments TUFF’s exceptional line-up of 1-minute silent films," said Michael Girgis, President of Pattison Onestop.

Baichwal will select the top three films of the festival as well as the winner of the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers presented by the City of Toronto. Her films have played all over the world and won awards nationally and internationally. Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles won an International Emmy in 1999. Manufactured Landscapes, about the work of artist Edward Burtynsky, was released in 12 countries. Act of God, about the metaphysical effects of being struck by lightning, opened the Hot Docs Film Festival in May 2009.

TUFF’s call for submissions is currently open to Canadian and international filmmakers, video artists and animators. The festival accepts all genres of silent, 1-minute film, video and animation that are of interest to an urban audience. Early-bird deadline is May 31st. Final submission deadline is July 15, 2012. Films can be submitted online through the TUFF Website or visit http://www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com for more details.

TUFF is co-produced by Art for Commuters and Pattison Onestop.

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Art for Commuters is a non-profit curatorial collective that initiates unique, thought-provoking projects in the public realm. As Pattison Onestop's arts programming partner, they bring urban art festivals and exhibitions to over one million people daily on the network of TTC subway platform screens. Art for Commuters was founded in 2007 by Sharon Switzer.

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Tel: 416-762-7702 or
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