Send one-minute silent films to the Toronto Urban Film Festival

Torontonians are invited to submit their one-minute silent films that are of interest to an urban population to The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF).

This year, award-winning Canadian filmmaker - and Torontonian - Atom Egoyan will judge the festival, which is looking for submissions from Canadian and international filmmakers, animators and video artists.

Unique to North America, TUFF is Toronto's annual public silent, short film festival, recently named as one of MovieMaker Magazine's "20 Coolest Film Festivals", which plays Sept. 9 to 18 on 300 Onestop LCD screens in 60 Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) stations. TUFF, now in its fifth year, is a film festival for commuters.

"I am honoured to serve as this year's guest judge for the Toronto Urban Film Festival," Egoyan said in a press release. "As a Torontonian, I experience the diversity and vitality of this city every day. As a filmmaker, I see those same qualities reflected in TUFF's memorable one-minute movies."

Michael Girgis, CEO and president of Onestop Media Group, said in a press release that after jury duty at the "Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, we believe that Atom Egoyan is TUFF enough to take on judging duties at the Toronto Urban Film Festival."

Egoyan will select the Top 3 films of the festival as well as the winner of the Naish McHugh Award, an annual cash award from the City of Toronto to an emerging GTA filmmaker. With 14 feature films and related projects to his credit, Egoyan has won numerous awards, including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, two Academy Award nominations and eight Genie Awards.

Submissions are free until May 31, $10 from June 1 to June 30 and $15 from July 1 to 15. The deadline is July 15.

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