Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) - We Like Our Films Short, Sweet ... and Silent!

2012 Call for Submissions Deadline - July 15, 2012
Festival Dates -- September 7 - 17, 2012

Toronto, ON [May 7, 2012] -- The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) returns September 7 - 17, 2012 to digital platform screens across the Toronto subway system with over 60 silent, 1-minute short films. Films screen at 10 minute intervals throughout the day and non-stop at special “Film Zones” at three key downtown subway stations. Named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "20 Coolest Film Festivals" (2010), TUFF takes place concurrent with the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), and reaches over 1 million daily commuters.

Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal (Payback, Manufactured Landscapes, Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles) will be this year’s TUFF Guest Judge. She joins a distinguished list that has included Atom Egoyan, Deepa Mehta, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney and Jeremy Podeswa.
Baichwal will choose the top three films of the festival as well as the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers presented by the City of Toronto.

The 2012 “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 for more details.

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

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Pattison Outdoor Advertising is Canada's largest Out-of-Home advertising company, serving over 100 markets coast-to-coast. Pattison Onestop, a division of Pattison Outdoor, is a world leader in the development and operation of Digital Out-of-Home Media (DOOH) for mass transit, mall, retail, hospitality, residential, office, and outdoor environments.  

About Art for Commuters --
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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For more information contact:
Marie Nazar, Arts Publicist, Pattison Onestop
Tel: 416-762-7702 or