Celebrating up and coming talent in Canadian filmmaking, the 8th Annual Student Film Showcase highlights 12 short films selected by TIFF programmers as the best representatives of the excellence of student filmmakers across the country for 2011. These students not only have the opportunity to showcase their work on a national scale, but will take part in panel discussions with industry professionals and schmooze with important industry folk as well.

This year’s panel boasts the presence of Larry Jacobs, animator and director of Caillou and Johnny Test , and filmmakers Kari Skogland of 50 Dead Men Walking and Jacob Tierney, responsible for The Trotsky and Good Neighbours . Although it is an honour to simply be selected, a jury will also be awarding prizes including Best Film (live action) and Best Film (animation). The jury consists of Globe and Mail journalist Guy Dixon, filmmaker Ruba Nadda, and Directors Guild of Canada representative Allan Harmon.

Below you will find the film lineup, not necessarily in viewing order, that makes up this 90 minute event:

  • Basic Space by Carrie-Anne Mombourquette from the Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Blink by Miles Jay from Ryerson University
  • Bramula by Sarah Rotella from OCAD University
  • The Dimming by Ippiksaut Friesen of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design
  • Fat by Margaret Donahoe and Gillian Good from Queen’s University
  • Guilt, Or by Sarah Warren of the University of Toronto
  • Leash by Kevin Doherty from the University of British Columbia
  • My Name is Mitch by Michelle Yoon from the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
  • Not Worth Mentioning by Martin Kessler from York University
  • Paso Doble by Jamie Metzger of the Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning
  • Shuffleboard Kings by Chris Aitken from Capilano University
  • and Yearning by Waleed Nesyif of the Emily Carr University of Art + Design

These young filmmakers share their hard work with Toronto at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Tuesday, May 24. Support them by purchasing tickets online, by calling 416-599-TIFF, or by dropping by the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King St. W. This student showcase is not only of interest to film buffs eager to see the newest talent, but represents the schools each student hails from as well. I would encourage anyone interested in attending film school to get tickets to this event and see what you might be able to achieve. Tickets are on sale now. Go!