Next Saturday, June 2, 2012 sees the return of the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival, which provides an opportunity for local youth to showcase their filmmaking talents. This year, 31 productions have brought unique perspectives to the festival, which is divided into three separate programs.
The first program, “Young at Heart,” is (not just) for the kids, and screens at 4:00 pm. It includes everything from a cookie quest to an experimental animation of societal reflection. “Our Zany Adventures” (live action, animated, and documentaries on human nature) starts at 5:30 pm; it finds humour in a funeral for someone you don’t know, admiration in a local environmental advocate, and hope in a happy girl bringing light to a dark world. “A Different Perspective” (animation, live action, and documentaries meant to challenge our everyday ideologies) closes the night, screening at 7:30 pm. For a full list of the films, click here.
Sitting on the jury this year are Matthew Hogue of Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival, Kiva Reardon of inMovies.ca and Torontoist, and Rich Williamson, director of Unsinkable (a recent finalist for the International Documentary Challenge).
Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival takes place Saturday, June 2, with the first program kicking it all off at 4:00 pm at Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave). Tickets for the programs can be purchased here at $10 each, or all three for $20, if you purchase them in advance. If you wait, they’re $12 at the door. For more information, please visit the festival website.