York student films featured in Toronto Youth Shorts 2016

July 19, 2016

York student films featured in Toronto Youth Shorts 2016

Five short films made by production students in York’s Department of Cinema and Media Arts are screening at the 2016 Toronto Youth Shorts festival.

This year’s festival, to be presented Aug. 6 at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto, features 44 shorts produced by rising young filmmakers from southern Ontario and the Greater Toronto Area.

The productions will be shown in four programs, each dedicated to a theme:

  • Aspire to Inspire, the festival’s opening presentation, taking place at the Daniels Hollywood Theatre at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children
  • Expect the Unexpected, which shows how things are not always as they seem
  • Perspectives, which explores the use of media technology with a spirit of curiosity and creativity
  • Prisms, which wrestles with themes of awareness, loss and acceptance.

The five York titles span all four programs.

“In a time when the industry is crying out for more diversity in films and the filmmaking process, it is great to see the students at York University step up,” says Festival Director Henry Wong. “Our eighth season is one of our most diverse in terms of on-screen content and the talent behind them. The films produced at York University certainly contribute to that in no small part.”

The York student productions are:

Opening presentation: Aspire to Inspire

Salamander
Salamander

Through This Lens
Through This Lens

Salamander – A character study of Misha Mykitiuk, a young competitive swimmer and dedicated musician.
Directed by Aidan Cheeatow

Through This Lens – Two brothers bond over their love for photography.
Directed by Haaris Qadri

Expect the Unexpected

Tidal Waves
Tidal Waves

Tidal Waves – Riley is struggling with scoliosis and must come to terms with the fact that she can no longer dance.
Directed by Kristina Wong, produced by Adrian Cheung

Perspectives

Pyaaz
Pyaaz

Pyaaz (Onions) – Aryan has just moved to Canada and he misses his friends. While his mother is in a frenzy figuring out how to navigate the country, Aryan tries to Skype a party filled with his friends back home.
Directed by Shant Joshi, produced by Sabrina Budiman

Prisms

My Cradle and Tomb
My Cradle and Tomb

My Cradle and Tomb – In Villa Rica, Cauca, Colombia, there is no potable water. Trapped under a hierarchy for access to water, Jota Ramos tries to stand up against his tyrant.
Directed by Lina Evans

For a trailer of the film festival, which includes clips from these five films, visit Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival on YouTube.

Toronto Youth Shorts is a volunteer-run, not-for-profit initiative that provides a professional forum for emerging local filmmakers to showcase their work, learn from their peers and engage experienced working professionals. Toronto Youth Shorts 2016 is supported by the Broadcast Film Critics Association and Director’s Guild of Canada, with broadcast partner Fibe TV1.