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‘Running On Empty’ Wins TUFF Choice Award

Toronto, Ontario [September 15, 2008] – Running On Empty, a 1 minute silent film by Toronto-based filmmakers Jeff Hammond and Ashleigh Harrington, was named winner of the TUFF Choice Award at an awards ceremony honouring the top films of the Toronto Urban Film Festival — The Film Festival for Commuters. The ceremony was held last night at The Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Running On Empty received over 800 votes from members of the general public who either saw the film during their daily commute or viewed it online at the TUFF Website. This is the second year for TUFF, which programs a diverse selection of 1 minute, silent films over the ONESTOP digital network of platform screens within the TTC subway system.

“This year’s filmmakers presented commuters with new ways to think about their city and new opportunities to appreciate art,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Producer of TUFF. “I am thrilled that so many artists see TUFF, not just as another festival, but as an important new venue for public art in Toronto.”

ONESTOP Media Group President, Michael Girgis adds, “Showcasing film on TTC platforms is truly the perfect marriage of the right programming on the right medium. We are delighted to continue our efforts in enhancing the commuter experience and highlighting local and international talent through our partnership with Art for Commuters.”

TUFFIES were also presented to the top three films of the festival as chosen by this year’s celebrity judge, Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall). The top three list includes:

1st place – Smile by Christos Tsirbas (Toronto)

2nd place – Disposal Word by Lena Chun (Toronto)

3rd place – Last Stop by Jessie Lam (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Glide by Aubrey Reeves (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Me and My Bicycle by Lucas Cheong (Toronto)

Top picks in each program category were decided by a jury of local figures from the art, film and urban design community. They include:

Best in Urban Encounters – Like No One’s Watching – Hayley Redpath and Scott Rogers (Calgary); Selected by Judy Gladstone (Bravo!Fact)

Best in Urban Fears – Disposal World – Lena Chun (Toronto); Selected by Jason St-Laurent (artist and curator)

Best in Urban Growth – Urban Planning (Lament for the City of Toronto) – Michelle Gay (Toronto); Selected by Richard Fung (video artist and culture critic)

Best in Urban Imaginary – Anchor Your Heart – Elizabeth Belliveau (Montreal); Selected by Deirdre Logue (film and video artist)

Best in Urban Natural – Tall Grasses – Emily Rosamond (Vancouver); Selected by Brenda Longfellow (filmmaker and writer)

Best in Urban Secrets – The City Tells – Steve Reinke (Toronto/Chicago); Selected by Michelle Jacques (assistant curator, AGO)

Best in Urban Travels – Last Stop – Jessie Lam (Toronto); Selected by Robert Ouellette (blogger and urban thinker).

Winning films will be screened across the ONESTOP TTC network from Sunday, September 14th to Tuesday, September 16th. Films can also be viewed at the TUFF Website or from the festival’s YouTube channel.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival is a project of Art for Commuters and ONESTOP Media Group.

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Headline, Industry News

‘Running On Empty’ Wins TUFF Choice Award

Toronto, Ontario [September 15, 2008] – Running On Empty, a 1 minute silent film by Toronto-based filmmakers Jeff Hammond and Ashleigh Harrington, was named winner of the TUFF Choice Award at an awards ceremony honouring the top films of the Toronto Urban Film Festival — The Film Festival for Commuters. The ceremony was held last night at The Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Running On Empty received over 800 votes from members of the general public who either saw the film during their daily commute or viewed it online at the TUFF Website. This is the second year for TUFF, which programs a diverse selection of 1 minute, silent films over the ONESTOP digital network of platform screens within the TTC subway system.

“This year’s filmmakers presented commuters with new ways to think about their city and new opportunities to appreciate art,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Producer of TUFF. “I am thrilled that so many artists see TUFF, not just as another festival, but as an important new venue for public art in Toronto.”

ONESTOP Media Group President, Michael Girgis adds, “Showcasing film on TTC platforms is truly the perfect marriage of the right programming on the right medium. We are delighted to continue our efforts in enhancing the commuter experience and highlighting local and international talent through our partnership with Art for Commuters.”

TUFFIES were also presented to the top three films of the festival as chosen by this year’s celebrity judge, Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall). The top three list includes:

1st place – Smile by Christos Tsirbas (Toronto)

2nd place – Disposal Word by Lena Chun (Toronto)

3rd place – Last Stop by Jessie Lam (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Glide by Aubrey Reeves (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Me and My Bicycle by Lucas Cheong (Toronto)

Top picks in each program category were decided by a jury of local figures from the art, film and urban design community. They include:

Best in Urban Encounters – Like No One’s Watching – Hayley Redpath and Scott Rogers (Calgary); Selected by Judy Gladstone (Bravo!Fact)

Best in Urban Fears – Disposal World – Lena Chun (Toronto); Selected by Jason St-Laurent (artist and curator)

Best in Urban Growth – Urban Planning (Lament for the City of Toronto) – Michelle Gay (Toronto); Selected by Richard Fung (video artist and culture critic)

Best in Urban Imaginary – Anchor Your Heart – Elizabeth Belliveau (Montreal); Selected by Deirdre Logue (film and video artist)

Best in Urban Natural – Tall Grasses – Emily Rosamond (Vancouver); Selected by Brenda Longfellow (filmmaker and writer)

Best in Urban Secrets – The City Tells – Steve Reinke (Toronto/Chicago); Selected by Michelle Jacques (assistant curator, AGO)

Best in Urban Travels – Last Stop – Jessie Lam (Toronto); Selected by Robert Ouellette (blogger and urban thinker).

Winning films will be screened across the ONESTOP TTC network from Sunday, September 14th to Tuesday, September 16th. Films can also be viewed at the TUFF Website or from the festival’s YouTube channel.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival is a project of Art for Commuters and ONESTOP Media Group.

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Headline, Industry News

‘Running On Empty’ Wins TUFF Choice Award

Toronto, Ontario [September 15, 2008] – Running On Empty, a 1 minute silent film by Toronto-based filmmakers Jeff Hammond and Ashleigh Harrington, was named winner of the TUFF Choice Award at an awards ceremony honouring the top films of the Toronto Urban Film Festival — The Film Festival for Commuters. The ceremony was held last night at The Drake Hotel in Toronto.

Running On Empty received over 800 votes from members of the general public who either saw the film during their daily commute or viewed it online at the TUFF Website. This is the second year for TUFF, which programs a diverse selection of 1 minute, silent films over the ONESTOP digital network of platform screens within the TTC subway system.

“This year’s filmmakers presented commuters with new ways to think about their city and new opportunities to appreciate art,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Producer of TUFF. “I am thrilled that so many artists see TUFF, not just as another festival, but as an important new venue for public art in Toronto.”

ONESTOP Media Group President, Michael Girgis adds, “Showcasing film on TTC platforms is truly the perfect marriage of the right programming on the right medium. We are delighted to continue our efforts in enhancing the commuter experience and highlighting local and international talent through our partnership with Art for Commuters.”

TUFFIES were also presented to the top three films of the festival as chosen by this year’s celebrity judge, Mark McKinney (Kids in the Hall). The top three list includes:

1st place – Smile by Christos Tsirbas (Toronto)

2nd place – Disposal Word by Lena Chun (Toronto)

3rd place – Last Stop by Jessie Lam (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Glide by Aubrey Reeves (Toronto)

Honourable Mention – Me and My Bicycle by Lucas Cheong (Toronto)

Top picks in each program category were decided by a jury of local figures from the art, film and urban design community. They include:

Best in Urban Encounters – Like No One’s Watching – Hayley Redpath and Scott Rogers (Calgary); Selected by Judy Gladstone (Bravo!Fact)

Best in Urban Fears – Disposal World – Lena Chun (Toronto); Selected by Jason St-Laurent (artist and curator)

Best in Urban Growth – Urban Planning (Lament for the City of Toronto) – Michelle Gay (Toronto); Selected by Richard Fung (video artist and culture critic)

Best in Urban Imaginary – Anchor Your Heart – Elizabeth Belliveau (Montreal); Selected by Deirdre Logue (film and video artist)

Best in Urban Natural – Tall Grasses – Emily Rosamond (Vancouver); Selected by Brenda Longfellow (filmmaker and writer)

Best in Urban Secrets – The City Tells – Steve Reinke (Toronto/Chicago); Selected by Michelle Jacques (assistant curator, AGO)

Best in Urban Travels – Last Stop – Jessie Lam (Toronto); Selected by Robert Ouellette (blogger and urban thinker).

Winning films will be screened across the ONESTOP TTC network from Sunday, September 14th to Tuesday, September 16th. Films can also be viewed at the TUFF Website or from the festival’s YouTube channel.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival is a project of Art for Commuters and ONESTOP Media Group.

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