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City of Toronto teams with TUFF on new cash award for local filmmakers

Toronto, Ontario- The Toronto Film & Television Office (TFTO) has teamed with the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) to create a new award for budding Toronto filmmakers. The “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” features a $2500 cash prize for local filmmakers working in the ultra-short format, in either film, video or animation. Named after the city’s first film commissioner, the award celebrates the 30th anniversary of the TFTO.

“Creativity is one of the cornerstones of a great city,” said Mayor David Miller. “We are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TFTO and the talents of emerging Toronto filmmakers with this substantial award.”

“I applaud the City of Toronto for its generosity,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Director of Art for Commuters, co-producer of TUFF with ONESTOP Media Group. “And, I encourage all emerging filmmakers to take up the city’s challenge and submit a film to TUFF today.”

“It’s not often you have an award named after you,” said Naish McHugh. “When I started the Film Office in 1979 I wanted to help an industry of the future. I never thought that it would grow from its very small beginnings to a more than $1 billion dollar business and a global centre of excellence.”

The winner of the inaugural “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” will be chosen by this year’s TUFF Guest Judge, writer/director/actor Don McKellar, and announced at the closing ceremonies in September.

To qualify for “The Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” candidates must live or work in the Greater Toronto Area (416/905 area code) and have completed at least one but fewer than six independent film or video works outside of school.

The winning film will take an inspired view of the City of Toronto, reflecting its unique qualities, and addressing one of seven themes: Urban Diversity; Urban Encounters; Urban Ideas; Urban Imaginary; Urban Journeys; Urban Natural; and Urban Secrets. All films submitted must be 1 minute in length and silent. It is free to submit and filmmakers retain their rights.

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City of Toronto teams with TUFF on new cash award for local filmmakers

Toronto, Ontario- The Toronto Film & Television Office (TFTO) has teamed with the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) to create a new award for budding Toronto filmmakers. The “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” features a $2500 cash prize for local filmmakers working in the ultra-short format, in either film, video or animation. Named after the city’s first film commissioner, the award celebrates the 30th anniversary of the TFTO.

“Creativity is one of the cornerstones of a great city,” said Mayor David Miller. “We are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TFTO and the talents of emerging Toronto filmmakers with this substantial award.”

“I applaud the City of Toronto for its generosity,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Director of Art for Commuters, co-producer of TUFF with ONESTOP Media Group. “And, I encourage all emerging filmmakers to take up the city’s challenge and submit a film to TUFF today.”

“It’s not often you have an award named after you,” said Naish McHugh. “When I started the Film Office in 1979 I wanted to help an industry of the future. I never thought that it would grow from its very small beginnings to a more than $1 billion dollar business and a global centre of excellence.”

The winner of the inaugural “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” will be chosen by this year’s TUFF Guest Judge, writer/director/actor Don McKellar, and announced at the closing ceremonies in September.

To qualify for “The Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” candidates must live or work in the Greater Toronto Area (416/905 area code) and have completed at least one but fewer than six independent film or video works outside of school.

The winning film will take an inspired view of the City of Toronto, reflecting its unique qualities, and addressing one of seven themes: Urban Diversity; Urban Encounters; Urban Ideas; Urban Imaginary; Urban Journeys; Urban Natural; and Urban Secrets. All films submitted must be 1 minute in length and silent. It is free to submit and filmmakers retain their rights.

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City of Toronto teams with TUFF on new cash award for local filmmakers

Toronto, Ontario- The Toronto Film & Television Office (TFTO) has teamed with the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) to create a new award for budding Toronto filmmakers. The “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” features a $2500 cash prize for local filmmakers working in the ultra-short format, in either film, video or animation. Named after the city’s first film commissioner, the award celebrates the 30th anniversary of the TFTO.

“Creativity is one of the cornerstones of a great city,” said Mayor David Miller. “We are proud to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the TFTO and the talents of emerging Toronto filmmakers with this substantial award.”

“I applaud the City of Toronto for its generosity,” said Sharon Switzer, Executive Director of Art for Commuters, co-producer of TUFF with ONESTOP Media Group. “And, I encourage all emerging filmmakers to take up the city’s challenge and submit a film to TUFF today.”

“It’s not often you have an award named after you,” said Naish McHugh. “When I started the Film Office in 1979 I wanted to help an industry of the future. I never thought that it would grow from its very small beginnings to a more than $1 billion dollar business and a global centre of excellence.”

The winner of the inaugural “Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” will be chosen by this year’s TUFF Guest Judge, writer/director/actor Don McKellar, and announced at the closing ceremonies in September.

To qualify for “The Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers” candidates must live or work in the Greater Toronto Area (416/905 area code) and have completed at least one but fewer than six independent film or video works outside of school.

The winning film will take an inspired view of the City of Toronto, reflecting its unique qualities, and addressing one of seven themes: Urban Diversity; Urban Encounters; Urban Ideas; Urban Imaginary; Urban Journeys; Urban Natural; and Urban Secrets. All films submitted must be 1 minute in length and silent. It is free to submit and filmmakers retain their rights.

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