TUFF is looking for the best one-minute silent films from across Canada and around the world.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), the only festival of its kind in North America, is a 10-day long public film festival that reaches over 1.3 million subway commuters daily.

UPDATE: Announcing 2010 Guest Judge DEEPA MEHTA

We are excited to announce that Director/Producer/Screenwriter Deepa Mehta, who has been described as Canada’s most internationally renowned woman filmmaker, will be selecting and presenting the top awards for TUFF 2010. Full biography: www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com/jury

Over $10,000 in cash and prizes will be awarded to the winning films, with a top prize of a 5 star trip for two to Jamaica. www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com/awards

Artist fees of $100 CAD will be payed to every film selected by our jury to screen on the TTC and on the TUFF website.

The festival runs from September 10 – 19, 2010, at the same time as TIFF. Films are presented on the Onestop network of 270 subway platform screens inside the TTC, and featured on the new TUFF website, where people can vote for the Audience Choice award.

Films are selected by a guest jury, with the top films chosen by a guest judge Deepa Mehta. The TUFF 2010 Jury: Min Sook Lee, Jorge Lozano, Kathleen Mullen, Sarah Robayo Sheridan, Haema Sivanesan, and Michael Zryd.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to submit one-minute silent films that speak to an urban audience. Programming themes this year are: Urban Encounters and Other Stories; Our Environment and Urban Growth; The Medium is the Message; Urban Ideas and Politics; Urban Journeys; The City is a Poem; After Night Falls.

TSV Pitch Award

Need support to make your TUFF film? Trinity Square Video (TSV) is offering seven Toronto-based filmmakers a complimentary TSV membership and up to $600 of in-kind support towards both the production and post-production of their TUFF movie through the Trinity Square Video Pitch Award. The seven selected TSV Pitch Award winners will be screened in their own program during TUFF. Filmmakers are invited to send a one or two paragraph pitch that describes their silent one-minute film idea, along with a CV, to: A4C@torontourbanfilmfestival.com.
Deadline for TSV Pitch submissions is May 15, 2010

TUFF is co-produced by ONESTOP Media Group and Art for Commuters, and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Submit your film before June 1st and avoid the $10 entry fee. Fees rise to $15 on July 1st.