Students take part of short film challenge

by | Feb 14, 2014 | A&E

Adam Stroud
A&E Reporter

Eight groups of young filmmakers, including some from Humber College, had their films screened as part of the 6th annual Toronto Youth Short Film Festival.

The films were all made as part of the T24 project, where young filmmakers are challenged to make a short film between six and nine minutes long over a 24-hour period.

The films also all had to be based around a theme. This year’s theme was ApocalypT.O.

Henry Wong, director of TYSFF, said basing the films around a theme allows the filmmakers to be more creative and to showcase their films in other venues outside of T24.

“The idea stems from the fact that many of these film based challenges you can’t really watch them as a standalone. We wanted the films to be something that will outlive the challenge itself,” he said.

Anne Phitsanoukanh, a media studies student at University of Guelph-Humber, directed the film Stifilis about an internet meme that brings on the apocalypse.

“It’s a great way to get your creative reflexes going. That’s the main reason why I participate, never to win,” she said.

During a Q&A, Phitsanoukanh emphasized the importance of collaboration and lamented a lack of communication in her group had an effect on the final product.

Chelsea Chen, 24, a post-grad Television Producing and Writing student at Humber, also participated in the film. Her film Apocalypse Now? is a silent film set during the Toronto blackout of Dec. 2013.

“We only had 24 hours. This was the first thing that I came up with,” she said.

Chen said she found out about T24 from a friend while she was volunteering at Toronto’s Reel Asian Film Festival.

The films were judged by a panel of industry professionals and by the audience members. Winners were awarded such things as a Hot Docs screening package, passes to the Canadian Film Festival and having their film screened at the Toronto Student Film Festival.

Neither Phitsanoukanh nor Chen’s films won an award.

The winning films were Gag for the Audience Award and Peaches for the Visual Thesis award.