So you want to be a filmmaker? We want to hear your thoughts about film and storytelling. Please submit two short assignments:
- Movie Critique: Write a professional critique (300-500 words) about any feature length film, describing the film’s strengths and weaknesses and assessing its overall entertainment value. You should also include various elements of filmmaking such as direction, acting, lighting, editing, effects. We’re interested in seeing your level of awareness for what makes a film work (or not). Please note, movie critiques will not be returned.
- Storyboard: Dream up any film idea and develop a storyboard. You may also include dialogue and direction. Don’t worry about your drawing skills, you can use storyboard software or stick figures. We’re looking to see your ability for putting single visual frames into a sequence that tells a story. Storyboards will be returned during the third week of classes
ACTING FOR FILM, TV & THE THEATRE
You’re up for your first audition! Our live auditions are held at the Dundas Campus:
10 Dundas St. E Floor 7
Toronto, ON M5B 2G9
415 Yonge St. Floor 8
Toronto, ON M5B 2E7
- A brief interview with the program director
- A 1-2 minute monologue from a play/movie
- You will be asked to cold read a script
- A photograph of yourself
- An acting resume if available
- A 1-page essay on why you want to be an actor & why you would like to study at Toronto Film School
If you can’t make it to your live audition, we will accept applications in the following format:
- A 1-page essay on “what inspired you to be an actor and why you would like to study at TFS”
- A video submission that includes:
- 1-2 minutes explaining who you are (hobbies, interests, past educational experiences), why you want to be an actor, and why study at Toronto Film School
- 1-2 minutes of a monologue from a play/movie (in English only)
- You can submit the videos by uploading them to YouTube/Vimeo link and emailing it to us or mail a DVD
- Please email a picture of yourself
- A followup Skype interview and cold read MAY be required
Video Submission Criteria
- Ensure you are front lit rather than back lit
- Make sure the volume is up
- Camera should be 10 feet away from you
- Email a YouTube/Vimeo or mail a DVD
Anyone submitting a video must come from outside the Greater Toronto Area (this more or less means beyond 150-200 km).
Please schedule your audition with your Admissions Advisor. Please arrive 15 minutes early for your audition.
WRITING FOR FILM & TV
We want to read your work! Submit a portfolio of at least two creative writing pieces, including any of the following:
- Short stories (no more than two pages)
- Opinion articles (no more than two pages)
- Journal entries (no more than two pages)
- Short film/sketch scripts (no more than five pages)
Although it isn’t required, we encourage you to submit more than two portfolio samples or to supplement your portfolio with any other relevant writing samples. Please note, submitted material will not be returned.
VIDEO GAME DESIGN & ANIMATION
- When submitting your transcripts, please make sure that you have successfully completed a Grade 11 visual arts course (Courses in Grade 11 Computers/Digital Media are also recommended, but not required).
- We want to hear your thoughts on the gaming industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words) outlining your personal and career goals in video games. We’ll be looking for your overall understanding of the video game industry and how you envision yourself building a gaming career. We encourage you to include major Canadian video game production companies, various skill sets of a design and development team, your ideal entry-level position after graduating, and growth trends in industry careers. Please note, your short essay will not be returned.
VIDEO GAME DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT
- When submitting your transcripts, please make sure that you have successfully completed a Grade 11 math course. Alternatively, you can complete a Math Camp course to become prepared for entry into the program (Grade 11 Physics and Computers/Digital Media are also recommended, but not required).
- We want to hear your thoughts on the gaming industry! Submit a short essay (300–500 words) outlining your personal and career goals in video games. We’ll be looking for your overall understanding of the video game industry and how you envision yourself building a gaming career. We encourage you to include such details about the industry as: Canadian video game production companies, skill sets of design and development teams, your ideal entry-level position after graduating, and growth trends in industry careers. Please note, your short essay will not be returned.
We want to hear your thoughts on the graphic design industry! Please submit a short essay (300–500 words) explaining why you are interested in a career in the graphic design industry, including aspects of the graphic design industry that interest you and your career goals. We’ll be looking for your passion about graphic design, as well as any of your related hobbies, part-time jobs, and/or coursework. Please note, essays will not be returned.