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Future of Canada’s Film, TV & Video Game Industries Celebrated at 2024 TFS Film Festival  

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Toronto, ON, April 25, 2024 – A flock of film, television and video game industry leaders will be on hand at the TIFF Lightbox on Thursday, May 16 to celebrate the future stars of Canada’s creative industries at Toronto Film School’s 2024 Film Festival.

“The TFS Film Fest marks a special time of year, as students from all programs at TFS come together to celebrate the work of their fellow classmates and alumni,” said Andrew Barnsley, Toronto Film School’s Golden Globe and Emmy-winning president.

“This event marks one of the highlights of my year, getting to celebrate with our students and their families and friends. I am also pleased to have so many industry professionals joining in the celebration to honour and connect with our next wave of emerging talent.”

This year’s screening is slated to showcase the top 32 short films, 4 short documentaries, and 4 music videos to emerge from the festival’s record-setting 140 submissions of student thesis film and capstone projects.

By the end of the night, those finalists will be narrowed even further – thanks to the festival’s esteemed panel of judges – when the winners of the prestigious Pinnacle Awards are announced in 21 categories, including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Performance – Drama
  • Best Performance – Comedy
  • Best Performance – Ensemble
  • Best Screenplay
  • Best Documentary
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best Film Editing
  • Best Sound
  • Best Production Design
  • Best Art Direction
  • Best Motion Graphic Artist
  • Video Game of the Year
  • Technical Achievement Award in a Video Game
  • Visual Excellence Award in a Video Game
  • Best Music Video
  • Best Canadian Short (TFSO)
  • Best International Short (TFSO)
  • Best Production (TFSO)
  • Best Music Video (TFSO)

Helping TFS narrow the field during the 2024 festival’s adjudication process was a panel of judges consisting of TFS faculty, as well as industry representatives from this year’s sponsors, including Blue Ant Media, Equinoxe Films, Ubisoft, JALI Inc, Shaftesbury Inc, Universal Music, Alter Ego, Canadian Film Fest, Meridian Artists, Pacific Artists, HectiQ ArtistsVaughan International Film Festival, Niagara Canada Film Festival, SONY and Gallagher Insurance.

The daylong festival, which will begin at 10 a.m. with the first screening, and end at midnight following the Pinnacle Awards ceremony and after party, will allow participating TFS students and alumni ample opportunity to network with these industry professionals and showcase their talents for them.

TFS Film Fest 2024

About Toronto Film School:

Toronto Film School (TFS) is a globally acclaimed, industry-focused career college located in the heart of downtown Toronto, Canada. Its curriculum is delivered by award-winning faculty who are actively working in their fields and well-placed to prepare students to succeed in the rapidly growing film, TV and creative industries. TFS’s three locations include its flagship, 17,000 square foot studio campus, which features five studios, motion-capture technology, and Hollywood-grade equipment. TFS offers its specialized training through both on-campus and onlineprograms, including Film Production, Video Production, Acting for Film, TV & the Theatre, Writing for Film & TV, Graphic Design & Interactive Media, Video Game Design & Animation, and Video Game Design & Development. TFS students graduate set-ready and industry-ready with a professional portfolio in 12 to 24 months.

For more information, contact:

Alyson Musial

Director of Communications

[email protected]

Cynthia Reason

Cynthia Reason (she/her) is a former newspaper journalist turned communications professional who currently works as Toronto Film School’s Manager of Communications. Prior to joining TFS, she spent 13 years working as a reporter for Torstar/Metroland Media Toronto, writing for publications including Toronto.com, the Etobicoke Guardian, and the Toronto Star, among others. Her byline has also appeared in the National Post. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph and Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Humber College.


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