The Adjustment, a story of a timid young woman who struggles through an uncomfortable encounter with a boundary-crossing new doctor, walked away from the 2020 Toronto Film School Festival of Films with the biggest awards haul of the year.
The 10-minute short took home three of the top prizes, including Best Picture and Best Director trophies for Talia Faubert, from the festival’s virtual awards ceremony held Feb. 27.
“We received 150 submissions from students and graduates and we screened 62 of those films, for a total of 5.5 hours of content,” Massey said of the Dec. 3 festival, which featured the best short films, documentaries, commercials and music videos created by Toronto Film School students and graduates.
The 62 shortlisted projects were ultimately evaluated by a panel of 22 judges, all of whom were involved in the decision-making process as to which projects would be showcased, which would receive nominations and which would win awards.
Following closely behind The Adjustment in the trophy tally were a trio of films that took home a pair of awards each – My Special Date (Best Producer, Best Cinematography), Begin Again (Best Male Performance, Best Screenplay) and Red Underwear (Best Special Effects, Best Production Design).
“The event brought the TFS community together in a very special way,” Massey added. “We met up on Zoom after the show and the award winners delivered inspiring and touching speeches.”
Many of the winners also took to social media to celebrate their wins – including Sani Jalalzadeh, who took home the Best Female Performance award for her role in The Burning Cold, and Simeon Ross, who won Best Music Video for All For You.
“What an honour! I’m so speechless…I want to especially thank (director/screenwriter) Naser Vafi for not only his deeply emotional and brilliant screenplay for The Burning Cold, but also for the opportunity and trust he put in me to help bring his vision and story to life,” Jalalzadeh wrote in an Instagram post that shouted out the film’s entire cast and crew.
“Making a film really does take a village and we were a good little tribe that made work feel like play every day and that, to me, is the dream job I can ask for.”
Added Ross: “Wow! I literally can’t believe this! All For You won best music video at the Toronto Film School’s Festival of Films! I’m honoured and so grateful!” he wrote in a series of celebratory Instagram posts.
“Attending the acting program at Toronto Film School was one of the highlights of my life…All For You has now been accepted to nine film festivals…but this one was super special to me, TFS being one of my favourite places on earth. I’m eternally grateful to this school, the amazing teachers, and the incredible acting training I received there!”
The full list of 2020 Toronto Film School Festival of Films award winners are as follows:
My Special Date | Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Sani Jalalzadeh | The Burning Cold
Joseph Dancey | Begin Again
Begin Again | Alex Nicolescu
Mothering in Quarantine | Kyisha Williams
Red Underwear | Ayush Anand
The Adjustment | Maxim Baraliuc
Red Underwear | Jamyang Kunga Tenzin
Cheerios | Pulkit Mehndiratta
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