2012 T24 Project Registration
Friday, February 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM - Saturday, February 11, 2012 at 7:00 PM (EST)
The T24 Project, run by the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a unique 24 hour film challenge unlike any other, is back on Friday February 10, 2012 and we want YOU to make some cool films about the city for us! On the night of the challenge, teams of local young filmmakers aged 18-28 will run amok the city to capture their stories about the Toronto experience on camera with the final result shown on the big screen.
So for those of you new to this: what is the T24 Project? It’s a 24 hour film challenge but unlike every other challenge where everyone is given a different selection of props, locations, themes and odd pieces of dialogue, we give everyone a challenge question, usually pertaining to how our city is incorporated into various facets of arts and culture. Examples of questions we’ve asked include how attitudes of people in different neighbourhoods affect one another, how an ordinary event can be depicted as being cinematically extraordinary and how space acts as a subtext for various relationships and how these relationships evolve the space in return. It’s a truly breathtaking experience on both the filmmakers’ part and the audience as every project we receive will be a fusion of locality plus the filmmakers’ own unique stories all rolled up into the teams' creativity in filmmaking. For the audience, it’s a window to many local tales by the city's inhabitants that are normally hidden.
Unlike the other challenges, everyone receives the same package. The only unique differences between every film is how the filmmakers approach answering the challenge question in their entry. During deliberation of awards, everyone is judged equally amongst each other because everyone made a movie toward a common theme.
This is a huge opportunity for filmmakers as it not only demonstrates your creativity and skill in filmmaking but also one that allows you to integrate your surroundings into a film project in a invigorating manner. As a local festival for local emerging artists, we want you to represent Toronto as a living entity rather than just a backdrop in your film.
FILMMAKERS OF ALL LEVELS ARE ENCOURAGED TO APPLY! Whether you're a student who study film or not, or a recent graduate, or you're just experimenting around, this is the perfect competition for you! $25 will provide you and your team members a chance to be a part of the 2012 Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival taking place in June in downtown Toronto. Filmmakers will also receive industry feedback on their work as well as be eligible to win some great prizes that can go towards their next project.
Why take part in the T24 Project? Well, there are a few reasons:
1. It’s really inexpensive compared to all other similar challenges - our challenge costs $25 for a team of 4 to enter while others cost up to $250 dollars per team and sometimes they don't even cover your screening cost
2. You get feedback on your work by those in the industry - a panel of industry insiders give notes on each film and determine awards. Past participants included film festival programmers, film critics and award-winning filmmakers.
3. It’s a way to tell your own story about your surroundings - Toronto is a unique and multifaceted city and rarely does it get the recognition it deserves on the screen
4. It’s a quick way to have a finished film to show off to your family and friends – seriously, it’s only ONE DAY on a weekend for that matter that you need to spare from whatever else you may be doing
5. It’s a great starting point for those with little to no experience in filmmaking – we’ve had people make their first film ever through the T24 Project
6. You get to learn how you work under immense pressure and see what you’re capable of
7. It’s a great way to stretch your creative muscles
8. It’s extremely fun!
So what are you waiting for? Get those teams ready and make a movie!
BASIC RULES OF THE CHALLENGE:
1) The T24 Project is open to filmmakers aged 18-28 living and studying in the Greater Toronto Area. For festival purposes, residency is defined as currently living, or studying in the GTA which includes the City of Toronto (including East York, North York, York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough), Ajax, Aurora, Brampton, Brock, Burlington, Caledon, East Gwillimbury, Georgina, Halton Hills, King, Markham, Mississauga, Milton, Newmarket, Oakville, Oshawa, Pickering, Richmond Hill, Scugog, Stouffville, Uxbridge, Vaughan and Whitby.
2) Your team can have up to 4 official members, which can be any combination of director, producer, writer, camera operator, editor or whatever crew you need. All 4 members must be aged 18-28 inclusive.
3) Your $25 registration fee covers the 4 official members of your team, which includes admission to the T24 Project film screening
4) The team captain must be in the role of director for the film
5) The lead actors or prominent subjects of your film must be between the ages of 18-28 inclusive. Supporting and background performers can be of any age.
6) Performers are typically not considered official members of your team unless your crew falls short of 4 members. Performers are considered additional members and are not covered in the fee. There is no limit to the amount of performers or subjects that appear in your film but any crew/tech work must be within the 4 members.
7) Films can be shot using any medium (ie. HD, DV, Hi-8, iPhone, digital camera, DSLR, webcam, film etc.) but will be required to render the final project in a digital format to be announced at the kick off.
Teams will be given additional criteria about the challenge at the kick off.
Here’s what some of the past participants have to say about the T24 Project.
A great launching point for any aspiring filmmaker, especially those from the Greater Toronto Area. I will continue to come back until they get annoyed with me.
- Philbert Lui, Winner of 2011 T24 Visual Thesis Award
In my opinion the T24 Project film challenge is close to being an essential task for any up and coming film maker. The learning curve is steep and even if the result of your film is less than amazing what you learn about the process and demands of film making is priceless.
- Chris Laxton, participant of the 2010/2011 T24 Project
The T24 Project was one of the best experiences in filmmaking that I have had to date. Bringing together a team of top notch filmmakers and producing a short film of such excellent quality over 24 fun and exhilarating hours was the highlight of 2010 and will be again an amazing experience in 2011. I gained an excellent understanding of how I work under pressure, as well as learning a lot about the different skills that my crew had to offer. It was a tiring and difficult endeavour that every filmmaker should try, at least once.
- Jamie McMillan, participant of the 2010/2011 T24 Project
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Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival
The Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival is a volunteer not-for-profit initiative that showcases the work of young emerging filmmakers in the Greater Toronto Area and offering audiences an opportunity to enjoy films made by local artists. NOW Magazine calls it "a festival with an intriguing mandate and a sense of genuine discovery."