Award-Winning Filmmaker Atom Egoyan To Guest Judge Fifth Annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF)

Award-Winning Filmmaker Atom Egoyan To Guest Judge Fifth Annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF)

Call For Submissions Deadline: July 15, 2011

Toronto, ON [May 4, 2011] -- Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan will guest judge the fifth annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF). Egoyan, who was on the jury of this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, joins a prestigious roster of former guest judges that includes Deepa Mehta, Don McKellar, Mark McKinney, and Jeremy Podeswa. Recently named one of MovieMaker Magazine's "20 Coolest Film Festivals," TUFF takes place September 9 - 18, 2011 on Onestop platform screens across the Toronto subway system.

“I am honoured to serve as this year's Guest Judge for the Toronto Urban Film Festival,” said Mr. Egoyan. “As a Torontonian, I experience the diversity and vitality of this city every day.  As a filmmaker, I see those same qualities reflected in TUFF's memorable one-minute movies.”

“TUFF is pleased to welcome Atom Egoyan,” said Artistic Director Sharon Switzer. “As one of the most distinctive auteurs in cinema, Atom brings a skilled vision and an inspired spirit to the role of guest judge. That’s TUFF.”

“After jury duty at the Cannes, Sundance and Tribeca film festivals, we believe that Atom Egoyan is TUFF enough to take on judging duties at the Toronto Urban Film Festival,” said Michael Girgis, CEO and President, Onestop Media Group.

Egoyan will select the top three films of the festival as well as the winner of the “Naish McHugh Award”, an annual cash award from the City of Toronto to an emerging GTA filmmaker. With 14 feature films and related projects to his credit, Egoyan has, himself, won numerous awards, including five prizes at the Cannes Film Festival, two Academy Award® nominations and eight Genie Awards.

Deadline for submissions to TUFF is July 15, 2011.

Filmmakers, animators and video artists are invited to submit one-minute silent films for an urban population. TUFF pays artist fees, and awards thousands in cash and prizes.

TUFF is free to submit prior to June 1, 2011. After that date, there will be submission fees: $10 (June 1 - June 30) and $15 (July 1 - July 15). Films can be submitted through the TUFF website: http://www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com/

TUFF is co-produced by Art for Commuters and Onestop Media Group, and funded by the Canada Council for the Arts.

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About Art for Commuters (A4C)
Art for Commuters is a non-profit arts collective that initiates unique, thought-provoking projects in the public realm. As Onestop Media Group’s community arts programming partner, they bring urban art festivals and exhibitions to over 1 million people daily on the Onestop network of screens throughout the TTC subway system. Projects include: Contacting Toronto (part of CONTACT), Everyday Heros Film Festival, The Toronto Urban Film Festival, DRIFT (part of Nuit Blanche) and Stroll City. Art for Commuters was founded in 2007 by Sharon Switzer. For more information visit: www.art4commuters.com

About Onestop Media (Onestop)
Onestop Media Group (Onestop) is a world leader in the development, operation and innovation of Digital Out-of-Home (DOOH) Media. As a division of Pattison Outdoor Advertising (Canada’s largest out-of-home media company servicing 90 markets coast-to-coast), Onestop owns and operates Canada’s largest portfolio of DOOH properties, collectively reaching a Canadian audience of over 2,000,000 viewers daily. For more information visit: www.onestopmedia.com