TUFF Returns for 9th Annual Festival with 9 Days of Films on the TTC


Toronto, Canada (August 2015) – The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), North America’s largest commuter film festival, is ready to roll out some of the world’s best one-minute silent films to millions of viewers across Toronto from September 12 to 20, 2015.

TUFF screens at 5-minute intervals on over 290 platform screens across Toronto’s subway system, offering engaging independent films to an audience of over one million daily commuters for the price of a token. Commuters can also view the full daily programme in just 15 minutes on all screens at St Andrew subway station (King St. and University Ave.).

Selected from the 420 submissions by emerging and accomplished filmmakers, video artists and animators from 43 countries, TUFF features seven programmes of official selections, special artist projects by TUFF Director Sharon Switzer, and artist collective Timeanddesire, and a co-presentation with Pakistan’s 60 Second International Film Festival (60SIFF).

“TUFF turns an ordinary Toronto subway commute into an extraordinary moment,” said TUFF Director Sharon Switzer. “In celebration of our 9th year of entertaining Torontonians, we have exciting new partnerships and projects, including a series of videos reflecting on the sometimes bizarre experience of taking public transit, which I created for the festival.”

TUFF 2015’s guest judge, accomplished Canadian filmmaker, Patricia Rozema (Into The Forest, Ive Heard the Mermaids Singing, Grey Gardens) will select the top three films of the festival. All awards will be presented at the TUFF Gala on Sunday, September 20.

TUFF 2015 Line-Up

  • Nine days of programming on the TTC featuring exceptional 63 one-minute films playing every 5 minutes on PATTISON Onestop screens in subway stations across Toronto.
  • Artist Spotlight features #HEARDONTRANSIT, TUFF Director and video artist Sharon Switzer’s personal ode to public transportation and the wealth of humanity that inhabits it daily, on September 18.
  • TUFF co-presents 6 from 60SIFF on September 19, highlighting Pakistan’s 60 Second International Film Festival which showcases young filmmakers’ views on peace, conflict, tolerance, environment, water and energy. 60siff.com
  • TUFF Above Ground offers IT IS WHAT IT ISNT, a series of 8-second videos by Timeanddesire, Toronto-based artists St Marie + Walker, on PATTISON’s giant video billboard (Yonge St., one block north of Dundas Square). timeanddesire.com
  • TUFF Beyond Toronto – Local Stories feature seven gems representing five provinces; playing every five minutes on screens in 43 shopping malls across Canada.

TUFFs Special Screening Rooms

  • New this year! TUFF is partnering with Toronto Public Library. The Atrium screen on the main floor at the Toronto Reference Library (789 Yonge St. at Bloor) will offer daily afternoon screenings projected in an ongoing 75-minute loop. Admittance is free. torontopubliclibrary.ca
  • Returning – The Screening Room – Room 222 of the Drake Hotel. Enjoy 75 minutes of back-to-back TUFF from September 12 to September 20. Admittance is free. thedrakehotel.ca

ViewersChoice Award – All TUFF films can be seen online, and viewers are encouraged to cast their votes from September 11 to 17. For more information, visit the TUFF website at www.torontourbanfilmfestival.com.

Facebook — facebook.com/torontourbanfilmfestival
Twitter — twitter.com/tuffest
Instagram – instagram.com/torontourbanfilmfest

General TUFF Inquiries — info@torontourbanfilmfestival.com

TUFF is produced by PATTISON Onestop, co-produced by Art for Commuters, supported by the Toronto Transit Commission and the Toronto Public Library, and is funded by NBCUniversal Canada, Ontario Arts Council and the City of Toronto.

TUFF is also pleased to support its sister festival Gotta Minute Film Festival (GMFF) in Edmonton, Alberta, running from September 14-20, 2015. Now in its second year, GMFF is committed to entertaining riders on Edmonton’s LRT system. GMFF is proudly presented by PATTISON Onestop and the Film and Video Arts Society of Alberta (FAVA), helping to fulfill PATTISON’s commitment to bring arts and culture to public spaces across the country.

For more information contact:

Marie Nazar, Arts Publicist, PATTISON Onestop – 416-762-7702 or marie.nazar@bell.net


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