A Second Toronto Film Festival Invades the City's Subways


Not only are 288 films programmed for this year's Toronto Urban Film Festival, but commuters heading to the cinema also will be treated with 85 more by the end of the fest. All they have to do is look up.

The Toronto Urban Film Festival returns for its seventh year of subterranean shorts programming, with a diverse slate that all comes in under one minute. Each day's programming will play every 10 minutes across 300 screens planted at the city's subway platforms.

Factoring in the number of people who use Toronto mass transit, the film festival will reach over 1 million people during its run. Arriving from 20 countries across the globe and ranging in medium -- from narrative to documentary to animation -- the festival's selections add a dash of the avant-garde over TUFF's 10-day run.

Although they're microsized, TUFF recognizes individual artists each year. Canadian cult filmmaker Bruce McDonald (Pontypool) joins the fest to select the top three films of the year, as well as the winner of the City of Toronto’s Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers. The winners will be announced at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 15.

For those not in Toronto, this year's selection is available for viewing on the TUFF website, where audiences can vote to name the 2013 Viewer's Choice winner.

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