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TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 8-10, 2018

(TORONTO – May 16, 2018) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced the event details for its upcoming festival. The 7th Annual TSFF will take place on June 8-10, 2018 at Innis Town Hall located in at the University of Toronto St. George Campus. TSFF will also be hosting a Pre-Launch Event taking place on Thursday, June 7th, 2018 at George Brown College.

For the very first time, TSFF is launching the Smartphone Film Kabaret with Kino T.O. The Kabaret will be a spontaneous film challenge where participants work in teams to create a Smartphone film in 48 hours. The selected films will be screened during the last day of the festival on June 10.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared his excitement on the launching of Smartphone Film Kabaret taking place in 3 weeks. "We are very happy to announce the inaugural 'Smartphone Film Kabaret,' a filmmaking challenge in partnership with Kino T.O. and George Brown College. I hope this new initiative will contribute to the advancement of Toronto's film industry overall."

This year, winners, out of the 33 final selections, will be chosen in 5 categories including the Best Canadian Film, the Best International Film, Best Emerging Filmmaker, Best Women in Film, and Audience Choice Award.

Tickets can be purchased for individual dates or for the entire festival at a discounted price via Eventbrite. Volunteer inquiries are currently being accepted at tsff.volunteers@gmail.com.

TSFF Pre-Launch Event
- Time & Date: Thursday June 7, 2018 7:30 pm
- Location: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E., 2nd FL, Toronto)

7th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Time & Date: June 8-9 Friday to Saturdday - 7:30pm, June 10 Sunday - 7pm
- Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave., Toronto)

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW OPEN FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS

(TORONTO – January 8, 2018) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) is now accepting film submissions for its 7th Annual Festival. As the largest and fastest growing innovative mobile film festival in North America, TSFF is looking forward to once again showcasing work by both amateur and professional filmmakers across the world.

TSFF encourages filmmakers to share their stories shot on smartphones or tablets as these devices are considered to be one of the most affordable types of film equipment available. Smartphone filmmaking requires minimal training and field experience, however, it opens doors to limitless potential and an innovative way of filmmaking.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, is excited to present TSFF for the 7th time this year. "TSFF has been the platform for filmmakers across the globe to showcase their creative work. We hope to continue our tradition of encouraging filmmakers and improving the festival experience for our audience this year. 

Films can be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 8th 2018 to be considered as a TSFF official selection and qualify for awards. The free submission period ends at 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, January 21st 2018.

Filmmakers can submit their smartphone films on https://filmfreeway.com/TorontoSmartphoneFilmFestival.



For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ITS FIRST FUNDRAISER FOR 2018

(TORONTO – December 5, 2017) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced its first fundraiser in preparation of its next festival in 2018. The 7th Annual TSFF is scheduled to take place in June 2018 at Innis Town Hall, University of Toronto. The festival is looking to raise $2,500 to help TSFF continue as a 3-day festival and promote their various partners before, during and after the festival.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared his excitement on presenting the 7th Annual Festival. "The funds we're raising will help us continue being a 3-day festival and properly promote our filmmakers, donors and sponsors throughout the festival. As we are still a growing festival, the more support we receive from the community, the better it is for filmmakers as it will encourage them."

Through the fundraiser, TSFF hopes to increase awareness of the festival and expand people's understanding of what can be accomplished with smartphones. One of the TSFF's initiatives for next year's festival is called "Who's Smarter?" - challenge held during the first two days of the festival where anyone can sign up to make a short film and have it screened on the final day of the festival upon selection.

Donation levels vary from $1 to $500, and they are explained in detail on the fundraiser website:
https://www.generosity.com/fundraising/2018-toronto-smartphone-film-festival.



For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

6TH ANNUAL TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2017 AWARD WINNERS

(TORONTO – June 26, 2017) The award winners of the The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) were announced as the festival wrapped up its 6th edition. The 6th Annual TSFF took place on June 15-17, 2017 at Eaton Lecture Theatre located in the Rogers Communications Centre. 

"This year was an important milestone for us. Not because it was our first time hosting a 3-day festival, but because the smartphone films we received this year were beyond good. We are extremely proud of all the official selections screened at the festival this year, and I congratulate all the award winners for their acheivements." said Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF.

The TSFF audience had a chance to connect with Matthew A. Cherry, the film director of 9 Rides, via a video chat after TSFF's first-ever presentation of the feature length film on the closing night. Mr. Cherry shared his experience and also encouraged the filmmakers to continue exploring the avenue of smartphone filmmaking.

This year, out of the 25 in-competition films, 4 winners were selected by the TSFF jury and 1 was selected by the audience. At his second TSFF appearance, Manpreet Singh grabbed the Best Canadian Film award for Unseen Memories. Amreen Ghouse received two honours by winning the Best Emerging Filmmaker as well as the Audience Choice Awards for her film, Haris. Sylvain Certain from France received the Best International Film Award for his film, You're a Guy!while Lia Tarachansky won the Best Women in Film category for her film, Ocean.

TSFF is scheduled to present its 7th edition in the spring of 2018.

TSFF 2017 AWARD WINNERS
- Best Canadian Film: Unseen Memories (Manpreet Singh)
- Best International Film: You're a Guy! (Sylvain Certain)
- Best Emerging Filmmaker: Haris (Amreen Ghouse)
- Best Women in Film: Ocean (Lia Tarachansky)
- Audience Choice Award: Haris (Amreen Ghouse)

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 15-17, 2017

(TORONTO – June 6, 2017) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced the event details for its upcoming festival. The 6th Annual TSFF will take place on June 15-17, 2017 at Eaton Lecture Room located in Rogers Communication Centre. Ryerson University. For the first time, TSFF is taking place over a 3-day period with a special feature presentation on the Closing Night.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared his excitement on presenting the 6th annual festival that is taking place in just under 2 weeks. "What you are about to see during the festival is just mind blowing! You will be amazed to see what these filmmakers captured on their smartphones to turn them into films. With the smartphone technology on the rise, our festival is an inevitable piece of the artistic landscape of Toronto."

Tickets can be purchased for individual dates or for the entire festival at a discounted price via Eventbrite.Volunteer inquiries are currently being accepted at tsff.volunteers@gmail.com.

6th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Time & Date: 7:30 p.m. & June 15-17, 2017
- Location: Eaton Lecture Room (RCC204), Ryerson University

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DETAILS

(TORONTO – May 15, 2017) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced the details for its upcoming festival. The 6th Annual TSFF will take place on June 15-17, 2017 at Ryerson University. TSFF will be celebrating its 6th edition as the #TheFestivalofThe6ix with 25+ film selections from around the world over a 3-day period.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared his excitement on presenting the 6th annual festival next month. “I am confident to state that this is the best year yet in terms of the quality of our official selections. We are also excited to be extending the festival to 3-days at Rogers Communication Centre located in Ryerson University for the first time. I encourage everyone to come out to on all 3 days, so you don’t miss a single film.”

Tickets can be purchased for individual dates or for the entire festival at a discounted price via Eventbrite. Media pass inquiries are currently being accepted at tsff.pr@gmail.com, and volunteer inquiries are also being accepted at tsff.volunteers@gmail.com.

6th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Time & Date: 7:30 p.m. & June 15-17, 2017
- Location: Eaton Lecture Room (RCC204), Ryerson University

TSFF

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL EXTENDS SUBMISSION DEADLINES

(TORONTO – March 22, 2017) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has extended its regular submission deadline from March 24, 2017 to April 17, 2017 due to an overwhelming amount of responses. The late submission has been moved to April 27, 2017 accordingly. Last year, TSFF presented 31 film selections from around the world over a two-day period in the heard of downtown Toronto.

This year, in its 6th edition, TSFF is coming back as #TheFestivalofThe6ix. On Mar. 18-19th, TSFF has also successfully hosted its inaugural industry series, Smartphone Filmmaking Weekend Workshop, in partnership with two innovative community partners, Cyber Film School and George Brown College School of Media & Performing Arts.

"It's the first filmmaking workshop solely dedicated to using smartphone devices." said Mingu Kim, Executive Director of TSFF. "With so many people doing live streaming and broadcasting on social media, I feel more people are interested in learning how to maximize the ability of their phones as a filming device. So even for non-professional filmmakers, there is a demand for people to take workshops like ours that will enable them to take better shots using their phones and learn how to use various lighting techniques to get the results they are looking for."

TSFF plans to host more workshops throughout the year, and the details are to be announced on the TSFF website as well as its Social Network channels.

tsff_smartphone filmmaking workshop

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

For more information, please contact:

Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL LAUNCHES ITS FIRST INDUSTRY SERIES: SMARTPHONE FILMMAKING WEEKEND WORKSHOP

In partnership with Cyber Film School & 
George Brown College School of Media & Performing Arts 

Registration is available at: www.eventbrite.ca

(TORONTO – February 15, 2017) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) announced today of its first inaugural industry series Smartphone Filmmaking Weekend Workshop on March 18-19, 2017, 10am to 5pm at George Brown College in Toronto. In its 6th edition, TSFF comes back with a bold statement as #TheFestivalofThe6ix and launches the finest workshop in partnership with two innovative community partners of Toronto, Cyber Film School and George Brown College School of Media & Performing Arts.

“It is really exciting for us to have come this far to be able to launch a workshop of its kind,” said Mingu Kim, Executive Director of TSFF. “Smartphones and tablets are no longer communicable devices only used to talk and text with family and friends. With rapid improvements in technology today, smartphones and tablets are tools used as an expressive art form, a whole new level of communication and delivering one’s message. This is a great opportunity to learn how it’s done professionally and affordably.”

The Smartphone Filmmaking Weekend Workshop will be an intensive 2-day workshop instructed by Moe (Maurizo) Belli, Designer-Director of CyberFilmSchool Interactive DVD and iBook and Lance Carlson, CSC Cinematographer & Instructor at George Brown College. The workshop will provide hands-on learning experience using personal smartphones or tablets with considerations such as:  

1)    understanding smartphone camera as capture device
2)    learning advantages of shooting on smartphone
3)    finding/creating stories suited to smartphone treatment
4)    adapting your phone to work like a production camera

 TSFF Smartphone FIlmmaking Workshop

Workshop registration can be done on Eventbrite.ca (Smartphone Filmmaking Weekend Workshop)

Cost: $150 (lunch included both days)

For more information, visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

About TSFF

The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) is the fastest growing innovative mobile film festival in North America encouraging filmmakers to share their stories shot on smartphones and tablets. Smartphones and tablets are now considered one of the least expensive film equipment to be experimented by amateur and professional filmmakers. With an innovative technology in hand, it often requires minimum training and/or field experience to shoot, but its existence opens up a whole new way of filmmaking with limitless potential.

For more information, please visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact us directly at tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

SUBMISSIONS NOW OPEN FOR THE 6TH ANNUAL TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL

Jan 6, 2017, Toronto: Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) is now accepting submissions via FilmFreeway for its 6th annual festival that is scheduled to take place in June 2017. Last year, TSFF celebrated its 5 th anniversary with 31 final film selections from around the world over two days at Innis Town Hall located in Toronto.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared his excitement about bringing the biggest smartphone film festival in North America to Toronto, the “6ix.” Over 400 audience members are expected to attend the festival this year and take part in TSFF events including the red carpet event, Best Photogenic Contest, and receptions.

For this year’s festival, TSFF will keep 4 of its awards (and prizes) from last year including Best Canadian Film ($1,000 CAD), Best International Film ($1,000 CAD), and Best Emerging Filmmaker (TBA), and Audience Choice Award ($500 CAD).

For more information, please visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact us directly at tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail:
tsff.pr@gmail.com

5TH ANNUAL TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL ENDS WITH AWARDS AND CELEBRATION

June 13, 2016 - Toronto, ON 

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF), presented by TD Canada Trust, wrapped up another successful year on Saturday, Jun 4th 2016. This year was the 5th anniversary year of TSFF celebrating 31 film selections from around the world over a two-day period at Innis Town Hall.

Approximately 350 audience members attended the festival, and also took part in the red carpet event, TSFF Best Photogenic Contest, TD Selfie Contest and post-festival reception. Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, shared with the audience how proud he was to be able to bring the biggest smartphone film festival in North America to Toronto for 5 years in a row.

TSFF presented 6 awards this year in collaboration with jurors (Jaimy Warner, Lesley Johnson, and Ron Leach) and 3 community partners. The award recipients include: Best Canadian Film ($1,000) – ‘The Echoes of Chloe Cooley’ by Andrea Conte, Best International Film ($1,000) – ‘Single to London’ by Ryd Cook, Best Emerging Filmmaker presented by Raindance Canada – ‘Jerry’s Journal’ by Ronald Mein, Best Women in Film presented by Toronto ACTRA Women’s Committee – ‘Look Up’ by Sarah Slywchuk, Best Film About Autism – ‘Would You Take No For an Answer?’ by Kiru Srikanth, and TD Audience Choice Award – ‘A Journey Through Sri Lanka’ by Suresh Doss.

TSFF 2016

TSFF 2017 is currently in the planning process and is scheduled to return in the spring of 2017. Submissions will be accepted from January 2017. For more information, please visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact us directly at tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail:
tsff.pr@gmail.com

5TH ANNUAL TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL HITS THE SCREEN FRIDAY JUNE 3RD & SATURDAY JUNE 4TH

May 31, 2016 - Toronto, ON 

Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF), created in 2012 to encourage aspiring filmmakers to share their stories through smartphone films, is celebrating its 5 year anniversary this weekend on June 3 & 4, 2016 at Innis Town Hall presented by TD Canada Trust.

For the first time ever, TSFF is awarding films in 6 categories this year—Best Canadian Film, Best International Film, Best Emerging Filmmaker presented by Raindance Canada, Best Women in Film presented by TAWC, Best Film about Autism presented by Autism In Mind, and TD Audience Choice Award.

Over the two festival days, 31 official film selections will be screened. The tickets are current available online for sale for $10 per day. The festival will kick off with an Opening Night Party (open to public) from 6 pm to 8 pm on June 2nd at Trinity Common (303 Augusta Ave. Toronto, ON.), and it will end with an exclusive Closing Night Party on the last day of the festival.

5th TSFF

Event Details: The 5 th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival Date: June 3-4, 2016 Time: Door opens at 6:00 p.m.; Screening begins at 6:30 p.m. Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON.) Ticket Price: $10 per day Ticket Purchase: www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-smartphone-film-festival-tickets-25338137050

For more information, please visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact us directly at tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL WELCOMES TD CANADA TRUST AS 2016 PRESENTING SPONSOR

May 17, 2016 - Toronto, ON 

As the largest smartphone film festival in Canada, Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has been providing filmmakers with a platform to showcase their work and talent for the past 4 years. For its 5th year anniversary, TSFF is returning on June 3 & 4, 2016 at Innis Town Hall and is thrilled to welcome TD Canada Trust as the presenting sponsor. 

In previous years, TSFF featured different types of films from around the world including documentary, comedy, sci-fi, horror, and more. Films were awarded in categories such as Best Canadian Film and the Audience Choice Award.

This year, 31 official film selections will be screened over the 2 festival days and will be competing among the 6 award categories. The 3 jury members of the Toronto Smartphone Film Festival are currently reviewing 2 award categories – Best Canadian Film and Best International Film each awarding a cash prize of $1,000. In addition to the main awards, TSFF will present innovative and aspiring awards including “Women in Film,” “Best Film about Autism,” and “Emerging Filmmaker Award,” presented by 3 partnering organizations.

TD Presenting Sponsor of TSFF 2016

Event Details:

The 5th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
Date: June 3-4, 2016
Time: Door opens at 6:15 p.m.; Screening begins at 6:30 p.m.
Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Avenue, Toronto, ON)
Ticket Price: $10 per day
Ticket Purchase:
www.eventbrite.ca/e/toronto-smartphone-film-festival-tickets-25338137050

For more information, please visit www.smartphonefilm.ca or contact us at tsff.info@gmail.com or (416) 840-7015.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Kim, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

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