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TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL PARTNERS WITH SAMSUNG CANADA

(TORONTO – June 10, 2019) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced today that
Samsung Canada will be a partner for the 2019 festival, providing Samsung Galaxy S10 devices to film-making finalists to use while shooting their content for the 48 Hour Film Challenge. In addition, Samsung Canada will feature and demonstrate the Galaxy S10 at the TSFF Pre-Launch Event on June 20, 2019.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, expressed his excitement on collaborating with Samsung Canada for TSFF’s 8th year. “I am pleased to be working with many new institutions this year. We are confident that Samsung Canada will provide great challenges and excitement to the participants of the 48-Hour Smartphone Film Challenge. TSFF will continue to advance for new challenges.”

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 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm
- Location: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E., Room 201)

8th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Time & Date: June 21-23, Friday/Saturday - 7:00 pm, June 23, Sunday - 3:00 pm
- Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave., Toronto)

Korean Parallel Smartphone Film Festival Special Presentation
- Time & Date: June 22, Saturday – 2:00 pm
- Location: Korean Canadian Cultural Association (1133 Leslie St., North York)

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

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Cheung, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM ANNOUNCES FESTIVAL DETAILS

(TORONTO – May 21, 2019) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) has announced the event details for its upcoming festival. The 8th Annual TSFF will take place on June 21-23, 2019 at Innis Town Hall located at the University of Toronto St. George Campus. TSFF will be celebrating its 8th edition with film selections from around the world over a 3-day period.

In addition to the screenings of the official selections, TSFF will screen the award winners from the 2018 Korean Parallel Smartphone Film Festival (KPSFF). KPSFF is a creative place of development, where the professionals and non-professionals can communicate through education. The screening will take place at Korean Canadian Cultural Association on June 22, 2019.

TSFF will be also be running the 48 Hour Film Challenge co-presented with The Film Stars Project. The event will be a spontaneous film challenge where participants work in teams to create a Smartphone film in 48 hours. There will be a reception for the 48 Hour Film Challenge held on June 20, 2019 at George Brown College. The selected films will be screened during the last day of the festival on June 23, 2019.

This year, winners out of the 15 final selections, will be chosen in 4 categories including the Best Canadian Film, Best International Film, Best Emerging Filmmaker, 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 20, 2019 - 7:00 pm
- Location: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E., Room 201)

8th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Time & Date: June 21-23, Friday/Saturday - 7:00 pm, June 23, Sunday - 3:00 pm
- Location: Innis Town Hall (2 Sussex Ave., Toronto)

Korean Parallel Smartphone Film Festival Special Presentation
- Time & Date: June 22, Saturday – 2:00 pm
- Location: Korean Canadian Cultural Association (1133 Leslie St., North York)

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

For more information, please contact:
Stephanie Cheung, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE ON JUNE 21-23, 2019

(TORONTO – April 9, 2019) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) film submissions officially closed on April 7, 2019. This year, TSFF has received over 130 local and international submissions.The top 10 countries TSFF has received submissions from include: Canada, United States, Australia, Italy, France, India, Iran, Russia, Spain and United Kingdom. During the last 5 years, TSSF has received over 700 films for consideration.

TSFF has announced the event details for its upcoming festival. The 8th Annual TSFF will take place on June 21-23, 2019 at Innis Town Hall located at the University of Toronto St. George Campus.

TSFF will be also running the 48 Hour Film Challenge in collaboration with George Brown College. The event will be a spontaneous film challenge where participants work in teams to create a Smartphone film in 48 hours. There will be a reception for the 48 Hour Film Challenge, held on June 20, 2019 at George Brown College. The selected films will be screened during the last day of the festival on June 23, 2019.

Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF, expressed his excitement to present TSFF for the 8th time this year. “It's going to be a great festival based on what we've received so far. The inaugural 48 Hour Film Challenge was a great success last year and we hope to continue to inspire local filmmakers.”

TSFF 48 Hour Film Challenge Reception
- Date: Thursday June 20, 2019
- Location: George Brown College (230 Richmond St. E.,Toronto)

8th Annual Toronto Smartphone Film Festival
- Date: June 21-23 Friday to Sunday
- 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:
Stephanie Cheung, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL IS NOW OPEN FOR FILM SUBMISSIONS

(TORONTO – January 22, 2018) The Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) is now accepting film
submissions for its 8

th 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 8th time this year. “TSFF has been the platform for aspiring filmmakers across the globe for the past 7 years. We hope to step up our game and look forward to collaborating with filmmakers with great artistic visions this year.”

Films can be submitted by 11:59 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 7th 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 31st 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:
Stephanie Cheung, TSFF Publicity
E-Mail: tsff.pr@gmail.com

TORONTO SMARTPHONE FILM FESTIVAL SUCCESSFULLY CELEBRATES ITS 7TH EDITION

(TORONTO – June 15, 2018) The 7th edition of Toronto Smartphone Film Festival (TSFF) successfully took place from June 8th to June 10th 2018 at Innis Town Hall in downtown Toronto.

This year, TSFF showcased 33 in-competition film selections by filmmakers from around the world in addition to the 7 film selections from Smartphone Film Kabaret, the 48-hour smartphone film challenge that took place from June 7th in partnership with Kino T.O. and George Brown College.

TSFF encourages filmmakers to share their stories using smartphones or tablets as these devices are
considered the most accessible film equipment these days. Smartphone filmmaking requires minimal training and field experience, however, it opens doors to an innovative way of filmmaking.

“We had a great turnout for the launch of the inaugural Smartphone Film Kabaret and the special presentation of ‘Nightscape’ by Dir. Inchun Oh this year. We hope to build on this momentum and continue to create innovative platforms for filmmakers locally and globally,” said Mingu Kim, the Executive Director of TSFF.

Inchun Oh was in attendance on the last day of the festival, and shared his experience in smartphone filmmaking with the audience after the screening of his film ‘Nightscape.’

The award winners for this year’s festivals are as follows:
- Best Canadian Film Award: ‘Happy Thoughts’ by John Gardiner
- Best International Film Award: ‘Sonatina’ by Hoi Wong
- Best Emerging Filmmaker Award: ‘Helping Hand’ by Divya Chand & Jason Goldberg
- Audience Choice Award: ‘Me Too’ by Amanda de Souza

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 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

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