(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, please contact:
Jennifer (Ye Won) Kim, TSFF Publicity