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Instagram Short Film Festival is Looking for Aspiring Filmmakers


Toronto International Film Festival is partnering with Instagram for a short film contest

Are you an aspiring filmmaker, actor, model, or producer? If so, here’s your chance to showcase your filmmaking skills and put your abilities to the test in a new Instagram Short Film Festival competition.

The Toronto International Film Festival is partnering with Instagram to launch a digital short film competition. The TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival will showcase new and established filmmakers from around the world. TIFF is asking filmmakers to upload original 60-seconds-or-fewer film shorts, using Instagram. TIFF judges will select 30 finalsts to be showcased on the film festival’s website and an Instagram channel in August before a six-person jury selects a Judge’s Choice award.

The jury includes the director of Selma Ava DuVernay, Mommy filmmaker Xavier Dolan, music video director Nabil Elderkin, and stop-motion animation artist Rachel Ryle. Online audiences will also have the chance to vote with likes on Instagram to select a Fan Favorite short film.

“Our collaboration with Instagram is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the work of filmmakers from all over the world and discover up-and-coming talent through the world’s largest creative digital community, showcased by the world’s largest public film festival,” TIFF director and CEO Piers Handling said Wednesday in a statement.

#TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival is a new digital shorts competition from @tiff_net and @instagram. We’re calling all aspiring and established filmmakers from around the globe to share their original works. To submit your short: 1. Upload to Instagram before July 20th 2. Hashtag #TIFFxInstagram and, 3. Complete the form at Finalists will be showcased on @tiff_net from August 8 to 17. Winners will be selected by our amazing jury, @directher, @xavierdolan, @nabildo,@rachelryle and will be unveiled on August 18th. Both lucky winners will be invited to #TIFF16 for a chance to network with filmmakers from around the world & more! #digitalshort #shortfilm #filmmaker #director #photographer #cinematographer #editor #film

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Winners will be announced on August 18th. To apply click here.


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