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TUFF September 5 -12

The Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) – the subway platform-friendly festival for commuters happens September 5 –12 during the same time at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This year I have two entries: “Privacy” and “I Could Never Forget You”.

“Privacy” is a short about being a private person with a public persona and will be screened on September 9 as part of the Urban Fears program curated by Jason St-Laurent. St-Laurent says, “media artists from Toronto and afar explore urban fears in fascinatingly diverse ways. From cranky zombies in search of coffee to animations of consumerism gone wild in Hogtown, these short works sure pack a punch.”

“I Could Never Forget You” is about, hmm, I forget. Anyway it will be screened on September 11 in the Urban Secrets program curated by Michelle Jacques. Jacques states, “through this program of films we see how many secrets our cities hold. Whether conveying forgotten histories or picturing the small, intimate moments that occur in city spaces, each of these films reveals an aspect of the urban experience that otherwise may have gone unnoticed.”

The Film Festival for Commuters is an 8-day long public film festival on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) – the only one of its kind in North America – featuring a different urban-themed program of silent, 1-minute films each day.

TUFF has an audience of over 1 million daily commuters.

Posted August 20, 2008