Screenings – Nov 25 – 7pm

2013 fall ticket16 Teams started, 15 came in on time with a fully eligible film. One more came in after the deadline and will still be screened. Speaking of screenings… For all of you who actually want to see your movie on the big screen, come to the Regent Theatre on Monday, November 25th, at 7pm.

If you were part of a team, there will be a ticket waiting for you. For friends and family, and other interested parties, the tickets are $10. The Regent Theatre is located at 551 Mount Pleasant Road in Toronto (just north of Davisville).

We will watch all 16 films and distribute awards. There will be an audience choice award, which is based on votes, so bring as many friends as you can if you want to win that one.

*Reminder – this is a HORROR film challenge. These films are dark, bloody, violent, and contain some bad words. They’re really not appropriate for children. *

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Paper Work

Please download these forms and include them with your submission if you need:

  • General release for extras (download)
  • General release for music, logos, or locations (download)
  • Minors release (signed by parents for underage actors)(download)
  • Music Cue Sheet (included with package) (download)

Looking forward to seeing your films!! Remember to tweet #tfc48!

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Kickoff Friday at 8!!

Hey all – we will be kicking off the event Friday at 8pm at Mick E. Fynns – 45 Carlton St. So be there early!

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And just in case you forgot… here are the rules.


  • Films must be completed and submitted within 48-Hours of the launch. Yes, that means if you are 2 seconds late, you are not eligible for prizes. This is a 48-hour challenge, not a 48 hour and five minute challenge. NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXCUSES!!
  • Any film that misses the 48-Hour deadline will have an additional 2 hours to submit a film. These films will be screened, but will be ineligible for prizes EXCEPT the Audience Choice Award.
  • The films MUST include all the elements included in your challenge pack. The pack contents have not been arranged yet, so the exact elements are unknown. In the past they’ve included props, lines, themes, character traits, and locations. Any film that does not include ALL the elements from their challenge pack will not be eligible for prizes. NO EXCEPTIONS OR EXCUSES!!
  • Films are to be between 5 minutes and 7 minutes long. If your film length falls outside 5-7 minutes, you will not be eligible for prizes.
  • The theme for this challenge is HORROR. Your film can include psychos, zombies, werewolves, vampires, monsters, creepy cabins in the woods, blood, guts, gore, and close up shots of snotty noses and people saying “i’m… so … scared.”
  • Music used in the film must be used with rights and permissions. Royalty free music is okay. Music from friends’ bands is okay. Songs composed by people you know (and who say it’s ok) is okay. All music needs to be included on the cue sheet.
  • We have an agreement in principle with ACTRA. ACTRA members who wish to take part are to claim this event as a “workshop.” Any violation of ACTRA membership guidelines is responsibility of the actor/actress and not the Toronto Film Challenge.
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THE HORROR – Date Change

Due to popular demand, the dates for the 48 Hour HORROR Challenge have been changed to November 8-10, 2013. Hopefully this change will accomodate more teams. Thanks to the teams who had already registered for their flexibility in accepting this change!!

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Registration Open for Fall HORROR Challenge

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Registration is open for the Fall 48 Hour HORROR Film Challenge. Rules are pretty typical to a 48 hour competition; 10 people per team, including all actors, crew, etc. Exactly 48 Hours to write, shoot, edit… Special Prizes for extra GORE!! Register HERE

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THE HORROR!! Fall Challenge Announced

tfc_logoThe TFC gang is thrilled to announce that the Fall 48 Hour HORROR Challenge will run on October 11-13, 2013.  Registration will open soon, and teams can include up to 10 members. This includes writers, actors, directors, grips, producers, sound guys, and whatnot.

Mark your calendars now!!

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Congrats to our Winners – Summer 2013!

tfc marqueeCongrats to all the teams who saw their films screened at the Royal last week. It was a great turn out and all the films looked amazing! We gave out 9 awards which included some very generous prize packs from our sponsors at Steamwhistle, Garage Studios, AlterEgo, CinequipWhites, RedLab, and Left Button Solutions.

The big winner of the night was Dirty Talk, by CDS Studios who took home Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Sound, and Best Cinematography.

The Critics by The Cat Fanciers won Best Writing and Best Direction. Finite by Soldiers Fighting in the Dancehall won for Best Editing, and Shelly by ThirdCity took home the Audience Choice Award.

All entries can be seen on our YouTube Channel.

Thanks to all who participated, and all who came out to watch. We’ll be looking forward to seeing you all again in the fall for a 48 Hour HORROR Challenge.

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48 Hour Challenge DONE – Screenings Tuesday

15 teams began – 13 succeeded. And a 14th was in late. As for #15, well… who knows? Bangkok has them now. Group #8 – SteelChalk Films was the first to submit their film, shortly after 7pm. In the next hour there was a frenzy of activity right up until 7:58pm when ALL CAPS ALL THE TIME submitted the last film eligible for all the main prizes.

SteelChalk films gets in on time and has a beer to celebrate!

SteelChalk films gets in on time and has a beer to celebrate!

Congrats to all the teams who participated. Your films are now in the hands of the judges, and the winners will be revealed following the screenings on Tuesday, at the Royal on College (608 College St. West). So make sure you come out, buy some popcorn, sit back and enjoy the fruits of your hard work, and check out what other teams were able to accomplish with their 48 Hours.

All films submitted on time are eligible for all awards. All films screened will be eligible for the Audience Choice award, which will be voted on by the viewers that night.

There are nine major awards to be won including:

  • Best Picture
  • Best Director
  • Best Editor
  • Best Cinematographer
  • Best Sound
  • Best Writer
  • Best Actor
  • Best Actress
  • Audience Choice

Prizes include donations from our sponsors: GarageStudios, AlterEgo Post Production, RedLab, CinequipWhites, Lauren Jelicic Photography, and Steamwhistle Brewery.

Tickets will be available at the door for $10. See you July 2nd at 7pm.

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Screenings – July 2nd at the Royal

The Toronto Film Challenge will be kicking off on Friday and finishing Sunday. Once all the films are in, the competitors get some sleep, and the judges are all done their business… we’re gonna watch some films!

On July 2nd, at 7pm, we’ll be screening the films at the Royal Cinema on College St. West. The teams will receive 10 tickets in their challenge packs, but everybody else can come for $10! Bring as many friends as you want, and you might be able to win the Audience Choice award. We’ll give out the awards at the end of the night.

Tickets will be available at the kickoff on Friday, the finish line on Sunday, and at the door on the 2nd. Hope to see you there!

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Summer 2013 – 48 Film Challenge Announced


The Toronto Film Challenge is excited to announce that our next competition will be a 48-Hour Film Challenge that will run from June 21 to June 23.  Teams will have exactly two days to write, shoot, edit, and submit a short film that includes elements of a provided challenge pack. In the past, challenge packs have included themes, props, lines of dialogue, and locations. The content of this years packs have yet been decided.

All films that are submitted within 48 hours will be eligible for awards. If you fail to meet the 48 hour deadline, you’ll have 2 more hours to submit your film for it still be eligible for our big-theatre screening. All films screened are eligible for our Audience Choice Award.

Rob Tosh of Garage Studios

New this year, some of our submissions will be features on a Toronto Film Challenge TV show that will air on RogersTV. Produced by Rob Tosh of Garage Studios, the show formerly included films from the Toronto Film Race, as well. This year, Rob has cut ties with the Film Race (for whom he was the Toronto event coordinator) and  is committed to making it exclusively a TFC show. He’s also going to join our team and help produce the Toronto Film Challenge events.

The Toronto Film Challenge remains the longest-running, locally organized, short film competition in the city. This will be our 17th event since 2005. Together with our filmmakers, we’ve produced hundreds of short films, given away several thousands of dollars worth of prizes, and helped all of our competitors realize their dreams of seeing their film on the big-screen.

Registration will open soon!!

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