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Still a few days to cast your vote in the Toronto Urban Film Festival

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Our friends at the TUFF — the Toronto Urban Film Festival — have 63 silent, one minute films for you to vote on. Go check them all out here and vote!

Sixty-three silent, one-minute films made the cut from over 370 works submitted from Canada and around the world. TUFF runs September 9 – 18, 2011 on the Onestop network of digital platform screens located across the Toronto subway system. Unique in North America, TUFF screens a variety of genres at 10 minute intervals throughout the day.

TUFF selections were chosen by jury members Angie Driscoll (CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival; Hot Docs) and Guillermina Buzio (Inside Out; Planet in Focus). The top three films of the festival, as well as the winner of the Naish McHugh Award for Emerging Filmmakers, will be selected by Canadian filmmaker, Atom Egoyan (Chloe, Exotica) and presented at a special awards ceremony on Sunday, September 18th.

TUFF 2011 highlights include:

• a minute – James Newman, Mont Royal, Canada 2011 – A silent film with a visual beat.
• Courtship – Alison Davis, Winnipeg, Canada 2008 – A relationship blooms and then goes into decline. A water colour animation based on family photographs.
• Dystopia – Igor Bastidas, Caracas, Venezuela 2011 – A stylized and symbolic journey though a dystopic urban landscape.
• FLIP HOP – che kothari x elicser x skam Toronto, Canada 2011 – Based on a series of flip books in tribute to the amazing talents of local hip hop practitioners.
• Fresh Start – Richard B. Pierre, Toronto, Canada 2011 – A different perspective on life changes one man’s world.
• Haircut – Terry O’Neil and Tara Cooper, Toronto, Canada 2011 – Time for a haircut in the market.
• Hang Tough – James Schryer, Toronto, Canada 2009 – A snapshot of Toronto’s Queen Street West, filmed on a 1960’s 16mm Bell and Howell.
• Her House – Laura Zaylea, Atlanta, USA 2011 – An exploration of a house created by an adept experimental filmmaker.
• Shoeshop – Mai Phuong Pham and Ha Thanh Phung, Hanoi, Vietnam 2011 – A youngster works as a shoe seller on Le Duan St., a busy street in Hanoi.
• Woodland – Claire Bennett, Toronto, Canada 2011 – An unusual visual tale of a babe in the woods.

On Friday, September 16th, the work of renowned Toronto video artist, Stephen Andrews, is featured in a special ʻSpotlightʼ program celebrating Trinity Square Videoʼs 40th anniversary.

TUFF has also partnered with The Drake Hotel to present The Screening Room. Relax, kickback and enjoy 67 minutes of back-to-back TUFF. The Screening Room takes place Friday, September 16th to Sunday, September 18th from 11 AM to 5 PM in Room 222. Admittance is