YoungCuts Film Festival Celebrates 10th Anniversary

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Recently Michael Ryan joined the Sound On Sight team, helping us out with our Fantasia Film Festival coverage, and well he has been pretty much a blessing. What people don’t know is that Michael is also the is the Festival Director for the YoungCuts Film Festival. The fest is celebrating its 10th anniversary with the announcement of 2011’s Top 100 short films by the world’s best young filmmakers 25 and under. Oasis HD will present the films at Montreal’s Guzzo Spheretech theatres from Friday, September 30th to Sunday, October 2nd.

Here is the press release:

The Festival starts with a free screening 1PM on Friday, presented as part of les Journées de la Culture. Featuring films by young Quebec filmmakers, the opening screening is designed to show high school students the kinds of films that they can aspire to produce at the CEGEP level.

Virgin Radio 96 presents the festival’s Opening Night Canadian Heritage screening at 7PM on Friday, in a session that features Quebec’s best young anglophone filmmakers. Oasis HD presents the 9PM screening which concludes with a fantastic documentary, Finding Fathers, an emotional journey by American war orphans to visit their fathers’ graves in Normandy.

On Saturday October 1, Tribute Magazine and En Primeur present screenings at 5PM, 7PM and 9PM featuring great films from Quebec, Canada, the United States and the World, including the always popular Animation and Music screening at 5PM.

On Sunday October 2, TextbookVideos presents the best films from teen filmmakers at 5PM, including I Love Burgz, a film about Little Burgundy produced by the charity Leave Out Violence.  At 7 PM, presents great films from Quebec, Canada, the United States and the World. The festival concludes with the Oasis HD Grand Prix selection, the best films from the festival, at 9PM.

The festival presents at least one filmmaker award per screening. Every year, festival judges evaluate more than a thousand films from 30 countries before selecting the top 100 films. This year’s Top 100 includes films from 10 countries in 10 different languages.  La Ville de Montréal, le Bureau du Cinéma et de la Télévision de Montréal, the Mirror and 24 Heures also sponsor the YoungCuts Film Festival.

The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival selections are:

1000 Things (Canada) Bryce Bladon
36, The (USA)     Nic Weinfeld
5 Minutes Each (Canada/Serbia) Vojin Vasovic
Adventures of Floating Boy and Flying Girl, The (USA) Jimmy Peguero
Agent 6 (USA) Jason Kent Carpenter
Américaine, L’     (QC) Domingo Lamarre
Amis, Les (QC) Olivier Brisson
An Inconvenient Route (Canada) Rocket Lai
Au Coeur de la Foret (Canada) Katty Yew Ngan Lun
Ballad of Shadows (QC) Ben McKinnon
Batminton (QC) Sarah Quirion
Best Christmas Ever, The (USA) Kai Winikka
Bird (USA) John Balcome
Bit Epicure (Canada) Rosa Aiello
Blacksmith (QC) Francis Martineau
Blind Luck (Australia) Amy Wang
Blink (Canada) Miles Jay
Break of Reality Spectrum of the Sky (USA) S. V. Broadbent
Bust (QC) Daniel Daigle
Carny (USA) Kevin Lonano
Carrottes D’Eliott, Les (QC) Tanya Grenier
Castoffs (Australia) Tom Campbell
Choking Hazard (Australia) Ella Macintyre
Claret (Canada) Izzy Traub
Clocked In (USA) Ike AhLoe
Closures (Canada) Michael McLaughlin
CMHA Depression PSA (Canada) Adrian Halter
Cobaye en Fuite (QC) Steve Ouellette
Collection of Walt, A (USA) Greg Yagolnitzer
Combi Borracha, La (Mexico) Alejandra Orea
Common Ground (Australia) Hollie Fifer
Conte de L’Orpherline, Le (QC) Katerine Lefrançois
CUEB (USA) Alex Knoll
Cut (USA) Molly Cinnamon
Daddy’s Little Girl (Canada) Shawn Gerrard
Daniel and Damian (Australia) Zoe Andrikidis
Dead Grass, Dry Roots (USA) John Negropontes
Déboires (Setbacks) (QC) Delia Gunn
Diaspora (Canada) Aadhi Vive
Disconnected (QC) Alberto D’Onofrio
Divorce, A (Australia) Beini Huang
Echo (QC) Nicolas Bacon
Empty Playground, The (USA) Philip Giordano
En Route (Canada/USA) Colin Levy
Exonerated (USA) Jeremy Goodman
Extraordinary Fight of Atticus Walker and the Monster in his Mind, The (USA) Michael Karman
Face Shop, The (USA) Noella Borie
Fin de Loup, Un (QC) Antoine Gaumont Lampron
Finding Fathers (France/USA) France Costrel
Finding Soil (USA) Tavarius Eberhart
Flagpole (USA) Matt Kazman
Flicker (USA)    London Donoho
Fokker, Le (QC) Anthony Boulay
Foodsploitation (QC) Adam Bagatavicius
FrAME (QC) Vincent Toi
Freeriders (USA) Troup Wood
FTW (Canada) Tyler Funk
Generation Segregation (QC) Emily Johnsson
Girl and the Fox, The (USA) Tyler Kupferer
Gisèle, Darling (QC) Cécile Gariépy
Halbschlaf (Switzerland) Johannes Hartmann
Haleiya (QC) A. J. Korkidakis
Hiding the Past (USA) Kanyon Iwami
History of Denim, The (UK) Drew Roper
How the Coyote got his Cunning (USA) Claire Niebergall
Hunger Pains (Canada) Oliver Lauder
I Love Burgz (QC) Leave Out Violence Filmmakers
I’ll be Waiting Outside (QC) Fanny Pascual
Icare et le Géant (QC) Simon    Leclerc
Il Était Encore Un Fois (QC) Roxanne Baril-Monfette
Imprint (QC) Jason Ambrus
Insecurity (USA) Mallory Mahar
Interférence (QC) Julie Vaillancourt
Invité, L’ (QC) Colin Racicot
Jake Arrives (USA) Max Azulay
Just Can’t Trust a Drunk Ninja (Canada) Greg Doble
K.O. (USA) Dan Basone
Kill Matilda – Faultlines (Canada) Nathan Skillen
Laisse Don’ Faire (QC) Patrice Laliberté
Lemons and Lemonade (Canada) Milton Ng
LipDub at Calvin College (USA) Rachel Kuyvenhoven
Little Black Boxes (QC) Sophie Choquette
Little Brother (USA) James Morrison
Lumière dans la nuit (QC) Pierre-Luc Lafontaine
Medium Saignant (QC) Marilou Beauchamp-Lalonde
MeJohn (USA) Phillip Bernardino-Gomez
Miss Lucky Misfortune (USA) Thomas E. Mann
Mon Monde (USA) Chrystin Garland
Monde a Découvrir, Un (QC) Renaud Plante
Morning Mrs. Meth (Israel) Eli Arenson
Noble Cause, A (Canada) Karl Kimmell
Nodin (Wind) (Canada) Nodin Wawatu
Of Hope and a Memoried Day (USA) Nicholas Reynolds
Oh Hey! Drunk Driving PSA (Canada) Bryce Bladon
On the Ring (USA) Santiago Garza
Onion Skin (Canada) Joseph Procopio
Our Subject is Hair (QC) Vincent Toi
Paper Dreams (USA) Datev Gallagher
Patrick the Artist (Canada) Aidan Jeans
Play Lunch (Australia) Tamara Small
Play Time (USA) Roxy Shih
Point Final (QC) Katia Shannon
Récits d’Hyperinflation (QC) Karim Haroun, Julien Cadieux
Redemption of Jackson Gaines, The (Canada) John David Morrison
Rusted Pyre (Canada/USA) Laurence Cohen
Sadako (USA) Andy Mai
Sanjari (The Dreamers) (UK) Matt Maude
Sebastian’s Adventure (USA) Nat Motulsky
Send Me to Babylon (USA) Jeremiah James
Snowball (QC) Eric Bent
Solstice (QC) Caroline de Konick
Something Wrong (UK) Michael Donaghy
Suffocation (USA) Nick Lieberman
Summer & Its Rain (Singapore) Andrew Millians
Sun and Moon, The (USA) J. J. Rubin
Switching Worlds (QC) Francesca Abbondanza-Bergeron
Teddybear (USA) Marcus Liberski
Tempus Fugit (QC/France) Fred Grivois
Toy House (USA) Yunjeong Ko
Turn Up the Volume (Canada) Miles Jay
Twilite – Fire (Poland) Marcin Mikulski
Untermensch (Subhuman) (USA) Michael Aloyan
Volition (USA) Maqni Gaona
Waning (QC) Gina Haraszti
Waterton Lakes – Dreamer (Canada) Kevin Caners
When the Water Rises (USA) Patrick Gines
Wrecking Ball (Australia) Guy Verge Wallace
Yeku Remixed (QC) Simon Lardie

About the YoungCuts Film Festival
Founded in 2001, the YoungCuts Film Festival’s goal is to advance the careers of up-and-coming filmmakers. This international festival selects the best independent short films produced by young people 25 and under. The event runs from September 30th to October 2nd at the Guzzo Mega-Plex Sphèretech 14, 3500 Côte-Vertu, Ville Saint-Laurent, Québec, Canada.

Visit the festival’s website

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