Thursday, August 20, 2009

The YoungCuts Film Festival Announces its Global 100 Films

Press Release
For Immediate Release

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2009 YoungCuts Film Festival Press Release
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Communiqué de presse du festival de films YoungCuts 2009

YoungCuts Film Festival


YoungCuts selects 100 short films from the best young talent in the world!

MONTREAL, QC, August 18, 2009 – The YoungCuts Film Festival announced today their top 100 short films by young filmmakers from around the world. The films will play at Montreal’s Cinema du Parc from September 25th to October 1st. “YoungCuts continues to grow in popularity among young filmmakers,” said YoungCuts Chairman Jay Moulton. “We chose our top 100 from over a thousand films that we saw this year, including films from countries that submitted for the first time.”

The 100 short films include entrants from Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Australia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Egypt, Argentina, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Armenia and two short animated films co-produced by teens from Canada, Israel and Palestine. Two short previews for the YoungCuts Film Festival can be seen here and here.

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, September 24th at Newtown with the High Fidelity HDTV Opening Gala hosted by Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament for Papineau and Honorary Chairman for this year’s Festival. The charity gala will benefit The Cedars Cancer Institute. A Video Press Release with Justin Trudeau, Honorary President and Louise Kierans, President of the YoungCuts Film Festival can be seen here.

During the Festival, prizes will be awarded for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Animated Film, Best Original Music, Best Documentary, Best Short Short, Best of Quebec, Best Teen Film, Best Director, Best Film and the Public Prize. Three films are already award winners having won contests to be featured in the Festival. Dreams Beyond the Border by Jessica Szeto is the winner of Free the Children’s Frame It to Change It contest; Electric Rivers by Esteban Vargas is the winner of the Montreal Fringe 500 contest and Vigilante by Mitchell Arend is the winner of the YoungCuts Repechage public vote.

Founded in 2001 as the Toronto International Teen Film Festival, YoungCuts expanded to feature films from filmmakers 25 and under in 2004 and moved to Montreal to expand its selection of French and foreign films. This year marks the seventh edition of the Festival. The YoungCuts Film Festival is presented by and sponsored by Tribute, En Primeur, High Fidelity HDTV, Virgin Radio 96, ICI and Mirror.

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Tickets for the YoungCuts Opening Gala are available for $90. Tickets for individual screenings at Cinema du Parc are available for $7.50 or ten tickets for $50. For more information or for tickets contact Michael Ryan, 514-285-4591 or

The Top 100 Short Films by Young Filmmakers presented at the 2009 YoungCuts Film Festival, in alphabetical order:

1 A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Joe Ciaravino, Canada
2 Alien Abduction, David Han, USA
3 Allegro Compreso, Enrico Maria Artale, Italy
4 And Some Days It Rains, William Frazier, USA
5 A Sister's Love, Christopher Mitchell, USA
6 A Very Merry Christmas, Jonathon Gittus, Australia
7 Baby Blue, Maranatha Hay, Egypt/USA
8 Batter Up, Josh Webber, Canada
9 Bike Trials: Regaining Balance, Sheldon Pearson, Canada
10 Birthmarks, Phil Hamilton, USA
11 Blackspot Culture, Wayne Robinson, Canada
12 Breathless, Kyle Sandilands, Canada
13 Cantame, Irene Boleda, Canada
14 Catechism, Jessica Moorhouse, Canada
15 City Birds, Esteban Vargas, Canada
16 Cogency, Tyler Knell, USA
17 Dehors l'Hiver, Ismael Auray, Canada
18 Dreams Beyond the Border, Jessica Szeto, Canada
19 Dogface, Shai Halfon, USA
20 Doll Call, Sanabel Almomani, Chris Gonzalez, Yesenia Deleon, USA
21 Duplicate Complicate, Peter Ian Mancao, Philippines
22 Electric Rivers, Esteban Vargas, Canada
23 Ellipsis, Adam Justice and James Mabbett, UK
24 Estigia, Claudette Montero, Argentina/USA
25 Fanfare, Mitchell Arend, Michael Pierro, Canada
26 Fashionably Green, Esther Viragh, Canada
27 The Field of Honor, Alexander B. Hill, USA
28 Flamingo, Mike Harris, USA
29 Foreign Soil, Mazi Khalighi, Canada
30 Freedom, Jeremy Izso, Mohammed Qassas and Illy Auerbach, Canada/Palestine/Israël
31 Gourgandine, Sébastien Landry, Canada
32 Hummingbird, Michael Wexler, Canada
33 HUSH, Jauvonnie Brown, USA
34 If Key-Lime Pie Could Scream, Amanda Fahey, Canada
35 Imagine-éducation, Third Avenue Resource Center, Canada
36 Infeccion, Viktoriya Gruzdyn, USA
37 Injection Supervisée, Hogo Le Bleu-Tadros, Canada
38 In & Out, Ian Ellemo, Canada
39 It Only Takes One, Gabe Benjamin, Nick Lieberman, Emily Firestein and Timmy Weston, USA
40 I Will For It Rain, David Barlow-Krelina, Canada
41 Jalouse, Mélanie Delloye, France/USA
42 Jambalaya, Audrey St-Arneauld, Canada
43 Joyeux Festin, Sara Dupéré, Canada
44 Keeping the Bees, Pearl Ball-Harding, Canada
45 Layang-Layang (Kites), Agnes G. Wiguna, Canada
46 Le Cou Cou, Zed Bennett Jr., USA
47 Le Pardon, Eleonore Goldberg, Canada
48 L'Homme Boréal, François Laurent, Canada
49 Lily, Claire Sanford, Canada
50 Listen to This, Itay Sasson, Jennifer Sarkar, Gilli Tohar, Mirna Yacoub and Abu Abara, Canada/Israël/Palestine
51 Macabre Muse, Daniel Devine, USA
52 Maia and Jonah, Michael McLaughlin, USA
53 Mala Smrt (Little Death), Claiborne McDonald, Czech Republic/USA
54 Mask Of Pretension, Sheldon Pearson, Canada
55 Meltdown, David Green, USA
56 Mirage of Wealth, Free the Children, Canada/India
57 Missing Alice, Rick Skyler, Canada
58 Natural Selection, A.J. Korkidakis, Canada
59 Nel Reinu (The Kingdom), Victor Suarez, Spain
60 Nodutgang (Emergency Exit), Tomas Solli, Norway
61 No Sana Hoy: It Will Not Heal Today, Becky Korman, USA
62 (one), Benjamin Stevens, UK
63 One Less Shamrock, Nick Kelly, Canada
64 Only Human, Caroline de Koninck, Canada
65 Overdue, Victoria Byron, Tommy Malone, Eric Padan, and Emilie Timmons, Canada
66 Paper Princes, Gypsies and the Boy With No Return Address, Celeste Koon, Canada
67 Passé Composé, Alexandre Lynn, Canada
68 PURG, Daniel Kay, Canada
69 Pushing Buttons, Quinn Cagney, USA
70 Remue-Ménage, Julie Bernier Gosselin, Canada
71 Retiring Clean, Caillie West, Canada
72 Roadrunner, Zac Wong, USA
73 Sasquatch, Fahim Kassam, Canada
74 Scarecrow, Sarah Blevins, Canada
75 Silent Scream, Foundation for the Preservation of Wild Life and Cultural Assets in Armenia, Armenia
76 Simple Destruction, Michael Greene, USA
77 Sparks in the Night, Ben Kadie, USA
78 Static, Jack Lykins USA
79 Stickies and Stones, Helen Wong, Canada
80 Swan Song - Bright Wood, Dillon Novak, USA
81 Sweet Little Bird, Ashley McKenzie, Canada
82 Swipe, Max Blustin, UK
83 Tah-Dah, Stacey Chomiak, Canada/USA
84 The Bridge, Sheldon Schwartz, USA
85 The Child of the World, Ho Rui An, Singapore
86 The Diary, Benjamin Lussier, Canada
87 The Drifter, Craig Calamis, USA
88 The Kill, Joe Vea, USA
89 The King's Receipt, Peter Pa, Matthew Feener, USA
90 Thorns, Nitzan Rotschild, USA
91 The Peace Offering, Brandon Tom, Canada
92 The Reel Man, Kieran Heibron, Canada
93 Token Hunchback, Timothy Reckart, USA
94 Tucker, Zia Marashi, Canada
95 Van Horne, Éric Piccoli, Canada
96 We Are All Here, Yong Hwa Choi, USA
97 What'd ya want, a happy ending? Kyle Kleinbart, USA
98 Yea, Adam Newman, USA
99 You Have The Right, Clarity, Canada
100 1271, Michael Warczak. Australia
Winner of the YoungCuts Repechage Vigilante, Mitchell Arend, Canada

For ticket information please call 514-281-1900 or consult the Cinema du Parc website at


Mandatory viewing for those in the demographic and anyone else interested in what gets the kids cranked enough to get creative” - John Griffin, Montreal Gazette

YoungCuts Film Festival traffics in talent.” - Melora Koepke, Hour

The most impressive thing about the fest, though, isn’t the number and breadth of the entries, but their impressive quality.” - Mark Slutsky, Mirror

C’est un événement a ne pas manquer pour les cinéphiles qui désirent voir quelque chose de nouveau et d’innovateur.” (“An event not to be missed for film fans looking for something different and innovative.”) - Michael Augendre, ICI

Come see the future of cinema!

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Media contact:
Sabrina Fenster
Publicist for the YoungCuts Film Festival
Cell phone no.: 514.432.9341
Office: 604.569.0048

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