In the fall of 2005, three grade twelve students from Toronto, Ontario approached their teacher, Jamie MacRae, with the brilliant idea of creating a new student film festival specifically designed to showcase youth talent. The festival would provide an opportunity for students from any part of the world to screen their media works and short films.
The Toronto Student Film Festival was a free to submit, short film festival for youth. Since its inception in 2006, the festival received hundreds of submissions from almost every continent on the globe. TSFF worked hard to promote and showcase the work that young filmmakers were creating around the world, whether it was shot on a cell-phone or an HD camera.
Eligible submissions had to be be 6 minutes or less, and the age of the filmmaker and crew had to be under 22 years old.
The festival had a huge impact on the film industry not just locally, but internationally.