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2015 IB Student Film Festival

Big-time experience and exposure for UCC filmmakers

Upper Canada College Senior and Primary Division filmmakers had time in the spotlight this week at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

About 300 people attended the annual IB Student Film Festival on Tuesday night to watch short films made by UCC, Branksome Hall and The York School students from Grades 11 and 12.

IB1 students screened a genre assignment that had the same criteria for all three schools. IB2 students were required to create a seven-minute film for their final project and all of them from each school were shown in the same theatre where movies featuring the biggest stars in the world are screened as part of the Toronto International Film Festival every September.

“There were four IB2 films and nine IB1 films from our classes of 12 and 22 students,” said UCC film and media coordinator David Crawford. “I am very proud of the work of our students this year.”

Bill Mustos, a Canadian television executive and lawyer who was the executive producer of the hit TV series Flashpoint, was the guest speaker at the event.

Meanwhile, Grade 4 boys taught by Paul Faggion, Kathryn O’Brien and Primary Years Programme information and communications technology integrator Lara Jensen made a short film in a day.

The students learned how a script is written, broke out into groups to brainstorm ideas and wrote their own scripts. They pitched their respective ideas and then figured out which one to film. The boys used cameras, recorded audio and student directors called the shots and oversaw the action provided by their peers who showed off their acting talents.

It was a great exercise in teamwork and the boys will soon be able to see the finished product when an edited version of their epic is returned to them by the folks at the Lightbox. You can watch what went on behind the scenes in this video.

With this early exposure to movie-making, there are bound to be budding Spielbergs, Scorseses and Coppolas behind the cameras when the 2023 IB Student Film Festival rolls around.

Here are photos from the 2015 edition:

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