OYFF 2022 Films

The first ever Ontario Youth Film Festival (OYFF) sees the top nominees from two regional youth film festivals compete for provincial bragging rights!

Join us on Thursday November 3rd, 2022 for the OYFF Screening & Award Show! All of the films below will screened and followed by the Runner-Up and Winner announcements in each category! The OYFF show will stream virtually worldwide at 7:00PM EST.

Apathy Apocalypse

Directed by Calvin Cao, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School

Despite climate change’s monumental threat, politicians and the public keep kicking the can down the road. Apathy Apocalypse explores what psychological forces make our dying Earth so easy to ignore.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Art Works

Directed by Maggie Kane, Etobicoke School of the Arts

A short documentary exploring the creative process behind art about sexual harassment and how it affects the viewer and the creator

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

Lockdown

Directed by Calvin Shine, Catholic Central High School

This documentary explores the importance of socializing in our daily life and how COVID-19 affects various demographics and professions. It tells us about the things we missed during the past years and try to improve on our social skills.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Parental Voices

Directed by Megan Alicia Murphy, Etobicoke School of the Arts

Parental Voices explores the evolution of parental expectations. It depicts how our parents’ voices echo in our heads. Always.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

The Grand Impact

Directed by Madison Comfort, Medway High School

With the Grand Theatre’s diverse and original plays from around the world, The Grand Impact explores the effects The Grand has had on the community as well as the projects they have contributed to London and surrounding areas.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

There is Hope

Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert

This video is to bring awareness to the increasing numbers of teen suicide.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

Feathers

Directed by Meghan Elizabeth Sanders, Etobicoke School of the Arts

A man living alone except for the company of his pet bird is trapped by his daily pandemic routine. He must find a way out.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

His Chair

Directed by Amihan McArthur, Catholic Central High School

A CCH vocal student notices that her teacher’s chair has a crack in it, which grows with her paranoia as she waits for the day it breaks.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Hollow Home

Directed by Nina Rafique, Etobicoke School of the Arts

A woman searches for the origins of the haunting that plagues her home, and begins to question the very foundation of her life within its walls.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

Thank You, Miyuki

Directed by Hana Abdelrazik, Oakridge Secondary School

A young girl goes on a walk with her grandpa. Throughout the day, she learnt from her grandpa how easy it is to meditate.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Unrooted

Directed by Nina Rafique, Etobicoke School of the Arts

Mother and daughter live in the aftermath of assimilation, and must figure out how to build a home in their chosen emptiness.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

When It Rains

Directed by Rabia Kurt, Saunders Secondary School

The story of a young pup found alone by a wandering wolf, shocked to find its mother dead, decides to look after it.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Compulsions

Directed by Willow Rose Van Rootselaar, H.B. Beal Secondary School

This film is an ode to those who struggle with obsessive compulsive disorder; portraying the thoughts of a compulsive mind through the eyes of a director watching their performance unfold.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

deadline

Directed by Sylvie Claire Potje, Bear Creek Secondary

An exploration of the theme “deadline”, told through original spoken word poetry and cinematography. First created and presented live as a vocal masque by Sylvie Potje, this project has been re-imagined for the screen.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

The Painting

Directed by Mason MacGregor Cline, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School

Two people at a social gathering reminisce on past memories through a painting.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Trip Switch

Directed by Sophie Virio, Maxwell Heights Secondary School

This film is representing what I feel during a panic attack, as expressed through a glitchy 80s video game. The cause of anxiety is unknown and confusing. Then suddenly it becomes a sensory overload… like a fuse with too much current.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

Walk on…

Directed by Willow Rose Van Rootselaar, H.B. Beal Secondary School

An experimental look at the nature of relationships and the fragility of emotions. It utilizes both real world and animated film effects to create a surreal and intense atmosphere.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

The OYFF Music Video Category is presented by

Runaway

Directed by Greir Betts, Saunders Secondary School

A metaphorical take on trying to escape one’s problems or fears and not being able to outrun yourself. Problems can’t be avoided forever; eventually you have to face them.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

The Night Before Halloween

Directed by Liam Murphy Alexander, Ingersoll Collegiate District Institute

The night before Halloween, Karl the Skeleton decides to conduct a piece in honour of the holiday, though the ghostly instruments are quite the energetic bunch.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

try saying those words at the foot of the stone

Directed by Colin Lawrence Blissett, Oakridge Secondary School

A video containing a custom visualizer playing my music projected over myself with the appearance of moving shapes.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

The OYFF Narrative Category is presented by

Freaky Eaters Anonymous

Directed by George Vanderlaan, H.B. Beal Secondary School

A support group for people with strange food related addictions doesn’t go as planned.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Getting Older

Directed by Emily Alton, H.B. Beal Secondary School

Getting Older is a visual, auditory love letter to childhood. It plays with simple, joyful and yet emotional memories that anyone can relate to when growing up.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

SNEEZE

Directed by Johnny Tsatsos, Unionville High School

The music industry is nothing to sneeze at. A man realizes that his dream job isn’t all that he had hoped for. The more stressed he becomes, the worse his sickness gets. Will he ever breathe clearly again?

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

The Adventures of Marg

Directed by Chloe Clune, Aurora High School

When 17-year-old Marg realizes she’s not living her life to the fullest she set’s out on an adventure.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

This Time Tomorrow

Directed by Dexter David Greene, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School

A single mother and her daughter attempt to deal with the recent suicide of a family member.

Originally competed in the FCYFF (southwestern region).

Where I Belong

Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert

This short shows how it feels to not fit in to societal expectations.

Originally competed in the COYSFF (central region).

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