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Best of the best at annual Festival of Film

Lights, camera, action! Here's an event not to be missed! The Toronto Film School is showcasing the best of the best at their third annual Festival of Film on Thursday, Feb. 17, at the CBC Broadcasting Centre's Glenn Gould Studio, 250 Front St. W.

The festival will showcase short films from many genres, and will include drama, comedy, animation, documentaries and music videos.

The Festival of Film at the Toronto Film School gives true movie buffs the inside scoop on tomorrow's talent today. John Foote, director of the film school, says many of the films from the previous two years have gone on to play in film festivals around the world. One Toronto Film School original,, is a highly successful documentary, which has played more than a dozen film festivals worldwide, including Athens and Montreal.

Attendees will have the chance to meet and mingle with established and up-and-coming actors, directors and producers, and sample films before they're screened anywhere else.

William Marshall, the co-founder of the Toronto International Film Festival, will be on hand to present the William Marshall Award, given to the student best combining artistic achievement with academic excellence. Awards will also be given in the traditional film categories including best film, best director, best actor, best actress, best screenplay, etc.

The festival was created to celebrate and showcase the work of the school's students, both current and graduate. The first festival was held in 2002 to overwhelming success. Awards are given in the following categories: best film, director, actor, actress, screenplay, editing, cinematography, sound, animation, art direction and documentary. This year, music videos are included as part of the festival for the first time.

The Toronto Film School at the International Academy of Design and Technology is a creative hotbed for young, talented filmmakers and this year promises to be their best yet. Thanks to the generous support of the Festival's official media sponsor, The Toronto Sun, and the scholarships they have sponsored, promising media artists will be allowed to pursue their dreams.

Screenings are at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. with an awards ceremony at 7 p.m. Entry to this event is free of charge, but spaces are limited. Seats are available on a first come, first served basis.

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