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82 Short Silent Films are Screening in Toronto Subway Platforms

Thompson on Hollywood By Maggie Lange | Thompson on Hollywood September 6, 2013 at 1:02PM

Beginning this morning, as TIFF kicks off above ground, the Toronto subway system will act as a subterranean art house, screening 82 silent films for commuters waiting for their trains.
Short TUFF Subway Films

Beginning this morning, the Toronto subway system will act as a subterranean art house, screening 82 silent films for commuters as they wait for their trains. The seventh annual Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF) has curated these short films to play on nearly 300 screens from this morning until September 16. For these eleven days, 1.3 million subway riders should see these silent films. 

TUFF is North America's only commuter film festival. TUFF executive director Sharon Switzer reports that these films come from a diverse set of talents, from gifted newcomers and accomplished filmmakers and animators from Canada and 20 other countries.

This year features a fantastic array of submissions, many of which are on the TUFF website. For a little taste (if you're not taking public transportation in Toronto today) look at this one about a magical pirate expedition, or one in which animorphs meet Da Vinci, or this simple study of happiness

The TUFF group is aiming to bring avant-garde film, delightful narratives, and enjoyable slices of cinema to everyone, including people not currently attending the 38th annual Toronto Film Festival (happening above ground).

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto, Shorts, Short Film, Shorts

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.