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).