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Opportunity for High School Arts Students

    Toronto, ON


Toronto Youth Shorts is Ontario's largest youth-based film festival run by a volunteer group and held in Toronto every year. The festival offers young filmmakers from the region a chance to showcase their work to a captive audience learning from one another and engaging experienced working professionals. 

This year is Toronto Youth Shorts' 10th anniversary and we are seeking long-term dedicated volunteers to assist with the planning and execution of this major milestone, to be held in September 2018 in downtown Toronto.

We are bringing back our Junior Programmer initiative to provide high school students in Grades 10, 11, or 12 with a background or interest in the arts an opportunity to join our team. Junior Programmers will work with us in reviewing/determining our annual festival lineup, while promoting the festival to younger participants.

No prior experience is needed but we are looking for those who at least practice some kind of artistic discipline such as film, drama, creative writing, photography, or visual arts. This could be through class work or via extra-curricular participation.The commitment for Junior Programmers is to meet once a month to gain skills in film programming.

The Junior Programming team will be very involved during the summer months in reviewing film entries for festival selection. All hours accrued can be counted towards OSSD required community service hours. Junior Programmers are expected to start in late February and work with us until the end of August. The Junior Programmers meet as a group once a month on a weekend in a downtown Toronto location. During other times, the group must be actively participating in online communication such as social media and email.  

The junior programmers can also be expected to attend local events, such as art shows, film festivals and movie screenings to engage artists.  

Anyone that is interested in joining the Toronto Youth Shorts team as a Junior Programmer should contact Festival Director, Henry Wong, directly at torontoyouthshorts@gmail.com with "2018 Junior Programmer" in the subject line. 

In your email, please introduce yourself and answer the following questions:

  1.  What are some of your favourite movies and why?
  2.  Do you take any arts courses in school, such as drama, creative writing, visual art, photography, etc?
  3.  What do you like about the particular artistic discipline that you partake in?
  4. Why do you want to join this committee? What do you hope to get out of the experience?
  5. Toronto Youth Shorts volunteers are sometimes expected to attend events and meetings in downtown Toronto on weeknights and weekends. Does your academic and extracurricular workload give you the availability to potentially attend these events?

Please attach a resume. We would like to know if you have any part time or volunteer experience in any field.

More info can be found at www.torontoyouthshorts.ca/volunteer.html


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