Sponsors Film Festival is pleased to become the presenting sponsor of the YoungCuts Film Festival, the world's most important film festival for filmmakers 25 years old and under.  The festival announces its top 100 films in this press release


YoungCuts selects 100 short films from the best young talent in the world! 

MONTREAL, QC, August 18, 2009 – The YoungCuts Film Festival announced today their top 100 short films by young filmmakers from around the world. The films will play at Montreal’s Cinema du Parc from September 25th to October 1st. “YoungCuts continues to grow in popularity among young filmmakers,” said YoungCuts Chairman Jay Moulton. “We chose our top 100 from over a thousand films that we saw this year, including films from countries that submitted for the first time.” 

The 100 short films include entrants from Canada, the U.S., the United Kingdom, France, Australia, the Czech Republic, Spain, Egypt, Argentina, Singapore, India, the Philippines, Armenia and two short animated films co-produced by teens from Canada, Israel and Palestine. Two short previews for the YoungCuts Film Festival can be seen here and here

The Festival kicks off on Thursday, September 24th at Newtown with the High Fidelity HDTV Opening Gala hosted by Justin Trudeau, Member of Parliament for Papineau and Honorary Chairman for this year’s Festival. The charity gala will benefit The Cedars Cancer Institute. A Video Press Release with Justin Trudeau, Honorary President and Louise Kierans, President of the YoungCuts Film Festival can be seen here

During the Festival, prizes will be awarded for Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Editing, Best Cinematography, Best Animated Film, Best Original Music, Best Documentary, Best Short Short, Best of Quebec, Best Teen Film, Best Director, Best Film and the Public Prize. Three films are already award winners having won contests to be featured in the Festival. Dreams Beyond the Border by Jessica Szeto is the winner of Free the Children’s Frame It to Change It contest; Electric Rivers by Esteban Vargas is the winner of the Montreal Fringe 500 contest and Vigilante by Mitchell Arend is the winner of the YoungCuts Repechage public vote. 

Founded in 2001 as the Toronto International Teen Film Festival, YoungCuts expanded to feature films from filmmakers 25 and under in 2004 and moved to Montreal to expand its selection of French and foreign films. This year marks the seventh edition of the Festival. The YoungCuts Film Festival is presented by and sponsored by Tribute, En Primeur, High Fidelity HDTV, Virgin Radio 96, ICI and Mirror. 

This year’s presenting sponsor, has a special interest in emerging filmmaking talent as it has just launched a market place that connects corporations and individuals with proven filmmaking talent across North America. If you want to create a video gets you 3 free bids from proven filmmakers in your area. More information at: 

Tickets for the YoungCuts Opening Gala are available for $90. Tickets for individual screenings at Cinema du Parc are available for $7.50 or ten tickets for $50. For more information or for tickets contact Michael Ryan, 514-285-4591 or 

The Top 100 Short Films by Young Filmmakers presented at the 2009 YoungCuts Film Festival, in alphabetical order: 

1 A Clean, Well-Lighted Place, Joe Ciaravino, Canada 
2 Alien Abduction, David Han, USA 
3 Allegro Compreso, Enrico Maria Artale, Italy 
4 And Some Days It Rains, William Frazier, USA 
5 A Sister's Love, Christopher Mitchell, USA 
6 A Very Merry Christmas, Jonathon Gittus, Australia 
7 Baby Blue, Maranatha Hay, Egypt/USA 
8 Batter Up, Josh Webber, Canada 
9 Bike Trials: Regaining Balance, Sheldon Pearson, Canada 
10 Birthmarks, Phil Hamilton, USA 
11 Blackspot Culture, Wayne Robinson, Canada 
12 Breathless, Kyle Sandilands, Canada 
13 Cantame, Irene Boleda, Canada 
14 Catechism, Jessica Moorhouse, Canada 
15 City Birds, Esteban Vargas, Canada 
16 Cogency, Tyler Knell, USA 
17 Dehors l'Hiver, Ismael Auray, Canada 
18 Dreams Beyond the Border, Jessica Szeto, Canada 
19 Dogface, Shai Halfon, USA 
20 Doll Call, Sanabel Almomani, Chris Gonzalez, Yesenia Deleon, USA 
21 Duplicate Complicate, Peter Ian Mancao, Philippines 
22 Electric Rivers, Esteban Vargas, Canada 
23 Ellipsis, Adam Justice, UK 
24 Estigia, Claudette Montero, Argentina/USA 
25 Fanfare, Mitchell Arend, Michael Pierro, Canada 
26 Fashionably Green, Esther Viragh, Canada 
27 The Field of Honor, Alexander B. Hill, USA 
28 Flamingo, Mike Harris, USA 
29 Foreign Soil, Mazi Khalighi, Canada 
30 Freedom, Jeremy Izso, Canada/Palestine/Israel 
31 Gourgandine, Sébastien Landry, Canada 
32 Hummingbird, Michael Wexler, Canada 
33 HUSH, Jauvonnie Brown, USA 
34 If Key-Lime Pie Could Scream, Amanda Fahey, Canada 
35 Imagine-éducation, Third Avenue Resource Center, Canada 
36 Infeccion, Viktoriya Gruzdyn, USA 
37 Injection Supervisée, Hogo Le Bleu-Tadros, Canada 
38 In & Out, Ian Ellemo, Canada 
39 It Only Takes One, Nancy Popp, USA 
40 I Will For It Rain, David Barlow-Krelina, Canada 
41 Jalouse, Mélanie Delloye, France/USA 
42 Jambalaya, Audrey St-Arneauld, Canada 
43 Joyeux Festin, Sara Dupéré, Canada 
44 Keeping the Bees, Pearl Ball-Harding, Canada 
45 Layang-Layang (Kites), Agnes G. Wiguna, Canada 
46 Le Cou Cou, Zed Bennett Jr., USA 
47 Le Pardon, Eleonore Goldberg, Canada 
48 L'Homme Boréal, François Laurent, Canada 
49 Lily, Claire Sanford, Canada 
50 Listen to This, Peace It Together, Canada/Israel/Palestine 
51 Macabre Muse, Daniel Devine, USA 
52 Maia and Jonah, Michael McLaughlin, USA 
53 Mala Smrt (Little Death), Claiborne McDonald, Czech Republic/USA 
54 Mask Of Pretension, Sheldon Pearson, Canada 
55 Meltdown, David Green, USA 
56 Mirage of Wealth, Free the Children, Canada/India 
57 Missing Alice, Rick Skyler, Canada 
58 Natural Selection, A.J. Korkidakis, Canada 
59 Nel Reinv (The Kingdom), Victor Suarez, Spain 
60 Nodutgang (Emergency Exit), Tomas Solli, Norway 
61 No Sana Hoy: It Will Not Heal Today, Becky Korman, USA 
62 (one), Benjamin Stevens, UK 
63 One Less Shamrock, Nick Kelly, Canada 
64 Only Human, Caroline de Koninck, Canada 
65 Overdue, Victoria Byron, Tommy Malone, Eric Padan, and Emilie Timmons, Canada 
66 Paper Princes, Gypsies and the Boy With No Return Address, Celeste Koon, Canada 
67 Passé Composé, Alexandre Lynn, Canada 
68 PURG, Daniel Kay, Canada 
69 Pushing Buttons, Quinn Cagney, USA 
70 Remue-Ménage, Julie Bernier Gosselin, Canada 
71 Retiring Clean, Caillie West, Canada 
72 Roadrunner, Zac Wong, USA 
73 Sasquatch, Fahim Kassam, Canada 
74 Scarecrow, Sarah Blevins, Canada 
75 Silent Scream, Foundation for the Preservation of Wild Life and Cultural Assets in Armenia, Armenia 
76 Simple Destruction, Michael Greene, USA 
77 Sparks in the Night, Ben Kadie, USA 
78 Static, Jack Lykins USA 
79 Stickies and Stones, Helen Wong, Canada 
80 Swan Song - Bright Wood, Dillon Novak, USA 
81 Sweet Little Bird, Ashley McKenzie, Canada 
82 Swipe, Max Blustin, UK 
83 Tah-Dah, Stacey Chomiak, Canada/USA 
84 The Bridge, Sheldon Schwartz, USA 
85 The Child of the World, Ho Rui An, Singapore 
86 The Diary, Benjamin Lussier, Canada 
87 The Drifter, Craig Calamis, USA 
88 The Kill, Joe Vea, USA 
89 The King's Receipt, Peter Pa, Matthew Feener, USA 
90 Thorns, Nitzan Rotschild, USA 
91 The Peace Offering, Brandon Tom, Canada 
92 The Reel Man, Kieran Heibron, Canada 
93 Token Hunchback, Timothy Reckart, USA 
94 Tucker, Zia Marashi, Canada 
95 Van Horne, Éric Piccoli, Canada 
96 We Are All Here, Yong Hwa Choi, USA 
97 What'd ya want, a happy ending? Kyle Kleinbart, USA 
98 Yea, Adam Newman, USA 
99 You Have The Right, Clarity, Canada 
100 1271, Michael Warczak. Australia 
Winner of the YoungCuts Repechage Vigilante, Mitchell Arend, Canada 

For ticket information please call 514-281-1900 or consult the Cinema du Parc website at 


Mandatory viewing for those in the demographic and anyone else interested in what gets the kids cranked enough to get creative” - John Griffin, Montreal Gazette 

YoungCuts Film Festival traffics in talent.” - Melora Koepke, Hour 

The most impressive thing about the fest, though, isn’t the number and breadth of the entries, but their impressive quality.” - Mark Slutsky, Mirror 

C’est un événement a ne pas manquer pour les cinéphiles qui désirent voir quelque chose de nouveau et d’innovateur.” (“An event not to be missed for film fans looking for something different and innovative.”) - Michael Augendre, ICI 

Come see the future of cinema! 

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Media contact:
Sabrina Fenster 
Publicist for the YoungCuts Film Festival 
Cell phone no.: 514.432.9341 
Office: 604.569.0048 

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