Events & Announcements



Film Screening – U of T Film Festival

WHAT:   U of T Film Festival

WHEN: 7pm March 31

WHERE: Hart House Music Room


Deadline for submissions is March 14. Details here



Ticket Giveaway for Reel Asian Festival

We have two complimentary pairs of tickets to give away to a screening of
The Rocket
Sun Nov 10 @ 5:30PM, The Royal
Following in the steps of Whale Rider and Beasts of the Southern Wild, this coming-of-age story from the lush and seldom-seen country of Laos has captivated critics and audiences around the world.

To enter to win a pair of tickets respond to our Facebook post no later than midnight October 30.

On Oct 31 we’ll draw and announce the winners.

This film is part of The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, Canada’s largest pan-Asian film festival and will be celebrating its 17th edition from Nov 5-16, 2013. Our full film programming has been announced and the festival schedule is available at



Film Screening Party – Call for Submissions


Details: The Hart House Film Board and the University of Toronto Film Festival are accepting short videos of any length, genre and topic for a Fall Screening Party (DETAILS BELOW) Film/video installation art also welcome. We will look at everything but priority will be given to submissions from University of Toronto students, staff, alumni & members of Hart House.

Deadline for submission: September 20, 2013. Early submissions encouraged.

How to submit:

1. Email with the subject line “Film Screening” and include the following information:

Video Title

Director’s Name

Running Time

Short Synopsis

2. Send a copy of your movie to Hart House, 7 Hart House Circle, M5S 3H3, “Attention Film Screening”. It can also be dropped in person at the Hart House Hub. We prefer data files (.mov or .avi preferred) on a disc or drive but we’ll also look at DVD’s. You can share a link to an on-line version of your movie under the condition it is downloadable and a high quality copy is available. (We project onto a big screen and low quality MPEG files don’t cut it.)

About Installation Submissions

We are looking for film and video loops to project under the Quad Tent during the reception. For video projection we will have a few projectors available. Film loops can be any format (e.g. Super 8, 16mm) but you have to provide and operate your own projector. The Film Board may be able to assist here. Artists are responsible for assembling and dissembling their own installations. Preview submissions on video only. If you don’t have a video copy of your film loop talk to us.


For more information, contact:
Rick Palidwor, Staff Advisor and Festival Director: 416.978.5363


Film Screening Party

Outdoor screening of new films and videos from the U of T community.

Details: Join us for a swanky reception under the tent in the beautiful Hart House Quad to meet and greet followed by an open-air screening of new films and videos from the U of T filmmaking community. Always an entertaining night and a great opportunity to learn more about filmmaking opportunities at Hart House. Presented by the Hart House Film Board and the U of T Film Festival.

When: Friday September 27, 8 pm reception / 9 pm screening
Where: Hart House Quad (screening in Great Hall if it rains)
Cost: Free. Light snacks will be served. Cash bar.

For more information

The deadline for submissions is September 20. 

Rick Palidwor, Staff Advisor and Festival Director: 416.978.5363

About the Hart House Film Board
The Hart House Film Board has been the University of Toronto’s main film and video production hub since 1975 and continues to offer equipment support to students and other members of Hart House. The Film Board also offers low-cost workshops, screenings and special group projects.

About the
University of Toronto Film Festival
The University of Toronto Film Festival was started in 2002 by Hart House Theatre and the Hart House Film Board with a mandate to celebrate and promote U of T’s rich contribution to the arts through its student and alumni filmmakers. The Festival quickly gained popularity with other U of T agencies, student groups and community sponsors. Industry alumni who have screened their work at the Festival include David Sector, David Cronenberg, Don McKellar, Sudz Sutherland, Atom Egoyan, Ron Mann, Aaron Woodley, Richie Mehta, Azra Rashid, Alex Shuper and Babak Payami.



Hart House Film Board Farm Project:

A Two-Day Movie-Making Retreat

August 6-8

WHAT: Join a group of friends and strangers on a two-day movie-making retreat. A fun and educational time away from the city. No experience necessary. All the equipment (cameras, lights etc) will be supplied and you are welcome to bring your own.

WHEN: August 6-8. The bus will leave Hart House at 12 noon Tuesday August 6 and return to Hart House by 6pm Thursday August 8.

WHERE: Hart House Farm

TICKETS: (Includes food, lodging, return transportation). Open to everyone.

UofTtix Box Office (416) 978-8849


Before 5pm July 26 – $70

After 5pm July 26 – $80

Registration DEADLINE – 5pm, August 2

INFORMATION MEETINGS: You are invited to attend an informal meet and greet information session to see if people have special interests (e.g. camera, acting); your experience level and to discuss how to best approach the retreat. You do not have to be registered to attend an information meeting.


Meeting Dates:

6-8pm Wednesday July 24

6-8pm Wednesday July 31


Meeting Location:

Hart House (check Hub for room location)


ABOUT THE FACILITY: The Hart House farm is a beautiful 150-acre property cradled in the Caledon Hills on the ridge of the Niagara Escarpment, only 1-hour north Toronto. Featuring an outdoor sauna and 2 swimming ponds.

PERSONAL NOTES: Participants must bring their own bedding (sleeping bag) and toiletries and towels. You are also welcome to pitch a tent on site. There are no showers. All participants contribute to cooking and cleaning duties. No pets allowed.



Rick Palidwor 416-978-5363



The Hart House Film Board is proud to be a community partner for

2013 Breakthroughs Film Festival, May 10-11, Innis Town Hall

Octavia Films: A Nonprofit for Women is pleased to present the 2013 Breakthroughs Film Festival! This year’s festival will run FRIDAY MAY 10 and SATURDAY, MAY 11 (8:00-10:30PM) at Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto.

Breakthroughs is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to showcasing the work of new generation (ages 18-30) female filmmakers.

All proceeds from our festival go to fund our short film grants program, which awards grants in the amounts of $1000 and $2000 to promising female filmmakers.

The 2013 Program

~ Friday, May 10 ~

ACQUA (dir. Raha Shirazi)

CHEF DE MEUTE (dir. Chloe Robichaud)

WHEN YOU SLEEP (dir. Ashley McKenzie)

SEX ON WHEELS (dir. Amanda Feder)

ONE WOMAN SHOW (dir. Lindsay Allikas)

PLUS RIEN NE VOULOIR (dir. Anne Emond)

LE FUTUR PROCHE (dir. Sophie Goyette)

~ Saturday, May 11 ~


L’EMPREINTE (dir. Claudia Hebert)

YAYA/AYAT (dir. Hagere Selam Zegeye-Gebrehiwot)

LITTLE MISS JIHAD (dir. Stephanie Law, Jessica Wu)

LE DERNIER SOIR (dir. Kayla Jeanson)

PARKDALE (dir. Lisa Jackson)

AGENCY (dir. Meredith Wright)

To learn more about Breakthroughs, please visit or follow us @BreakthroughsFF.

To learn more about Octavia Films, please visit or follow us @OctaviaFilms.



2013 U of T Film Festival – April 1, 7pm

The submission form is now on-line. Complete details




Film Board co-presents “Graceland” screening

The Hart House Film Board is a community partner at the 16th edition of the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival, co-presenting:
GRACELAND, screening THU NOV 08, 09:55PM, at INNIS TOWN HALL

For more information on Graceland

Members quote Promo Code “Community 16″ for online ticket purchases to give you a 25% discount on regular prices (not valid for festival passes or 4-packs).

Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival takes place November 6-11 in downtown Toronto and November 16-17 in Richmond Hill. For more information about the Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival


Hart House Film Challenge

Can you make a film in 74 hours?

Every Friday at 10am a new challenge will be posted.

Films must be uploaded by noon the following Monday to be eligible for prizes.

An advance schedule of genres and special themes is posted.

Too busy this weekend? A new challenge is posted every Friday morning. No more excuses.

Enter as often as you like.






GUH plays to Microcosmos – Live Music to Film

On Sunday, September 30, at 8:00pm, Toronto band GUH will perform a live musical score to the breathtaking microscopic cinematography of insects in the award-winning film ‘Microcosmos’. The band will also share insights into their creative process. This free event is part of Culture Days.

GUH have been making music and magic for over 20 years. Their genre-bending songs have been described as jazz/rock/pop/latin/march/polka/bop/chant/mayhem/what-was-that? Let’s call it music. A best-guess line-up for this show is:

Jason Baird (Saxophone)
Jason Clarke (Guitar)
Colin Couch (Tuba)
Brian Cram (Trumpet)
Scott Good (Trombone)
Andrew Henry (Percussion
Blake Howard (Percussion)
Henry Muth (Bagpipes)
Doug Tielli (Trombone)

And anything can happen. It always does. Call it GUH.

This promises to be an explosive extravaganza for the eyes and ears in an outstanding venue, the Great Hall at Hart House.


“GUH in performance is a very intimate and personal journey both for the band and the audience, and it is not always an easy one. But its combination of brain-crunching
noise and transcendent expression, when all its cylinders are firing, is amazing.” James Keast, Exclaim!

“…simultaneously playing with the precision of a classical chamber orchestra and the abandon of a garage-full of punks.” Matt Galloway, NOW

“GUH defies description. Forget labels like jazz or classical, it’s dubious if they’re even a ‘band’ or an ‘orchestra’ – or just a bunch of really smart guys with wicked senses of humour who get together to make crazy music.” Johnny Dovercourt, Wavelength

“… a meticulous and often theoretical musical experiment.” Jamie Fleming, Venue

“… some audiophiles … can’t figure out whether they’ve been thrown into a Grateful Dead drums/space set with Sun Ra sitting in, a Turkish bazaar, or a jazz night-club.” John Lyttle, Ottawa Xpress

“…kooky, spacey, enigmatic, in a way that calls up the work of Monk and Mingus, amongst others, and more often than not, their music goes to a new level of remarkable sonic unity that can blow your mind. …”They’re like a weather system moving in”, is how one friend put it.” Yashin Blake, Lola

“At a GUH show, it is wise to leave expectations of normalcy at the door.” Terra Lynch, The Gargoyle


Film Board co-presenting ETERNITY at Reel Asian Film Festival

Hart House Film Board is co-presenting ETERNITY, screening at the Reel Asian Film Festival. Film Board members received 25% off regular prices on all films (excluding passes and youth screenings) when purchased online at Contact palidwor.rick@gmail for the promotional code.

ETERNITY is screening Sun Nov 13 at 1:00 PM at the Royal Theatre, 608 College St.


Fall Screening Party – Call for Submissions

The Film Board will be hosting a Screening Party on September 21. We will consider shorts of any length or genre, but priority will go to work by Hart House Film Board members and members of the University of Toronto community, and the shorter the submission the better the odds we will screen it.

Deadline to submit is 5pm Friday September 16. Send a DVD or data file (.mov or .avi preferred) to:

Film Screening, 7 Hart House Circle, Toronto, ON M5S 3H3. Entries can also be dropped in person at the Hart House HUB, “attention Film Board Screening”.

The Screening Party will begin at 7pm in the Hart House Quad with a reception featuring hor’s oeuvres and cash bar. Screening will begin at 8:30. Everyone welcome. Free admission. 


Special Call – Create an ad for the Hart House Craft Beer Festival

The annual Hart House Craft Beer Festival takes place July 28 and we are inviting filmmakers to create a short (1 minute max) ad for the festival.  Upload the video and send us the link and we’ll post it on this site. The Hart House Marketing department will select the best ads and award the creators 2 tickets to the festival (value $70). Deadline to enter June 15. Details on the festival here. Inspiration courtesy of the Vancouver Craft Beer Festival:


The 2011 University of Toronto Film Festival

The 2011 University of Toronto Film Festival takes place at Hart House March 23, 2011. Complete program notes are now on-line.

Full details at

How to Get Your Film Into Festivals – a Free Talk with Allan Tong – Open to all – March 30, 6:30pm

You’ve made a film.  Now how do you get it
seen, maybe sold?  This workshop by a film programmer looks at festival
strategy, how to prepare a press kit and how to market your film at a festival to buyers and other programmers. This session will answer: Which festivals should I apply to?  Why are promo postcards important?  What’s a screener?

Allan Tong has been a programmer for Planet in Focus, CONTACT Photography, ReelWorld, Reel Asian and RegentPark film festivals.  His film reviews and articles are regularly published in POV, Montage and Exclaim! magazines. His short films have been screened on CBC and Bravo.

Call for Video Installations and SIlent Movies

- Video Installations WantedThe Hart House FIlm Board always seeks short video Installations and Silent Movies from the University of Toronto community for events at Hart House, such as Wide Open House. Video installations of any length, genre and topic welcome but there is a strong preference for work that can play silently – no sound. Silent Movies can be any length, genre and topic but the shorter the better.

There is no deadline. We want to see your junk at any time.

For more information, email

Hart House FIlm Board FARM PROJECT 2010

Friday November 12 to Sunday November 14 at Hart House Farm

Tickets: $85 (includes HST) available from UofTTix.
Includes food, lodging, return transportation, and all moviemaking related expenses.

DEADLINE to register FRIDAY November 5, 5pm.

The next information meeting is Tuesday Nov 2 at 8:15pm at Hart House.
The bus leaves Hart House at 6pm on Friday, November 12.
& returns to Hart House by 6pm on Sunday, November 14.

This exciting weekend movie-making retreat sees about 10-20 Film
Board members and guests spend 48 hours at Hart House farm and make a
movie together. This is a very fun and educational weekend away from the
city. No experience necessary.

All the equipment (cameras, lights, etc.) will be supplied. Everyone
is invited to play a hands-on role in making the movie. Your degree of
participation is up to you. (Note that this is open to guests: you can
invite friends and family to attend as well.)

All participants will be invited to a meeting (date & time TBA),
to meet, greet, and discuss how the group would like to approach the
project. For example, do people have special skills (e.g. camera
experience, acting); does the group want to brainstorm a script in
advance or leave it until when they get to the Farm? (We’ve done both in
the past)

Hart House Farm
is a beautiful 150-acre property cradled in the Caledon Hills on the
ridge of the Niagara Escarpment, only 1 hour north Toronto. Featuring an
outdoor sauna and two swimming ponds.

The farm has sleeping facilities but participants must bring their own
bedding (sleeping bag) and toiletries and towels. You are also welcome
to pitch a tent on site. There are no showers (it’s only 2 days, you’ll
make it. Go for a swim if you need to refresh). All participants
contribute to cooking and cleaning duties. No pets allowed.

Any questions? Email Project organizer Michael Andreae <>

Fall Screening Party, September 22, 8pm, Hart House Quad

This free event will screen recent videos from our membership and the U of T Community. Screening will be followed by a reception with food and a cash bar. Join us for a screening under the stars.

“Perfect Flawed FIlms”

A Free Presentation sponsored by the Hart House Film Board

Director Babak Payami will screen and dissect real examples of the process with which a director can take shortcomings in production and turn them into strengths in his/her film. To paraphrase
Stanley Kubrick, “… filmmaking is like writing Crime & Punishment on a whitewater raft…”

When: Tuesday, September 28,7pm

Where: Hart House East Common Room

Free event, open to all.


The Film Board will be actively recruiting new members at some key Fall events:

1. Clubs Day, September 10 -look for our table in front of Hart House.

2. Five Buck Lunch in the Hart House Great Hall, September 15

3. Hart House Wide Open House – all night, September 22

Ruba Nadda in person, Thursday 21st January, 7pm. Hart House

Director of Cairo Time
Winner of Best Canadian Feature at 2009 Toronto International Film Festival
Named one of Canada’s Top Ten Films of 2009 by Cinematheque Ontario

Ruba will be conducting a Q&A and showing some of her short films.

Cairo Time is screening at Cinematheque Ontario on Tuesday 19th January at 7pm. There is limited availability.

Flyer (PDF, recommend Foxit Reader faster than Adobe): Ruba Nadda at Hart House


More to come! Workshops are on now, too. Check out the workshops page.

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