FOFS a.k.a. Future of Film Showcase is a non-profit organization that features films from Canadian filmmakers twenty-nine years and younger. The committee behind FOFS consists of film students and directors who are all in their twenties. Its co-founders are Shant Joshi and Eric Bizzarri, film production students at York University. This year on May 5th they will be holding their third annual film festival which is suspected to surpass its previous attendance of two hundred attendees.
The organization's main goal is to give budding young filmmakers exposure and put their work into the limelight. Last year, FOFS received seventy-five movie submissions and trimmed it down to fifteen contenders. This year, they have expanded the number of board members and added two extra individuals, making it seven in total. They purposely flourish the group's size each year to gather more, and various perspectives from different film artists.
Among its selection, there are twelve movies that'll be shown at the festival. Some are dramas, comedies, and animations. The list is refreshingly diverse and there's something for everyone. A few that I find the most intriguing are White Lines (an animated short exploring addiction), Footprints (a man searches for his family when they get separated in a forest) and Tanabata (Japanese legend about two lovers who are brought together). If you'd like to check out the complete list click here.
So, if you folks are interested and in the Toronto area I definitely recommend looking into FOFS. There aren't many events like these that are catered to young filmmakers. Especially nowadays where some independent film festivals are gearing towards the Hollywood scene more, and losing sight of their initial purpose. And that's featuring old and young filmmakers' work, where they'd most likely not get the chance to anywhere else. For tickets and other info please click here.