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THE YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

Past Festivals

The Forest City Youth Film Festival started in 2019. This annual event goes into it’s third year in 2021. See past festival films below.

FOREST CITY YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

2020 Films

The second year of the Forest City Youth Film Festival took place on October 22 at 6:30 p.m, screening these films and presenting $500 in prizes for each category along with the top film of the festival, The Connor Kalopsis Most Enterprising Young Filmmaker and the Fanshawe College Creative Industries Best Youth Performance.

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  • Animation
  • Documentary
  • Experimental
  • Narrative
  • Pitch
A Gathering on Main – Category Winner Director: Amber Farrugia | School: London South Collegiate Institute

A string of small everyday occurrences, all adding up to a unfortunate reality. A woman recounts the…

A Change in Routine Director: Lucas McCready | School: London South Collegiate Institute

A character falls down a hole on his walk to work and enters another world where he has to fight a drago…

You Cramp My Style – Category Runner Up Director: Emma and Evelyn Zammit | School: Catholic Central High School

Julie Migelty, who seems to have married for money, desires one last vacation before giving birth to her…

Meat Grinder Director: Xavier Wehrli | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

A short claymation about a factory worker who gets his tie stuck in a meatgrinder.

Walking on Water Director: Amanda Nicole Eimer | School: London South Collegiate Institute

With such a big part of society encrypted in the eat, sleep, and work lifestyle, one highlighted individual…

Baldur’s Flats – Category Winner Director: Xavier Wehrli | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

A short documentary relating the story behind a mysterious Norse runestone which appeared in…

The Five Keys – Category Runner Up Director: Wesley Demelo | School: Medway High School

A guide about how to get the best High School experience.

Romance During COVID 19 Director: Sophie Siew | School: Waterloo Collegiate

What does it mean for young lovers now that a pandemic has drastically changed the world? Let’s…

Puzzled Director: Maximus Slabon | School: London South Collegiate Institute

A brief look into how the mind can be affected through the use of puzzles.

Fade Awaays Director: Macy LeConte | School: Woodstock Collegiate

Filmmaker Macy LeConte provides fans with a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the lives and…

Bugs in My Tummy- Category Winner Director: Queena Liu | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

A dinner date is hard when you have a bad relationship with food.

State of Nature – Category Runner Up Director: Xavier Wehrli | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

A harshly accelerating, neon-vomiting, epilepsy inducing experimental film contrasting the…

Tunnel Vision Director: Quinn Scriven | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

Tunnel Vision is meant to induce more questions than the film itself can answer. Through vivid colou…

Quarantine Director: Maggie McGregor | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

Quarantine illustrates the moments where the passing time spent isolated inside becomes…

Analog Digital Director: Veronica Visla | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

An examination of the way technology has settled into our lives, and the subconscious impact it is…

Escape Director: Tae Sax | School: Catholic Central High School

A confused teenager lets his emotions get the better of him. Physically, he is able to escape the…

Continuity Director: Zachary Doucet | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

Isaac walks into the empty classroom and asks his friend Steven for a little help with continuity. After…

Gilbert – Category Runner Up Director: Xavier Wehrli | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

An eerie psychological short about a teenage boy who experiences a break in consciousness after…

Altruist Director: Max Enns | School: Saunders Secondary School

A young man who goes by the name Altruist decides to document his life as his neighborhood’s vigilante…

Eldritch – Category Winner Director: Sophie Siew | School: Waterloo Collegiate

Meet Christian, your typical university student. He’s just trying to get to a party, but a strange figure…

The Beaten Path – Category Winner Director: Xavier Wehrli | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

A pitch for a feature film which starts as a teen coming of age movie, but due to the abuse of…

Altruist Pitch Director: Max Enns | School: Saunders Secondary School

Altruist, a delusional self-proclaimed vigilante, documents his work as his neighborhoods protect…

Book Hopper Director: Tyler Stewart | School: H.B. Beal Secondary School

Book Hopper is a sci fi action movie about a man named Liam. Liam is a constant book reader and o…

The Hold-Up Director: Sophie Siew | School: Waterloo Collegiate Institute

In this gripping crime drama/comedy, an Average Joe gets entangled in a high-stakes crime syndicat…

The Power of Nature – Category Runner Up Director: Daniel Kime | School: A.B. Lucas Secondary School

A misbehaving high school student is sent on a dreadful one month canoe trip to rethink the life he…

YOUTH FILM FESTIVAL

2019 Films

The screenings and awards for the following films happened at Wolf Performance Hall,
October 23, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Melatonin

By Queena Liu, H.B. Beal Secondary School Creative Arts Category Second Place
Overall Best Film Winner
Description

Set to song, a mother and daughter reconcile their ghosts with one another.

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Mother

By Laura Trujillo, London South Collegiate Institute Documentary Category Winner
Description

A short documentary portraying a hardworking mother, Patricia, who despite enduring several hardships, has managed to move forward to give herself and her children better opportunities.

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Goodbye For Now

By Emma Tucker & Elyssa O'Brien, St. Mary's Catholic High School Narrative Category Winner
Description

A story about a young girl who is mourning the loss of her best friend and through a series of flash backs we are able to share her best memories with Mia.

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That Customer Ain’t Right

By Tyler Joksas, Oakridge Secondary School Animation Category Winner
Description

A Lego stop-motion that exaggerates (not by much) the strange nature of certain fast food restaurant customers.

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Freeway

By Ranya Treesh, Oakridge Secondary School Creative Arts Category Winner
Description

This abstract, interpretive video depicts the emotions of letting go and being free. Freeway primarily consists of hand-drawn geometric shapes and designs overlaid onto clips of various colours and textures.

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Caladenia Melanema

By Vanessa Solivio, H.B. Beal Secondary School Animation Category Second Place
Description

A caladenia melanema is a rare orchid that originates from south-western Australia that closely resembles a ballerina. When it hears music playing, it can’t help but dance along.

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Action Not Apathy

By Ranya Treesh, Oakridge Secondary School Documentary Category Second Place
Description

Action not Apathy is a short documentary film focusing on raising awareness regarding climate change. This film discusses reasons why climate change is of serious concern and outlines plausible solutions.

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Night Moves

By Ethan Hickey, London South Collegiate Institute Narrative Category Second Place
Description

Two hit men head to a house looking to find answers about a few guns sold to a certain ‘Jimmy’. But the two hit men quickly realize they may be at the wrong house.

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Hand-Made

By Dorothy Ouellette, Catholic Central High School Animation Category Finalist (1:11)
Description

A comedic experiment in stop-motion clay animation.

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Manual Transmission

By Queena Liu, H.B. Beal Secondary School Animation Category Finalist (1:05)
Description

A brief look at the yearning to break free from the stillness of life.

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Natsukashi Tabi

By Johan Ferney Alvarez, Catholic Central High School Animation Category Finalist (1:03)
Description

Saito and Saki were a common couple in high school. After a terrible event, Saki disappears by unknown circumstances. Saito decides to search after having a strange dream.

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Colors

By Dorothy Ouellette, Catholic Central High School Creative Arts Category Finalist (2:09)
Description

An exploration of the vivid color in the world around us.

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Scotoma

By Mac Mallory, London South Collegiate Institute Creative Arts Category Finalist (4:19)
Description

Scotoma, a partial loss of vision or blind spot in an otherwise normal visual field, examines through spoken word and visual symbolism how we choose our perception of the world.

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Tour The Kit

By Queena Liu, H.B. Beal Secondary School Creative Arts Category Finalist (1:00)
Description

Tour the kit with 16 year old drummer Lucy Grant.

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Global Strike For Climate

By Mika Soetaert, Oakridge Secondary School Documentary Category Finalist (3:42)
Description

This video documents a school strike that took place in London, England on March 15, 2019, in an effort to demonstrate how serious the impacts of climate change really are.

Keeping Up With The Choristers

By Olivia Tuckey, London South Collegiate Institute Documentary Category Finalist (3:42)
Description

A look at a youth choir that was created from an outreach program at Metropolitan United Church in downtown London, Ontario. The small yet diverse group of singers come together to learn about and create beautiful music.

Life In A Digital World: The London Public Libraries

By Tyler Joksas, Oakridge Secondary School Documentary Category Finalist (4:53)
Description

A short documentary that provides insights regarding the interest, culture and issues surrounding the public libraries of London, Ontario.

Bullying Is Bad

By Diego Gonzalez, Catholic Central High School Narrative Category Finalist (2:17)
Description

A little story about a boy named Marckus and how bullying changed his life.

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Daydream

By Madi Langdon & Jakob Ager, St. Mary's Catholic High School Narrative Category Finalist (2:42)
Description

A girl with a dream is trying to find her way through high school. She always finds her way on the stage, where she dreams to be.

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The Graveyard Shift

By Ethan Hickey, London South Collegiate Institute Narrative Category Finalist (4:13)
Description

A man working the lonely overnight shift at work gets an unexpected visitor knocking at his door.

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