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Welcome to the 2023 FCYFF!

The FCYFF showcases and celebrates the amazing talent of Southwestern Ontario’s high school filmmakers!

Our 5th Annual Screening & Awards show takes place on Thursday October 19, 2023. Come watch 30 captivating shorts on the big screen and rub elbows with the region’s up-and-coming filmmakers at the Red Carpet Soirée.

Can’t make it in person? Livestream the virtual show in real-time from the comfort of your own home! 

Tickets Available Now

The 5th Annual FCYFF Screening & Award Show takes place on Thursday October 19 from 6:30pm to 9pm at Wolf Performance Hall in downtown London, Ontario. Limited tickets are available, so get yours before they’re sold out!

Live out of town — or overseas? No problem! Friends, family and fans unable to attend in-person are invited to register for our virtual show, which will be livestreamed to a worldwide audience — for free!

2023 FCYFF Winners, Runners-Up and Official Selections

Robotics: 3756

Film by Abigail Londini, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (TVDSB)

Robotics: 3756 tells the story of the Laurier student Robotics Team. Enthuse with the team as they design, machine, code, wire, mentor, promote and compete!

White Oaks: The Mall

Film by Ethan Gregory, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (TVDSB)

A short documentary film that explores the history of White Oaks Mall, as well as the impact it has served to local Londoners.

*RUNNER-UP* Dog Tales

Film by Julia Horgan, London South Collegiate Institute (TVDSB)

Dog Tales is a short documentary that showcases the intricate personalities of our canine friends! It shows what dog owners go through and what they gain from being dog owners.

Behind The Series: Roulette

Film by HaileyMae, London South Collegiate Institute (TVDSB)

An inside look at all the work put into creating HaileyMae’s very first single! It shows the writing process and was created to inspire future artists with similar interests!

*WINNER* War Through The Eyes Of Kids

Film by Illya Skovronskyy, London Central Secondary School (TVDSB)

My film is about the war in Ukraine. In particular, it focuses on how the kids view the war. I interviewed several kids that are somehow related to Ukraine and made a short documentary on it.

The FCYFF Documentary category is presented by

Forget Me Not

Film by Evangeline Fontaine, St. David Catholic Secondary School (WCDSB)

A lonely widow has the same daily routine until she becomes injured. A stranger notices her absence and ensures that her flowers continue to thrive.

Unbroken Bond

Film by Ashlyn Olthoff, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Two creatures grow a strong bond over being alone and are never separated, even in death.

*WINNER* Manticores

Film by Hayley Watson, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (TVDSB)

Manticores is about mythical lion creatures with wings and scorpion tails. The manticores each represent unique elements of nature and embrace them while they interact with their surroundings.

*RUNNER-UP* Amal

Film by Sarah Abu Jazar, Oakridge Secondary School (TVDSB)

Taking place in 1945 Palestine, Amal is a short animation about a young girl and her doll navigating their way through the Palestinian Nakba (the ethnic cleansing of Palestine).

Desperate Rescue

Film by Jermey Kurien, London South Collegiate Institute (TVDSB)

Two pilots on a routine patrol of their classified airbase are tasked with rescuing a civilian aircraft that has unexpectedly crossed their border — and could be a friend or a foe.

*RUNNER-UP* Remodelling

Film by Maisie Kniivila, London South Collegiate Institute (TVDSB)

Remodelling is a short experimental film about making art and how the art, in turn, makes the artist.

*WINNER* Once a Year

Film by Yasmin Shkolnikov, H.B. Beal Secondary School (TVDSB)

Once a Year is about the bittersweet feeling of your birthday and the pressure of having to grow up.

8:35

Film by Greir Betts, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

WILL THE TICKING EVER STOP? This is the story of a lone survivor of a tragic accident trying to deal with survivor’s guilt after his best friend sacrificed himself to save him.

White Noise

Film by Willem Haydn, H.B. Beal Secondary School (TVDSB)

White Noise is a short experimental film that puts an abstract lens — or microphone — to some of the hardships transgender youth face in the 2023 political and educational climate.

Snow is Falling

Film by Gwyneth Tomorad, Catholic Central High School (LDCSB)

Snow is Falling conveys a scenic, faded memory. Diluted and saturated imagery of a cold winter day is meant to depict the world as an ambiguous and indomitable network of abstraction.

Puzzle Askana

Pitch by Abigail Londini, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (TVDSB)

In Puzzle Askana, Alara and Alexandros adventure, explore, solve, flee and gamble their lives through a mysterious world while striving to get back home before it is too late.

Run To Survive

Pitch by Marissa Gerrity, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Run To Survive is about eight teenagers who got dared to enter an abandoned school in the woods. During this dare, a hungry and evil monster lurks in the woods.

*WINNER* Written in the Stars

Pitch by Lily Aziz, Medway High School (TVDSB)

When Jeremy Stark is diagnosed with brain cancer, he embarks on an incredible journey. Outside of the hospital — and through the stars — he meets every constellation and follows his dreams.

*RUNNER-UP* Shift

Pitch by Isaac Clarke, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Shift is about a daring street racer who is given a chance to drive professionally as a Formula 1 driver. He must learn to control his temper and mix his raw street racing ability and his professional F1 skills to be the best in the league.

Mockumentary: the Documentary

Pitch by Amelia Vanderlaan, Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School (TVDSB)

My pitch is a proposition for a fictional documentary, otherwise known as a mockumentary. Mockumentary: The Documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at a sitcom mockumentary.

The FCYFF Pitch category is presented by

Amanda

Video by Tate Stadnisky, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Amanda follows Amanda Movio’s journey of self-discovery and improvement.

*WINNER* One Pair of Shoes

Video by Madelyn Grimbleby, Woodstock Collegiate Institute (TVDSB)

One Pair of Shoes is the story of a person who was brought up without much money and is seen only for their lack of wealth, rather than for their personality.

Lip Ring

Video by Amelia Ortbach, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Lip Ring is a tongue-in-cheek music video about teenage angst. The story follows a girl whose mother does not approve of her choice to get a lip ring.

*RUNNER-UP* PETTY

Video by Greir Betts, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

In a year-long hunt, a determined rookie detective tracks a deranged serial killer. As tension escalates, killer’s sanity crumbles under perceived surveillance. A chilling final face-off ensues.

In My Head

Video by Isaac Clarke, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

This music video is about a young man who has a lot of feelings, and the only way he knows how to express them is through music.

‘A War’

Film by Dexter Greene, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (TVDSB)

Two boys enlist the help of a sling shot to catch birds on an early summer day.

Silent Raid

Film by Elissa Ladore, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

A Film Noir aesthetic film with elements of mystery, crime and questionable morals while keeping a comedic atmosphere. Silent Raid follows a three-party conflict over seemingly nothing…

*WINNER* X MILITARY

Film by Dexter Greene, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (TVDSB)

A soldier abandoned by the government exists trapped inside of a dilapidated apartment. The only thing keeping him company is a radio and a dead body.

*RUNNER-UP* Stop Trying To Be God

Film by Cole Tomasek, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

Rick — a lonely and empty man on a search for heaven and a “god-like” life — is torn apart and deceived by the tricks of a dangerous mob leader.

Watched

Film by Gwyneth Tomorad, Catholic Central High School (LDCSB)

Watched highlights the inescapable cognitive dissonance of guilt, specifically from repressive and unattainable societal standards. Feeling watched illustrates the problem of conformist ideologies: they generate an overactive sense of self-conciousness.

The FCYFF Narrative category is presented by

2023 FCYFF Festival Awards

Silent Raid

Film by Elissa Ladore, Saunders Secondary School (TVDSB)

A Film Noir aesthetic film with elements of mystery, crime and questionable morals while keeping a comedic atmosphere. Silent Raid follows a three-party conflict over seemingly nothing…

Amal

Film by Sarah Abu Jazar, Oakridge Secondary School (TVDSB)

Taking place in 1945 Palestine, Amal is a short animation about a young girl and her doll navigating their way through the Palestinian Nakba (the ethnic cleansing of Palestine).

Watched

Film by Gwyneth Tomorad, Catholic Central High School (LDCSB)

Watched highlights the inescapable cognitive dissonance of guilt, specifically from repressive and unattainable societal standards. Feeling watched illustrates the problem of conformist ideologies: they generate an overactive sense of self-conciousness.

2023 Most Enterprising Filmmaker

Dexter Greene, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (TVDSB)

X MILITARY

Film by Dexter Greene, Sir Frederick Banting Secondary School (TVDSB)

A soldier abandoned by the government exists trapped inside of a dilapidated apartment. The only thing keeping him company is a radio and a dead body.

Amal

Film by Sarah Abu Jazar, Oakridge Secondary School (TVDSB)

Taking place in 1945 Palestine, Amal is a short animation about a young girl and her doll navigating their way through the Palestinian Nakba (the ethnic cleansing of Palestine).