2017 TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival Winners

Natalia Gurkina’s Confession and Justin Wu’s Overtime have been crowned the winners of TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival which showcases 60-second micro-shorts.

“This year’s festival attracted an impressively diverse and comprehensive group of entries, including 40 percent from female filmmakers,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “We are so glad the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival is able to provide a unique and inclusive platform for emerging filmmakers from around the world to create and showcase their work.”

This year’s esteemed jury, including actor Isabelle Huppert, actor Ashton Sanders, music video visionary Director X, actor and director Lake Bell, director and producer Karan Johar and Fast Retailing’s President and Head of Global Creative John C. Jay have deliberated and selected their favourite film of the finalists. Natalia Gurkina’s Confession will be awarded the Jury’s Choice Award. Additionally, Justin Wu’s Overtime has been selected as the winner of the Fan Favourite Award by the public, who voted via Instagram likes throughout the festival.

Both winners will be celebrated at the TIFFxInstagram Shorts Festival Awards Reception during the Toronto International Film Festival.

The winner of the Jury’s Choice Award Presented by UNIQLO is:

Confession, dir. Natalia Gurkina @madhatterzero
A love story within a love story, a nod to Russian melodrama and a film within a film shot on iPhone.

Based in Moscow, Gurkina is a 26 year old filmmaker and comics writer. She studied filmmaking at Moscow Film School from 2014-2016. The idea for her short film Confession came to her completely spontaneously, and she shot it on an iPhone 5s days later.

The winner of the Fan Favourite Award Presented by UNIQLO is:

Overtime, dir. Justin Wu @justinwu
Overtime contrasts the tender love of a father with the brutal world in which he works.

Justin Wu got his start as an art & fashion photographer, and more recently began his career in filmmaking. His work varies greatly from TV commercials, gallery art installations, and international fashion editorials. His first experimental film, Coup de grâce, was exhibited and screened at the modern art museum, Centre Pompidou, in Paris last fall. Following that, his first narrative short, Le devoir, won the 2014 Grand Prize for Best Emerging Director at an Academy Award qualifying film festival last summer.

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