Minispectacles Trio by Maarit Suomi-Väänänen awarded at Toronto Urban Film Festival!

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Maarit Suomi-Väänänen: Minispectacles Trio (2014)

North America’s largest subway film festival, the Toronto Urban Film Festival (TUFF), reaches over one million daily commuters on subway platform screens across the Toronto transit system every September.

To celebrate TUFF’s best one-minute silent films, guest judge Guy Maddin, presented top honours and the $3,000 prize to Maarit Suomi-Väänänen for her beautiful and captivating one-minute short, Minispectacles Trio:

“What an extreme pleasure it was for me to watch all the films in this wonderful festival. Short films, oddly, can often feel long, but ALL of TUFF entrants simply raced past my eyes, always leaving me ready to watch more,” said Guest Judge Guy Maddin. “The variety was incredible — who knew there were so many ways to cram so much into one silent minute! With so many smart, gorgeous films in the running, I had a tough decision to make, but I’m happy to have chosen for first place Maarit Suomi-Väänänen’s Minispectacles Trio.”

Also Maarit Suomi-Väänänen’s one minute short Minispectacles Along received a Special Jury Prize at the festival. Congratulations Maarit!

Toronto Urban Film Festival was celebrated during 5th to 15th September. List of awarded films is available on Toronto Urban Film Festival website.

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Photo credits: Laura McSwiggan.

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