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            For nearly 18 years now Ryerson University Film Festival has showcased thesis films of up and coming filmmakers from Ryerson's School of Image Arts. This annual student-run festival promotes the work of the talented fourth year students and gives them a chance to network and screen their work in a public and professional setting. Ruff importantly offers a chance for students, filmmakers, faculty and staff to celebrate their efforts and achievements while sharing it with their peers as well as the public.

            This year for the first time ever we are hosting the festival at Ryerson Theatre, which is also known to screen a wide range of films during the Toronto International Film Festival. It is this festival’s biggest undertaking yet but as our slogan, “Where it All Comes Together” suggests, our goal this year is to bring the festival home and to create a real sense of community and engagement around it. We look forward to seeing you on May 1st and 2nd for the premiere of our 23 short films.


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Featuring the best in student filmmaking.

Almost Strangers

After the sudden death of her mother, Clara is forced to re-examine her strained relationship with her own daughter, Sloane.
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Anna's Pet Project

A desperate young girl uses her pet T-Rex to gain power over her school-yard bullies.
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Big Apple

The bonds of family are tested when deception, desperation and the unpredictable world of outlawed liquor challenge the integrity of two brothers living in 1932 Manhattan, New York.
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A down-on-her-luck, middle-aged nurse spends one fateful night with her young patient when he decides to run away from the hospital.
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A middle-aged family man struggles to cope with post-military life while trying to connect with his recently out, gay stepson.
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Café Caveat

A young man fixated on the present meets his love from the future. Time passes, people change and private things are revealed.
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Cinéma Vérité

After three years of university, what does Chek Geronimo know?
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The Craft

A film about the tension between the person you love and your passion.
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Daddy follows a young woman who unravels when she's forced to deal with her unhealthy relationships with older men.
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Dreaming is a Private Thing

Sam, an android employed to create motion pictures, discovers what it means to be human through his filmmaking.
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Earth to Avery

Earth to Avery follows the story of a young girl who believes that she is from another planet, as well as her foster parents' decision of whether or not to adopt her.
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The Editor

A short science fiction film that reveals the dangers of emerging technologies and how easily these technologies can be abused by those who are in control of them.
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A strange customer's visit forces Aviva to rethink everything she holds true.
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After a one-night stand, Aja and her two friends deal with the reality of what happened last night.
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The story of a single moment shared between two past lovers when they unexpectedly reunite for the first time in years.
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In the Weeds

When her roommate doesn’t return home from a party, Sloane's frustration with her misogynistic workplace boils over.
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Irreparable Damage

A little girl encounters her first experience with bullying when she is verbally abused by two older boys on a school bus.
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Faced with an abusive home life and failing grades, nine year old Jia Qing receives a call from school and must find a way to divert the attention of her teacher.
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Mannish Boy

In 1970's Brooklyn, New York, 21 year-old Bobby Mayhill must adapt to the return of his older brother Tommy whose absence has left Bobby following in wrong footsteps.
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Meeting Paris

Gordon is a passionate chef who decides to move to Paris in attempt to change his mundane, ordinary life.
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Three kids growing up on a farm in rural Ontario decide to steal their father’s pickup truck.
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NrG Elite

After being threatened with the cruel punishment of 100 days of chores, Sawyer must learn what it takes to succeed, what it means to support, and ultimately, what it means to grow up.
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Other Good Friday

After secretly going off his mood stabilizers, nerdy high schooler Sam, strives for a deeper connection with Alby, the girl he believes is the catalyst of his insanity.
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Julian Aboui

Irreparable Damage - Director

Pia Abrahams

Bookends - Writer/Director
EVO - Editor
Cafe Caveat - Production Designer
Anna’s Pet Project - Background Artist

Aaron Alter

The Craft - Producer/Writer/Director of Photography/Casting Director/Colorist
Other Good Friday - Gaffer/Colourist
Cafe Caveat - Colourist
Bookends - Colourist

Shailen Asnani

Almost Strangers - Writer/Director/Producer
Cinema Verite - Casting Director
Anna’s Pet Project - Colourist

Matthew Blakely

Other Good Friday - Editor
Almost Strangers - Editor

Jenny Breau

Irreparable Damage - Production Designer
Big Apple - Production Designer
The Editor - Art Director

Andres Carreno

Mannish Boy - Producer

Taylan Cevik

Anna’s Pet Project - Sound design/Supervising Sound Editor
NRG Elite - Sound Design
Earth to Avery - Sound Design
Joy - Sound Design

Larissa Contardi

Irreparable Damage - Writer/Producer

Dominick Dahl-Lacroix

Irreparable Damage - Editor/Sound Editor
Menesetung - Sound Design
The Editor - Foley Artist

Adin Dell

RUFF - Technical Director
Earth To Avery - Producer/Editor
Cinema Verite - Editor
Haze - Sound

Hunter Dixon

The Editor - Writer/Director
Menesetung - Sound Recordist
Grayscale - Grip
Big Apple - Art Assistant

Minya Djacic

Mannish Boy - Wardrobe Artist/Assistant Director
In the Weeds - Editor
RUFF Bumper - Director “Meet The Directors”

Olivia D’Oliveira

Grayscale - Writer/Director
Menesetung - Production Designer
Dreaming is a Private Thing - Production Designer
RUFF - Promotions/Marketing

Alec Emery

Dreaming is a Private Thing - Production Manager
The Editor - Editor
Irreparable Damage - Sound Recordist

Maddy Falle

Grayscale - Producer
Bookends - Co-Producer

Lucas Ford

RUFF Co-Chair
NrG Elite - Producer
In the Weeds - Producer
Burst - Line Producer

Emmett Fraser

NrG Elite - Writer/ Director/Animator
Dreaming is a Private Thing - 1st Assistant Director
Menesetung - 1st Assistant Director
In The Weeds - 1st Assistant Director

Liza Friedman

Other Good Friday - Writer/Director
Big Apple - Casting Director
Daddy - Co-Producer

Filip Funk

Burst - Cinematographer
Grayscale - Cinematographer
In The Weeds - Cinematographer

Douglas Gibbens

Big Apple - Sound Designer
The Editor - Sound Recordist
RUFF Bumpers - Producer of “It All Starts Here” and “RUFF Rumble”

Kirsten Goodland

Irreparable Damage - First Assistant Director
In The Weeds - Production Manager
NrG Elite - Production Coordinator

Justin Gray

Evo - Writer/Director

Aidan Greene

Daddy - Director/Writer
Other Good Friday - Co-producer

Erica Gulliver

Big Apple - Editor
Grayscale - Editor
Other Good Friday - Assistant Director
The Editor - Assistant

Neil Hansen

Evo - Producer
The Craft - Gaffer
Big Apple - Gaffer

Simon Jackson

Daddy - Producer
Daddy - Editor
The Craft - Composer

Stephen Allen James

The Craft - Producer
Meeting Paris - Director of Photography

Brandon Jordan

Evo - Cinematographer
Cafe Caveat - Producer

Micheal Kehren

Big Apple - Writer/Director
Cafe Caveat - 2nd Assistant Director

Natasha Kennedy

Bookends - Director of Photography
Cinema Verite - Director of Photography
Irreparable Damage - Director of Photography
Anna’s Pet Project - Animator

Matthew Kinahan

In The Weeds - Sound Designer/Composer
Evo - Sound Designer/Composer/Recordist
NrG Elite - Sound Recordist
In The Weeds - Sound Recordist

Rachel Lace

Other Good Friday - Producer
Evo - Co-Producer
Big Apple - Production Manager
Production Coordinator - Daddy

Emily Langridge

Joy - Producer/Editor
Menesetung - Producer
Meeting Paris - Assistant Director
RUFF - Treasurer

Cam Lasovich

Cafe Caveat - Associate Producer/Editor
Mannish Boy - Prop Master

Daegun (Daniel) Lee

Burst - Sound Designer
The Craft - Sound Designer
Grayscale - Sound Designer
The Editor - Cinematographer

Emma-Lee Lindsay

HAZE - Producer
Other Good Friday - Director of Photography
Evo - 1st AC

Tim MacLennan

Café Caveat - Writer/Director/Composer
Bookends - Editor

Kyle McDonnell

RUFF - Director of Programming
Menesetung - Writer/Director
Grayscale - 1st Assistant Director
Haze - Assistant Director

Steven McDonnell

Dreaming is a Private Thing - Cinematographer
Haze - Cinematographer
Menesetung - Cinematographer
NrG Elite - Cinematographer

Matthew McGuire

Cinema Verite - Writer/Producer
Anna’s Pet Project - Animator
Earth To Avery - Composer

Mackenzie McLean

Mannish Boy- Director of Photography/Executive Producer
Almost Strangers- Director of Photography
Big Apple - Gaffer

Cassandra Nasso

Big Apple - Producer

Michael Naundorf

Anna’s Pet Project - Producer
Earth to Avery - Assistant Director
Bookends - Assistant Director

Kate Niemuller

Almost Strangers - Writer/Director/Producer
Anna’s Pet Project - Animator

Julianna Notten

RUFF - Co-Chair
Earth To Avery - Writer/Director
Cinema Verite - Co-Producer/Assistant Director
RUFF Bumpers - Writer “Boom In The Shot” and “What Directors Do”

Xavier Pestana

Meeting Paris - Editor
Burst - Editor
Anna’s Pet Project - Editor

David Rezek

The Editor - VFX supervisor
NrG Elite - VFX artist
Anna’s Pet Project - Compositor

James Resendes

RUFF - Director of Social Media
HAZE - Writer/Director
Menesetung - Editor
Bookends - Art Director

Alan Sardana

Dreaming is a Private Thing - Writer/Producer/Editor/Sound Designer/Costume Designer/Colorist/VFX Artist
Almost Strangers - Sound Designer

Matt Segal

RUFF Bumper - Writer/Director “Ruff Rumble”
RUFF Bumper - Director “Where It All Began”
The Editor - Gaffer & Colourist

A.K. Shand

In The Weeds - Art Director
Burst - Art Director
Other Good Friday - Art Director

Ruzanna Shortstuffyan

Burst - Producer
The Editor - Props Master

Sean Singh

Cinema Verite - Director/Sound Designer
Cafe Caveat - Sound Mixer
Daddy - Sound Mixer
Earth To Avery - Sound Mixer

A.J. Smith

Dreaming Is a Private Thing - Writer/Director/Co-Producer
The Craft - Art Director

Jacob Thompson

Haze - Boom operator
In The Weeds - Sound recordist
Big Apple - Boom Operator

Seth Tomlinson

Anna’s Pet Project - Director/Lead Animator
Almost Strangers - Assistant Director
Bookends - Makeup/2nd Assistant Director

Ryan Tonelli

Mannish Boy - Director/Writer/Executive Producer
Burst- Assistant Director
Almost Strangers- 1st Assistant Camera

Jaina Town

Earth To Avery - Production Designer
Almost Strangers - Production Designer
Anna’s Pet Project - Concept Artist/Background Artist
Grayscale - Art Assistant

Theo Tsanas

Meeting Paris - Writer/Director
In The Weeds - Casting Director

Souha Usman

RUFF - Head of Fundraiser and Secretary
The Editor - Producer/Sound Design

Ilan Waldman

The Craft - Writer/Director/Producer and Editor

Zhantao Ryan Wang

Big Apple - Director of Photography
The Craft - Camera Operator
Mannish Boy - Camera Operator

Joy Webster

In The Weeds - Writer/Director/Producer
NrG Elite - 1st Assistant Director

Van Wickiam

Burst - Writer/Director
Mannish Boy - Editor
Joy - Assistant Director

Hayley Wong

Joy - Producer/Cinematography
Earth To Avery - Cinematography
Other Good Friday - 1st Assistant Camera

Gillian Wyatt

Bookends - Co-Producer
Grayscale - Production Designer
Daddy - Assistant Director

Taylor Zeller-Newman

Meeting Paris - Producer
Meeting Paris - Colourist
The Craft - Gaffer

Heyishi Zhang

Joy - Writer/Director/Production Designer
Earth to Avery - Continuity
The Editor - Continuity

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