The YoungCuts Film Festival is pleased to announce that it has selected Joseph Procopio's short film Onion Skin as one of our Top 100 International Short Films for 2011. The film is also shortlisted for consideration as Best Teen Film.
The Official Final Deadline of the YoungCuts Film Festival was June 15th.
We are in the process of finalizing our Top 100. There is still an opportunity for films that we haven't received yet to trickle in after the deadline, we thought that we would begin announcing some of the films that we know will be included in our Top 100.
These won't be announced in any kind of order and they should not be interpreted as any kind of ranking, just that we have all the material for this particular film and that we do consider it one of the Top 100 short films by filmmakers 25 and under that we have seen (and will see) out of more than a thousand films that we have screened from more than 30 countries.
This week, we will be announcing some of our favourite Teen films leading to the announcement of all the films that will play in our Teen screening.
Announced so far as Best Teen films:
Francesca Abbondanza-Bergeron's Switching Worlds
Jeremiah James' Send Me To Babylon
Nic Weinfeld's The 36
Phillip Bernardino-Gomez' MeJohn
|With Friends Like These...|
Directed and Written by Joseph Procopio
While maybe just a touch long, Onion Skin is an incredibly mature film from such a young filmmaker.
(Of course since this is Joseph's 10th film, he has a bit more experience than most 16 year old directors.)
The film is incredibly well-filmed and well-framed with a touch of magic realism.
Our judges especially liked the way that the friends of the two main characters acted as a disapproving opinionated Greek chorus.
|... Who Needs Enemies?|
Runtime: 12 min: 27 sec
|The Rise of Thumbs...|
Completion: March 2011
|The Death of Romance|
Country of Origin: Canada (Ontario)
Synopsis: A high school student turns heads when he decides to avoid text-messaging a girl in this comedy-turned-romance about the power of letter writing.
Filmmaker Bio: Onion Skin is 16 year old Joseph Procopio's 11th film - a 10-minute narrative romantic short about the power of letter writing. Following a Casting Working Workbook Talent search in Toronto, Joseph discovered 5 new performers that he directed for Introduction to the screen in Onion Skin. He also hired seasoned character performer Jacqueline Tarne for the role of Wisdom.
Onion Skin was produced with the help of a beginner high school/college crew and extras from 7 schools across Ontario. Joseph is currently writing his feature film directorial debut, while hoping that Onion Skin will help secure representation or the interest of a theatrical distributor. Joseph has been directing without pause, directing 11 short films since his debut at the age of eight with his film, Nine Times Eight. To date Joseph's 10 films have received 36 First Prizes and have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide.
|Making Eye Contact|
Production Notes: Pre-production of Onion Skin began with a full screenplay beak-down, production strip-board, and an official Casting Workbook announced audition courtesy of Susan Forrest Casting. Film Office Location Permits and Front Row Insurance was then secured for a six day shoot on location at Villanova College in King City, and at Toronto Pearson International Airport.
|Eye to Eye|
Filmmaker Age: 16
The 2011 YoungCuts Film Festival will begin on Thursday, September 29th. Screenings will be at the Guzzo Spheretech beginning on Friday, September 30th. The Teen Screening will be on Friday September 30th at 1PM. This will be a free screening presented as part of Les Journées de la Culture (Culture Days). The screening will end with presentation of the award Best Teen film. Stay tuned for details on how to enjoy the amazing films that we will be presenting including Onion Skin!