TORONTO, April 16, 2020 – Stay At Home Heroes in partnership with Mann Casting and eBOSS Canada, supported by ACTRA Toronto are proud to present the first (and hopefully last) Canadian Isolation Short Film Festival. The inaugural festival encourages all Canadians to submit a short “at-home” video as an expression of their own experiences in isolation during the COVID-19 crisis.
The platform invites any Canadian citizen to shoot a short film (3 minutes maximum) on a tablet or smart-phone and submit it by May 6th, 2020. The entries will then go to a panel of esteemed judges who will choose a winner which will be announced at a live-streamed event on May 9th, 2020.
“As a seasoned Casting Director who has worked in the film industry for 25 years it is important to me to provide an inclusive and simple platform for not only the film industry, but all Canadians to use the tools they have at home as an outlet to help with creative expression at this unique time in history,” said Steven Mann, Casting Director and Founder of Mann Casting.
“ACTRA Toronto is proud to support the Isolation Short Film Festival. We may be isolated in our homes but we are staying connected, inspiring creativity and hope. Stay safe. Stay healthy. Stay home. Stay connected,” said Theresa Tova, President, ACTRA Toronto.
“We’re excited to expand our Stay At Home Heroes campaign with the addition of the Isolation Short Film Festival in partnership with Mann Casting and eBOSS Canada. Our initiatives are a perfect synergy and reinforce our current mission, which, through the power of creative and informative content, is helping to support Canadians to stay safe, healthy and happy at home,” said Jessica Martins, Director, Stay at Home Heroes, and Founder of Hero Artists.
Martins went on to say: “The Isolation Short Film Festival is a natural extension of our brand as it provides a creative outlet to the film industry, artists, and all Canadians who are looking to come together and support one another at this challenging time through powerful content and artistic expression.”
The Isolation Short Film Festival has already collected a number of submissions to date and looks forward to hundreds more. For more information, or to submit your short film visit: http://isff.stayathomeheroes.com/
About Stay At Home Heroes
Launched in March 2020 as a response to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s call to action to help “plank the curve”, Stay at Home Heroes was created to provide content to Canadian Citizens during the COVID-19 crisis that motivates and provides information on how to self-isolate, stay healthy, and maintain social and physical distancing. For more information visit www.stayathomeheroes.com, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, LinkedIn, Twitter, #stayathomehero #plankthecurve
About Mann Casting
Mann Casting is a Nationally renowned and award-winning casting agency which has been led by Steven Mann for over 15 years. Mann Casting has been involved in casting over 2,500 jobs including award-winning TV commercials; from the Bessie Awards to the Gold Lion Awards to Super Bowl spots.
About eBOSS Canada
eBOSS Canada is the Entertainment Business One-Stop Shop and is quickly becoming the HUB for the Canadian Entertainment Industry. Their mission is to build a bridge between the creatives and the opportunities. It is the fastest growing FREE-to-join social network that brings the Canadian Film, TV, Commercial, Theatre and Music industries together – under ONE roof. https://ebosscanada.com/
ACTRA Toronto is the largest organization within ACTRA, representing more than 15,000 of Canada’s 27,000 professional performers working in recorded media in Canada. As an advocate for Canadian culture since 1943, ACTRA is a member-driven union that continues to secure rights and respect for the work of professional performers. https://www.actratoronto.com/