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Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival

October 6, 2022 @ 7:00 pm


The Barrie Film Festival is excited to announce the jury’s official selections for the inaugural Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival (COYSFF). This new program is for high school age filmmakers and is a qualifying festival for the Ontario Youth Film Festival (OYFF).

Please join us at Galaxy Cinemas as we present the selected films on the big screen and announce the winner in each category!

2022 COYSFF Screening and Awards Show

Thursday, October 6 at 7:00 pm
Galaxy Cinemas, 72 Commerce Park Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8
Admission: Free

Here are the 2022 Official Selections (in alphabetical order):

Art Works
Directed by Maggie Kane
Cast: Anna Evans Cook, Robin Backewich, Anael Levy Rosemberg
Documentary, 4:12
Etobicoke School of the Arts

A short documentary exploring the creative process behind art about sexual harassment and how it affects the viewer and the creator

Director: Sylvie Claire Potje
Experimental, 2:55
Bear Creek Secondary School

An exploration of the theme “deadline”, told through original spoken word poetry and cinematography. First created and presented live as a vocal masque by Sylvie Potje, this project has been reimagined for the screen.

Directed by Meghan Elizabeth Sanders
Animation, 4:17
Etobicoke School of the Arts

A man living alone except for the company of his pet bird is trapped by his daily pandemic routine. He must find a way out.

Hollow Home
Directed by Nina Rafique
Animation, 2:24
Etobicoke School of the Arts

A woman searches for the origins of the haunting that plagues her home, and begins to question the very foundation of her life within its walls.

Parental Voices
Directed by Megan Alicia Murphy
Documentary, 3:23
Etobicoke School of the Arts

Parental Voices explores the evolution of parental expectations. It depicts how our parents’ voices echo in our heads. Always.

Directed by Johnny Tsatsos
Narrative, 2:58
Unionville HS

The music industry is nothing to sneeze at. A man realizes that his dream job isn’t all that he had hoped for. The more stressed he becomes, the worse his sickness gets. Will he ever breathe clearly again?

The Adventures Of Marg
Directed by Chloe Clune
Narrative, 4:23
Aurora High School

When 17 year old Marg realizes she’s not living her life to the fullest she set’s out on an adventure.

There is hope
Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert
Documentary, 3:26

This video is to bring awareness to the increasing numbers of teen suicide.

Trip Switch
Directed by Sophie Virio
Narrative, 3:10
Maxwell Heights Secondary School

This film is representing what I feel during a panic attack, as expressed through a glitchy 80s video game. The cause of anxiety is unknown and confusing. Then suddenly it becomes a sensory overload….like a fuse with too much current.

Directed by Nina Rafique
Animation, 1:10
Etobicoke School of the Arts

Mother and daughter live in the aftermath of assimilation, and must figure out how to build a home in their chosen emptiness.

Where I Belong
Directed by Cailan Laine Punnewaert
Narrative, 2:56

This short shows how it feels to not fit in to societal expectations.


There are Cash prizes for the winning film in each category. Only high school students in Central Ontario were eligible to submit. Here are the categories:

Narrative – A film that tells a fictional or fictionalized story, event or narrative. Maximum 5 minutes in length.

Documentary – A non-fictional film intended to record and capture some aspect of reality. Maximum 5 minutes in length.

Animation – Any style of animation with a narrative. Maximum 3 minutes in length.

Experimental – Explorations of visual images and audio to evoke emotions and see the world through a creative lens. Entries may be abstract and/or artistic. Maximum 3 minutes in length.

Music Video – A short film integrating a song and imagery, produced for artistic purposes. Rights for the music must be obtained prior to submitting.


October 6, 2022 – COYSFF 2022 Screening and Awards Show, Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, ON

October 28, 2022 – OYFF 2022 Screening and Awards Show, London, ON




The Barrie Film Festival’s inaugural Central Ontario Youth Short Film Festival is an affiliated film festival with the Ontario Youth Film Festivalworking together to celebrate the work and talent of high school filmmakers in Ontario.


October 6, 2022
7:00 pm


Barrie Film Festival


Galaxy Cinemas Barrie, 72 Commerce Park Dr, Barrie, ON L4N 8W8
72 Commerce Park Drive
Barrie, Ontario L4N 8W8 Canada
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