Film challenge showcases local creativity

By Anjali Singh

The top three finalist films from Markham Teen Arts Council’s (MTAC) 24-Hour Film Challenge received well-deserved recognition. They were screened on March 11 at the Flato Markham Theatre and were selected based on the most creative use of the given prop (paper airplane), dialogue (“what’s in that bag and why are you hiding it here”) and sound effect (ocean waves). MTAC works to showcase young talent in the community.

The panel of judges included Karen Selina N, a production designer who works with directors to bring film visuals to life; Daniel Shpuntov, a director and cinematographer studying Film Production at Ryerson University; Diane Hallquist, Markham at the Movies vice-chair; and Scott Hill, Markham Theatre manager.

The first place winner and People’s Choice award recipient was Snatch and Steal by Arshad Mohamed, Rohan Ali, Talhah Wahab, Uzair Shuaib and Muhammad Adil. Second place went to Life of a Paper Airplane by Victor Chao, Tarin Leslie, Om Shanbhag, Eric Li and Yifei Ma. Third was Sound Check, produced by Dhrumil Patel, Andrew Pun, Sigil Wen, Miranda Guo and Venkat Muthaly.

Photo: Members of the Markham Teen Arts Council are all smiles at this year’s 24-Hour Film Challenge. Photo courtesy of Ania Avadanei.

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