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Fourth Year Film student wins ‘Best Live Action Film’ at TIFF Student Film Showcase

Life doesnt scare me movie poster  - dog with crown sits on large red chair

Congratulations to Stephen Dunn, a fourth year student in Ryerson’s Film Production program, for his win at the TIFF 2012 Student Film Showcase. Dunn’s 14-minute short, ‘Life Doesn’t Frighten Me’ is a dark comedy about Esther Weary, a preteen who discovers her period and thinks she is dying. With the help of her eccentric grandfather, played by award-winning Canadian actor Gordon Pinset, and his dog King Henry, play by Igor the pug dog, Esther must come to terms with becoming a woman.

The TIFF 2012 Student Film Showcase featured works from students of 8 other institutes Canada-wide. The Student Film Showcase has been running for six years annually, this year being the second in a row as well as the fifth year in total that a Ryerson student has taken home the admirable title.

Dunn’s short impressed judges Jason Eisener (Director), Lisa Ray (actress) and Norman Wilner(Film Critic) and rightfully stole the title of “Best Live Action Short Film” along with it’s prizes. Prizes for the winning film include: DCP Output of the winning filmmaker’s work courtesy of Technicolor, $1,000 provided by the Directors Guild of Canada, One ticket to the Directors Guild of Canada Awards and One Sales and Industry pass for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.

Dunn is quickly gaining recognition in the Film industry. From his film ‘The Hall’, which won best picture in 2008 Toronto 48 hour film project to being the youngest elected participant for the TIFF “Talentlab” workshop to winning two of TIFFs RBC International Emerging Filmmaker Awards with his film ‘Swallowed’, Dunn is proving himself as a serious filmmaker time and time again. His films have been screened at Cannes Short Film Corner, Toronto, Miami, Atlantic, Enroute, NSI and St.John’s International Film Festivals. And now, “Winner of TIFF 2012 Student Film Showcase” can be added to his long list of accomplishments!

On his time spent at Ryerson, and education in general, Dunn has this to say: “Something that I’ve learned is to invest in yourself, like you’re your own company. Keep educating yourself. Keep the knowledge flowing.”