TIFF Next Wave Film Festival is created by young movie lovers for young movie lovers. For the 2nd annual TIFF Next Wave held from Feb 15-17, Battle of the Scores kicked off the opening night festivities featuring 6 high school bands across the city curated by the Next Wave committee at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Each of the bands performed their own unique scores to an original short film created this year by young, emerging filmmaker Ben Roberts. The winner was determined by a panel of professional judges from Toronto’s music and film community including film composer Adrian Ellis and director, actor, choreographer Corey Bowles. There was also an additional prize based on the audience’s votes via texting short codes. The evening was hosted by Sam Sutherland, author of Perfect Youth: The Birth of Canadian Punk and segment producer at MTV News.
Each band did a great job being given only 3 weeks, each showcasing their own interesting style and each accompanied by a unique segment of the original short film. It was entertaining night and it’s great to see TIFF place an importance on being accessible to the next generation of young movie lovers. Congrats to the winning band, Post!
The rest of the festival showcased 10 international films, a John Hughes marathon, a 24-hour film challenge for aspiring high school film teams, and a Talent Lab for youth aged 14-18.
For more information visit tiff.net/nextwave