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Student filmmakers awarded at OFRB ceremony

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Student filmmakers awarded at OFRB ceremony

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The Ontario Film Review Board recognized the talents of 11 students from four provincial film schools for promoting Ontario's film classification system through a series of public service announcements.

The winning public service announcements were selected from several high-quality creative submissions, received after the Ontario Film Review Board launched its second Class Acts Wanted! student film competition in September 2007.

The Top Act is:

Ryerson University (The Lineup)

  • Graeme Brown and Jonathan Hodgson

Runners-up include:

Humber College (Choose Your Opponent)

  • Paul Vilchur and Steve Harris

Queen's University (Crosswalk)

  • Tracey Ma

Humber College (Spokesman)

  • Mark Masoumi, Kenneth Molen and Lindsay Braunsar

Ontario College of Art and Design (Those are the Rules)

  • Enrico Ferri, Dylin North and Stephen La Porta

The Competition

  • Students in film, television and animation programs were invited to produce a 60-second Public Service Announcement (PSA) explaining the provincial film classification system.
  • Students then submitted storyboard creative submissions to the Ontario Film Review Board (OFRB).  Five student teams were selected to work with a mentor from the film or advertising industry to produce their film.  The student teams also received up to $10,000 each to cover production costs.
  • The winning submissions will be screened in Ontario movie theatres equipped with digital screening equipment before feature film presentations starting in the fall of 2008. They will also be available on the OFRBs website www.ofrb.gov.on.ca .
  • The PSAs were required to display and promote awareness of all Ontario film classifications, including G, PG, 14A, 18A and R, and indicate where viewers can find more information about the ratings.


Film and Video Classification

  • In 2003 Ontario introduced a five-level classification system:
    • G -  General
    • PG - Parental Guidance
    • 14A - Under 14 must be accompanied by an adult
    • 18A - Under 18 must be accompanied by an adult
    • R - Restricted to anyone 18 and over
  • Besides classifications, the OFRB may choose to include "content advisories" for the public, including Nudity, Course Language or Brutal Violence.  These advisories, along with the classification, must appear on all exhibition related advertising to help the viewer make an informed choice.


The Ontario Film Review Board

  • The OFRB is an arm's-length agency of the Ministry of Government Services responsible for classifying most  movies played in Ontario theatres.
  • The province's Film Classification Act, 2005 gives the board the authority to review and classify film that is exhibited, rented or sold in Ontario.
  • The OFRB is a community board, and its 18 members represent a cross-section of the many diverse communities across Ontario.

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