Toronto 2022


Orientation & Filmmaker Lounge

LOCATION: Diptych Studio

DATE: Saturday, April 2, 2022

TIME: 1pm to 3pm

On Saturday many of you will be arriving in Toronto before your 3pm hotel or Airbnb checkin. To accommodate, your arrival, we will host an open space at Diptych Studio from 1pm to 3pm so you have a place to go. Throughout your stay, we will have complimentary yum yums, coffee and beverages so you can put something in your bellies. Around 1pm we will conduct an orientation and a sharing circle to all arrivals. Consider it a chance to network and meet your peers, their friends and the organizers of the festival. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!!!

The 48 Film Challenge Screening

LOCATION: TIFF Bell Lightbox

DATE: Sunday, April 3, 2022

TIME: 7:30pm to 9:30pm

TIFF Bell Lightbox will host the first Canada-wide time-based film challenge. The twenty-two original shorts program will be introduced by myself and TIFF senior programmer, Steve Gravestock, the screening is one hour and twenty-six minutes and will conclude with an awards ceremony led by Guy Maddin and Terril Calder. Buy tickets here.

Post-Screening Mixer

LOCATION: Diptych Studio

DATE: Sunday, April 3, 2022

TIME: 9:30pm to 1am

On Sunday evening directly after the screening, we will host a post-screening mixer at Diptych Studio from 9:30pm to 1am. This will be a network mixer for all registered and invited guests. There will be food and drink. STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!!!

About Diptych Studio

Diptych Studio is a top event listing in Toronto, with countless photography clients, a renowned film production location for movie and television scenes, commercials, and an extremely popular and versatile location for music videos and other creative visual content for artists… AND NOW … Host to the 48 Film Festival 2022. In the heart of downtown, this location features a 2000sq/ft production studio and event space with locking privacy, 100 year old character and factory windows, full kitchen, and exclusive access to a 3000sq/ft rooftop with absolutely stunning city skyline views.

The Neighbourhood

Diptych Studio, is a 1 1/2 blocks away from the world famous TIFF Bell Lightbox Theatre. It is positioned smack dab in the middle between Hooters at one end of the corner and the Scotia Bank Theatre at the other end of the corner. It’s a very short 6 min walk to the Osgoode-Queen Street Subway Station and a 15 min walk to Union Station. The Light Rail Transit (LRT) runs on King Street via 504A-LTR which is one block away – on Queen Street via 501-LTR which is two 2 blocks away. To learn how to get around check out our Toronto Travel Tips.

The National Announcement

Ideally it happens from February to April. Each participating province/territory will make a public announcement on their participation in The 48 and provide details of the timeline leading to local screenings and the Canada-wide screening.


Typically this begins in the spring. Each participating province and territory will host a registration period. There will be some regional variation, so check with the organization managing the event closest to you. Please pay attention to announcements, as registration typically is on a first come, first served basis. Entry fees will vary.

The Info-session

Ideally in spring each participating region will host an info-session (online or in person depending on health/safety conditions) explaining the rules and details about the festival. This will be a time to ask questions and connect with local composers, actors and extra crew members.

The 48 Film Challenge

In summer, for one weekend, each participating region will host The 48 Film Challenge in their locality. Ideally the rules and instructions will be similar across all areas, but often they will vary. Please check with the organization managing the event closest to where you reside. You will need The Key to begin!

THE KEY... Typically on a Friday, participants will receive an email that the challenge has begun. For example, the film challenge may go from 5pm on Friday to 5pm on Sunday. That email will contain your contest key which will include items mandatory for your film. These could be a theme, the use of a particular camera angle or editing technique, the use of a particular phrase in the script, etc. You will also be provided instructions for film format, export of files and documents that must be handed in with your film.

The Local Screening(s)

In summer, each participating region will host a local screening of all completed films. This will typically take place in the city in which the managing organization resides. There will likely be some local variation in details, so be sure to check with the organization managing the event that is closest to you.

The National Screening

The national screening will feature selections from each participating region. In Spring the following year, The TIFF Bell Lightbox or some place similar will host Canada’s national 48-hour film festival. Each participating locality will select two films for screening at the national location, so far its been locked in with the TIFF Bell Lightbox.