prestigious student event that is internationally renowned for showcasing undiscovered aspiring filmmakers. Awards are presented by the ZOOM Board of Directors to recognize exemplary achievement in promising filmmakers and encourage them to pursue their dreams within the film industry. Most recently, the local Toronto festival has broadened it's scope - accepting submissions from international students. The ZOOM Student Film Festival has lead many filmmakers to great success and connects thousands of filmmakers from around the world every year.



annual student event founded in 1997 at Earl Haig Secondary School. English teacher Mrs. Susan Popplewell and three students in her Grade 12 English class, Joe Frankel, Sam Kates, and Liam Eagle, created the festival as a statement of their passion for film and video, and as a response to the strong interest at Earl Haig in the field of filmmaking. That year, in its first home at the screening room of the Proctor & Gamble Professional Building on Yonge Street, the Festival was an elegant three-night event with a program of video shorts by Earl Haig students. The winner of the ballot for the People’s Choice Award for Best Picture was Joe Frankel for “The Roomer”, and the John Marcel Gomes Jury Prize (named after the retiring Head Librarian and resident Earl Haig film buff) went to Dave Lerech for “Blink”. The Festival was a hit and earned enough money to sponsor a second year.

Since then, the festival’s venue moved to the Earl Haig building itself. Recently the festival opened up international doors, accepting submissions from around the world. This widened the scope of the festival, giving students from abroad the chance to showcase their talent.


Zoom Student Film Festival

20th Aniversary

Earl Haig Secondary School

May 19th



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