Hello once again to the lovely people in the city of Toronto! Today we want to give away five pairs of run-of-engagement passes to one of our favourite films of this new year from some of our favourite local filmmakers. Enter for a chance to win tickets to see TOWER at The Royal courtesy of Dork Shelf and College Street Pictures.

After having its world premiere at the Locarno Film Festival and its Canadian premiere at TIFF in 2012, Tower returns to Toronto for an exclusive engagement at The Royal, starting Friday February 22.  The debut feature from Toronto-based, award-winning MDFF films, shows a candid yet perplexing character study of a Torontonian stuck in a rut.

Tower centres on a 34-year old man, Derek, who lives at home with his parents in Toronto, Unlike his married brother who is expecting a baby, Derek is single and without a career. Although he aspires to become a graphic-animator, he works part-time at his uncle’s construction company. Late at night he wanders the street alone and frequents nightclubs in search of companionship. Derek suddenly finds himself in an intimate relationship with Nicole, a woman he meets. When a neighbourhood raccoon becomes a constant nuisance by tearing up his family’s garbage, Derek sets out to catch it.

“We’re really excited to have been given a spotlight at The Royal and share this strange beast of a film,” says director Kazik Radwanski. “Tower is about something hidden that secretly lurks around our city and I can’t wait for Torontonians to see what we’ve captured.”

Radwanski and Dan Montgomery of MDFF Films have taken bows for their short films since their 2007 debut Assault. That and subsequent films have earned them awards and multiple invitations to the world’s top film festivals, including: the Berlinale, Edinburgh, Krakow, Melbourne and Toronto International Film Festivals. Their 2008 short film, Princess Margaret Blvd., generated numerous awards and accolades including Best International Short Film Award at the 2009 Edinburgh International Film Festival, and a nomination for Best Live Action Short Film at the 2010 Genie Awards. Their short Out in that Deep Blue Sea (2009) was in competition at the 60th Berlin International Film Festival, and received a Special Mention at the 2010 Krakow Film Festival. MDFF presented two short films at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival – Green Crayons and Woman Waiting. More recently, Radwanski won the Ingmar Bergman Award at the Uppsala International Short Film Festival, and a K.M. Hunter Artist Award for Film and Video.

5 winners will be given run-of-engagement passes good for any showing of Tower. For your chance to win, simply email [email protected] with TOWER in the subject line. Please only one entry per household. Multiple entries will be deleted. For additional chances to win, simply like the contest announcement on our Facebook page and/or re-Tweet the announcement from our Twitter! Deadline for entries is 5:00pm on Thursday, February 21st.

Good luck and remember to always stay tuned to Dork Shelf for all the latest news, reviews, interviews, and contests!