Thursday, May 27, 2010

2010 Worldwide Short Film Festival, June 1-6

Next week, the 16th edition of the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from Tuesday, June 1 to Sunday June 6. WSFF is the largest short film festival in North America and features a diverse group of 281 films from 34 countries. Each of the 33 programs presents 5 to 20 short films grouped thematically. 210 of the films are premieres including 31 world premieres. The quality of the programming is consistently very strong from year to year. A few of the screenings are free for students (18+) and seniors with valid ID.

In addition to the excellent films themselves, the festival hosts a symposium, an important industry component that is a must for filmmakers and those in the business. They have seminars, master classes and workshops that are designed to help filmmakers at every stage of their process. Also, industry buyers come from around the world, to scour the festivals library of submitted films as well as their official programming. It is a terrific forum for people to network and form lasting relationships with industry professionals as well as fellow filmmakers.

Here is information on the film programs and the symposium. For more information and to purchase tickets, go to the website at

Film Programs

Hailing straight from some of the film world's most competitive forums The Worldwide Short Film Festival Opening Gala offers a selection of the most celebrated films from Canada and across the globe. 
OFFICIAL SELECTION (Programs 1 – 12)
Our competitive programming debuts the films that become the world’s most critically acclaimed short films. This year, the 12 programs of selected shorts featured in the 2010 Official Selection competition are a diverse blend of engaging live action, animation, documentary and experimental films from Canada and 28 countries across the globe.  

Proving comedy is truly a universal language, this fresh crop of comedy shorts from home and abroad reveals some talented new voices in filmmaking.

Date night!
Looking for love?  Bring a hankie and your sense of humour to watch this collection of romantic shorts featuring true and tall tales of love.

For ten years now, Prends ça court! (take this short!) has been giving Quebecers something to write home about. This program of nine shorts is a not-to-be-missed retrospective of recent Québécois cinema at its best.   

Spotlight on POLAND
Each year the Worldwide Short Film Festival shines the spotlight on a region or country. This year we shine the spotlight on Poland, showcasing contemporary shorts in two programs.

Spotlight on POLAND: Platige Image

This year’s animation spotlight is a not-to-be-missed retrospective of multi-award winning works from Poland’s well-known animation house Platige Image.


Presented in collaboration with Laugh Sabbath, a Toronto based Alternative Comedy Collective, don’t miss this loot bag o’ laughs combining 13 wildly wicked comedy shorts and laugh inducing live performances at Annex Live, 296 Brunswick Ave.
Lunafest short films by, for, about women
Lunafest films are renowned for celebrating the talents and stories of women.  Hailing from Australia, Bulgaria, USA and the UK, this collection of live action, documentary, experimental and animated shorts are sure to captivate audiences, compel dialogue and even motivate.


With the goal of encouraging and empowering female filmmakers, Sweden’s Doris collective was founded in 1999. This omnibus of seven recent shorts was created in accordance with the Doris Manifesto – films must have at least one female lead, scriptwriters are female, the score is composed by a woman; and all key creative positions are filled by women.


CFC short dramatic films

Don’t miss the opportunity to screen an eclectic crop of award-winning films by Canada’s best and brightest emerging talent.  Join us for a screening of the five works created as part of the Canadian Film Centre’s Short Dramatic Film Program in 2009. This program is free for students (18+) and seniors with valid I.D.

Mexican film school SPOTLIGHT 

Each year, the WSFF highlights the work being made at an exceptional film school, giving local film students a chance to see what’s coming out of other academic institutions.  This year, the WSFF is proud to present a spotlight on Mexico’s premiere film school, Centro De Capacitación Cinematográfica (CCC). This program is free for students (18+) and seniors with valid I.D.

Calling all Gleeks, karaoke crooners, and shower singers.  This hit list of musical movies uses song and dance to reach emotional high and low notes that lie beyond words.


This vibrant collection of animated family films features a fun-filled collection of kooky characters  hailing from a diverse range of countries – including Switzerland, South Africa and China.  After the screening, kids can join celebrated animator Jon Izen, co-creator of CBC’s “Yam Roll” series, for a drawing workshop.

A visual journey celebrating the unique fusion of sight and sound, these music videos feature works from well-known and obscure artists, as well as established and up-and-coming filmmakers. Join us after the show at Resistor Gallery, 284 College St. from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. featuring a DJ set by Super Fantastic Soundsystem.


Top Hollywood stars headline or helm our Celebrity Shorts program and this year, a record number of A-listers perform, write or direct in these truly star-studded short films featuring Robert Pattinson, Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle, John C. Reilly, Kristen Wiig, Liane Balaban, Vincent D’Onofrio, and Hollywood legend Dick Van Dyke.

Blast off and explore galaxies of the truly unknown with this cosmic collection of science-fiction shorts. This global array of animation and live action works is always a great bet for fantastically imaginative works and a taste of sharp parody.

Our annual selection of late-night, humorous and sexy shorts is guaranteed to satisfy.  From hot robot maids who do more than suck the carpets clean to grandma’s dirty jokes, these naughty pieces of tale will leave you begging for more.

Our two midnight programs – Freaky and Creepy are guaranteed to make you shake with shock and awe.  From a speed-dating disfigured man dressed like Mr. Peanut to a Bruce Lee action figure busting out of his box, ready to take on the outside world, you’ll find the most unsettling, eerie and flat out frightening shorts the world has to offer laced with the occasional dose of comic relief.


The festival wraps up with this one time only screening of the 2010 WSFF award-winning films on Sunday evening. Announced earlier in the day at the WSFF Awards Picnic, this screening showcases the best of the fest along with the TELUS Audience Choice Award.



10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Join us for an inspiring Master Class with award-winning director Atom Egoyan (CHLOE, ADORATION, THE SWEET HEREAFTER) and actor Devon Bostick (DIARY OF A WIMPY KID, ADORATION, SURVIVAL OF THE DEAD) on the director/actor relationship. Using their film ADORATION and drawing on their other films, Atom & Devon will discuss their approaches to storytelling in an intimate conversation.

SCRIPT 2 SCREEN: Working with a Story Editor 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
So you’ve got a script and want to make it screen-ready — who you gonna call? A story editor! This session will explore the creative and legal relationship between scriptwriter and story editor. Learn what a good story editor can do for you, and figure out how to find the right one for your project. Every good script needs a second pair of eyes.

MUSIC TO MY FILM 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
The right music maketh the film. A panel of experienced composers discuss the process of making music for film.  Explore how the right relationship between a director and composer can result in the perfect marriage between sight and sound.  Brought to you by SOCAN and the GCFC (Guild of Canadian Film Composers).

BIZ KNOW-HOWHosted by NSI (National Screen Institute)
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Focus on Directors
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Focus on Writers
Wondering how to move your career forward? Business affairs, deal-making and negotiating are cornerstones of a successful creative career – so are branding, strategic thinking and networking. This series of panels explores the business and marketing skills writers and directors need to manage your career so you can make a living doing what you do best: write and direct.

THE SMART PHONE 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM
For years we’ve been hearing about the crossover between phones and films. With the recent introduction of iPhones and other smart devices, mobile technology is changing the way we interact with each other and the world. Not just for making calls anymore, mobile devices are now used in increasingly diverse ways and are at the centre of everything from activism to gaming. This panel explores how these shifts in mobile consumption can affect you – the emerging filmmaker!

Throw away those red and blue glasses, because this ain’t your parents’ 3D! With the recent explosion in 3D filmmaking, everyone is talking about the possibilities it presents.
This session will explore what experts in this emerging field have to say about stereoscopic cinema technology and how it works, as well as how it will change creative expression and the film-going experience. The future is now!


FESTIVALS 101 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
You’ve just wrapped the best short film of your career and now you’re ready to take the global festival circuit by storm. Fame, fortune and international travel await you…if only you can figure out where to send your short. This panel will dig into the mysterious world of film festival strategy, give you the low-down on what festivals are looking for, answer some questions about online exhibition and tackle the dos and don’ts of being a festival guest. Take this opportunity to get inside the heads of those who call the festival shots.

DISTRIBUTION 101 1:00 PM – 2:30 PM
Are you ready to distribute and monetize your film? Come and meet local and international distributors who want to assist you in getting your film into the marketplace. Learn
how you can best approach them, what they can do for you and what they are looking for. If you’re interested in selling your film, this is the place to start.

WHO BUYS WHAT 3:00 PM – 6:00 PM
Our most popular Symposium event, this highly-anticipated, fast-paced and informative panel is filled with national, international and multi-platform buyers and distributors. Our
goal is to help you figure out not just “who buys what,” but also what the terms of a sale are, how much you can expect to get for your film and how to get your project to the right people. Bring your notepad and loosen up that writing hand: the information comes fast and furious.


Non Linear Storytelling: Designing Interactive Narratives 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
As the shift toward interactive screens continues, designing narratives for the digital landscape is a skill that’s increasingly in demand. This master class session will bust creative thinking out of old models and introduce you to multi-plot structures, current forms of transmedia and interactive digital narratives.

Shifting Landscapes: Successful Transmedia & Multiplatform Projects 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Through examining a variety of case studies, this panel will explore how approaches to content delivery and use of technology relate to audience consumption habits, and fan participation. Discussion will highlight the realities of how these trends are causing shifts in the way audiences, creators and funders are approaching media.

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