Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Free screenings - The Worldwide Short Film Festival National Tour

The Worldwide Short Film Festival normally takes place in Toronto in early June. It is run by the Canadian Film Centre and is the largest short film festival in North America. Now they are taking the show on the road and offering a free screening of sample films from the recent festival in three Canadian cities -- Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver -- in their Best of the Fest National Tour.

Films include a number of prize-winners such as I.D. by Sam Firth, which won numerous awards such as the “Human Condition 60 Second Film Competition” at the Chicago International Film Festival. The Poodle Trainer won Best Documentary Short at this year's WSFF, which Slip won Best Experimental Short. There is a good mix of fiction and documentary, live-action and animation, and Canadian and international films.

Screenings take place in mid- to late-November. To RSVP, click on the link provided.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010
7 p.m.
Cinema du Parc
3575 avenue du Parc
TEL: 514 281 1900
Wednesday, November 24, 2010
7 p.m.
Plaza Cinema
1133 Kensington Roadway NW
TEL: 403 283 2222
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
7 p.m.
Scotiabank Theatre
900 Burrard Street
TEL: 604 630 1407
RSVP Montreal
RSVP Montreal
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*You may RSVP for yourself and one guest. Seating provided on a first come, first served basis.
**All guests must be 18+ years of age.
Boar Attack
Sam Firth | UK | 2009 | 1:00 | Documentary
Saved by the filmmaker over the years, a series of photo booth self-portraits shows us that although fashions and hairstyles come and go, the person stays the same.
Peter & Ben
Vance Malone | USA | 2009 | 8:00 | Documentary
Irina Markova’s entire life is dedicated to her one true passion: training poodles for her circus act. This eye-popping documentary reveals not only her unwavering dedication to her dogs, but the childhood trauma that inspires her remarkable life.
Best Documentary Short, WSFF 2010
Manon on the Asphalt
Chelsea McMullan | Canada | 2008 | 6:00 | Experimental
In one perfectly orchestrated tracking shot, the most private of spaces – a women’s change room – is fluidly explored. Female bodies of all shapes and sizes dance across the space, creating an endearing movement piece.
The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short, WSFF 2010
Award for Best Experimental Short, WSFF 2010
The Funeral
Ian Meadows| Australia | 2009 | 14:00 | Fiction
A deeply moving drama weaves two parallel tales as a middle-aged couple faces a terminal disease together, and two cosmonauts prepare to separate as they return to Earth. Sometimes, only love can cross the space that divides us.
Starring Noni Hazlehurst and Anthony Phelan – Winners of The Deluxe Award for Best Performance in a Live-Action Short, WSFF 2010
Jesse Shamata| Canada | 2009 | 7:00 | Fiction
A hit-man meets his mark over a breakfast of eggs, assassination threats, and career advice. A sweet encounter between a man, his work and a captive audience.
Varathit Uthaisri | USA | 2009 | 3:00 | Experimental
See the patterns of how we live from a most unique perspective in this playfully shot observation of our daily routines.
I Love Sarah Jane
Philippe Verkinderen | Belgium | 2009 | 15:00 | Fiction
A calamity of events collide in one afternoon for little Robbie: the last day of school, Belgium’s World Cup qualifying match, and a whale beached on the town’s shore. As all three head towards a climax, an unexpected twist changes his world forever.
The Flower
Carol Salter | UK and Uganda | 2009 | 13:00 | Documentary

Documentary cameras follow the plight of a young goatherd in northern Uganda who yearns to go to school. But 40 years ago, tribal elders buried a pen, placing a curse on the written word. The boy’s fate is decided as the real source of the curse is revealed.
A Dose of the Guilts
Joanna Priestley | USA | 2008 | 4:00 | Animation
Written and narrated by Taylor Mali, four time winner of the National Poetry Slam championships, this dirty ditty animates text and plays up phonetics with hilarious results. A witty commentary on ignorance, idiocy and our overreliance on spell check.
Le Grand Content
Lisa Jackson | Canada | 2009 | 6:00 | Fiction
A Cree woman working as a domestic sings a haunting lullaby for the daughter she lost to the soul-sucking residential school system of the 1950s. An awesome reinvention of genre that uses heavy metal, zombies and hip-hop dance moves to communicate thought control, hunger and abuse.
New Boy
Tornike Bziava | Georgia | 2010 | 14:00 | Fiction
Following the violent Soviet suppression of a peaceful demonstration in Tbilsi, Georgia on April 9th, 1989, a military serviceman makes a surprising human connection.

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