Sunday, May 29, 2011

Worldwide Short Film Festival 2011 kicks off with free party

Although the Worldwide Short Film Festival doesn't begin until Tuesday night, the festival is launching this year with a free "Square Party" to give everyone a taste of what's in store. The festivities take place starting at 8pm on Sunday night at Yonge and Dundas Square.

The festival has already started showing short films in the "Short Bus" that has been driving around the city to give people an opportunity to watch short films for free in a traveling theatre. It will continue showing up at various locations to screen films until the last day of the festival on Sunday.

They've also announced that Award-winning director Kari Skogland, (Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Stone Angel) will lead an inspiring Master Class with actor Callum Keith Rennie (The Killing, Californication) on Directing Performance.

Also new this year, they will be having a full day of programming at the CN Tower including films suitable for children, and also a date night where you get dinner and a movie for $20.

The Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from May 31 to June 5.



The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, Presented by TELUS, (May 31st to June 5th) launches this year’s festival with a FREE concert/video spectacle in the heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge & Dundas Square. With performances by Kids and Explosions, The Wooden Sky and DJ TLO, WSFF’s first-ever ‘Square Party’ gives audiences just a taste of what the 2011 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival has to offer. Featuring a mash-up of live music and a dazzling set of short films (shown on a gigantic, MEGA cube!), the WSFF Square Party is the ultimate night out! Everyone is invited.

Who:    CFC’s Worldwide Short Film Festival

What:   Square Party. A live-video mash-up on our massive Mega Cube and musical performances by Kids and Explosions, The Wooden Sky and DJ TLO

When:  Sunday, May 29 2011 from 8:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.

Where: Yonge- Dundas Square, 10 Dundas St. East 



In partnership with the CN Tower and the NFB


SEE THE world’S BEST short films at the CN tower!


TORONTO, May 24, 2011 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival, presented by TELUS (May 31st – June 5th), will feature TOWERING SHORTS!, a full day of special programming at the CN Tower. Presented in partnership with the CN Tower and the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) join us on Saturday, June 4th for a morning of family-friendly tales, take in the breathtaking views at the top of the CN Tower and participate in a hands on animation workshop. Come back in the evening for our date night program of romantic shorts and then be whisked to Horizons Restaurant at the top of the Tower for coffee and dessert above the twinkling city lights.

WSFF's two daytime programs of family screenings offer kids an opportunity to view shorts from around the world that they may not otherwise get a chance to see, including the ever-charming Oscar-nominated gem THE GRUFFALO, featuring the voices of Helena Bonham Carter and Robbie Coltrane, to name but a few. Kids can also participate in the NFB Mediatheque’s hands-on 3-D animation workshops. Experienced NFB workshop facilitators will introduce children aged 3-13 to stop-motion animation, before helping them create their own original films.  Find inspiration for this one-of-a-kind class by looking to Canada’s wonder of the world, the CN Tower – the awesome height of 553.33 metres, the amazing glass-floor paneled elevators, or the Look Out Level in the sky – there is so much to inspire you to create your very own short film!

Shorts for Shorties: TELL US A STORY! – Sat. June 4 -10:30 a.m.
It’s story time! Don’t miss this celebration of books and stories about all things wild, wonderful and whimsical. This colourful collection of animated tales from far and wide will charm both the young and young-at-heart.

Shorts for Shorties: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL - Sat. June 4 - 1 p.m.
Some of your favourite animals – and a few creatures you haven’t met before - descend upon the theatre in this lively loot bag of unforgettable short films for the whole family.

Hands on 3D workshop – Sat. June 4 - 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 2 p.m. Please note that while ticket purchase does include workshop access, space is limited.  Workshops will be filled on a first come, first serve basis.

DATE NIGHT – Sat. June 4 - 7 p.m.
In the evening WSFF presents the ultimate night for couples in Toronto. A collection of some of the world’s sweetest, funniest and most romantic stories will sweep you and your partner off your feet! Afterwards, take a ride to the top of the CN Tower for coffee and dessert. All for only $20* a ticket!


Shorties Screening & hands on animation workshop……………$22.99*
Each paying adult can bring up to two children 12 and under for free.
*Price does not include HST
Upgrade either ticket to get the TOTAL TOWER EXPERIENCE (includes Look Out, Glass Floor, Sky Pod, motion theatre ride and film)…………………………...$34.99

Date Night screening
*Includes access to movie, CN Tower (Look Out and Glass Floor levels only), Horizons, choice of dessert and coffee or tea, taxes and gratuities.

*Please note that for these special programs, festival and media passes are not valid.

Now in its 17th year, the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America and is one of the premier short film festivals in the world. Taking place May 31st-June 5th, 2011, the WSFF will present 275 films from 36 countries. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the world, top WSFF winners are eligible for both Academy Award® and Genie Award consideration. The WSFF Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium offers renowned professional development, while the WSFF Business Centre is home to the largest short film marketplace in North America. For more information please visit:

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