Sunday, June 3, 2012

2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival, free screenings

The 18th annual Worldwide Short Film Festival officially gets underway on Tuesday night with a gala screening of AWARD WINNERS FROM AROUND THE WORLD. In anticipation of the official launch, the festival is hosting two free screening events today at Dufferin Grove Park.

The first program SHORTS FOR SHORTIES: FLICK-NIC takes place at 12pm noon and is suitable for all ages. Then at 9pm, the program CHRISTMAS IN JUNE. These two programs will give a taste of some of the variety and possibilities that are offered in the days ahead.

The Worldwide Short Film Festival is the largest short film festival in North America. They will present 244 films from 35 countries, and includes variety of genres – live-action, animation, experimental, documentary and music videos.

The 2012 Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from June 5 to June 10 in downtown Toronto.


If you go out to the park today You're sure of a big surprise. If you go out to the park today You'd better go in disguise. For every kid that ever there was Will gather there for certain, because Today's the day the Shorties have their flick-nic. (G) Running time: 64 minutes.

Dufferin Grove Park: Sunday June 3, 12:00 pm

Animal Beatbox
Cats and dogs and cats and dogs and cats and dogs. Resistance is futile! Just try not to sing along to this catchy tune, that is sure to get stuck in your head!

Sid The Pike
Meet Sid, the laziest, most fascinating hunter in the world! This pike lives in a lake in Sweden where he spends most of his days observing his surroundings and occasionally catching a meal.

Stella And Sam: "Night Fairies"
Pitch a tent with Stella and Sam, then make a wish and go on a fantastic nighttime adventure with these cute siblings, right in their own backyard.

Acorn Boy
Little Acorn Boy has been left behind in the woods. He is determined to make himself useful, just as soon as he figures out how to use his arms and legs!

Deep underground, in a faraway forest, lives a little fairy who awakens from slumber only to find the surrounding woodland in need of a seasonal touch-up.

The Gruffalo's Child
Based on the best-selling children's picture book, The Gruffalo's Child tells the delightful tale of a little Gruffalo who ignores her father's warnings and tiptoes out into the snow in search of the Big Bad Mouse.


It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in June) Ev'rywhere you go; Take a look around Dufferin Grove, glistening once again With candy canes and silver screens aglow. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas (in June) Shorts you can’t resist; But the prettiest sight to see is the happy you will be With a free film fix. (PG) Running time: 52 minutes.

Dufferin Grove Park: Sunday June 3, 9:00 pm

Christmas Piggy
A little piggy makes a great escape upon discovering that he's not a guest, but on the menu for Christmas dinner!

Margo Lily
A couple plant a small pine tree, in the dead of winter. The ground may be frozen, but this planting can't wait 'til spring. A moving tribute to love and loss.

Clark Kent
A visually-impaired man goes all out every year with his Christmas lights. Boasting a display of decorations that draws crowds, Kent Butcher basks in the glow of shared enthusiasm and the happiness of others.

Toot Toot
A cheeky Christmas comedy about a six-year-old boy who dares to open his present from Santa early. A sweet reminder of the joy you get from giving.

Ebony Society
A pair of teens on a shoplifting spree unwittingly weave some Xmas magic for two little ones in this smart play on "A Christmas Carol". Who knew a b&e could lead to an emotional breakthrough?

Music For One X-mas And Six Drummers
While retirement home residents wait for a group of carolers to perform, the show is happening without them in their arts and crafts room. Raucous and ingenious use of everyday items creates the best seasonal soundtrack ever!

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