Now this Torontoist isn’t big on movies. For me, they have to have a point and be pretty good… and Da Vinci Code doesn’t qualify as either. Short films, on the other hand, get to the point. It’s all in the editing… a craft Hollywood has lost long ago.
But all is not lost. This week, from June 13 – 18, marks the 12th Annual Canadian Film Centre Worldwide Short Film Festival. Here we see that editing is alive… as Robert Langdon continues to pontificate about the sacred feminine for hours on end.
With over 250 shorts being screened, there’s always something to catch, and keep, your attention. This year’s film programmes include special Korean, Quebec and German showcases, along with over 30 other countries’ contributions. The successful Scene not Herd program is back, featuring music video shorts. Machinima shorts combine gaming and film. Midnight Mania features horror films. And finally get a glimpse into Gwyneth Paltrow, Guy Maddin, Isabella Rossellini and Lauren Graham’s world as they direct and star in Celebrity Shorts.
Alongside the screenings are a bunch of Symposiums for filmmakers and non-filmmakers alike. Learn about making a film from start to finish, about Festival strategies, and how to use a 16mm camera (free with sign up). Meet with those in the know, so that you can know.
For more information and tickets, along with a listing of all the films, check out The Worldwide Short Film Festival. There are also special programs and symposiums to choose from!
[photo: Worldwide Short Film Festival logo – The Festival’s Website]