Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Worldwide Short Film Festival 2011 Preview


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Images from short films: Sergeant Slaughter, My Big Brother (Celebrity Shorts 1) and Martyris (Midnight Mania Freaky)

BLINK AT YOUR OWN RISK is the new catch phrase for this years Worldwide Short Film Festival, and I actually always look forward to their catch phrase because it's quite catchy & funny and being short myself I always secretly hope it's something I can add to my own repertoire!

The festival has a great combination of official selection and specialty programs, from the comedy of Indie Comedy Showcase: FOR SHORTS & GIGGLES to family friendly double bill of Shorts For Shorties: TELL US A STORY! and Shorts For Shorties: ALL CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL. Or travel the world through the programs Trilogy of Trilogies: NEW ZEALAND'S GOT TALENT and Spotlight on Italy 1 & Spotlight on Italy 2.

Feeling a little light-headed in love? Take your honey to Date Night which will be at the CN Tower! That's pretty exciting. Or is you are on the rebound, perhaps it's time to check out One Night Stand. Relationships just keep going as friends in arms can check out Bromance or one of my favourite of the Official Selection titles: The Hipster, for all the cats to cool for school.

Personally I'm drawn more to the wacky & weird, which brings us to one of my continually favourite programs of Sci Fi: OUT THERE and the Midnight Mania's of Freaky & Creepy. If that's not enough we also have the original SLAP'N'TICKLE and it's new found addition Slap'n'Tickle: HARDGORE.

It's not just about watching short film. Check out the Symposium that runs throughout the festival including a Master Class: Directing Performance with Director Kari Skogland and actor Callum Keith Rennie. That's pretty freaking awesome.

And the whole shebang start tonight with the Opening Gala: Award Winners from Around the World at the Bloor.

I usually attend the festival live, but this year I'm in Portland for the World Domination Summit and will be away for the entirely of the Worldwide Short Film Festival which makes me sad. But on the happy side of the street, I have previewed several of the programs for your enjoyment:
I highly recommend checking out the films at the festival, it's so much more fun to watch them with an audience and with filmmakers in attendance for Q&A's. So scoot over to the festival and have fun, short, time.

For more information, check out the Worldwide Short Film Festival website, Program Descriptions, Film Schedule, Symposium Details, Location Information and Box Office Information.

You can also find the festival on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube.

The Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from May 31 - June 5, 2011 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

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Images from Pixels, Umbra and Yuri Lennon's Landing on Alpha 46 in the Sci Fi: OUT THERE Program

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