Sunday, May 20, 2012

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Announces Lineup‏

CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), North America’s largest short film festival, is pleased to announce the line-up of films for its 18th annual edition. Showcasing the best short films from around the world, WSFF presents a selection comprised of 244 films from 35 countries. This year’s programming was chosen from over 4,700 submissions, surpassing 2011’s total of 4,200. As the premier venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America, WSFF is dedicated to celebrating quality and creative range in short film.

This year’s collection of short films is comprised of 207 premieres; with 38 World Premieres (an increase over 2011’s 24 World Premieres). Programming includes a variety of genres, made up of live-action, animation, experimental, documentary and music videos.

“With a record number of submissions this year, and films representing 35 different countries, it is clear that WSFF is an established, sought out destination for filmmakers globally,” said Eileen Arandiga, Festival Director. “With thousands of distinctive stories and viewpoints to choose from, our team has selected some of the very finest offerings and brought them to Toronto audiences. Don’t miss out - it may be your only chance to see them on the big screen.”

Not short on talent or celebrity, this year’s festival offerings will feature an all star cast of famous faces including: Michael Fassbender (Shame), John Malkovich (Burn After Reading), Scott Thompson (“The Kids in the Hall”), Chad Michael Murray (“One Tree Hill”), Peter Mullan (War Horse), Michael Cera (Scott Pilgrim vs. The World), Pierre-Luc Brillant (C.R.A.Z.Y.), Rainn Wilson (“The Office”), Emmanuelle Béart (Mission: Impossible), Rita Wilson (Sleepless in Seattle), comedienne Margaret Cho, Tom Hollander (The Hobbit), Stellan Skarsgård (The Avengers), David Duchovny (“Californication”), Rachel Wilson (“The Republic of Doyle”), Aaron Poole (“Living in Your Car”), Charlotte Rampling (Melancholia), Helena Bonham Carter (The King’s Speech), John Hurt (Tinker, Tailor, Solider, Spy), Tom Wilkinson (Michael Clayton), Dave Franco (21 Jump Street), Dave Foley (“The Kids In The Hall”), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Superbad), and Jake Gyllenhaal (Brokeback Mountain), as well as Academy Award winners Judi Dench (Casino Royale), Anna Paquin (“True Blood”), and Christopher Plummer (Beginners). Appearing behind the camera are such celebrated talents as Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich), Errol Morris (Tabloid), Theodore Ushev (Lipsett Diaries), and Anne Émond (Nuit #1).

Festival venues include the newly revamped Bloor Hot Docs Cinema, as well as the Isabel Bader Theatre with special programming also taking place at the CN Tower and at The Garrison. For the first time, festival films will be projected via digital format during the festival, offering filmmakers added flexibility and financial benefits. This evolution in exhibition technology allows filmmakers to showcase their work in the best possible way, ensuring quality projection at every screening.

The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival runs from June 5 – 10, 2012. For the full list of films, and to buy tickets, be sure to visit festival website.

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