Believe it or not Toronto is fast becoming the film festival capital of the universe. Just Google “film festivals in Toronto,” and you get a long list of the different festivals happening throughout the year. At the top of the list is the grand-daddy of them all, the Toronto International Film Festival (or as those in the know call it TIFF.) A few spots down is the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF). Organized by the Canadian Film Centre and now in its 16th year, the festival is one of the premiere short film fests in the world.
This year’s edition will be especially exciting because there is a large spotlight on Polish films. Billed as “Almost as good as your Grandmother’s Pierogies” the fest is bringing the best Polish shorts in a two day segment. A third day will focus on the work of Warsaw based Platige Image which has produced a number of Oscar nominated animated shorts. Among their recent work is the 8 minute short (which we recently blogged about here) about the history of Poland which was created for the 2010 World Expo in Shanghai.
In total there are 20 Polish shorts. In the coming days we’ll be giving you a more detailed summary of all of them, but for now here is a sneak peak of some of them:
Chick (Laska) – In this highly-stylized animation, a woman races home to primp and preen for the arrival of a beau. They wine, dine and get a little raunchy – but then what?
Ark (Arka) – After a virus has decimated the human race, the remaining survivors set sail in colossal tankers to uncharted waters and – hopefully – new beginnings. All is not as it seems in this reworking of the Noah’s Ark parable.
A Woman Sought (Kobieta poszukiwana) – A French aristocrat has engaged the services of Poland’s very best matchmaker to find him a wife. We observe interviews with prospective women, but it turns out he doesn’t want just anybody: he’s looking for someone very specific.
Fallen Art (Sztuka spadania) – On an anonymous military base, an army of expendable minions are pushed to their deaths so a psychotic general can get his rocks off when he reanimates their demise through photographs.
Zietek – Bogdan Zietek loves women. And so he fills his house with busty, “come hither” life-sized sculptures, seemingly with the blessing of his wife. Get an eyeful of his 40-year passion in this quirky, artful documentary.
Short films are great. The filmmakers that make them put all their energies and talents into these short creations and use them as “calling-cards” for future projects. Because the stakes around these films are not as high as those for multi-million dollar features, shorts are often more original, groundbreaking and imaginative.
Believe it or not, sometimes shorter is better.
But see it for yourself.
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Deadline is midnight June 1st. We’ll announce the winner on June 2nd.
More information and links to specific films see below:
The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Presents
SPOTLIGHT ON POLAND: Platige Image
Cumberland Cinema, Thursday, June 3, 9:15 p.m.
For more information visit the WSFF website.
SPOTLIGHT ON POLAND: Spotlight 1
Cumberland Cinema, Friday, June 4, 2:00 p.m.
SPOTLIGHT ON POLAND: Spotlight 2
Cumberland Cinema, Saturday, June 5, 3:00 p.m
See you at the movies!