​WSFF Campaign Goes Viral with Short Film Remakes of 'Charlie Bit My Finger'

By CFC Staff May 18, 2011 16:00


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TORONTO, May 18, 2011 – While some equate ‘short film' with what they see on YouTube, short film is where most filmmakers first make their mark and hone their craft. Seeking to showcase the quality and range of short films featured during its annual short film festival, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), presented by Telus, (May 31 to June 5) launched its 2011 campaign, created by Toronto agency doug & serge inc. featuring three original short films which have quickly gone viral.

Inspired by the most watched viral video in the world, ‘Charlie Bit My Finger', the WSFF and doug & serge commissioned three accomplished Canadian directors (Jeff Chan, Sammy Ray Welch and Shelley Lewis) to create the three films: ‘Charlie Bit My Finger – The Horror', ‘Charlie Bit My Finger – The Musical' and ‘Charlie Bit My Finger – The Dark Comedy'. The videos, which have already been viewed over half a million times, can be seen at charliebitmyfinger.ca.

“Every year we look at creating an entertaining value proposition that supports the impressive array of international short films that we program at the festival.,” said Barry Patterson, Director, Marketing & Communications at the CFC. “Working with doug & serge, we engaged filmmakers to create cinematic short works of art that represent the power of this medium. We want everyone that loves film and attends feature length movies and documentaries to experience and embrace this form of content.”

WSFF has noticed the surge in popularity for creating short films. This year's festival saw a record 4,200 submissions, from countries including the United States, Burundi and Iraq-Kurdistan. Appearing on-screen and behind the camera are many heavyweight Academy Award® winners and nominees, including Colin Firth, Keira Knightley, Anthony Hopkins, Spike Jonze, Charlie Kaufman and Rachel Weisz.

“Each day millions of people watch countless videos online but most of those videos suffer in quality compared to a short film. This is what gave our creative team our key insight that “Anyone can upload. Few can direct.” to really celebrate the short film genre and promote North America's leading short film festival,” said Doug Robinson, Chief Creative Officer at doug & serge. “The response so far has been amazing since most of the campaign hasn't even hit the marketplace yet. I am really proud of the work our team has done this year and the great jobs done by Jeff, Sammy Ray and Shelley. “

About Worldwide Short Film Festival
Now in its 17th year, the Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival is the leading venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America and is one of the premier short film festivals in the world. Taking place May 31st-June 5th, 2011, the WSFF will present 275 films from 36 countries. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the world, top WSFF winners are eligible for both Academy Award® and Genie Award consideration. The WSFF Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium offers renowned professional development, while the WSFF Business Centre is home to the largest short film marketplace in North America. For more information please visit: www.shorterisbetter.com

The WSFF recognizes the generous support of: TELUS, doug & serge Agency, Deluxe, Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Telefilm Canada

About doug & serge
doug & serge is a mid-sized, independent, Canadian-owned, brand-building communications company that believes ‘Great creative builds brands faster' TM.

doug & serge inc.'s client roster includes: Art Gallery of Ontario, B2B Trust, Branksome Hall, Clover Leaf Seafoods L.P, The Coalition for Music Education in Canada, Dr. Bernstein Diet & Health Clinics, Feigelsohn & Kellar Insurance, GoodLife Fitness, Magazines Canada, Mizuno Canada, National Advertising Benevolent Society (NABS), NewsTalk 1010, NEI Investments, Olympus Imaging America Inc., Ontario Honda Dealers Association, Ontario Nurses' Association, Oxfam, Smart & Biggar/Fetherstonhaugh, The Worldwide Short Film Festival, Virgin Radio, West Coast Fishing Club, Whole Foods Market and York University. For more information, visit: http://www.dougserge.com..

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Media Contacts:
Barry Patterson / Director, Marketing & Communications, CFC/416.445.1446 x 314 / bpatterson@cfccreates.com
Doug Robinson / Chief Creative Officer, doug & serge inc./ 416.203.3470 x100/ doug@dougserge.com

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