By CFC Staff
June 18, 2007 00:00
$125,000 IN CASH AND PRIZES AWARDED TO TOP FILMMAKERS AT THE 2007 CFC WORLDWIDE SHORT FILM FESTIVAL
ONE OF THE LARGEST PRIZE PACKAGES FOR SHORT FILM IN THE WORLD
TORONTO, June 17, 2007 – Presented by TELUS, The Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival proudly presented 10 awards and over $125,000 in cash and prizes to this year's top filmmakers at the 2007 CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival Awards Picnic. Offering one of the largest prize packages for short film in the world, the WSFF honoured this year's exceptional filmmakers in the presence of over 300 industry delegates and filmmakers from around the globe.
As one of only three festivals in Canada accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences®, WSFF Canadian award winners are eligible for Genie Awards, while winners of the awards for Best Live-Action Short and Best Animated Short become eligible for the Academy Awards®.
"This year's award-winners reflect the talents of both established and emerging filmmakers," said Eileen Arandiga, Festival Director. “The Worldwide Short Film Festival is proud to honour these exceptional creators whose talent and dedication inspires audiences and budding filmmakers alike.”
The highly anticipated Award for Best Canadian Short Film, presented by Bravo!FACT, was awarded to Alexis Fortier-Gauthier (Quebec) with a $10,000 cheque, for the expertly crafted dramatic short AFTER ALL (APRÈS TOUT).
Director Nicolas Roy received The Jackson-Triggs Award For Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker and a cash prize of $5,000 for his hauntingly beautiful film SUNDAY.
The C.O.R.E Digital Pictures Award For Best Animated Short was awarded to Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski (Canada) for the sinister, surreal fantasy MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI, garnering them $5000 in cash and eligibility for the 2008 Academy Awards®. An Honourable Mention was handed out to Osbert Parker (UK) for YOURS TRULY, a brilliantly animated reconstruction of film noir icons.
Best Live-Action Short and a Sony Digital Camcorder was captured by director Simon Ellis (UK) for the arresting drama SOFT.
The Best Experimental Short honour along with a Sony digital video camcorder, went to Christian Laurence (Canada) for THE NAUTICAL EDUCATION.
The Kodak Award for Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short was presented to Director Alexis Fortier Gauthier and CinematographerPhillipe Roy for the visually stunning AFTER ALL (APRÈS TOUT).
Best Documentary Short and a Sony digital video camcorder, were awarded to director Ken Wardrop (Ireland) for his comically confessional FAREWELL PACKETS OF TEN. An Honourable Mention for this award was handed out to director May Lin Au Yong for her shocking and moving documentary BULLET PROOF VEST
A Special Jury Distinction went to director Michael Dreher (Germany/Morocco) for his chilling drama FAIR TRADE.
Announced at the packed Awards screening at the Cumberland 4 Cinemas on Sunday evening, this year's festival goers voted for IT'S MY TURN NOW, directed by Jörgen Hjerdt (Sweden) to win the inaugural TELUS Audience Choice Award and a $5,000 cash prize. Chosen out of all 265 films in the festival, the TELUS Audience Choice Award is the only prize in which all films, in both competition and non-competition screenings are eligible to win.
Charles Street Video presented the Symposium PITCHer's award, a $5,000* prize worth of High Definition equipment and post-production services to both Powys Dewhurst for her project “Where Do White Canadians Go?/The Wondrous Mind of Delroy Kincaid” and to Elizabeth Lazebnik for her project “Belonging”.
And finally, the Screenplay Giveaway Prize, a package of goods and services worth over $100,000 was awarded to Lindsey Connell for her script “The Bridge”. The prize includes tape-to-film transfer at Cine-Byte Imaging, post-production services at Deluxe Laboratories, studio rental from @Wallace Studios, film stock from Kodak, camera rental from Panavision, two programming passes to WIFT-T and legal advice from Heenan Blaikie Barristers and Solicitors
Now in its 13th year, the CFC 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 from June 12th to 17th, 2007 the WSFF presented 265 films from more than 30 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 WSFFShort 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.
One ticket. Lots of films.
The WSFF recognizes the generous support of:
TELUS, doug Agency, The Ontario Trillium Foundation