Hi WSFFers, I'm Sabrina, and I'll be doing daily highlights from the festival!
#wsff12 kicked off yesterday with a bevy of shorts from around the globe.
This is my first time attending (and covering) the CFC’s renowned short film festival, and I couldn’t be more excited. Screenings, after-parties, industry panel discussions - I don't know how I'm going to squeeze this all into five days but I'm ready to give it a go!
First up: the Opening Gala and Party. I made my way over to the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema early to get a good seat. (Side note: I know I’m a bit late to the party on this one, but the cinema looks amazing in all of its newly revamped glory!).
The festival's opener, Award Winners From Around the World features seven internationally celebrated films from last year’s festival circuit. Charming and wildly inventive, it's no wonder these shorts have received praise the world over. From a dreamy, stop-motion tale of an assembly line worker (LUMINARIS) to a German take on ARMAGEDDON (aptly called ARMADINGEN), it's so hard for me to choose just one standout short! So here are my top picks:
- THE FISHERMAN: A beautifully shot story of a widowed man who uses old photographs to recover his lost treasures from the sea, THE FISHERMAN is at once heartwarming and heart wrenching. A must-see, (and yes, it made me cry).
- DRIPPED: Coming in a close second is DRIPPED, a vibrant and imaginative story about a New York thief with a taste for fine art. Although it's an animated homage to legendary American painter, Jackson Pollock, see if you can recognize the other famous artists whose works are depicted in this one-of-a-kind short.
- GRANDMOTHERS: Last but not least, GRANDMOTHERS. A lovely, stop-motion tour through a granny's apartment in Buenos Aires is paired with real-life testimonials from the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo—a group of grandmothers still on the hunt for the children stolen from them during Argentina's Dirty War (1976-1983). Steeped in history and genuine emotion, this short sheds light on an important incident that I—and probably many others—knew little about.
Honourable mention goes to THE ELABORATE END OF ROBERT EBB, a wildly funny and completely outrageous story of a green monster. Even the animated credits are worth a watch!
If you missed this incredible programme, don't fret - Award Winners From Around the World is screening again on Sunday, June 10 at 9:30 p.m. at Bloor Cinema.
Following the screening, I made my way to the after-party at C Lounge, a glitzy spa-inspired bar that had me thinking I might see the boys from Entourage sitting under a palm tree next to the pool. With the waterfalls, tiki-style huts and top-notch cocktails, I'm thinking I could get used to living the #swag life!
Next up: I take a look at love in its many forms with LOVE HURTS, a group of shorts that’s sure to include a few tear jerkers, plus Celebrity Shorts, Scene Not Herd, Date Night at the CN Tower, and more! Can't wait.