This one goes out to both movie lovers and industry types: the Worldwide Short Film Festival is setting up camp in Toronto from June 1 – 6, 2010, and it includes Short Films Big Ideas, a symposium on the art and commerce of filmmaking that includes workshops and panels by industry professionals running from June 2 – 5, 2010. The festival is being presented by Telus and the Canadian Film Centre. Founded by Norman Jewison, the CFC has provided innovative and rigorous training in film, television, and media arts since its inception in 1988.

The film fest is offering all sorts of intriguing programs, like A Loot Bag o’ Laughs : Alternative Comedy Showcase (June 3), Scene Not Herd: Music Videos (June 4), and Midnight Mania: Freaky (June 5). For a complete list of programs, contents, dates, and locations, click here. As for the symposium, workshops and lectures include a master class on director-actor relations with guests speakers Atom Egoyan and actor Devon Bostick. Other panels include: business-savvy advice on producing and getting your films financed, new media (like iPhones) implications for filmmaking, and guest composers lecturing on music for films. Click here for complete information on panels, speakers, dates and times.

You can buy tickets for screening and panels online on the festival’s website, or you can visit their box-office at Cumberland Terrace, 2 Bloor Street West (hours: Mon – Fri, 10 am to 6 pm).

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Festival Info


Cumberland Terrace
2 Bloor Street West, entrance on Cumberland between Bay and Yonge
Open Monday to Friday 10AM to 6PM


Saturday May 29: 11AM to 6PM
Sunday May 30: 12PM to 6PM
Monday May 31 to Friday June 4: 10AM to 6PM
Saturday June 5: 11AM to 6PM
Sunday June 6: closed (tickets will be available at the Cumberland Theatre box office all day)

Festival Pass $125 Buy now
Craving for short films? Buy our Festival Pass now to get access to all screenings including the Opening Night Gala!

Daytime Screening Pass $40 Buy now
Access to all screenings starting before 6PM

Festival 6 Pack Buy now
Want to see more than one screening? Save money purchasing our Festival 6 Pack and get 6 tickets for the price of 5!

Do-It-All Combo Pass $170 Buy now
Access to all screenings and Symposium events