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).