SHORTS THAT GO BUMP IN THE NIGHT, ALL NIGHT LONG
WSFF PRESENTS: THE NIGHT SHIFT
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | Saturday, June 9 | 11:30 p.m.
More details, images and trailers at http://worldwideshortfilmfest.com/
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (June 5th – 10th) brings together an all new ghastly evening with THE NIGHT SHIFT, a late night misadventure into some of the most twisted and out-there minds working in short film today. Filled with a rogues’ gallery of life-changing dancers, futuristic grandmas, and zombie cannibals, The Night Shift is a late night lovefest for any genre fan, sure to make your jaw drop at least once. This screening is co-presented by the Fantasia International Film Festival.
“The Night Shift is a jam-packed movie marathon of the weirdest, grossest and creepiest films,” says Angie Driscoll, WSFF Interim Artistic Director. “It’ll be an adult sleepover of the sketchiest kind, and a fun test of endurance that will not only satisfy the genre lovers but also anyone looking for dark, uncanny stories that push boundaries.”
The Night Shift is presented in three sections – Dependents, Co-Dependence, and Independence.
THE NIGHT SHIFT- DEPENDENTS
/dɪˈpɛndənts/ Reliant on others for support and sustenance: brother, mummy, granny, zombie
Shorts screening include:
REQUIEM FOR A C.H.U.D.
D: Stephen Strubbs | Canada | 2011 | 6 minutes | Fiction | TORONTO PREMIERE
A Cannibalistic Humanoid Underground Dweller seeks retribution after a traumatic death in the family. Forget an eye for an eye…
I AM YOUR GRANDMA
D: Jillian Mayer | United States | 2011 | 1 minute | Experimental | CANADIAN PREMIERE
In the future, you get love by video. An uproarious vlog dedicated to an unborn grandchild.
D: Nicolas Bacon | Canada | 2011 | 10 minutes | Fiction | TORONTO PREMIERE
A whiny, angsty, existential family dinner that ends as it should… with Grandma taking charge!
D: Cyrille Drevon | France | 2011 | 14 minutes | Fiction | TORONTO PREMIERE
You’re invited to a dinner party! Strange soups, re-animated guests and obtuse conversations are on the menu. RSVP to the mad doctor.
THE CAPTURED BIRD
D: Jovanka Vuckovic | Canada | 2012 | 12 minutes | Fiction | WORLD PREMIERE
An idyllic playground, a perfect angel, a nuclear family. A little girl wanders out to a mysterious mansion and witnesses the birth of five horrifying monsters.
D: Tobias Gundorff | Denmark | 2011 | 8 minutes | Fiction | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
A little ghost wanders the afterlife, trying to find her way back home to her parents. An expressionistic look at grief in this world and the next.
CHILDREN OF THE DARK
D: Scott Brian Belyea | Canada | 2012 | 10 minutes | Fiction | TORONTO PREMIERE
Two young boys hold onto the past and search for their mother while struggling to survive in a world gone to hell. A dystopian thriller that hits close to home.
THE UNLIVING (ÅTERFÖDELSEN)
D: Hugo Lilja | Sweden | 2011 | 28 minutes | Fiction | TORONTO PREMIERE
Thirty years after a zombie outbreak, people are taming the undead and using them as cheap labour. Katrine catches ‘em and Mark lobotomizes ‘em. They’re an awesome team, but work is starting to bleed into their relationship.
THE NIGHT SHIFT – CO-DEPENDENCE
/ˌkoʊdɪˈpɛndəns/ Unhealthy love between foot and mouth, fetus and fiend, living and dead.
Shorts screening include:
D: AG Rojas | United States | 2012 | 10 minutes | Fiction | CANADIAN PREMIERE
Crack is whack! Check out what all the middle-aged white dudes are doin’, and take a hit off this supremely bizarre mix of street and meat – the tender, sweet, innocent kind.
D: Stephen Irwin | United Kingdom | 2011 | 6 minutes | Animation | TORONTO PREMIERE
A baby bear is found dead. His last days are retraced in this pitch-black animation from innovator Stephen Irwin (The Black Dog’s Princess) as we count down to his demise. Sick, violent and twisted – just the way we like it.
Screened at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Annecy International Animation Festival and Sundance Film Festival
THE MYTH OF ROBO WONDER KID
D: Joel Mackenzie | Canada | 2011 | 3 minutes | Animation | TORONTO PREMIERE
This cool anime music video blends Yo Gabba Gabba, and Frankenstein to create a catchy dead time story about how a family is what (and how) you make it.
IN A MUSTY, MISTY THICKET (PÖHELKÖN HÖNKÄ)
D: Maarit Suomi-Våånånen | Finland, France | 2012 | 13 minutes | Experimental | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Pik Mama and Missy are stranded on a deserted island in this uncanny post-apocalyptic twist on master-slave dynamics.
BLACK DOLL (PRITA NOIRE)
D: Sofia Carrillo | Mexico | 2011 | 8 minutes | Animation | TORONTO PREMIERE
A creepy tale of two sisters bonded and bound by the ties that bind: co-dependence, separation anxiety and routine. An incredible mix of time-lapse and puppetry.
Screened at Annecy International Animation Festival
D: Jesper Maintz | Denmark | 2011 | 38 minutes | Fiction | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
The horroromance genre has been invented! A man hates his girlfriend but hates being alone just as much. A dystopian view of relationships to be sure, this fresh take on settling for the lesser of two evils reveals the horror and disgust lurking in romance.
BELIEVE THE DANCE
D: Thomas Berg | Norway | 2012 | 15 minutes | Fiction | WORLD PREMIERE
Plumber, assistant, restaurant manager, dentist. No matter what you do, the power of dance will find you. Absurdist, hilarious, give in to the daaaaaance. You know you want to.
THE NIGHT SHIFT – INDEPENDENCE
/ˌɪndəˈpɛndəns/ Separate yet equal, what skin is to flesh, not what Chang was to Eng.
Shorts screening include:
D: Matt O’Mahoney | Canada | 2012 | 5 minutes | Fiction | WORLD PREMIERE
Flashback to the 80s in this homage to anthology horror on VHS. A teenage fanboy extracts revenge on his drunk dad for interrupting his movie night with a little help from his onscreen friends.
D: Pedot & Nieto | France | 2012 | 4 minutes | Animation | WORLD PREMIERE
The hand of God and a fraction of animal rabies are bored… huh? Exactly.
D: Robert Morgan | United Kingdom | 2011 | 23 minutes | Animation | TORONTO PREMIERE
Bobby likes stealing stuff. But his sticky fingers get him into trouble and this time he’s pressed his luck too far. Visceral and viscous, this stop-motion gorror is all tongue… and vomit and orifices and shape-shifting pustules.
Nominee for BAFTA award for Best Animated Short Film
Screened at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival
BODY MEMORY (KEHA MÄLU)
D: Ülo Pikkov | Estonia | 2011 | 9 minutes | Animation | TORONTO PREMIERE
What tale would a tree tell if you gave it a canvas and pencil? This experimental film looks at the idea that our bodies remember more than just our individual experiences, but the pain and sorrow of those who came before us.
Screened at Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
D: Ben Wheele | United Kingdom | 2011 | 6 minutes | Animation | NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
An elegant vase inhabits the body of a young girl and mounts a subversive theatrical production using crazy porcelain figurines, warm puppets and a cellular stage.
THROUGH THE WEEPING GLASS: ON THE CONSOLATIONS OF LIFE EVERLASTING (LIMBOS & AFTERBREEZES IN THE MÜTTER MUSEUM)
D: Quay Brothers | United States | 2011 | 31 minutes | Documentary | CANADIAN PREMIERE
The inimitable Quay Brothers conduct a tour of the medical anomalies and curiosities on display at the Mütter Museum. Body horror is elevated to high art in this doc-meets-archive porn.
Screened at Museum of Modern Art (MOMA)
About CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
Now in its 18th 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 June 5th – 10 th, 2012, the WSFF will present 244 films from 35 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 marketplace for the sale and acquisition of short films in North America. For more information please visit: www.shorterisbetter.com
The WSFF recognizes the generous support of: doug & serge Agency, Deluxe, Ontario Ministry of Tourism and Culture, and Telefilm Canada