$125,000 in cash and prizes awarded to top filmmakers at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival

    One of the largest prize packages for short film in the world

    TORONTO, June 17 /CNW/ - 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
    As one of only three festivals in Canada accredited by the Academy of
Motion Picture Arts and Sciences(R), 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(R).
    "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 (Quebec) with a $10,000 cheque, for
the expertly crafted dramatic short AFTER ALL (APRES 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 $5,000 in cash and eligibility for the 2008
Academy Awards(R). 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 Cinematographer Phillipe Roy for the
visually stunning AFTER ALL (APRES 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
    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 Jvrgen 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

    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(R) 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 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

                     Festival founded by Brenda Sherwood

For further information:

For further information: Media Contacts: Tamara MacKeigan, (416)
445-1446 x 304, tmackeigan@cfccreates.com; Meaghan Proudfoot, (416) 445-1446 x
247, mproudfoot@cfccreates.com; For schedule information and detailed film
descriptions visit - www.shorterisbetter.com

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