In its 19th year, the ShortFest will premiere over 330 films on June 18 – 24th.
The lineup will include such films as The Egg Trick starring Ian McKellen (X-Men,The Hobbit), Cautionary Tail with Cate Blanchette (Robin Hood, The Lord of the Rings), and No Budget with Hugo Weaving (The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings) among others that will be featured. The ShortFest will offer over $110,000 in prizes in a variety of categories with a grand prize of $60,000 going to the top film.
“A wealth of newly emerging talent and new storytelling trends are the big news from this year’s ShortFest line-up,” said festival director Darryl Macdonald. “While the US, Australia, the UK, France and Spain remain at the forefront of the international short film renaissance, we’re seeing a wellspring of exciting new talents emerge from Scandinavia, Latin America, the Benelux countries and Africa. The work itself is more adventuresome, too, eschewing standard genre-based filmmaking in favour of character-driven stories and genre-bending formats. It makes for a much richer cinema.” Kathleen McInnis, ShortFest film curator and director of industry programming, “We are so delighted to present new works at ShortFest from so many unique new countries this year, especially the African countries of Burundi, Mali and Burkina Fasso. It means a great deal to us to be supportive of emerging filmmakers from across the globe, and to bring their dynamic stories to our ShortFest audience. And it tells us that visual storytelling thrives, no matter the geographical, political or socio-economic environment.”
More information is available on the official site here.
The Egg Trick Trailer:
A Cautionary Tail Trailer
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