|TIFF opener The Fifth Estate will be joined by the short Wakening|
Hot on the heels of this afternoon’s Short Cuts Canada programming announcement comes a major addition to the presence of short films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. It was announced today that TIFF would kick-off with the unprecedented inclusion of the first independently produced short film to launch TIFF’s public opening night gala screening. That film is the bravoFACT funded short Wakening, directed by Danis Goulet and written by Orphan Black’s Tony Elliott. Wakening will screen before the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate, directed by Bill Condon and starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl, which nabbed the prestigious opening night slot.
The six Stage to Screen shorts are:
(Jeremy Ball, British Columbia)
A young assistant projectionist investigates a series of mysterious disappearances at the cinema where he works.
THE GOOD ESCAPE
(Nadia Litz, Ontario)
Set in a time when the movie house was a place of escape and dreams, a criminal takes a break in a theatre audience.
(Dylan Reibling, Ontario)
A silent film set against the backdrop of popular entertainment’s tumultuous transition from live vaudeville performances to silent film projections.
(Doug Karr, Nova Scotia)
The young daughter of a tiny family that lives in the Winter Garden Theatre longs to dance on the big stage.
(Danis Goulet, Ontario)
An ancient aboriginal myth told as a post-apocalyptic story, set in the Winter Garden Theatre.
(Alex Epstein, Quebec)
A wildly successful playwright desperately tries to renegotiate a deal he made for his success.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival opens September 5th.
Please check www.tiff.net for final show times and screening info.