A snapshot from Snapshot
In case this week's post on Jimmy Waver left you hankering for more films that are short-n'-sweet, you're in luck! The CFC (Canadian Film Centre) and SHORTSNONSTOP Mobile Movie Festival, presented by TELUS, announced today the 16th SHORTSNONSTOP prize - winner along with the winner of the second Audience Award, sponsored by iThentic.  Currently celebrating its fourth anniversary, SHORTSNONSTOP is the year-round international short film competition showcasing short films produced for mobile and online platforms.  The festival awards a cash prize of $1500, thanks to TELUS, each quarter to the best short film selected by an international jury of experts. The next prize date is April 15, 2011.

Chosen from 10 finalists, the $1500 prize - winner for this first round is James Whitaker from the UK for Snapshot, an intimate look at the journey of two couples as they get a snapshot that will last forever.

Whitaker will be awarded $1500 and his film will be made available to TELUS’ wireless, ADSL and TELUS TV Video-On-Demand clients and at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival awards pre-show in June 2011.

In addition, the second winner of the new iThentic Audience Award, is Tatiana Moshkova from Russia for her film Big Heart that garnered 3720 votes during this prize period.  Big Heart is an animated depiction of the delicate musing of a small child contemplating love. The Audience Award prize is an iPad and the contest will begin again with the upcoming prize period ending April 15th, 2011. Voting for the Audience Awards will continue one month past the deadline with the polls closing on May 15th.

Presented by TELUS, the SHORTSNONSTOP Mobile Movie Festival is a year-round film festival that viewers can experience anytime or anyplace.  An initiative of the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, SHORTSNONSTOP accepts entries on an ongoing basis directly at its website - www.shortsnonstop.com

The nine other finalists who will also benefit from TELUS’ promotion and distribution are:

Cara Blake of CANADA for the music video Concrete Lovesong
Federico Fortollini of ENGLAND for the film Coasting
Christopher Galvin of IRELAND for the film Tony & Ralph
Carlton Hardt of BRAZIL for the film Soata
Michael Hudson of ENGLAND for the film Pride
Kyu-bum Lee of CANADA for the film Death Buy Lemonade
Paula Renee Matney of the USA for the film La Seule Sorte
Graeme Morgan of CANADA for the film Lake Cop 2: Ripple Effect
SaKi Murotani of CANADA for the film Forest of Temptations

All submissions can be viewed on SHORTSNONSTOP.com as well as a select few that will be streamed on iThentic.com and distributed through its network of partners.  

About WSFF
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. Heading into its 17th year, the WSFF will take place in Toronto from May 31st to June 5th, 2011, presenting more than 265 films from more than 30 countries. Each 90 minute screening features a selection of themed shorts that showcase the most innovative films being made today. A competitive festival, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival represents the finest short films from Canada and around the world, featuring an industry marketplace and symposium. For more information please visit: www.shorterisbetter.com

About iThentic
iThentic is an online and mobile video content company dedicated to bringing the best in independently produced video online and wireless platforms. iThentic’s video content is available for viewing at its website, www.ithentic.com, as well as through its partnership with Babelgum and mobile carriage arrangements with Telus in Canada. Content creators interested in uploading their video clips and mobisodes to iThentic can do so directly at www.ithentic.com

Congrats to the winners! The shorts are certainly worth checking out, as they offer a taste of the latest talents emrging in the film circuit. (It's a great way for new filmmakers to get a jumpstart into the industry!) The festival also offers an intriguing look at where film is heading given the latest in digital filmmaking and media convergence. Exciting!