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worldwide short film festival

Hot Date: See International Short Films

The Poodle Trainer is one of many works at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival

JUNE 1 TO 6 The largest festival of its kind in North America, the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival honours the best in time-constrained cinema. Catch more than 250 screenings, as well as a comedy event with both live and short films to put you in stitches. The festival’s lineup, culled from 3,900 submissions from more than 80 countries, includes American director Vance Malone‘s The Poodle Trainer, a Russian-language production that follows Irina Markova, who has devoted her life to her four-legged friends for her circus act. Various venues, $10; call 416-445-1446, ext. 815 or click here for a schedule and tickets.

June Editor’s Picks: Entertainment

By Danielle Milley

Academy Award–winner Jane Campion's <em>The Water Diary</em>.

A scene from Jane Campion's The Water Diary, showing at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

JUNE 16 TO 21 Internationally celebrated short films receive due acclaim at the annual CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (page 37). Catch more than 250 films from 87 countries, including a featured series on the United Nations’ eight Millennium Development Goals by eight notable directors, such as The Water Diary by Academy Award–winner Jane Campion (The Piano). Take a break from live action by viewing the Animation Spotlight, support up-and-coming talent at the Film School Showcase or go melodic with the popular music video program Scene Not Herd. Various venues, tickets $10 to $170; call 416-445-1446 for a schedule.