"Bravo!FACT Presents" proves shorter is better with a tribute to the Worldwide Short Film Festival
Bravo!FACT Presents proves shorter is better with a special tribute to the Canadian Film Centre’s Worldwide Short Film Festival. The episode showcases a selection of short films funded by Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) that are in this year and last year’s festival line-up, along with exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, directorial interviews and video diaries.
This episode of Bravo!FACT Presents features three films from Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction (an anthology of two-minute multi-platform short films from filmmakers across Canada), that are screening at the 2007 Worldwide Short Film Festival, including the world television premiere of Oh La La, directed by Golden Globe nominee, international film and television star, and fashion icon Isabella Rossellini. Simultaneously, Oh La La will have its world premiere online at www.shortsinmotion.com on June 15. Other Shorts in Motion films in this episode of Bravo!FACT Presents include Strip Show and 120 Seconds to Get Elected.
This Bravo!FACT Presents tribute to the Worldwide Short Film Festival will also have the world television premieres of Aruba, directed by Hubert Davis (who received an Oscar nomination for his short film Hardwood), and Anniversary Present, directed by Doug Karr, and starring David Alpay and Liane Balaban.
OH LA LA
World Television Premiere
Isabella Rossellini makes her multi-platform directorial debut with Oh La La, the 10th and final instalment of Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction. The streets of Paris are empty but that’s to be expected in the city of love. Behind bedroom windows, a harmonious symphony of pleasure gives a clue as to why. Produced by Toronto-based filmmaker Jody Shapiro, the film will have its North American theatrical debut at the 2007 Worldwide Short Film Festival on June 14.
World Television Premiere
An 11-year-old boy searches for a way out of his home life, where he witnesses domestic violence and drug abuse – his only escape is through his imagination. Directed by Hubert Davis, Aruba premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, screened at the 2006 Worldwide Short Film Festival, and won the Panavision Grand Jury Award at Palm Springs International Film Festival.
World Television Premiere
An enamoured husband’s grandiose anniversary present goes horribly and hilariously awry when he comes home to find that his wife has a plan of her own. Juxtaposing metal crushing intensity with the high stakes of love, Anniversary Present gives insight into what makes the modern marriage keep ticking. Directed by Doug Karr, the film will screen at the 2007 Worldwide Short Film Festival on June 15 and 16.
Strip Show, a part of Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction, takes us inside two minutes in the life of Web Cam Girl who will do anything to fulfill her online clients’ every fantasy, no matter how odd. But RCKHRD23 seems to have ulterior motives. Directed by Toronto-based Adam Brodie and Dave Derewlany, and produced by Matt Hornburg (marblemedia) and Silva Basmajian (NFB), the film will screen at the 2007 Worldwide Short Film Festival on June 15 and 16.
120 SECONDS TO GET ELECTED
In 120 Seconds to Get Elected, a politician has just a couple of minutes to convince people to vote for him, and tries to seduce his audience with promises he thinks they want to hear. Directed by Montreal-based Denis Villeneuve and produced by Colette Loumède (NFB), the film is a part of the Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction anthology and will screen at the 2007 Worldwide Short Film Festival on June 13 and 14.
Bravo! – June 15 at 7:30pm ET / 4:30pm PT
Citytv Toronto – June 16 at 7pm ET / PT
A-Channel Ontario – June 23 at 8pm ET
A-Channel Victoria – June 23 at 6pm PT
Shorts in Motion: The Art of Seduction is an initiative of CHUM Television’s Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent), National Film Board and marblemedia. The initiative is produced in association with U.S. broadcaster, Sundance Channel. The Art of Seduction is produced with the financial participation of: Telefilm Canada, Administrator of The Canada New Media Fund funded by the Department of Canadian Heritage; Ontario Media Development Corporation’s Interactive Digital Media Fund; and Ericsson Canada Inc.
Bravo!FACT Presents is a weekly 30-minute program featuring short films funded by Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) that range from sand animation to opera, modern dance to short dramas. Bravo!FACT Presents airs on Bravo!, Citytv and A-Channel.
Bravo!, a division of CHUM Television, is a rest stop in the television universe where viewers make a regular appointment with the arts (www.bravo.ca). Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) was established in 1995 by CHUM Television’s Canadian national cable arts channel Bravo!, and is the largest funder of shorts in Canada. Twelve million dollars have been awarded in grants for the production of 1,000 shorts across the country.
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