Worldwide Short Film Festival (May 11-16)
Now in its fourth year, the WSFF's 230 short films pick their way through the minefields of love, sex, gender, family, music, politics and outer space in 29 programs.
The opening gala (Bloor, May 11, 7 pm) reflects the festival's scope, swooping from the Oscar-nominated Destino, Salvador Dali's weirdly apt collaboration with Walt Disney, to the unexpectedly sob-inducing (A) Torsion, in which a calf is birthed in a tunnel in Sarajevo.
An indecent number of good shorts are emerging from Quebec, including Stéphane Lafleur's accurately dreamlike love story, Snooze; Isabelle Favez's adorable/heartless animation, Circuit Marine (both at Innis Town Hall, May 15, 9:30 pm); and Nicholas and Sheila Pye's fascinating but uneasy-making sibling drama, The Paper Wall (Innis, May 14, 7:15 pm).
This year's fest acknowledges the twinship between short film and music videos with a program of the latter (Innis, May 14, 9:30).
There's also a program of WWII propaganda films from the NFB (Isabel Bader, May 16, 4 pm) so you can find out how short films in Canada began. (Canadian Film Centre, Isabel Bader Theater and Innis Town Hall)