Yesterday marked the culmination of the Canadian Film Centre’s (CFC) Worldwide Short Film Festival, which partnered with Babelgum to create three online video channels showcasing selections from the festival for attendees and enthusiasts around the globe.
As the leading venue for the exhibition of short film in North America, the festival offers one of the largest prize packages for short films in the world (with over $80,000 in cash and prizes) and winners are eligible for Academy Award consideration. Now in its 16th year, the Toronto-based WSFF took place over six days starting on Tuesday, June 1, presenting 281 films from 34 countries.
Babelgum created three individually themed channels to cover the event:
- Roving Curator, which “provides a journey through the WSFF archives” showcasing 10 different titles four times a year
- Festival Picks, which plays 15 fan-favorite short films from this year’s festival.
- Shortsnonstop which presents a lineup of the festival’s most recent finalists.
The WSFF channels can also be viewed on Babelgum’s mobile platform, which distributes content in North America, the UK, and Europe. The WSFF’s sponsorship by TELUS, one of Canada’s leading telecommunication companies, could indicate a growing demand for short-form content that may prove to be a boon for web television.