The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is the premier venue for the exhibition and promotion of short film in North America and one of the leading short film festivals in the world. Now in its eighteenth year, the Festival was founded by Brenda Sherwood in 1994 and acquired by the Canadian Film Centre in 2000.

The Canadian Film Centre is Canada’s foremost institution for advanced training and production in film, television and new media. Founded in 1986 by Canadian-born Academy Award®-winning filmmaker Norman Jewison, the Centre provides world-class training for emerging Canadian directors, writers, producers, editors, actors and new media professionals who hone their art in an intensely creative, hands-on and individualised environment under the guidance of the finest industry professionals.

The CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival is dedicated to celebrating and sharing with audiences the exciting world of short film. In addition to Official Selection screenings of international and Canadian shorts, the Festival features specialty presentations, retrospectives and gala screenings. Highlights from the 2011 Festival included a spotlight on Italy, Scene Not Herd – cutting edge music videos, Celebrity Shorts, Shorts for Shorties – children’s programs, Sci-Fi shorts, Film School Showcase, Award Winners From Around the World and Midnight Mania.

The CFC WSFF’s Festival Business Centre offers a unique opportunity for filmmakers and industry representatives to connect, converse and conduct business. It houses the largest marketplace in North America for the sale and acquisition of short films and attracts buyers, distributors and programmers from around the world. In addition, the Short Films, BIG IDEAS Symposium gives filmmakers the chance to explore their craft, meet professionals and gain valuable insight into marketing their short films.