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Short film fest slates 200 pix

Lineup features shorts from 29 countries, with 23 preems

TORONTO — Oscar winner “Two Soldiers” and Oscar-nommed “Destino” will be the curtain-raisers for the Canadian Film Center’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, which kicks off Tuesday. “Two Soldiers” is Aaron Schneider’s tale of brothers torn apart by war. “Destino” is a collaboration between Walt Disney and artist Salvador Dali that was completed more than 50 years after it was begun.

This year’s lineup features 200 short films from 29 countries, including 23 world premieres.

Six-day program includes a spotlight on Mexico, with rarely seen films starring Salma Hayek and Gael Garcia Bernal; Celebrity Shorts, with films directed by or starring Illeana Douglas, Jeff Goldblum, Jim Belushi and Daryl Hannah; Hammers and Mirrors, a look at World War II propaganda produced by Canada’s National Film Board; and Combat Zone, which features pic that take a look at everyday life in the post-9/11 world.

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