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Short Film Fest long on winners

22-minute comedy chosen from fest's 268 films

TORONTO — Danish duo Thomas Glud and Lars Wass’ “Getting Out” (Vaek fra spajald), about a teenager’s shot at TV fame, won the C$5,000 ($4,880) audience award at the 14th Worldwide Short Film Festival on Sunday at the Canadian Film Center.

The 22-minute comedy, which world preemed at WSFF, was chosen from the fest’s 268 films.

Canadian Film Center alum Sarah Galea-Davis picked up the Canadian short prize and $9,770 for “Can You Wave Bye-Bye?,” about a single woman suffering postpartum depression, while fellow alum Audrey Cummings won for emerging Canadian filmmaker and $4,880 for her mother-daughter drama “Burgeon and Fade.”

Animated short winner “Board Attack” gained Canadian filmmaker Jay White the same amount and eligibility for the Oscar shorts category.

Documentary honors went to Poland’s Bartosz Blaschke for “Zietek,” while a special jury prize for comedy was awarded to American Rob Meter for “Aquarium.”

Attended by more than 400 international industry delegates and filmmakers, WSFF is a leading short-film venue (one of three Canuck fests accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences) and is North America’s largest short-film market.

For the winners list and more information about WSFF visit shorterisbetter.com.

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