Acclaimed “The Factory” screens in Toronto
By Ingrid Coifman
CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival (WSFF), North America’s largest short film festival, is showcasing Brazil’s up and coming filmmakers in its 18th annual edition, which ends this Sunday, June 10th, in Toronto.
The Factory (A Fábrica), directed by Brazilian Aly Muritiba, brings to the screen a drama that develops when an inmate convinces his mother to smuggle a cell phone for him into the prison. The short film won 43 prizes internationally.
In the script, Muritiba, who worked as a penitentiary agent, tries to humanize the characters, among them inmates, family members, and agents. It’s a story of love, sacrifice and the extreme lengths parents will go to in order to protect their children. In 2008, the director also released the acclaimed short film “Com as Próprias Mãos”.
Showcasing the best short films from around the world, WSFF presents a selection comprised of 244 films from 35 countries. WSFF is dedicated to celebrating quality and creative range in short film. This year’s collection of short films is comprised of 207 premieres; with 38 World Premieres (an increase over 2011’s 24 World Premieres). Programming includes a variety of genres, made up of live-action, animation, experimental, documentary and music video.
More info: The Factory is screening this Saturday (June 9th) at 4:30pm at Bloor Hot Docs Cinema (506 Bloor St W at Bathurst).