The Worldwide Short Film Festival wrapped up in Toronto over the weekend, handing out a nice collection of cash and prizes worth $125,000 to lucky/talented winners. I was able to hit a few of the screenings (stay tuned this week for a few reviews) as well as some great celebrity shorts, like Jennifer Aniston's directorial debut Room 10 and Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard's dysfunctional High Falls. If this year is any indication of what the future of short films will bring, the coming days are bright. Instead of great shorts mixed in with the mediocre or questionable (like previous years), each collection that I saw was pretty solid and entertaining. But of course, now comes the wait to see if we'll ever get a chance to see them again.

As always seems to be the case, none of the films I saw (except for Yours Truly's honorable mention) won anything. But considering how many great movies I was able to see, that's not really a bad thing -- it just shows how much talent there is to choose from. Without further ado, here are the winners:

Best Animated Short:
Madame Tutli-Putli -- Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Honorable Mention for Yours Truly - Osbert Parker

Best Live-Action Short:
Soft -- Simon Ellis

Best Experimental Short:The Nautical Education -- Christian Laurence

Best Documentary Short: Ken Wardrop for Farewell Packets of Ten
Honorable Mention for Bullet Proof Vest - May Lin Au Yong

Special Jury Distinction:
Fair Trade --Michael Deher

Audience Choice Award: It's My Turn Now -- Jorgen Hjerdt

Screenplay Giveaway Prize:
The Bridge -- Lindsey Connell

Best Canadian Short Film:After All -- Alexis Fortier

Best Emerging Canadian Filmmaker:
Nicolas Roy (Sunday)

Best Cinematography in a Canadian Short: After All -- Alexis Fortier Gauthier and Phillipe Roy

PITCHer's Award:
Where do White Canadians Go?/The Wondrous Mind of Delroy Kincaid -- Powys Dewhurst and Belonging -- Elizabeth Lazebnik
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