Sebastian Feehan’s Eighty Eight and Meghna Gupta’s Unravel were the documentary winners at the CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival’s awards picnic, held on Sunday in Toronto.
Feehan’s Eighty Eight tells the story of Ralph Settle, a British senior citizen who continues to embrace new experiences and defy people’s concepts of aging. The short was given the Panasonic Award for best documentary short, with the jury remarking: ‘This short deserved to be honored in recognition of its treatment of its subject, its examination of love and life lessons learned.”
An honorable mention was given to Remember Me My Ghost from director Ross McDonnell.
A documentary short claimed the Audience Choice award as well. Meghna Gupta’s Unravel, a UK/India copro, serves as an exploration of the international textile industry, focusing on the journey across Northern India taken by the “world’s least wanted clothes,” and the workers who recycle them.
This year’s jury was comprised of Shane Smith, director of public programmes at TIFF Bell Lightbox; filmmaker Iain Gardner, winner of the 2011 best animated short award at the festival for The Tannery; Susanne Folkesson, acquisition executive for UR; Ian Harnarine, winner of the Genie Award for best live action short film in 2012 for Doubles with Slight Pepper; and filmmaker Jean-Marc Vallée (Café de Flore).
The Worldwide Short Film Festival, presented by the Canadian Film Centre, ran from June 5-10 and showcased 17 doc shorts over the course of the event.