Jul 062009
 

It seems I just got finished talking about one zombie short and now we’re going to be mobbed by lots more.  Like a horde of the flesh eating, living dead it’s the Zombie Short Film Festival!  Going out for a night of flesh eating undead shorts, followed by drinking and taking place in the mighty city of Toronto.  I dare you to find something better to do with your time.

It will cost $20 Canadian to enter your film, where it will be viewed by a jury of 4 living people.  Those films that get selected will appear in the festival and be eligable for a prize, plus the awarding of the soon to be coveted Zomb-D’Or.

The Zombie Short Film Festival is the brain-child of Jim Taylor and Cory Laffin, two dudes who live in Toronto. We are hoping to hold it at the Revue Cinema, on Roncesvalles Avenue, in Toronto. Our target date is Friday, October 30th.  I talked with Jim Taylor not to long ago and got the skinny on what is going on.  There are still some details that need to be put together but it looks like this is coming along nicely!

The ZSFF if accepting submissions, most likely in DVD format, up until October 1st of this year.    If you are a filmmaker, an aspiring filmmaker, or a friend or loved one to a filmmaker, please tell them about our festival! We are accepting any and all submissions at this point, from any place.

The criteria is as follows:

  1. It must be a short film with a maximum running time of 20 minutes.
  2. It must involve zombies.

If you are interested in making a submission, have any questions, or wish to volunteer your time and/or services to this noble film festival, please contact us at zombieshortfilmfestival@gmail.com.

I had a few questions for the guys organizing this and here’s what Jim had to say.

TC: What prompted you to start a zombie themed short film festival?

Jim: Like you, Cory and I also have a lasting love affair with zombies in film.  We were discussing this over beers in my kitchen, one night, when the subject turned to zombie short films we saw or worked on.  That’s when it occurred to us that pretty much every film maker we know has made a zombie short film…and there was no zombie short film festival to show them.  So we decided to fill the niche.

TC: How many films do you expect to have entered?

Jim: Well, from the looks of things…hundreds!  I put up a website and a twitter account about a week ago, and the thing is kind of exploding.  The plan is to have a jury adjudicate each entry, and then we’ll screen the finalists at the theatre on Oct. 30.  The audience will have a chance to vote for their favorites, and then the winner will be announced at the gala.

TC: What venue(s) will they be playing at?

Jim: I’m hoping it will be the Revue Cinema, on Roncesvalles Ave.  I’m still in talks with them, though, so nothing’s official.

TC: Have either of you ever lived through a zombie uprising?  If so, any tips?

Jim: So far I’ve been lucky, but I’m one of those people that always thinks about zombie attacks, and how to best survive them.  When you’ve had as many boring jobs as I’ve had, it can be pretty amusing to come up with contingency plans for when the undead rise to feast on the living.  I think the best thing to do, should it happen, is stock up on food, get to the highest point you can, and always carry a crowbar.

TC: Any recommendations on food, lodging and parking for the festival?

Jim: If everything goes the way I hope, and we get the Revue Cinema, the public will have no shortage of great restaurants and places to stay.  Roncesvalles Ave. has tons of each.  It’s the best street in Toronto!

TC: Will there be any actual zombies present?

Jim: How could I call it a Zombie Short Film Festival is there wasn’t?

If you’re going to be anywhere near Toronto on October 30th, this sounds like a sure bet for an amazing time.

[tags]zombies, short film festival, toronto, movies[/tags]

Photo credit: Scott Beale / Laughing Squid

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