Berlin: Toronto Fest Offers Global Filmmakers Short Film Showcase

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The new Short Cuts International sidebar will debut at the upcoming 2014 edition.

TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival is allowing global filmmakers a possibly career-building shortcut.

The prestigious Canadian festival on Monday unveiled plans for Short Cuts International, a showcase of short films to launch at the upcoming 2014 edition in September.

The micro film series comes on top of Short Cuts Canada, which already allows Canadian filmmakers to demand less time of fest-goers otherwise drawn to Hollywood and other high-profile movie titles screening at the annual September event.

"As TIFF expands its global reach, we want to bring some of the world's finest short films to the audience, industry and media that gather in Toronto every year," said Toronto artistic director Cameron Bailey on Monday in a statement.

Shane Smith, TIFF’s director of special projects, will get the Short Cuts International program off the ground, with programmers to be announced shortly.

Toronto is accepting short film submissions from this Wednesday through May 30.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 4-14, 2014.