WIFF Local celebrates local filmmaking talent by encouraging local short and feature film submissions for programming consideration.
In addition to our regular WIFF programmers, we are excited to announce that there will be a panel of three independent programmers to judge WIFF local film submissions and to select the best local films to appear in our festival programming.
Films are selected on the basis of quality and originality, and on their ability to contribute significantly to the overall success of WIFF.
WIFF 2023 Local Features
An amnesiac serial killer. A criminal psychologist. As memories resurface, the killer must face the terrifying reality of his own depraved mind. The film follows the story of a notorious serial killer, Thomas, who is now confined to a prison hospital. When a criminal psychologist, Audrey, played by rising star Kristen MacCulloch, is brought in…
Welcome to WIFF Local Shorts, your portal to an array of captivating films at the festival. Discover curated ticket bundles offering a variety of cinematic experiences and secure your tickets today for a cinematic adventure like no other!
WIFF 2023 Local Shorts #1
JOURNEY OF A THOUSAND MILES directed by Prasanna Marathan (2 mins)
THE BOX OF LIFE directed by Benjamin Cheer and Manuel Baechlin (7 mins)
THE DAWDLING DOODLER directed by William Nicholas Rogers (5 mins)
WHAT GOURDS AROUND COMES AROUND directed by Elissa Weir (7 mins)
ONE COOKIE AT A TIME directed by Sydney Cremasco (7 mins)
CONCEALED directed by Gemma Eva and Maria Hausmann (3 mins)
SHOESHINE directed by Sameer W. Jafar (4 mins)
GREAT SEEING YOU directed by Holly Pruner (12 mins)
BLISTERED BLOODLINES directed by Omran Omaid (17 mins)
WIFF 2023 Local Shorts #2
ZUG ISLAND directed by Nicolas Lachapelle (22 mins)
GIIWE: RETURNING HOME directed by Taye Alvis (44 mins)
WIFF 2023 Local Shorts #3
YOUR MONEY’S NO GOOD HERE directed by Jakob Skrzypa (9 mins)
PLANTED directed by Rawad Kansoun (11mins)
ARE YOU MY MOMMY directed by Gavin Michael Booth (15 mins)
HI, CHASE directed by Shane Trowbridge (15 mins)
WIFF 2023 Local Shorts #4
GOOD PEOPLE: A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE WINDSOR GOODFELLOWS directed by Sasha Jordan Appler (48 mins)
THE TEA PARTY @ 30 directed by Kyle Mosonyi (20 mins)
WIFF Local Jury Panel
Jamaal Azeez is a festival and arts management professional based in Scarborough, Ontario. Jamaal has taken on a diverse set of roles in film production, interactive media development, and event planning/marketing. He is currently the Non-Theatrical Program Manager at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), where he oversees the national Film Circuit initiative in addition to programming one-offs of new releases at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Based in Montréal, Antoine Frenette completed his university studies in cinema and worked on film sets before joining the Québec Cinéma team, where he is currently in charge of the Québec Cinéma Tour : the largest event promoting Québec films and artists across Canada.
Chevis LaBelle is an Austin-based independent producer and Production Manager for the SXSW Film & TV Festival.