Canadian Short Screenplay Competition Winner Rusted Pyre to Bow at 17th Worldwide Short Film Fest

Top Quote The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition's 2008 3rd place script 'Rusted Pyre" written by Daniel Audet will have its world premiere as part of the 17th annual Canadian Film Centre's Worldwide Short Film Festival May 31-June 5, 2011 in Toronto. End Quote
  • (1888PressRelease) April 21, 2011 - The Canadian Short Screenplay Competition, the most prestigious name in short film script contests, has earned one more honour: a world premiere at the exclusive CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival.

    Selected from more than 4,150 submissions to WSFF, Rusted Pyre, originally a short film script penned by screenwriter Daniel Audet, was first entered as a screenplay to the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition in 2008, where it eventually placed third beginning its current journey and eventual production.

    CSSC founder and producer David Cormican (Minus Lara, Seeing In The Dark), attached director Laurence Cohen (Rocket Man) to helm the genre piece. The team of three, working on Rusted Pyre, also picked up distinction as recipients of the National Screen Institute's Drama Prize, where the screenplay underwent additional development in Winnipeg in 2010 before being shot later that Fall in Havelock, SK.

    The Alberta team received financial support from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts to shoot the prairie piece, about two girls, Brooke Palsson (Less Than Kind) and Samantha Somer Wilson (Nurse.Fighter.Boy), who venture out to an abandoned car in the middle of nowhere to endure a right of passage and a night of ghost story telling that turns terrifyingly all too real.

    When asked for his reaction to first finding out about the honour of a premiere as an official selection at WSFF, one of only three Canadian festivals accredited by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, granting specific award-winners eligibility for Academy Awards®, BAFTAs, and Genie Award consideration, Cohen said "Wow. Mazletov. I just did a really big dance while making some, what I'm sure (were), pretty awkward sounds. This is an amazing honour!"

    This is the first screening for Daniel Audet, David Cormican, Laurence Cohen and the Canadian Short Screenplay Competition at the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

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