The Master

26 Jun 2014 | Categories: news | Posted by: Kevin Youkhana

ANNOUNCEMENT: Filip Terlecki’s ‘The Master’ is Headed to the Cannes Film Festival

The Short Film Will Make its World Premiere at the Festival de Cannes Short Film Corner

Film Writer and Director Filip Terlecki is being given an opportunity every upstart filmmaker dreams about; the right to show his film at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

The 15 minute short film is titled “The Master” and was filmed just last October over a two day period in Burlington, Ontario at the Village Square and Burlington Performing Arts Centre locations. On April 11 the film was was officially accepted to the 67th Festival de Cannes as part of the festival’s Short Film Corner, making its world premiere when the festival kicks off May 14.

Terlecki had stated that “the intention behind making The Master was to use it as a learning experience to tell a good story and to use it as an opportunity to collaborate with new talent both in front and behind the camera.”

When the news hit that his film had been accepted to the world’s premiere film event, Terlecki was understandably in disbelief.

“Getting into Cannes really hadn’t crossed my mind,” said Terlecki. “But now that it has happened, I can’t help but feel honored to be among the world’s best filmmakers. It feels unreal.”

The story of The Master centres around two whimsical girls looking to raise money to cover costs for their sick dog by staging a violin concert in the city square featuring their mysterious and awe-inspiring Grandpa Nick. When they attempt to entice an audience to listen, they discover that passersby are interested only in the renowned violin prodigy playing in a nearby concert hall, not Grandpa Nick. However, after the performance, we learn who the master really is and come to realize that appearances can be deceiving.

The Master is loosely inspired by a real life event in which the Washington Post organized a “cultural experiment” and invited one of the world’s greatest violinists to play a multimillion-dollar Stradivarius violin for spare change while disguised at a subway station in order to see how ordinary people would react.

Cannes is considered the pinnacle when it comes to film festivals. Quite simply, there are film festivals, and then there is Cannes – the single largest international showcase of cinematic art in the world, attracting nearly 30,000 film industry professionals each year. Anyone can submit a film to the Cannes Film Festival, however only about 50 feature films and 30 short films are selected for prominent screening, with a selection of other “artistic” films chosen to round out the 12 day event.

The 2014 Festival de Cannes will run from May 14 through May 25.


Believing that young filmmaking talent of today will make up the big names of cinema in the future, the Festival de Cannes created Cannes Court Métrage (Cannes Short Film Corner) in 2011. At Cannes, short films are represented at the Competition (at the end of which the short films Jury awards a Palme d’or) and at the Short Film Corner; a professional space for filmmakers to exhibit their films, exchange ideas and network with industry professionals. Cannes Court Métrage brings these two initiatives together in a way that not only provides a panorama of short filmmaking production worldwide but also stimulates the creativity of short film professionals by bringing them together at workshops and conferences at the Palais des Festivals.

About FILIP TERLECKI (Writer/Director)

Filip Terlecki is a Canadian writer, director and producer whose work includes music videos, commercials, film and television. He is the founder and principal creator at ‘The Creators Bureau’ (, a production company, as well as the founder of digital culture magazine ‘YouNxt’ (

Up next, Filip is slated to write and direct the adaptation of Stephen King’s “Suffer the Little Children” – A Carmelo Giardina Production (