Canadian Shorts

Film Premiere*

Wednesday, March 3 at 7:00 pm

Livestream Q+A starts at 8:40 pm


March 3 at 7:00pm until March 7 at 11:59 pm

Director: various details below

Language: English

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rating: most audiences; depictions of self-harm, strong language

*Films premiere at a set time and are followed by a livestream Q+A.  If you miss the premiere, you can still watch the movie (and a recording of the Q+A) anytime until the end of the festival!  Still a bit unclear? Check out our 2021 Glossary & FAQ for details.


KCFF has long been the highlight of my year and coming in to ’21 has been no exception. In a year of extraordinary challenges, I took screening the Canadian Shorts as a luxury and a welcomed respite. The incredible art and form practiced by some of our country’s best filmmakers has provided me with glimmers of optimism and I’m excited to share them with our audience. The best hope of packaging these works is that there’s something here for everyone. Character studies in documentary, contemplative drama, a comedic look at vehicular decorum. Whatever your fancy, I’m sure we have something for you. Thanks for taking the time to explore this varied shorts program, I hope it will provide as much of an escape for you as a viewer as it did for me.

– Christian Kelley, programmer


JO director Carmen Rachiteanu
SUCCOR director Hannah Cheeseman
A SIMPLE F*CKING GESTURE director Jesse Shamata
HAPPYTIME SOCIAL CLUB director Dave Rodden-Shortt
INUIT LANGUAGES IN THE 21st CENTURY director Ulivia Uviluk
GRANITE MAN OF GILMORE director Matthew Hayes
SCARS director Alex Anna
SINKING SHIP director Sasha Leigh Henry
EVERY DAY’S LIKE THIS director Lev Lewis

Vote for your favourite

Watch the Canadian Shorts and then vote for your favourite. The winner will be announced at our Awards Show on March 7.

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