Our Canadian Shorts program includes some of the best short films from across the country. Carefully curated and culled from an incredible range of work from established and emerging storytellers, our 2019 lineup includes two distinct programs with films that demonstrate the very simple truth that sometimes less is more.
Characters struggling to find their place, confronting and contextualizing their histories, facing uncertainty and forging their own path, the stories told in this batch of shorts are as universal as they are personal.
Director: Shelley Thompson
When hiding for your life becomes a frightening game, an elementary school teacher and children cope with the fear and guilt created by a lockdown.
Director: Gokce Erdem
A promising young figure skater in 1990s Turkey has to overcome the self-doubt that is jeopardizing her performance.
Director: Rebeccah Love
A woman in recovery helps out a neighbour.
Director: Matthew Hayes
Alex Unger, aka ELMS, lives a double life: he creates haunting music, and farms cattle. In this short, he explores how one influences the other, what drives his art, and how one of these lifestyles is more of a privilege than he thought.
Director: Caroline Monnet
A striking portrait of Chippewa female mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols, and a celebration of the athlete’s inner strength, fortitude, and dedication to her physical and spiritual health.
Director: Chrisann Hessing
Joshua DePerry, also known as Classic Roots, is a Toronto-based music producer and performer pioneering “PowWow Techno.” Redefining what it means to be urban and Indigenous, he prepares to start the next chapter of his life as an artist and educator in the world’s techno capital: Berlin.
Director: Florence Lafond
In the morning, as she gets ready for her dance audition, Alex is outraged as her mother forces her to look after her disabled sister.
Director: Sofia Bohdanowicz
The film follows a young woman named Audrey Benac who delves into the archives of the New York Public Library in search of a rare recording produced in 1909 titled Veslemøy’s Song. Shot on hand-processed black and white 16mm, the film takes a docu-fiction approach to investigate the faded legacy of the once celebrated Canadian musician, Kathleen Parlow.