Local Shorts

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Directors: various

Language: English

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rating: 14A

Directors: various

Language: English

Runtime: 90 minutes

Rating: 14A


Dedicated, persistent, and resourceful, our talented local filmmakers are honing their skills, stretching beyond limits and weaving intriguing stories that only they can tell. Part of the KCFF program since the beginning, the Local Shorts are some of the best work created in and around Kingston.  We’re always amazed to see what these talented filmmakers come up with and know you will be, too.


Local Shorts 1

Blue Sunday

Directed by Steven Griffin

After a documentarian receives a strange video message from a couple with a terminal illness, she travels out to a rural and isolated Canadian town to conduct her first interview and realizes things may not be as they seem.



Directed by Adam Kirkey

A boy befriends a robotic alien and helps him get home.


The Incorrigibles

Directed by Ali Dixon

During the interwar period in Eastern Ontario incorrigibility was considered a criminal offense under the Female Refuges Act and those who were imprisoned were typically young, underprivileged women. A young woman named Mary is sent to an industrial refuge under the pretense of incorrigibility but defies the governing structures by taking her destiny into her own hands.


Whenever You’re Ready

Directed by Jenna Harder

A darkly comedic look at a day in the life of a struggling actor and the unique ways she deals with the pressures of the industry.


The Prize

Directed by Suzanne Lacey

A young, working class, woman searches for love and escape from her U.S-Canada border town in the raucous 1970’s.

Local Shorts 2

Boy In Bloom

Directed by Ivanka Haney

“This must be the place”


New Year’s Day

Directed by Roy Zheng

An emotion-driven piece featuring a Chinese international student seeking for self-belongingness in an foreign city.


Skeleton Park

Directed by Brent Nurse

Just beneath the green lawns and playgrounds lies a vast burial ground. Dig into the past of Kingston’s infamous Skeleton Park.


Manasie Akpaliapik

Directed by Shelby Lisk

This short film explores how renowned Inuk artist, Manasie Akpaliapik, shares his culture and relationship to land through his carvings.



Directed by Jordan Dawson

A down on their luck thrash metal band gets an opportunity of a lifetime to make it big. The pressures of performing however, test their bonds in new and difficult ways.



Directed by James Greatrex

Understanding violence isn’t easy.



Directed by Corey Maybe

Two lost souls, separated by a random act of violence, must find their way back to each other before time runs out.

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