Films for 2012

Festival years: 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011
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    Notes on Biology

    A bored high school student turns his Biology notes into a wildly adventurous flip book. Won Best Animated Short at 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival.

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    After 12 years together, a couple breaks up while dining out in a restaurant.  He’s a yapper who’s dumped her for a poodle.  How long can she maintain civility before her inner bitch takes over?  Nominated for Best Short Film … Continue reading

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    Convinced that a unified theory could be found in the relationship between the numbers two, three, and five, a professor travelled to the Arctic to find the answer and disappeared.  Many years later, a former student tries to find him.  … Continue reading

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    55 Socks

    During the winter of 1944-45 near the end of World War II, a German blockade causes widespread famine in occupied Holland. Three women and a young girl unravel a beautiful bedspread so they can knit 55 socks to barter for … Continue reading

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    Matt Giordano, a talented drummer, reveals the challenges he faces as someone with Tourette Syndrome.  Nominated for Best Short Documentary at the 32nd Annual Genie Awards.

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    A Different Tree

    When eight-year-old Pearl has to complete a family tree assignment for school, she tries to find out more about her father, who she’s never met, from her single mother, and then sets out to find him herself.

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    A Family Like Mine

    A documentary about children growing up with same sex parents.

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    A Good Story

    When Helga Landowsky discovers a broken jug in an antiques store near the German/Polish border, she wants it at any cost, but the shopkeeper inexplicably refuses to sell it to her even as she offers 10,000 euros for it. But … Continue reading

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    When a New Yorker walks past a chicken on his morning stroll, we’re left to wonder which one is the real city slicker.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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    A Royal Commission

    From the techniques he used to conceptualize and plan the painting to its unveiling at Rideau Hall in 2012, this fascinating documentary reveals the creative process of Canadian artist Phil Richards who was commissioned in 2010 to paint a life-sized … Continue reading

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    A Sea Turtle Story

    An exquisite stop-motion animated film that chronicles the life cycle of this critically endangered species and captures the beauty of the ecosystems they inhabit.

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    A Senior Moment

    Winner of the 2013 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award. Three “hot” elderly women living in a retirement home fumble with modern technology as one of them texts a message to a man she’s interested in.

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    A Shadow of Blue

    A young girl’s imagination sets her shadow free to recapture the blue butterfly that the wind tore from her grasp. Won Best Animation Award at the 2012 Short Shorts Film Festival of Tokyo among many other awards.

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    After 4 months without seeing each other, a girl receives a visit from her ex-boyfriend.

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Bean Counters In a creepy government waiting room, our guilty little heroine, Pochsy (anagram for “psycho”), descends through seven levels of hell as she awaits the Tax Man’s wrath. Won Grand Jury Prize, Show Us Your Shorts International … Continue reading

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    Presenting Sponsor: Costco Photo Centre When a beautiful woman enters Josh’s photocopy shop, he sees in her a love for her own job that equals his own.  In this punny musical, he offers her his heart and finds out if … Continue reading

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    ABC

    After countless years of Liberian civil war, 17-year-old Vele just wants to learn to read and write, along with her 7-year-old daughter. Now that she finally has the opportunity to go to school, her hope for a better future and … Continue reading

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    Abiogenesis

    Inspired by animations for Mars Rover missions, the filmmaker creates a sci-fi spectacle in which a startling mechanical device lands on a bleak and desolate world to enact a profound transformation. Won Audience Choice Award at the 2012 Maui Film … Continue reading

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    Adam and Dog

    In the beginning, there was Adam and Eve … and dog who’s never encountered such strange creatures before, but who finds himself drawn to the world of Man. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Animated Short.

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    Adjust Tracking

    In this grisly homage to 80’s anthology horror, a miserable stepfather has trouble adjusting the VCR after removing the horror video his stepson was watching.

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    Adonis

    A young man hires a dating service that employs a cute dog named Adonis as a chick magnet. Although he attracts beautiful women at every turn, Adonis must reach deep into his bag of tricks to find the right match. … Continue reading

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    After the Credits

    Boy meets girl. Boy loses girl. Boy runs to the airport to win her back in this hilarious take on the real-life consequences of a romantic grand gesture. Won Best Comedy at the LA Shorts Fest in 2011 among other … Continue reading

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    Alba

    A man’s hope of finding his lost daughter becomes an obsession that his estranged wife can no longer ignore. Won Best Fiction Short Film at the 2012 Kinofest International Digital Film Festival in Rumania.

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    Alexis

    A nine-year-old boy exhibits symptoms of schizophrenia. Did his psychosis cause the brutal deaths of his parents?

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    Alfred & Anna

    As a young married couple, Alfred and Anna move to a new town and open the Alfred Music School, producing a string of winners of the Young Music Talent Contest. Decades later, the town’s factory closes, many families move away, … Continue reading

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    Linda and Larry’s forthcoming wedding hits a snag when the local parish priest comes to their home to do some much-needed marriage counseling. Won Best International Comedy Short, 2010 Illinois International Film Festival. www.fletchfilms.com

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    In the dangerous world of the Amazon Rainforest, finding a meal proves to be an impossible task for a little treefrog.  His luck changes when he meets a blue-bellied treefrog who shows him the ways of the jungle in this … Continue reading

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    Andrew Manske

    Wildlife filmmaker Andrew Manske has been in pursuit of wild wolves for two decades. With five internationally broadcast wolf documentaries under his belt, he isn’t stopping yet! This talk covers Andrew’s incredible experiences filming wolves in some of the most … Continue reading

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    A young man and woman look for each other in Venice, a labyrinth of streets, bridges and canals. Anonymous (Anónimos)

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    Antarctica: A Year on Ice

    New Zealand photographer Anthony Powell spent a decade documenting his experience at the bottom of the world – from the awe-inspiring auroras and animal ecosystems to the freezing and terrifying ice storms. But most importantly, he pointed his camera at … Continue reading

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    When an elderly farmer on an isolated farm in northern Germany learns that a gigantic asteroid will hit earth within 16 hours and wipe out all of mankind, he conceals it from his wife so that her last day will … Continue reading

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    Asad

    In a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, a young boy must help support his family by becoming a pirate like the older boys in his village or by becoming a fisherman despite his terrible luck at fishing. Nominated for an … Continue reading

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    Asad

    In a war-torn fishing village in Somalia, a young boy must help support his family by becoming a pirate like the older boys in his village or by becoming a fisherman despite his bad luck at fishing. Nominated for an … Continue reading

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    On the edge of a galaxy far, far away (well Wales, actually) two brothers have established a Star Wars-based belief system that claims 3,000 followers. A domestic portrait about faith, family and future, this film reveals an extraordinary family whose … Continue reading

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    Attack of the Brainsucker

    Samantha, a little girl growing up in the sixties, loves class b-movies and monsters … until they start to invade her bedroom and her obsession compels her parents to seek help.

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    A young Auschwitz prisoner auditions for the camp’s orchestra.  He stands in front of a firing squad which will shoot if he’s not good enough.  Won the Best International Film Award at the 2011 Black Rock Animation Film Festival. There’ll … Continue reading

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    Auschwitz on My Mind

    Two Israeli teens on a school trip to Poland to visit death camps and memorials are torn between the remote events of the Holocaust and a more immediate biological attraction. Won Best Short Film Award at the 2013 Jerusalem Jewish … Continue reading

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    Baby-Sitting

    A young woman accepts a babysitting offer from a couple she doesn’t know. Puzzled by the children’s odd behaviour, she invites some friends to keep her company. They should have said no.

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    Aging couple Bahiya and Mahmoud have a daily routine of bickering until the morning that Mahmoud wakes up and finds Bahiya gone.  Won Best of Festival Award at the 2011 Palm Springs International ShortFest.

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    Barbie

    Soniya is excited about going into the first grade and buying school supplies, especially a Barbie backpack. It is forbidden in some schools, so she is very happy when her mother finds one for her. But her happiness is short-lived … Continue reading

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    Barko runs away to join the circus even though he never wanted to be a performer.  Yet he finds exactly what he was looking for in the arms of a caring boy. www.titmouseshorts.com

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    In this sequel to Nash Edgerton’s hugely popular short film Spider which was in our 2009 festival, Jack’s in trouble with his new girlfriend for apparently forgetting her birthday.  Nominated for a Palm d’Or for Best Short Film at the … Continue reading

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    Beauty Mark

    Eight-year-old Annabelle is a child beauty queen whose mother’s ambitions for her daughter’s beauty pageant success dominate their relationship. When Annabelle sees no way out, she takes drastic action to reclaim her childhood.

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    It seems as if Mamoru’s life can’t get any worse.  Then his beloved bicycle starts disappearing … stolen one piece at a time.  When he’s given a chance to retrieve the pieces, he embarks on a journey to rebuild his … Continue reading

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    Big Mouth

    When Trudy starts school, she is eager to make new friends, but her habit of honestly pointing out what she sees – be it a big mole or a big belly – results in an impressive collection of disciplinary notes … Continue reading

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    Bird Food

    A man plans to eat his lunch in the park, but the local pigeons have other ideas! Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Brown Bag Films.

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    Soon every home will have a robot helper.  Don’t worry.  It’s perfectly safe.  He just wants to be your friend.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Image Now.

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    Blue Division

    In the summer of 1943, German attempts to conquer the strategic location of Leningrad have failed miserably. As a last resort, Hitler decides to send in his best men – the Spanish soldiers of Blue Division. Won Best Comedy at … Continue reading

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    A hamster chases his true love around the globe.  Will he get her?  Won the Audience Award at the 2010 AlpeAdriaCinema Trieste Film Festival. www.jacobfrey.de

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    Elsa and Bo are eagerly expecting their first baby.  While Elsa gets the baby’s room ready, Bo composes a special musical piece for the occasion.

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    He is just 15 years old, but Vinh has already accepted his destiny – to be sick for the rest of his life with incurable arsenic poisoning. He dreams about going to Phnom Penh, becoming a karaoke star, and winning the … Continue reading

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    Bottle image

    After sending messages back and forth across an ocean, two lovers risk everything for the chance to meet.  Won the Grand Jury Award for Best Animated Short at the 2011 Florida Film Festival among many others.

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    Bow Tied

    A regular morning becomes a nightmare for young Jacob when he is forced to wear a suit on school picture day. He will once again have to suffer through this day, unless he can find a way to keep this … Continue reading

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    Brad and Gary

    The director of Despicable Me creates a supremely silly tale of misadventure as two friends, stuck for something to do, find it increasingly difficult to get unstuck.

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    Bridges to the Past

    Gang leader George demands that Archie kidnap the troll who, according to legend, lives under a bridge.  When Archie finds a homeless man living under the bridge instead, he convinces the man to return with him and pretend to be … Continue reading

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    Brutal Relax

    A man with anger management issues appears to be cured, but his nervous psychiatrist urges him to take a vacation and suggests the beach as a nice place to relax. That would be true if only his music had continued … Continue reading

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    Bunker 731

    A married couple learns that their release from a government regulated bomb shelter has been delayed due to persistently high radiation levels. Starving and desperate, they debate their last resort for survival.

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    Buzkashi Boys

    Revered as Afghanistan’s national sport, Buzkashi is a brutal game of horse polo involving a headless goat. Becoming a skilled player of the game is a dream shared by a blacksmith’s son and a street urchin, best friends who struggle … Continue reading

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    Captive Radio

    Every Sunday morning, men and women held hostage by rebel guerrilla groups deep in the Colombian jungle listen to messages from their families on The Voices of Kidnapping radio show. The harrowing personal accounts of police major Guillermo Solórzano and … Continue reading

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Capstan Hauling Ltd. A young boy has fun in the park firing a crossbow … at his sister.

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    A man with an unusual medical problem is embarrassed to discover the call girl he hired is an old friend.  Won Best Short at the Omaha Film Festival among many others.

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    A high school student relives the same day at school until he finally learns the error of his ways.  A short film created by 15 Grade 7-12 students from Grande Prairie working together under the guidance of workshop leaders Scott … Continue reading

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    A postman’s first day takes a terrifying turn when a young girl tells him of her family’s horrible tragedy.  Won Best Super Short at the 2011 Shriekfest.

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    A teenager must protect his younger brother in a post-apocalyptic world.  Won the Audience Choice Award and Grand Prize at the 2011 Bloodshots Filmmaking Challenge under its original title Of the Dark. There’ll be a Q&A with Writer/Director Scott Belyea … Continue reading

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    On his first day as a lifeguard at a community pool, Simon notices an older woman with an exceptional ability to stay submerged under water.  Intrigued, he follows her into the pool where he discovers a startling secret and an … Continue reading

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    A man works feverishly at his computer, ruled by the clock and a deadline, until the line between the computer world and reality begins to blur.

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    Cockatoo

    A man with a broken heart tries to relive his failed relationship by hiring a young woman to play his ex-girlfriend, but is there any hope when she can’t even get the accent right? Won Audience Favourite Award at 2012 … Continue reading

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    Filmmaker in Attendance:  Andrew Wainrib.  On June 27, 1976, Air France Flight 139 en route from Tel Aviv to Paris was hijacked by German and PFLP terrorists and taken to Entebbe, Uganda.  Seven days later the hostages were rescued by … Continue reading

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    Cold Turkey

    The misadventures of a frustrated Foley artist, curious children, and petrified poultry show the human cost of creating movie magic: the sacrifices can be enormous!  Won Best Comedy at the Poppy Jasper Film Festival.

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    Cold Warrior

    In 1980, 14-year-old Romanian gymnast Ana trains hard with her coach Teodor in the run-up to the Moscow Games. They want to win and the government has a plan that will give them an edge, but at what price?

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    Cootie Contagion

    Concerned friends set out to protect Matt from the clear and present danger of catching cooties from his friendly but infected female lab partner.

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    A young man confronts Northern Ireland’s legacy of violence when he breaks into a home to avenge his father’s death and meets the boy who will be left fatherless as a result.

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    Curfew

    At the lowest point of his life, Richie gets a call from his estranged sister asking him to look after his nine-year-old niece. Won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short.

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    A 10-year-old Iraqi girl collects daisies in a Baghdad park for a friend she misses, but the flowers will soon reunite them.

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    Dancing Deaf

    Simoné Botha was born completely deaf in both ears and was the youngest recipient of cochlear implant surgery in Africa at the age of 22 months. Against enormous odds, she has succeeded in becoming a professional ballet dancer.

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    This animated documentary about a Brooklyn couple’s life together and their love for each other shows the eloquence, grace, and poetry that can be found in the voices of everyday people.

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    Lost in the frozen depths of the Atlantic, a German U-boat crew find themselves on a collision course with objects stranger than they can fathom.  The truth leaves them bathed in confusion.

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    Set in 1943 Czechoslovakia, this film about a Jew fleeing from the Nazis is based on a true story of resistance fighter David Bako.  Won Audience Choice Award at the 2011 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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    When Day, a sunny fellow, encounters Night, a stranger of distinctly darker moods, sparks fly! Day and Night are frightened and suspicious of each other at first, and quickly get off on the wrong foot. But as they discover each … Continue reading

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    A six-year-old child wakes up in the middle of the night with an urgent need to pee, but his fear of the dark keeps him from walking down the unlit hallway to the bathroom. Influenced by his mother’s advice, he … Continue reading

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    Death of a Shadow

    Stuck in a dark limbo between life and death, a deceased solder collects shadows of the dying to buy back his own second chance at life so that he can be with the woman he loves. When he discovers that … Continue reading

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    A musical comedy about five reluctant student dentists whose eyes are opened to the cruel consolations of their career by a sadistic tutor. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Jumper Productions. Won Honourable Mention at Galway … Continue reading

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    Two cartoon characters develop a life of their own and humiliate and mock the third unfinished figure, but their superiority is short-lived when he turns out to be their big brother.  Won Best Short Film for Children at the 2011 … Continue reading

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    A six-year-old boy brings home a piece of school work that provokes his parents to question his sexual orientation.  And their own.  Won Audience Choice Award at the LA Comedy Shorts Film Festival among many others.

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    On a typically boring Sunday, a small boy goes to church with his parents before being taken to a relative’s house for a family lunch.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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    Dirkjan, a nerdy nobody, becomes Leader of the World.  Where does his sudden hunger for power come from?  And what is the Big Plan?

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    When a family oversleeps, it’s up to the mother to get them to a wedding on time because nobody else seems to be doing anything right. Who has made a mess of her husband’s shirt and hidden the girls’ dresses … Continue reading

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    Dotty

    Dotty, a stubborn nursing home resident struggling to send a text message to her daughter, ultimately ropes the woman who brings her morning tea into her seemingly endless fight with her cell phone. Won Best Short Film 2013 Nantucket Film … Continue reading

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    Double Occupancy

    Two old men share a hospital room. There is only one window that gives the nearest patient a view of the outside world, while the other fellow, confined to his bed, can only stare at the walls and his more … Continue reading

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    Dripped

    In the early 1950’s, a Manhattan art thief steals paintings and then eats them. After consuming every painting he has stolen, he tries to feed his hunger with his own artistic efforts in this joyful tribute to painters and homage … Continue reading

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    Drone Strike

    A day in the life of a devoted father and RAF drone pilot – juggling the normality of his domestic life with the reality of firing Hellfire missiles 4,000 miles away in Afghanistan … until one fateful decision shatters his … Continue reading

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    Whether the light is on or off becomes a critical factor in how well camouflaged a chicken is when a fox comes hunting.  It seems certain that one of the chickens is doomed, but which one?

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    Eat

    A model becomes consumed by the demands of her profession. Winner of Best Short Film at the Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival in South Korea among other awards.

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    Edgar Allan Poe's The Raven

    December, 1959: Poe, a young writer, has locked himself inside a seedy hotel room with a bottle, an 8mm projector, and the haunting memories of his “lost Lenore.” A raven visits him and Poe turns to the bird for answers … Continue reading

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    Emo (the musical)

    When Ethan, an Emo kid who hates almost everything, falls in love with Trinity, a good Christian girl with a passion for life and her Lord Jesus Christ, they dare not let their friends find out because she belongs to … Continue reading

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    A lonely man courts danger by drinking a glass of milk with the expiration date just seconds away.  Shot in the style of classic noir-era Hollywood thrillers, Expiration walks a hilarious line between comedy and suspense.

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    Eyes on the Stars

    On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a … Continue reading

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    Facing Fear

    When a former neo-Nazi skinhead and the gay victim of his hate crime meet by chance 25 years later at the Museum of Tolerance, they embark on a journey of forgiveness that challenges both to grapple with their beliefs and … Continue reading

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    One family.  One lesson to be learned.  One twisted way to teach it.  Won People’s Choice Award at 2011 Mudfest.

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    In a not too distant future, the world seems to work in a perfect and controlled way … But what if you got the opportunity to see what lies underneath the surface?

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    Fear of Flying

    A bird who’s afraid of flying does everything he can to avoid heading south for the winter, but when a squirrel raids his food and a winter storm rages, he must find a way south or perish. Screened with the … Continue reading

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    Five Ways to Kill a Man

    In this contemporary parable, a man’s consumer choices have an impact that he can see with every decision he makes. Over the course of the day, the people he has relied on in the global economy begin to depend on … Continue reading

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    Flamingo Pride

    In the midst of a giant flock of flamingos, there is one bird who thinks he might fit in better with the other side.

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    Nova Scotia artist and filmmaker Andrea Dorfman beautifully animates her own story of finding love with someone new as she discovers that the issue is not whether girl can get along with boy but rather whether girl can accept herself, … Continue reading

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    Food of Love

    Iris is a shy baker who lives a vivid fantasy life inspired by the works of Shakespeare. The real world intervenes when she develops a crush on a regular customer. Will cupcakes and couplets be enough to turn her imaginary … Continue reading

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    A 4th grade class pulls an April Fool’s prank on their teacher with catastrophic results. Panicked and convinced that they will all go to jail, they set out to cover up the accident before their D.A.R.E. officer arrives for his … Continue reading

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar Using classic, high-speed camera with dynamic and smooth jumps, and zooming in with 3D animation, Formic shows how a skateboarder (Dennis Gläser) disturbs the life of an ant and how it finally gets even.

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    Foto

    A young woman receives a digital camera as a birthday present. She is delighted with the gift … until she reviews the photos she’s taken. Won Best Fright Award at South African Horrorfest among other awards.

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    An adaptation of the old camp song “Found a Peanut” in which one man’s unwise culinary choice results in dire consequences.  It will have its European premiere at the Fastnet Short Film Festival in Ireland at the end of May. … Continue reading

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    The films created during the Frantic 48 weekend of May 2-4.

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    Fresh Guacamole

    Familiar objects are transformed into fresh guacamole in this visually punny, delightfully original short. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Animated Short.

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    Maggie, a street smart 11-year-old, suffers from a shaky home life and the constant torment of a neighbourhood bully, but she has moxie.  Things have turned sour and she’s decided to make a stand.  Won the Best Narrative Short Award … Continue reading

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    Filmmaker in Attendance:  Napoleon Ryan.  A dark fable set in an unforgiving future in which two furnace stokers are supposed to burn all the music in the world.  But soon they discover that some things just won’t burn.  Furnace Four … Continue reading

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    Game

    Hunting season is open as a terrified woman tries to escape her captors by fleeing through the woods. Won Best Horror Short at the 2012 Buried Alive Short Film Festival in Atlanta among other awards.

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    Gaming

    Elisabet comes home from a disappointing online date to find Adam, her teenage son’s friend, playing video games while her son has gone to a party. Letting her hair and her guard down, she enjoys Adam’s playful company until neither … Continue reading

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    Lounge-singing darts champion Raymond finds his prayers are answered – literally – when he receives a mysterious package of love-inducing darts. The catch is that the one woman he loves – Kelly, a drummer in his band – is already … Continue reading

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    Good Karma $1

    A documentary about acclaimed ad-guru Alex Bogusky’s fascination with collecting homeless signs. What starts out as a project to understand the world’s simplest form of communication becomes an enlightening journey into authenticity and generosity.

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    Grandpa and Me

    A touching documentary about the special relationship between a boy and his grandfather as they make a trip to the woods on a final adventure. Won Best Documentary at 2013 Aspen ShortsFest. Winner of the Best Documentary Short Award.

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    Granny Baby

    A young boy is excited about picking up his mom and new baby sister at the hospital but the process takes longer than expected. In the waiting room, he meets an old confused woman. Nobody seems to notice her and … Continue reading

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    Great

    In 1942, Nazi Germany occupies all of Yugoslavia. Nikola Radosevic is sent for desperately needed ammunition by a group of Partisans involved in the resistance movement, but instead he brings back a weapon he believes to be more powerful than … Continue reading

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    An executive, about to commit suicide in his office, is interrupted by the cleaning lady’s arrival.  Not wanting to be seen, he hides and ends up spying on her.

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    What would the regular working class have thought of Shakespeare’s classic, Hamlet: Prince of Denmark? Join Roger and Philip, two gossipy castle guards as they try to endure a shift outside Castle Elsinore. When all the murder, madness, and mayhem … Continue reading

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    Harry Grows Up

    A young New Yorker struggles with heartbreak after his first love leaves for college. Won Audience Favorite Award at the 2012 DC Shorts Film Festival among other awards.

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    Hatch

    A couple has a baby but is unable to keep it. On the other side of town, another couple desperately wants a baby but is not allowed to have one. For a brief moment, their lives intersect at a baby … Continue reading

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    HB

    Presented by Encana and the Stanford Hotel, this film is the result of the first Youth Film Mentorship Project. It’s a comedy about a high school student who tries many crazy and out-of-the-box strategies in an effort to retrieve the … Continue reading

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    Head Over Heels

    A husband and wife have grown apart over the years. He lives on the floor, she lives on the ceiling, and the marriage hangs in the balance. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Animated Short. HEAD OVER HEELS … Continue reading

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    Hear This

    Ten-year-old Tristan’s parents are deaf, but he and his sister can hear just fine. Even though Tristan’s father plays for the Dutch national football team for the deaf and he has offered to coach Tristan’s football team, the club won’t … Continue reading

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    Henry

    When his wife disappears, Henry desperately searches for her, but strangers seem intent on keeping him from her. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Live Action Short.

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    When his son’s interest in things that little boys are not supposed to be interested in develops to the point where Anthony can no longer ignore it, he grapples with the conflict between his liberal beliefs and his societal instincts … Continue reading

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    High Heels and Hoodoo

    A greedy party girl is so determined to get what she wants that she employs the dangerous magic of a Gullah root doctor to help her cross over into the spirit world for one last conversation with her grandmother.

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    High Maintenance

    Hank’s just an ordinary guy trying to get his wife pregnant. Then his mother-in-law shows up, thus ruining their baby-making plans. His desperate attempts to get rid of her escalate into a crisis so out of control that his marriage, … Continue reading

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    Border guard Phil thinks his wife is cheating on him.  When he’s faced with a gaggle of ladies headed south for a weekend bachelorette party, his professional judgment appears to be slipping when he stops them from going through.

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    House Call

    A deep-voiced bad guy makes three phone calls and asks, “Wanna play a game?” But none of his intended victims react the way they should. There’ll be a Q&A with Devon Burbank after the screening.

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    A single mother and her teenage son struggle to survive in a shattered and brutal near future where zombies roam the Earth.

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    There’s a mysterious small door in a creepy old bedroom where a young woman spends the night.

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    Every 13-year-old girl dreams of that nice but hard-to-get boy and Joppe is no different.  But how will she tell him that she was born a boy?  A brave and unflinching portrait of a boy who just wants to be … Continue reading

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    I Can't See You Anymore

    When a man wakes up in hospital after a car crash, he believes that his life will return to normal, but strange things start happening that he doesn’t understand. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Blinder … Continue reading

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    A comedy about missing teeth, unrequited love, and one dog’s potential to shape the fortunes of a couple destined to never be together.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Sigma Films.  Won the BAFTA Scotland Award … Continue reading

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    I Will Survive

    How does one become a memorable villain like Michael Myers of Halloween and Ghostface of Scream? Go to serial killer school, of course.

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    Imaginary Friend

    A lonely boy watches other children having fun in the playground until a young girl offers to play with him, but will he be abandoned when her friends want her to play with them again?

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    The Spanish Civil War in 1936 sends one friend into battle while strings have been pulled to keep the other friend safe at home. Can their friendship survive the bitterness of the injured soldier when he returns home?

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    An investigative reporter interviews a possible serial killer and learns that the latest victim may or may not be someone very close to the interviewer.  Won the Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 2011 Celluloid Screams Film Festival … Continue reading

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    Traumatized by a bloody African civil war, a young immigrant becomes a street-sweeper in London as he seeks to disappear within the city, but violence resurfaces and his goal of anonymity comes with a high price.  Won the People’s Shortee … Continue reading

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    The story of a lonely nine-year-old who builds herself a robot friend. Won Audience Choice Awards at the Victoria Film Festival and at TIFF Kids.

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    Jonah and the Crab

    A young boy finds a hermit crab on the beach and brings it home. He’s thrilled to have a pet until he realizes that the crab belongs to a neighbourhood girl.

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    A mobster has a problem involving his unruly son that only the special skills of The Raven, a legendary hitman, can solve.  Won Best Actor for Lutz Reichert as The Raven at the 2880 Grand Prix du Film Leverkusen, a … Continue reading

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    Kidnapped

    An 11-year-old boy is kidnapped by a classmate who has a crush on him in this sweet story of captivity and freedom. Won Audience Award Children’s Film at the 2012 Landshuter Kurzfilmfestival in Germany among other awards.

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    Seth’s girlfriend becomes increasingly concerned about his new cat-like behaviour.  Inspired by an actual disease that affects over a quarter of the world’s population.

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    A fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances when his Papa and Grandpa take him to work for the very first time.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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    When Zora’s lover Gérard leaves his wife and moves in with her, Zora faces a simple question:  is committing to Gérard really her choice? www.larsen-lecourt.ch

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    In the spirit of 50’s and 60’s educational films, Let’s Pollute is a modern satire on how pollution is our heritage and keeps our economy growing strong, while instructing us on how to be better polluters for a better blighted … Continue reading

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    In 2004, thousands of copper canisters of human cremains were discovered at the Oregon State Hospital where One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest was filmed.  This fascinating documentary about the forgotten remains of forgotten people shows how art can bring … Continue reading

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    Lift Off

    Joey is a clumsy bird who lives in the jungle and can’t fly because of his small wings. When he finds the love of his life at the top of a tree, he has to be inventive.

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    Light Years

    Finn finally gets a chance to go on a space mission but he starts experiencing strange hallucinations before deciding whether to go. It becomes more and more difficult for him to differentiate between reality and illusion, until he finally realizes … Continue reading

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    Lights Out

    When a woman turns out the lights, she sees a figure in the shadows, but when she turns them back on, there is nothing. Is she alone in her apartment and just seeing things? Or is there something sinister waiting … Continue reading

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    With a sense of déjà vu, a man gets up and prepares coffee.

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    Campbell Scott stars in this cautionary tale of a gatekeeper on the road to fame.  Be very careful what you wish for…

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    Veronica’s attempts to get rid of her hated rival Tiffany keep getting messed up by Tiffany’s lovesick admirer.  In frustration, Veronica decides to include him in her plans.  A short film created by 12 Grade 9-12 students from Grande Prairie … Continue reading

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    Sunlight provides the magnetic force that pulls people to their factory jobs and sends them back home again.  A man has an audacious plan to break out of this rut.  Won the Audience Award and Fipresci Award at the 2011 … Continue reading

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    A flirtatious dance between a charming caterpillar and a graceful moth leads to love, but is it strong enough to overcome the powerful attraction of another suitor?  Won Best Animation at the 2011 California International Shorts Festival.

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    When a fisherman catches the giant fish he wished for, his problems begin.

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    As the pages of a journey diary turn, colourful pencil sketches come to life, revealing the majestic rolling landscapes of Madagascar and the people of the Malagasy culture.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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    A fantasy re-envisioning of the classic fairytale Bluebeard by Charles Perrault, in which Perrault’s young wife reads herself into his dark allegory on marital mistrust. www.amybelling.com

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    Maggie Simpson

    Maggie Simpson spends a day at the Ayn Rand Daycare Center where she is diagnosed at an average intelligence level, but longs for the enriched environment enjoyed by the gifted children. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Animated … Continue reading

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    Genius Marius Borodine’s spectacular new invention can transform any and all objects into drinkable water.  But is it safe?  Won Prix Coup de Coeur du Jury at the Fantasia Festival. www.holiafilm.com

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    Matriarche

    In a prison visitor’s room, a mother confronts her son over his part in an epic failed hold-up.

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    Metro

    After her train ticket is stolen by a mysterious fox, a young girl must pursue the thief into a strange new world of secrets.

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    Mira's Night

    On a summer evening full of magic a young girl learns that some things are not meant to be captured. Won Programmer’s Choice Award for Narrative Short at the 2012 Virginia Film Festival.

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    Miss Todd

    Based on the true story of the first woman to build and design an airplane, this animated musical takes place in 1909 when Miss Todd dreams of becoming one of the brave pioneers of flight, but as a woman, she’s … Continue reading

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    A musical about a grocery store clerk who falls for a sexy real estate agent when he sells her a carton of milk.  But she’s way out of his league … or is she?  A contagious song and dance mash-up … Continue reading

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    In this gripping drama, a young couple wanders the city in the middle of the night in hopes of finding a hospital to treat the girl. Desperation grows as the hope of getting much needed aid and compassion begins to … Continue reading

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    Suffering from OCD and withdrawn from the world, Mr. Hublot’s life is satisfyingly predictable … until he witnesses what appears to be the tragic end of a robot puppy whom he rushes into the street to save. But can his … Continue reading

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    Mr. Invisible

    An old man seems invisible to the world around him. With only a cat for company, is he just a sad stereotype? Won the Audience Choice Award at the 2014 Aspen Shortsfest. Voted as one of the Best of the … Continue reading

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    A young woman learns to attune her breathing to the movements of her bow so she can satisfy a deeper need than winning archery competitions. Won Golden Spike for Best International Short at the 2011 AFI Fest.

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    My First Spellbook

    When Katy discovers that a book of spells she borrowed from the library really works, she starts dressing like a witch and then realizes she’s turning into a real witch. Will she be able to return to her former self, … Continue reading

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    My Sweetheart

    Romain and Laurie are in love, but they are forbidden to have sex at the Centre where they live so Laurie’s younger sister takes them on a romantic weekend getaway where they can “do it” for the first time. Won … Continue reading

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    In 1994 there is a civil war in Burundi, a small country of Central Africa directly bordering Rwanda.  Na Wewe (pronounced “Na wayway”) means “you too” in Kirundi and the film relates a sadly frequent episode of the fratricidal conflict … Continue reading

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    Noise

    At 5 in the morning, a woman can’t sleep because the neighbours are arguing. Her husband says there’s nothing to worry about, but when she finally decides to call, she realizes that he was wrong.

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    Brendan Gleeson stars in this comedy about two bumbling policemen on a call in rural Ireland who come upon a crime scene involving a dead body, a suicide note and a pig.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland … Continue reading

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    A musical comedy starring Jason Alexander (George from Seinfeld) as a long-suffering screenwriter who makes a round of calls to the Hollywood elite with drastic results.  In this semi-autobiographical film by Sony staff editor Jay Kamen, all of the Hollywood … Continue reading

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    The Eyre Highway through Australia’s Nullarbor Plain has the longest stretch of straight road in the world – perfect for passing a slow motorist, but in this desolate landscape, will it be the tortoise or the hare who wins the … Continue reading

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    The boogers of Boogerville live peacefully in Bubba Joe Junior’s nose until the fateful day when Mr. Booger and his friends find themselves blown from their home in a giant sneeze.  Mr. Booger is determined to get back inside Bubba’s … Continue reading

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    Presenting Sponsor:  Velocity Video An alcoholic transient, with only his dog for a companion, steals from summer cottages during the brutal winter of the off-season.  When he ventures from his usual path in search of a full bottle, he makes … Continue reading

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    Oh Sheep

    Two shepherds go to increasingly extreme lengths to keep their flocks separated. Symbolic of the efforts that governments use to delineate their territory and control their citizens, the most effective method of separation leads to the most destructive consequences. Won … Continue reading

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    After a big fight with her mom over her texting habit, 14-year-old Kaylee runs away to her grandma’s house where she is free to text as much as she wants … until her cell phone battery dies and she can’t … Continue reading

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    On the Road to Tel-Aviv

    When an Israeli man notices a suspicious-looking Arab woman boarding the same bus that his fiancée is on, he tries to get his fiancée off the bus without creating a scene, but panic breaks out. Should he try to calm … Continue reading

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    Three documentary filmmakers went to Calais to make a film about refugees trying to get into Britain, but then they met sixteen-year-old Abdul in a food queue.  His first words were a story about being shot at by machine guns on the … Continue reading

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    A man phones a company to cancel his contract and doodles as he becomes increasingly frustrated.

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    Presenting Sponsor: Freson Bros. IGA Ormie is a pig in every sense of the word.  Pig see cookie.  Pig want cookie.  But they are out of reach and Ormie will do anything to gain the warm sweet taste that is … Continue reading

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    On her way home, a woman becomes a victim of a strange infection.  While struggling to find a cure, she realizes that she’s not alone.  The epidemic is spreading and desperate times require hard choices.

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    Out of Hand

    Knowing that his mother will record every moment of his performance in the school play, Nathan struggles to rehearse his tongue-twister lines while scrambling to throw, trash and flush a mysterious fingered appendage that he unearthed and can’t seem to … Continue reading

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    Sixteen-year-old Tomi tries to steer his twelve-year-old sister Aino in the right direction so she doesn’t follow in their mother’s footsteps, but her growing independence starts another pattern that threatens to repeat.  Won Best Live Action Short Award at the … Continue reading

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    Paperman

    The life of a lonely young man in mid-century New York City takes an unexpected turn after a brief encounter with a beautiful woman on his morning commute. When he sees her again from his office window, he has only … Continue reading

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    Two planes cut through the air, each pilot intent on destroying the other.  Driven by blind aggression, the contrails from their planes sketch paths of hate in the sky.  Won the Grand Jury Prize for Best Animated Short Film at … Continue reading

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    Paulie

    Paulie is a nine-year-old prodigy in the seventh grade. He is used to being the smartest kid in the class, acing every test and winning every spelling bee, so when bully Tony beats him in an essay contest, Paulie’s mission … Continue reading

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    Penny Dreadful

    Desperate for money, a bungling crook agrees to kidnap a little girl. When things go terribly wrong, he doesn’t know who to fear most: little Penny or the vindictive crime lord who hired him. Won International Audience Prize at the … Continue reading

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    When Damian is forced to serve as an altar boy at an important mass in his local parish, he must choose between conforming to the status quo or serving an extended ban from football.

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    A stirring rendition of Chopin’s Opus 10, No. 4 for piano provides the music accompaniment to this story of a minimalist painter who loses his toddler inside one of his own paintings and must follow the child into a world … Continue reading

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    A space explorer crash lands on earth. Injured and highly distrustful, she needs to send an emergency signal but can’t do it alone.  Place to Stay is a sci-fi drama about distrust between two strangers in the Finish countryside. www.placetostaymovie.com … Continue reading

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    Trapped behind enemy lines on France’s western front in World War I, two New Zealand soldiers find a baby under her dead parents in a muddy ditch in France. One of them wants to save her; the other does not. … Continue reading

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    Private Dick Hedigan encounters three bodies in one day and suspects that murder’s in the air, but Jimmy develops a theory that these cases are not the cut and dry murders that Private Dick believes they are. A short film … Continue reading

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    Punched

    After getting hassled by subway police on the way home with his young son, a man spares another passenger the same fate at the hands of the subway’s ticket takers. Instead of being grateful, the man he helped is verbally … Continue reading

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    Queen

    After her plans to start a family fall apart, Nikki Holiday, a drag queen cabaret star, tries to fill the void in her life. Won Best Narrative at the 2012 Humboldt International Film Festival.

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    Rabbit à la Berlin is the story of the thousands of wild rabbits that lived in the Death Zone of the Berlin Wall.  It was as if the green belt between the two walls was designed for these animals.  Full … Continue reading

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    When a German couple’s newly adopted Indian son goes missing in Kolkata, their search uncovers much more about their son’s past than the adoption agency had led them to believe.  Nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for Best Live Action … Continue reading

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    Ravi & Jane

    Ravi is a 10-year-old boy from Sri Lanka whose family is seeking asylum in Australia. They just moved into Sydney’s Villawood detention centre and school is the only time that Ravi is allowed outside its fences. On his first day … Continue reading

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    Rubai

    As her classmates prepare for their First Holy Communion, Rúbai announces that she is an atheist and refuses to participate. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Maga Media Teo. Voted as one of the Best of … Continue reading

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    Record/Play

    War, fate, and a broken Walkman transcend space and time in this sci-fi love story. Won the Audience Choice Award at the NYC Shorts Film Festival among others.

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    Rhino Full Throttle

    Bruno roams the streets of Berlin, gazing behind the many facades and surfaces as he seeks the soul of the city. Unexpectedly, he meets an ally in his quest and immediately falls in love, but she’s only in the city … Continue reading

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    Rising Hope

    Rising Hope was the fastest horse in the world until suddenly he turns into a loser. With the help of a new friend, he finds hope and himself again.

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    A story about a kind witch who invites a surprising collection of animals to join her on her broom much to the frustration of her cat. Based on the picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, … Continue reading

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    A zombie rom-com in which true love and falling apart go hand in hand.

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    Rockabilly meets Wild West in this animated tale of a young man who finds himself in the back of a hot rod occupied by four sinister ghouls.  From the rumbleseat of their car, he revisits memorable moments of his life.  … Continue reading

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    The streets of Sainte-Cécile are Lou’s refuge.  The birds are her inspiration and she longs to be one of them, to fly away from home.

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    A young woman meets an old friend through Facebook and discovers just how unfriendly a place the Internet can be.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and the Huston Film School, Galway.

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    Rob wakes up one morning to find out that his girlfriend has dumped him, with the news being delivered in the strangest possible way.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Lucid Dreams Ltd.

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    Shame and Glasses

    A young boy is too embarrassed to wear his glasses in front of his cute classmate, but he must wear them to read the questions on his exam. Won Best Short at the 2013 San Diego International Kids Film Festival … Continue reading

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    Shanghai Love Market

    Shanghai has a park where parents can match-make their unmarried children. This is just one love story in a city of 20 million lovers.

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    Shirin

    Shirin eats dinner alone with her father in their small north London home. Without her mother at home, little is said between them until Shirin reveals she is going out for the evening. Received a Jury Honourable Mention at the … Continue reading

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    A salesman approaches a mysterious landowner with an offer to buy the man’s smoldering abandoned coal mine but finds that there is something far worse than a mine fire underneath the land.  Won Best Short Film at the 2009 NYC … Continue reading

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    Filmmakers in Attendance: Karl Mattson and Andrew Lodge.  Sisters of Karnataka is a documentary about the unconventional spread of HIV/AIDS through the southern Indian countryside where poverty and tradition drive young women into the sex trade. Relegated to the lowest … Continue reading

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    Rajat wants more than a scrabble match from Bobbie, a popular high school senior who’s secretly an obsessive scrabble shark, but he must compete against a muscular jock for her affections and a social order that pressures her to choose … Continue reading

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    This mock animated documentary about the ecological plight of penguins in the Antarctic possibly foretells cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.

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    A young woman and her mountaineering companions are caught in a storm as night falls.  Their only lifeline is a state policeman who tries to talk them through the night until help can arrive.  Won the Grand Prize at the … Continue reading

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    SLOMO

    Depressed and frustrated with his life, Dr. John Kitchin leaves his career as a neurologist and moves to Pacific Beach where he undergoes a radical transformation into a rollerblading legend known as SLOMO. Won Audience Award for Best Short Documentary … Continue reading

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    Snack Attack

    Waiting to board the train, an old lady just wants to eat her cookies in peace, but then a young punk sitting next to her starts eating them too! This could mean war.

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    Snap

    Snap is the smallest Water Haggis and he’s very hungry because he hasn’t mastered the art of spearing fish. With the help of an unlikely new friend, he’s inspired to try a new way of catching fish. Won the Children’s … Continue reading

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    Sophia

    Upon waking, Sophia doesn’t know where she is. She wants to find her way home but isn’t sure who to trust. There’ll be a Q&A with Rory Mells after the screening.

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    Spacewrecked

    Twenty years after witnessing the total destruction of planet Earth, extreme boredom becomes too much to handle for two astronauts living inside a cramped space station.

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    A mother and father fret over the lack of services for their special needs son.  They’re finding it difficult to cope with his unusual “disability.”  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Rubicon Films.

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    Speechless

    Lola works for a financial institution. From her tiny cubicle, she spends the day phoning people who are late on their payments. It’s a job she does without giving it a lot of thought, but that’s about to change.

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    Toy soldiers dance to the rhythm of war, but are they just toys?  Won the Political Animation Award at the 2010 KLIK! Amsterdam Animation Festival.

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    A man has a problem with drinking too much coffee.

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    Strange Fish

    Margarethe and her husband run the only restaurant on an island that tourists visit by the busload. One day a young couple opens a sushi bar next door. While her husband easily makes friends with the newcomers, Margarethe devises a … Continue reading

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    Winner of the 2012 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award. When a man’s scantily dressed downstairs neighbour comes by to borrow a cup of sugar, the cup slips from her hands.  In a blackly comic free fall, things just … Continue reading

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    Sunday Punch

    A couple’s kitchen becomes a live sporting event when their argument is broadcast on Domestic Fight TV complete with a referee and sportscaster Rod Black calling the play-by-play. The gloves come off and low blows fly as the combatants strive … Continue reading

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    A couple has an intimate conversation in a restaurant, unaware that their every word is being closely monitored. However, not all is as it seems. Table 7 website

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    Talking Dog for Sale 10 Euros

    When a man sees a curious advertisement for a talking dog for sale cheap, he pursues the offer with natural scepticism. Won the Audience Award at the 2012 San Jose International Short Film Festival among many other awards.

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    The Afterlove

    A newly dead ghost must enlist the help of The Great Lloyd so that he can be returned to life and the young woman he loves.  A short film created by 14 Grade 8-12 students from Valleyview, Hythe, and Beaverlodge working together … Continue reading

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    Splitting the bill after dinner with friends can often get awkward, but when Jesus and his 12 Apostles settle up after The Last Supper, not even the Lord Himself is immune to this deliciously sacrilegious send-up of social dynamics.

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    The Basketball Game

    A poignant and humorous account of the filmmaker’s experience as a boy in 1983 when kids who’d been taught anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial at their school in Eckville, Alberta are invited to a basketball game against his team at Jewish … Continue reading

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    When a middle-aged couple visit Mick on his birthday, the cruel irony of age becomes apparent as they express concern about whether Mick and his brother are capable of looking after themselves.  Won the Jury Award for Best Director and … Continue reading

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    A young boy falls hopelessly in love, but it all goes terribly wrong.  Wishing to never experience heartache again, he turns to a book of magic and invokes a spell that will shield him from emotion forever.  Screened with the … Continue reading

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    When an attempt to be romantic backfires in the worst possible way, a man does the only thing he can to salvage it … the Heimlich maneuver.

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    The Centipede and the Toad

    In a faraway forest, the graceful Centipede is admired by all the other creatures except for an old jealous Toad who devises a plan that will stop the Centipede in its tracks. Won the Adult Jury Prize for Best Animated … Continue reading

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    When an unexpected visitor arrives, Mrs. Evans has to think fast.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Magnified Pictures Limited.

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    Quiet and sincere nine-year-old Sam is worried about making his first confession.  His conscience is clear, therefore he cannot hope for any relief from the experience.  He and his friend Jacob decide to remedy that situation, but their innocent prank … Continue reading

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    Award-winning animator Bill Plympton pits idyllic farm living against modern farming realities in this hilariously provocative tale about a cow seduced by advertising.

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    The Cross

    A young woman’s driving lesson with her father reconnects them after years apart, but they are on a cliff-hugging road that may not be the best location for an inexperienced driver.

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    Ardal, an 8-year-old schoolboy, is in love with his teacher, Miss Purdy. When she becomes engaged to her unworthy, crass boyfriend, Ardal is forced to take drastic action. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Purdy Pictures … Continue reading

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    The Date

    Sixteen-year-old Tino has to host a date for Diablo, the family’s stud cat. While he pours tea for the middle-aged woman and her daughter after they arrive with their cat, he must try to make polite conversation over the distracting … Continue reading

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    The Decree

    Nine-year-old Henry is scared of monsters lurking in the dark. The only thing that keeps them at bay is the decree from his father, a Royal Marine. When his father is killed in action, Henry must find a way to … Continue reading

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    Filmmakers in Attendance: Rio and Skyler Fitch.  During an afternoon of play, a young boy must use his wits and creativity to recover from a minor tragedy.

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    Karen’s mother used to terrify her with tales of a sinister presence lurking in the stairwell. She returns years later to visit her elderly shut-in parents … and the childhood nightmare waiting for her in the shadows. www.the-elemental-movie.com

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    The End

    When Charlotte Rampling watches a rerun on TV of a 1985 film that she starred in, she discovers that she has been replaced by a young actress whom the media is calling the “new Charlotte Rampling.”

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    The Exchange

    Desperate to solve the seemingly irreconcilable problems in his marriage, a man goes to a mysterious fixer for help. There is a catch – the process is irreversible and he’ll have to live with the consequences forever. Won Audience Choice … Continue reading

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    The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore

    www.morrislessmore.com This award-winning film is a gorgeously animated allegory about the transformative power of story.  Inspired by Hurricane Katrina, Buster Keaton, The Wizard of Oz, and a love for books, award-winning author/illustrator William Joyce and Co-Director Brandon Oldenburg use a … Continue reading

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    The Fiddler's Reel

    A tale of love and intrigue set in Depression-era Cape Breton, this film about a farm girl, the wandering musician she loves, and her father’s fierce opposition to their match pays tribute to the island’s Gaelic heritage.

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    The Funeral of Harald Kramer

    On his first day of work, a young mortician is told the story of Harald Kramer, a man who suffered a head injury and appeared to be dead, but wasn’t. Harald could hear though and, due to the excellent chili … Continue reading

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    A bruised and battered man sits in an interrogation room dressed in a ghoulish costume caked in dried blood.  With his alibi littered with two corpses, blood-curdling screams, and a tale of “the beast,” this furry man swears he can explain.  … Continue reading

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    A glimpse into the future seems like a harmless wish for a young couple in love, but is it?  Won Honourable Mention for Fiction Comedy at the 2012 Taos Shortz Film Festival.

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    A lonely spinster finds the man of her dreams online and agrees to marry him.  Leaving her monotonous life behind, she quits her job and makes the arduous trip to be with him. Won Best of the Festival Jury Award … Continue reading

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    The Grand Design

    A young man’s theory about fate is tested on the basis of whether he explains the theory to his friend. The ripple effect of that minor decision will determine who lives and who dies that night.

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    Horacio summit of Everest

    35-minute presentation by Horacio Galanti and 15-minute Q&A Horacio set out on his Grand Slam of Mountaineering goal twelve years ago and has summited the biggest five of the Seven Summits (Everest, McKinley, Aconcagua, Elbrus, and Kilimanjaro) and recently ran … Continue reading

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    A magical tale about a mouse who takes a stroll through the woods and encounters three predators who all wish to eat him – a fox, an owl, and a snake.  Based on the classic picture book written by Julia … Continue reading

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    Based on the classic children’s picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Sheffler, this tale of a little Gruffalo’s curiosity and a mouse’s ingenuity will delight young audiences as the little Gruffalo ignores her father’s warnings not … Continue reading

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    Three eager bank robbers go over the big plan before robbing a bank.  It’s complicated.

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    Edmonton filmmaker Trevor Anderson drops his camera from the High Level Bridge in memory of those who have jumped.  Won Honorable Mention, Best Short Film at the American Film Institute’s AFI Fest in Los Angeles. www.dirtycityfilms.com

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    The Horizon Project

    Survivors of a biological pandemic find refuge with Horizon Corporation which provides secure transport to the safety of Horizon City. This is the festival-produced film that was shot during Shoot for Reel, a 2-week internship program July 9-20, 2012. There’ll … Continue reading

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    In the imaginary land of Cyberdesert, Plus and Minus struggle with a dependency on an outdated source of energy.  The mysterious self-sufficient Smart presents a new challenge for Plus and Minus and forces them to form an alliance – The … Continue reading

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    A young man sets out for an interview at a radio station in a post-apocalyptic world where he may be the second-to-last man on Earth trying to get a job from the last man on Earth.  Won the Grand Prize … Continue reading

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    Just the thought of eating the baked beans his father has prepared for lunch is enough to give a boy nightmares. There’ll be a Q&A with Dion Burry and son Joseph Burry after the screening.

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    Winner of the 2011 Reel Shorts Film Festival Audience Choice Award.  Starring Seán Cullen, this award-winning rock musical tells the story of Danny Zigwitz, a nerdy youngster who needs to save his fellow campers from a bloody massacre when a … Continue reading

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    After making some quick Christmas cash at a medical testing facility, a hapless slacker finds that everyone he runs across turns into a raging maniac, and they all have one homicidal goal – him.  Won Best Short Film at the … Continue reading

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    Based on the book of the same name by multi award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who discovers a strange creature on the beach and decides to find a home for … Continue reading

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    The Lost World

    Stressed businessman Bob heads to a remote island to get away from it all, but the island isn’t quite as deserted as he thought it would be and crazy scientist Lizzie is the least of his worries.

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    The Magic Ferret

    Sam is a six-year-old orphan with a pet ferret named Booger. When prospective parents come to visit his orphanage, Sam decides to impress them with a few magic tricks with Booger as his assistant. When their most amazing trick flops, … Continue reading

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    The Maiden and the Princess

    When their 10-year-old daughter kisses another little girl during recess, Emmy’s parents convince her that the kiss must have been “an accident.” Wishing to set her on the “right” path in life, the Grand High Council of Fairy Tale Rules … Continue reading

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    Narrated by Jeremy Irons, this mockumentary examines the life cycle of the plastic bag as it encounters enemies and escapes death on its epic migration to its final destination:  the Great Pacific Garbage Patch.

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    The Maker

    A strange creature must race against time to make the most important and beautiful creation of his life. Won Best Short Film at the 2012 Indianapolis International Film Festival among many other awards.

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    The Man Who Didn't Know

    It is midnight. An inspector on night patrol pays a surprise visit to Mr. Tremblay who is sleeping soundly. During interrogation, he learns that he has broken several laws and the penalties are huge. Won Special Jury Mention at the … Continue reading

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    Having her sleeping husband near her gives a young woman a feeling of security and reassurance.  When she unexpectedly meets an alluring street entertainer, she realizes that the routine that’s been keeping her steady may be holding her back.  Won … Continue reading

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    The Money Pet

    After his mutt accidentally eats some loose change, a man is soon bewildered to discover that his furry companion has passed the currency with compounded interest. A modern day fairy tale, this playful re-imagining of Aesop’s timeless fable “The Goose … Continue reading

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    The Orphan and the Polar Bear

    According to Inuit oral history, long ago animals had the power of speech, could shift their appearances, and could even assume human form. In this tale, a neglected orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder. Under the bear’s guidance, … Continue reading

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    The Other Side

    An unusual friendship forms when a soccer ball becomes the link between a boy on the Israeli side of the West Bank separation wall and someone on the Palestinian side.

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    When Lili starts losing her hair one morning as a result of cancer treatments, the hospital-provided wig only increases her anguish. Her friend Laura decides a radical makeover is called for.

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    The Phone Call

    Heather (Golden Globe winner Sally Hawkins), a shy Crisis Centre worker, takes a call from a suicidal man (Oscar winner Jim Broadbent) and tries to change his mind. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and RSA Films. … Continue reading

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    Two worlds collide when a gentleman’s pocket watch bounces away from him and takes him on a wild chase.

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    A 16-year-old girl prays to the Virgin Mary to help her seduce the man she works for.  Won the Don Quixote Award at the 2011 Molodist International Film Festival.

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    The Questions We Ask

    As Canadian adventurer Bruce Kirkby crosses the Georgia Strait from Vancouver to Victoria on a stand-up paddleboard in the spring of 2013, he ponders the true meaning of adventure.

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    A surreal comedy about the origins of Tomatina, the annual tomato fight that began in 1945 as a result of a love triangle between Pepe and Alfonsito over the affections of Encarna.

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    Top soccer referee Martin Hansson had a successful journey towards his dream – to referee in the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.  Then one dark night in Paris on November 18th, 2009, all hell broke loose.  Won Best Football … Continue reading

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    Ten-year-old Pico struggles to settle into the international boarding school high in the Himalayas of India that his British parents have enrolled him in.  Picked on by bullies, he runs away.  Travelling through a landscape he barely knows, can he find … Continue reading

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    After 25 years in exile, a man returns to Ireland to show his American daughter his Belfast roots.  When she learns of his long lost best friend, she encourages her father to seek a reconciliation which leads to hilarious confusion.  … Continue reading

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    The Sleepover

    The town of Derry has a secret that the new kid discovers during a sleepover at a neighbour boy’s house. Won Best Super Short Film at the 2012 Shriekfest Film Festival in Los Angeles.

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    The Smortlybacks

    On a tabletop mountain, a mahout and his strange herd make a surprising and never-ending journey. Won Honorable Mention at the 2013 Curtinhas Competition Vila do Conde.

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    The Star Shepherd

    The Star Shepherd must find and repair a fallen star, then return it to the night sky before the sun rises.

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    The Trap

    A little girl sets a trap for her unsuspecting visitor. Won Best of Show at the 2013 Epiphany Children’s Film Festival in New York City. There’ll be a Q&A with Rio Fitch and daughter/actress Billie Fitch after the screening.

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    Survivors in the areas hardest hit by Japan’s 2011 tsunami find the courage to rebuild as cherry blossom season begins.  Nominated for an Oscar in 2012 for Best Documentary Short.

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    A zombie virus has become widespread.  Survivors have learned how to control the zombies and put them to work. When a man realizes that the zombie in front of him is his mother, he smuggles her out instead.

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    The Unusual Suspects

    A clown is interrogated by two inspectors and soon realizes that breaking the law is no laughing matter.

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    The Vacuum Kid

    Few things are as unexpected as a 12-year-old boy who collects, dreams about, and can’t wait to use … vacuum cleaners. Kyle Krichbaum’s family was sure he would outgrow the obsession that started when he was a toddler, but he … Continue reading

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    A noise wakens a young woman in the middle of the night. As she walks through the house looking for the cause, she realizes that she’s not alone. Devon Burbank in attendance.

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    Tension between a young boy and his mother escalates as she tries to keep him from the window and the world outside their apartment.

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    The Window

    When a young boy sees from his window that a girl his age is being bullied, he realizes that he’s not at all like the hero of his book.

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    There's An App For That

    A time travel app takes three high school students back to 1912 and they must find a way to recharge their iPhone in order to get back to the future.  A short film created by 14 high school students from … Continue reading

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    Matthew Rhys (Brothers and Sisters) is a delight as a man who, in the course of a first date, tries to decide how to respond when she asks him an awkward question.

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    Minnie and Maude struggle to keep Minnie’s Euthanasia Center afloat, but competition and government bureaucracy threaten to end it all … until the two come up with a plan to find people who really want to die, but just don’t … Continue reading

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    Thoughts About Dying

    When eight-year-old Antti’s parents tell him that it’s time for his old dog to go to the vet to be put down, the boy begins to think about death and wonder what it means. Won the Youth Jury Prize for … Continue reading

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    Time 2 Split

    A couple with a young child makes the painful decision to separate. Won 1st Prize Short Movie at the 2013 St. Albans Film Festival in the UK.

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    A little Austrian girl is a daily witness to a long simmering feud that finally erupts between the town clock’s two wooden figurines.

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    A neurotic inventor creates a time machine only to get caught up travelling around yesterday.

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    A young boy and his father drive out to the country to say goodbye to the boy’s first pet.

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    A man falls from a balcony onto the sidewalk below.  A crowd gathers and an ambulance is called, but no one knows why he fell.

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    Transparency

    A young man has a job interview at Greendays, a company where transparency is the governing principle of the workplace. By the end of the interview, it is clear what he must give up to get it.

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    Tsuyako, a young woman who is a wife, mother, and factory worker in postwar Japan, must decide between duty and love, her family and freedom.  Won the Audience Award at the 2011 Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo among many … Continue reading

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    Everybody is going to die one day.  Oskar, 70, is going to die in 6 days.  He is now ready to forgive his long estranged brother who lives somewhere on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, but how can … Continue reading

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    An Inuit child wanders away from his village, fascinated by a wild bird.  His father follows his trail, determined to find him before he gets lost on the ice floe.

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    Ufologist

    Peter Davenport runs the National UFO Reporting Center, a one-man operation fielding phone calls and collecting data from UFO sightings around the U.S. Prank calls, hoaxes, and misguided interpretations mix in with legitimately breathless reports of the extraordinary. As a … Continue reading

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    Undying Love

    As zombies prowl the streets looking for fresh meat, a young man is in constant danger as he looks for food. Equipped with a baseball bat and padded clothes, he carefully checks every corner before proceeding. In a city that … Continue reading

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    Margaret attends a Catholic school for girls and wears a uniform.  Can she resist the pressure to conform?

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    Unravel

    Reshma works in a textile recycling factory in Panipat, a small town in Northern India. In this delightfully ironic documentary, she shows how the Western world’s least wanted clothes get transformed back into yarn while she and the other women … Continue reading

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    Unwieldy Beast

    A delightful doc about Gary Frank Skaggs, a musician who wanted to play a piano in the streets of San Francisco so he invented a bizarrely funky way to do it. Won Audience Choice Awards at the GSP Film Festival … Continue reading

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    For many years Urs has had to look after his aging mother, but now he sets out on a dangerous journey.  He carries his mother up a mountain to find a better place for both of them, but she wants … Continue reading

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    Ursula's Victory

    On a stormy night, a teenaged girl uses a shovel to break into the cemetery and start unearthing a recent grave. She is knocked unconscious by the caretaker who thinks she’s a graverobber. To convince him that she’s not, she … Continue reading

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    Vultures of Tibet

    Sky Burial, a private ritual that involves offering the bodies of Tibetan dead to wild griffon vultures, has become a tourist attraction. Burial sites are now highlighted on tourist maps and local officials charge admission to visitors who take photos … Continue reading

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    Each night the only border crossing between India and Pakistan on a 1000-km stretch becomes the sight of an extraordinary event.  Thousands of people gather to witness the ritual closing of the border, after which the masses get as close … Continue reading

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    A young man sitting alone in a cafe is approached by a stranger who offers to pay him a lot of money for what seems like a simple task.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Dakus … Continue reading

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    The night shift at a grocery store can be slow which gives staff the incentive to provide customer service of a different kind.

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    When the Wind Turns

    Annoyed with his neighbours, a man sets off to find a peaceful and quiet place to live, but wherever he goes, something always disturbs him. An amusing allegory about not appreciating what one already has.

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    An Englishman moves to the Alberta prairie in 1909, but is singularly unsuited to it.  His letters home are much sunnier than reality.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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    Willowbrook

    In 1964, a young pediatrician begins his residency at Willowbrook State School in Staten Island only to discover that the institution is conducting Army-funded experiments on developmentally disabled children. Based on a true story. Won Best Short Film at the … Continue reading

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    In this inspiring story about the struggle for marriage equality, Photographer Curtis Brown takes up his camera to fight a proposed amendment to North Carolina’s Constitution. Won Student Academy Award for Best Documentary.

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    When a fifteen-year-old boy discovers he has months to live, he is granted one wish from the Dreamscape Charity. However, David doesn’t want to go to Disneyland or meet a star footballer; what he really wants is an hour alone … Continue reading

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    Women of Willmore Wilderness

    This documentary shares the stories of women, past and present, as they reveal how their experiences in mountain culture deeply inspired them. Meet free-thinking individuals who blazed trails into a man’s rugged world. There’ll be a Q&A with Susan Feddema-Leonard … Continue reading

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    Wood If profiles the work and process of world-renowned Vancouver artist and furniture designer Judson Beaumont as he creates a new piece and his previous work is shown with new context and perspective.

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    A teen vampire sex comedy about 2 teenage girls who are best friends, but one of them has let her vampire boyfriend go “all the way” and now she’s undead and her mom is so going to ground her.  Won … Continue reading

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    A table read of the winning script from the Youth Screenwriter Mentorship Project and Screenplay Competition.