Jury members Scott Belyea (top left), Meaghan Brander (lower left), and Gordie Haakstad (lower right) are joined by Festival Director Terry Scerbak (top right) as they announce the award winners and honorable mentions for 2022. Scroll down to watch the 10-minute announcement video.
View the mobile version of the Reel Shorts 2022 Program here.
Open a printable desktop version of the program here.
Best Canadian Short – The Hairdresser (La coiffeuse)
The Hairdresser (La coiffeuse) is a 14-minute documentary written and directed by Lorraine Price.
Jury: Simple, poignant, touching, dealt with the end of life with a delicate touch.
Honorable Mention – Frimas
Frimas is a 20-minute drama written and directed by Marianne Farley.
Jury: A thought-provoking film that created a dystopian, yet realistic and familiar world with high stakes and tension.
Honorable Mention – Trophy (Trophée)
Trophy (Trophée) is a 15-minute drama co-written and directed by Sandra Coppola.
Jury: Strong performances in a fresh take on an important message.
Best Documentary Short – The Hairdresser (La coiffeuse)
Also won Best Canadian Short – see above.
Honorable Mention – Snowy
Snowy is a 12-minute documentary from the United States directed by Kaitlyn Schwalje and Alexander Lewis.
Jury: Truthful, humorous, simple but emotionally layered, an absurd subject matter but authentic and universal.
Best Animated Short – Umbrellas
Umbrellas is a 12-minute film from Spain directed by Jose Prats and Alvaro Roble.
Jury: Beautiful animation with a lot of visual metaphors that leave the interpretation open to the viewer.
Best Live Action Short Under 15 Minutes – The Affected
The Affected is a 13-minute film from Norway co-written and directed by Rikke Gregersen.
Jury: A master class in perspective, it made you connect the dots from so many perspectives, it didn’t prescribe what you should feel.
Best Live Action Short 15+ Minutes – The Criminals (Les Criminels)
The Criminals (Les Criminels) is a 24-minute film from France, Romania, and Turkey written and directed by Serhat Karaaslan.
Jury: Built suspense and tension through fantastic performances. The lead characters were so relatable and we were terrified about what would happen to them.
Audience Choice Awards
Kids Audience Choice – The Dog Who Lost His Bark
The Dog Who Lost His Bark is a 21-minute film from the United Kingdom directed by Viko Nikci.
Youth Audience Choice – Mr. James is Dead
Mr. James is Dead is a 15-minute film from Canada directed by Josh Aries and Daniel Irving.
Audience Choice – Please Hold
Please Hold is a 19-minute Oscar-nominated film from the United States directed by K.D. Dávila.
Jury Awards Announcement video
Frantic Film Challenge
Frantic Film Challenge judges Leanne Bausman and Mariah Braun presented the Frantic Best Film award to The Photographer, a 5-minute film by Team Flickering Lanterns.
Death Cake for Cutie won the Frantic Audience Choice award.