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This documentary examines the Free Art Friday movement in Atlanta – a growing community of people who freely give away a piece or two of their artwork each week in the hopes of brightening another person’s day. The film profiles a few of the artists from this community whose lives have been changed because of…

A lonely Zoe (Sunah Bilsted), whose only friends are the 6,669 imaginary ones on Twitter and her self-centered sister Sarah (Sarah Paulson), uses social media to construct a perfect public persona. But creating a fake life has consequences. Won Best Comedy at the 2014 HollyShorts Film Festival among other awards.

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.

A documentary that looks at the humanitarian crisis in Europe from the perspective of Álvaro, a Spanish volunteer who works at Idomeni, one of the refugee camps in northern Greece. Winner of the 2017 Best Documentary Short Award.

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 at the 2010 Berlin International Film Festival.

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.  Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Brown Bag Films.  Nominated in…

How many ways are there to commit suicide? Can a suicide attempt be considered successful? As he investigates different methods, Makis struggles to achieve the ideal result. Won Best Comedy Short at the 2014 Buffalo Niagara International Film Festival among many other awards. *Alberta premiere*

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 food. Based on a poem by Marie Jacobs, this film pays tribute to the ingenuity…

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.

The night can be dark and full of horrors for small children, especially for Saul who has to cross a long dark corridor to get to the bathroom at night. His father impatiently waits for him to cross the corridor on his own and assures the boy that he’ll be watching the whole time. There’s…

An emergency dispatcher receives a call from a woman who wants to order pizza. Annoyed about the crank call, he is about to hang up on her until he realizes that it might not be a joke.

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.

A Family Like Mine

A documentary about children growing up with same sex parents.

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An outlaw confronts the most dangerous sheriff in the Old West.

A Good Feeling

A substitute masseuse has an unexpected effect on an Olympic hopeful when she inspires the first erection he’s had since the accident that made him a paraplegic.

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 she can have it for free … if she’ll tell him a good story. Won…

Washington, September 13, 1993 – History is being made, except for one last wrinkle to iron out.

The courtly life at Versailles falls into chaos when an observer’s notes are carried by the wind into the hands of the ones being observed. Won the Jury Prize at the 2013 Sequence Court Festival in Toulouse, France.

A Last Farewell

Haunted by visions of his late husband, and in conflict with his daughter who is trying to renew the ties between them, an aging author must tackle the impossible task of finding peace in the wake of a devastating loss. Won Best LGBT Short Film at the 2014 Cleveland International Film Festival among other awards.

Vincent and Emma die in a car accident and find themselves in a large and modern loft. It is paradise, but Charlotte, who is Emma’s sister and Vincent’s lover, wants to contact them in the afterlife and tell her sister about their affair. When Vincent realizes that communication between the sisters is possible, he must…

Foster brothers Mark and Tom set out to break the world record for Longest Distance Travelled in a Two-Person Costume as they walk from Toronto to Venice Beach, California in a donkey costume, pushing their physical, mental, and emotional limits in the process. Won Golden Sheaf Award for Best Comedy at the 2014 Yorkton Film…

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.

A young woman moves into a new high rise building. She is the first and only resident. When she sees a man watching her from inside the high rise across the street, she’s alarmed because she’s been told nobody lives there yet. Every day, she passes the refugee tent city in the park on her…

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 portrait of Queen Elizabeth II in celebration of her 60 years as monarch. Won Best…

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.

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.

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.

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

When a woman plays a mysterious vinyl record single, she suddenly knows how to travel through her own life. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Animated Short.

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 Short Film Festival, and Audience Choice Award, Dawson International Film Festival. www.pochsy.org Director’s Statement Pochsy works…

A woman tells a beautiful and delightful fairy tale to her baby girl, using the story to explain how she and the baby’s father met and fell in love. Won Best Short at the 2017 Riverside International Film Festival among other awards.

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 love is as easy as A4 to A3.

Inspired by true events, this film captures the experience of two men caught up in their government’s restrictive regime. Won the Best Short Jury Award at the 2014 Rochester ImageOut Film Festival among other awards.

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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 her determination to achieve it are inspiring.

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 Festival.

The bond between a disabled Muslim father and his son is tested when love is pitted against religion. Everyday Khaled needs his son’s assistance to wash before prayer as part of their Islamic religious obligation, but when he suspects that his son is gay, he realizes that he would lose his ability to pray if…

In a small Finnish town, a teenage boy smuggles his girlfriend home after a party. When they realize their protection has failed and the nearest countryside pharmacy is closing soon, they must think of a way to get his father to drive them there without revealing the true reason. Screened with the kind permission of…

Absence

A young boy spends his days near his dad’s tomb. When a strange girl makes communication possible between father and son again, the boy is determined not to move away with his mother. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Oxen Films.

Achoo

In ancient China, a little dragon’s inability to breathe fire must be overcome in order to take part in the New Year’s celebration.

After an old friend’s funeral, a man recalls a baseball game they played together in 1963 when his friend had to dig deep to find the moxie needed to get himself out of a disastrous inning. Told with humor and affection, the story brings to life the spirit of baseball and the players who love…

A young religious Jew, hurrying home for Shabbat, has an unexpected encounter with a stubborn Palestinian hitchhiker, which leads to mishaps and misadventures made worse by mistrust and the language barrier. Won Jury Award for Best Short at the 2017 Stony Brook Film Festival.

In 1974, few women in Italy reported sexual assaults for fear of humiliation. After yet another rape trial ends with an acquittal, a disillusioned lawyer visits the judge responsible as he is about to eat dinner with his wife and teenage daughter.

A little orphan meets the Grim Reaper and would rather hang out with him than return to her orphanage. The servant of Death ends up with an unwanted sidekick as he tries to complete the task he was sent to do.

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.

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.

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. Won Best Short Film at the 2013 Riverside International Film Festival among other awards. Director’s…

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 awards.

After the End

For Rene Fustercluck, life was bad, the Apocalypse was awful, and then Gordon arrives. Perhaps the only thing worse than being the last man on earth is being the second to last man on earth! Facebook This trailer is rated 14+ (Nudity) and has language that may offend.

Aftermath

Two brothers confront unknown foes in a wintry, dystopian world where it’s every man for himself. Won Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Florida Film Festival among other awards. Facebook page Trailer: Director’s Statement As the older of three brothers, I got an early start at directing – ordering my brothers Ethan and Noah in…

A journey into the imagination of two young children who share an instant connection as fans of the same superhero duo.

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.

Albertine is an elderly widow who spends her time going to funerals or sitting in her apartment, planning her own. Then one evening, her attempt to change a lightbulb is interrupted by a knock on the door. As she plans for the end of her life, is it possible there might be a new beginning?…

Alexis

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

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, and Alfred is left with no children to teach. When a new student arrives one…

A young woman doesn’t feel comfortable with her body and is nervous about an important interview the next day. Her mother’s advice only makes things worse. After storming out of the apartment, she meets Lola, an experience that will change her self-perception.

All God's Creatures

In the summer of 1987 – the first since their father walked out of their lives – Asher’s confusion and anger boils over into an act of mindless cruelty that profoundly affects the relationship he has with his younger brother. Having lost their father, will they lose each other too?

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

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 animated journey set to Beethoven’s Symphony No. 8.  Won Best Animated Short at the 2011…

American Gladiators

Jean’s sister Mae is sick, but Jean is sick of it … Mae is a bully and gets everything she wants including Jean’s pennant flag. When Mae throws it out the car window, the sisters’ feud comes to a head.

The story of a rock’s transformation from a mountain to a particle of sand and back again as it is affected by time, erosion, and human civilization. Won the 2016 BAFTA/LA Student Film Award Special Jury Prize.

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 remote regions in North America from coast to coast to coast, and highlights several projects…

After a car accident, a little girl is helped by a scrap dealer. He takes her to an old warehouse where he has his workshop and she discovers an enchanted world.

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

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 the people – not just the scientists, but the everyday workers who live on base…

A bovine diva wants to be respected for more than just her dairy products in this animated musical short featuring a previously unreleased song by Howard Ashman & Alan Menken. Won Best Animated Short at the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival.

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 not be one of fear.  Won the Audience Award at the 2011 Augsburger Kurzfilmtage.

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 Oscar in 2013 for Best Live Action Short.

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 Oscar in 2013 for Best Live Action Short.

Two astronauts arrive to claim an unknown planet, but three little aliens have gotten there first. Can they peacefully work out whose flag should be left standing? Won Best Animation at the 2016 Panam Anim (The International Festival of Animation Schools).

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 hopes of salvation extend far beyond the world as we know it …

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.

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 be a Q&A with Udo Prinsen following the screening.

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 Film Festival.

The silent routine of five nuns living in the West Bank is disturbed when an Israeli family’s car breaks down outside the convent. Unable to use the telephone due to Sabbath restrictions, the family must ask the nuns for assistance, but helping the family necessitates breaking their vow of silence. When religious customs collide, an…

Aya

Aya

Two strangers meet at an airport. He believes that she is to be his assigned driver. She, enchanted by the random encounter, does not tell him otherwise. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Live Action Short.

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.

After a troubled childhood and adolescence, a young man falls in love with the woman of his dreams, but a sudden event changes the course of his life forever. Won the Audience Award at the 2017 European Film Festival.

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.

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 when she learns that she will have to conform to certain restrictions. Won Best Short…

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

A middle-aged couple invites an old friend for dinner. They used to socialize as couples before his divorce, but now the dynamic has changed and simmering emotions threaten to explode.

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 2011 Cannes Film Festival.

An old bear goes out every day to a street corner where he sets up a wooden theatre containing tin puppets. For a coin, the bear will set the mechanisms in motion, the marionettes will start to move, and a story will unfold of a circus bear who longs to escape and return to his…

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.

Jojo is 15 years old and wants to go on tour with her boyfriend Toni and his crazy band, but a pregnancy test confirms her fear that she’s pregnant, her father won’t let her go if he finds out, and her boyfriend has something he wants to tell her.

Arianne is a divorced mother obsessed with the idea that her ex-husband might take her baby away from her. At a birthday party, a mysterious old woman tells Arianne that a man is following her. Back at home with her little baby, Arianne will have to fight something a lot darker than her deepest fears,…

Edmontonian Daniel Ennett attempts to become the first scuba certified quadruple amputee. And then the sharks show up.

During a night of grave political crisis, a young diplomat must step in to interpret between the two superpower leaders as they hold the fate of humanity in their hands. By extension, this absurd responsibility rests on the shoulders of the young interpreter as he tries to balance the oversized egos in the room while…

The films in the Best of the Fest package are voted by popular opinion during the course of the festival.

Only an old librarian, the caretaker, and a young boy are inside a magnificent library when a shelf of books collapses which sets off a chain reaction of epic proportions in this allegorical look at the future of printed books in a digital age.

Jamal is a young Gambian migrant in Italy. He’s emotionally scarred by the deaths he saw on his desperate journey across the Mediterranean Sea. When a wonderful opportunity requires him to travel cross the sea again, his fear is a barrier that may prevent him from taking advantage of it.

Bhagdad Messi

In Iraq, ten-year-old Hamoudi is obsessed with football. Like many fans around the world, he and his friends are eagerly looking forward to the 2009 Championship League finale between Barcelona and England’s Manchester United, the long-awaited clash between Messi and Ronaldo. But then Hamoudi’s television breaks down and getting it fixed in time for the…

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 bicycle and finds that his own life is also being rebuilt.  Won Best Dramatic Short…

The history of humanity and of our planet in four minutes. An eco-friendly statement developed in a single shot that has it all: humor, action and tragedy.

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 from her teacher … and no friends. How to speak the truth without being rude…

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.

A bird becomes trapped in birdlime, the sticky substance spread on tree branches to capture wild birds for export, but it manages to escape the exotic bird trade industry. Yet it still remains trapped in a cage, surrounded by unfamiliar sounds and un-birdlike creatures. Won Best Animated Short at the 2017 Arizona International Film Festival…

Blackstory

Because Max loves Lucille, and Lucille toys with Gabriel, and Gabriel gets in the way of Fred, and Fred has a grudge against Sylvester, and Sylvester’s been sleeping with Lucille, their lives intersect on a pitch-black night, a combination that leads to just one thing – death.

A young priest is sent to a remote island off the Irish coast to help protect an isolated fishing community from dark supernatural forces, but nothing is as it seems. Won the European Grand Prix Best Short Film at the 2016 Fantasporto Festival. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and TW Films…

Vaysha was born with a strange affliction. Her green left eye can only see the past and her brown right eye can only see the future. Blind to what’s actually in front of her, her split vision prevents her from living in the present, tormenting her with what has been and what will be, neither…

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.

Deep in the heart of Liberia’s jungles, hundreds of chimpanzees were taken from the wild. Captured, bred, and infected with hepatitis, our closest animal relatives were to unlock the mysteries of human diseases. But what started in the 1970s as an ambitious medical experiment took deeper and darker turns through the decades. This powerful documentary…

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 the 2013 Tolfa International Film Festival in Italy among many awards.

Two coral harvester brothers are about to finish their working day, when the elder one discovers a mysterious underwater cave.

Bob

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

Bob

Bob is an accomplished expert in his field and his works have made history worldwide. Yet he often feels misunderstood as an air of gloom surrounds the unveiling of his art.

While on a sailing holiday in the Mediterranean Sea, Jonas and Silvia discover an overloaded refugee boat that’s close to sinking. There are too many people for them to rescue, and thus begins a series of difficult decisions as they try to help the refugees. Won Best Live Action Short Over 15 Minutes at the…

Boogaloo and Graham

In 1970’s Belfast, two young boys are thrilled when their soft-hearted Dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for, but the boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Live Action Short. Screened with the…

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.

A twelve-year-old child solder manages to escape the clutches of his rebel masters, but he cannot escape the trauma he endured as the past intrudes into the present and brings him back to the moment he stood in front of his parents and sister with a terrible decision to make.

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 affections of adoring fans. But his body is scarred by illness, and he expects the…

A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Animated Short. Website Trailer

A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Animated Short. Winner of the 2017…

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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.

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 nightmare from recurring. Won Best Short Film at the 2012 Festival du film francophone de…

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.

After getting fired, a man goes to his favorite bar. He could drown his sorrows … or he could try to solve his money problems. But nothing will go as planned. Won the Festival Prize for Best Foreign Film at the 2016 NYC Downtown Short Film Festival among other awards.

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 the troll. A short film created by 16 Grade 10-12 students from Hines Creek and…

When two estranged brothers meet for coffee, it becomes apparent that they both want the same thing but only one can have it.

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 to drown out the screams as vicious monsters emerge from the sea and start killing…

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.

On her first day at a new school, a self-conscious young girl hides behind a homemade rabbit mask until a new friend gives her the courage to be seen just the way she is.

A woman’s idyllic view of her new job as a school bus driver is sorely tested after she meets her surly boss and discovers that winding roads can prove treacherous in winter, especially with a faulty clutch.

A young man can’t help but notice the young woman who sleeps on the bus every day. She wakes just in time to get off at her stop, except for today. He’s too shy to talk to her, so how can he wake her up in time?

Butter Lamp

A young itinerant photographer and his assistant take photos of Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Live Action Short.

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 to escape their lives in Kabul. Nominated for an Oscar in 2013 for Best Live…

By Her Side

Pregnancy and birth through the viewpoint of three young Dutch men about to become fathers. Won Best Short Film at the 2013 Full Frame Documentary Film Festival.

While staying with her aunt at a Norwegian campground, a Romanian teen fantasizes about having a carefree summer with her new friend, but expectations are pushing her into the same line of work as her aunt. Won Best International Short under 15 minutes at the 2016 Festival Internazionale Milano. Website Trailer

While staying with her aunt at a Norwegian campground, a Romanian teen fantasizes about having a carefree summer with her new friend, but expectations are pushing her into the same line of work as her aunt. Won Best International Short under 15 minutes at the 2016 Festival Internazionale Milano. Winner of the 2017 Best Live…

An apprehensive homeless girl must traverse a dangerous, wintry city in order to escape her adorable pursuers.

The city’s self-appointed hero, The Dark Blackness, has a problem: he keeps getting his sidekicks killed. Finding himself fresh out of child wards, he comes up with an unlikely solution to his staffing problems.

What happens when a little girl decides to save the food she refuses to eat? Won the Audience Award for Best Children’s Film at the 2014 Warsaw International Film Festival.

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 the parents of Juan Camilo Mora represent thousands of people who rely on the show…

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

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.

A chase begins in the savannah when a vulture flies away with a fruit watched over by a group of meerkats. Trailer:

Figures drawn on the pages of a book come to life and move from page to page until one of them falls down a hole. Can the cat and the dog stop fighting long enough to get help?

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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 Belyea, Scooter Corkle, and Michael Bourree during the Youth Filmmaking Challenge workshop Apr 26-29 (Alpha):…

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.

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 and Director of Photography Scooter Corkle following the screening.

A highly entertaining, rapid-fire illustration of how the food chain works.

Derek is having the blues and this does not only refer to his stage performance. When the singer wakes up in a psychiatry unit after a suicide attempt, he meets Adam, his devoted fan and at once his pain in the ass. A story about two guitars, three chords and the beginning of an unlikely…

A woman, who hasn’t seen her grown daughters for quite some time, invites them to join her, their father and grandmother for a family dinner at an upscale Chinese restaurant. She has something to tell them. Won the Audience Award at the 2017 Festival du court métrage de la Citrouille among other awards.

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 impossible love.  Won the Hollywood Discovery Award for Best Short Film at the 2011 Hollywood…

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.

A brand new alarm clock is eager to ring for the first time, but will he be able to do it?

Coach

A father-son road trip to Paris to see a football match appears ruined when their car breaks down, but they can still make it to the game if they accept an invitation to join a busload of rowdy fans. Won the Special Prize of the Generation 14plus International Jury for Best Short Film at the…

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 DC Shorts Film Festival among other awards.

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 Israeli special forces in one of the most brazen rescue operations in history.  This 2d and…

When John’s simple day of snowmobiling goes awry, the cold winter and a difficult decision forever change his life.

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.

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?

Colorful Lunch Strategies

On the flowery meadows of the Italian Alps, life is dominated by color. Bumblebees fly to the colourful flowers to collect nectar while spiders use color as camouflage, quietly waiting for prey.

While asleep, a bored housewife falls in love with a man who appears in her dreams, leaving her torn between them and reality.

A young Israeli woman wishes to move to Berlin. Her father, the son of Holocaust survivors, is horrified by her decision to live in the land that killed her ancestors and refuses to speak to her again if she leaves.

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.

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.

Directed by his niece, this documentary reveals how Charles “Checker” Tomkins, a Métis soldier from Grouard, Alberta, became involved with the US Air Force during the Second World War. Digging deep into US archives, it depicts the true story of how Charles became part of a communication system that transmitted crucial military communications using the…

The day begins and ends with donuts at Crooked Creek General Store.

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.

Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a black abyss, a young woman tries to cover the few feet back to safety while beneath her, strange sounds emanate up from the darkness.. Won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Fest among many other awards.

When a young boy tries to make money by cutting lawns, his best customer ends up being the man who pays him to go away and stop bothering him. When the boy’s older brother learns of this, they begin a campaign of harassment in hopes of a much bigger payoff.

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

Kit, the eager beaver, embarks on an odyssey through four seasons in a Canadian forest where she learns about compassion, failure, survival and community. The film features an original score performed by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

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.

Dancing With Style

Eugene is a 14-year-old ballroom dancer frequently bullied in school for his love of dance. When a counsellor suggests a course of action for him to try, he doesn’t know whether the idea will work or make the bullying much worse.

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.

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.

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.

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 other’s unique qualities – and come to realize that each of them offers a different…

After her divorce, an Afghan-American woman joins the U.S. military as an interpreter. On her first mission in Afghanistan, she accompanies troops pursuing a bomb-maker and must bridge the gender and culture gap to help the man’s pregnant wife when she goes into labour. Nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for Best Live Action Short.…

De Smet

When a voluptuous woman moves in across the street, one of the De Smet brothers abandons the efficient routine that governs their lives. Won the Canal+ Award (International Competition) at the 2015 Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival among other awards. Facebook Trailer:

Dear Basketball

Written and narrated by basketball great Kobe Bryant, this adaptation of his retirement announcement in 2015 after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers is a testament to his love of the game. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

Dear Basketball

Written and narrated by basketball great Kobe Bryant, this adaptation of his retirement announcement in 2015 after 20 years with the Los Angeles Lakers is a testament to his love of the game. Won the Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

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 asks God for help in the hope that some kind of miracle might happen.  Won…

When door-to-door “Death” salesman Christopher Crumples calls on wealthy, refined, and fabulously difficult Mrs. Patterson, he struggles to close a routine expiration deal. Posing a simple, yet macabre, question, this film ponders what any of us would do if Death came knocking at our door: accept the first offer or negotiate for better terms.

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 she’s in love with someone else, the temptation to use his other-worldly powers becomes impossible…

This short documentary is crafted from an interview with Annette Rouleau, Mathematics Educator and Researcher, and footage of her travels in Bermuda, France, Italy, USA, and Canada. Original score by Bevin Booth.

DeKalb Elementary

A secretary becomes the sole contact between a gunman and the police in this tense drama inspired by a 911 call during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia. This is the director’s graduation film in the UCLA MFA program in Film Directing. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

A disillusioned Internet creator embarks on a journey to discover what it takes to make it on YouTube. Director Patrick O’Connor and Producer Rew Jones interview Internet creators in Grande Prairie and Edmonton who were making money with their YouTube channels until some of them, but not all, were demonetized. There will be a Q&A…

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 Film Fleadh.

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 Ottawa International Animation Festival among other awards.

A desert fox tries to get rid of the puppy that keeps following him.

On the final assignment of their course as officer candidate in the Israeli army, two women trek through a harsh landscape when one suddenly remembers that she’s forgotten something that must be retrieved at all costs. Won Best Student Short at the 2014 Rome Independent Film Festival among other awards. Screened with the kind permission…

A Kenyan teenager moves to the UK with his mother with high hopes, but soon becomes homesick as he struggles to fit in at his new school. An unlikely friendship with a classmate could be the first sign that his new life will be better than his previous one.

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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.

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.

In this allegorical depiction of society, “the system” feeds the few who foolishly consume all the resources while the rest survive on scraps. Inevitably, the struggle for what remains leads to catastrophic change. Won Best Director at the 2014 Cyprus International Film Festival among other awards.

Dinosaurs – the prehistoric titans who ruled the Earth for 160 million years. Their name literally means “Terrible Lizards” and this animated documentary looks at whether they deserved this terrifying monicker.  

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

In a grocery store in Lausanne, Switzerland, a father loses patience with his disobedient child. A bystander intervenes to express her concern. Other customers join in. The situation becomes chaotic as language barriers and prejudice escalate the conflict. Won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2014 Leeds International Film Festival among other…

After a failed suicide attempt, George’s reflection turns its back on him and George must go to great depths to get it back. Won Best Film and Best Screenplay at the 2014 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

Bad days can happen to anyone, even the Grim Reaper. Won First Prize at the 2015 Film Festival of Laughter in Croatia. Winner of the 2016 Youth Audience Choice Award.

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 as well as the gift? Nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Live Action…

Don't Move

Six friends get together for their monthly “games night” and accidentally unleash a demonic force that might tear them – and their friendships – to pieces.

Dot

While crossing the street against a red light, a man gets hit by a car. Five days after the fatal accident, he wakes up in the shower with eleven marks on his wrist. He slips, breaks his neck, and suddenly stands in an elevator – with only ten marks left. A fight for survival against…

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 Festival among others. Winner of the Best Live Action Short Award.

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 fortunate roommate until a fateful choice presents itself. Won Best Animated Short Film at the…

When a young man finally musters the courage to approach the girl of his dreams at an outdoor café, she has already left. When he finds a mysterious watch that can turn back time, he gets a second chance to talk to her, but travelling back in time means there’s a second copy of himself…

Belinda is heartbroken when an unsympathetic care worker confiscates her treasured picture of Peggy Lee. Determined to cheer her up, Alexander smuggles them both out of the home to visit a 1940s jazz club. Won the Children’s Jury Prize for Live Action Short at the 2015 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival among other awards. Screened…

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 to Jackson Pollock. Won Best Animated Short Film at the 2011 Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival.

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 resolve. Won the Grand Prize for Best Short at the 2013 Rhode Island International Film…

A celebration of life through the hand-drawn line.

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?

When a maid comes to clean the house and vacuums up all but one of the dust bunnies, the one remaining dust bunny must overcome his fears to rescue his friends.

A dog must learn to cope with an automatic cleaning robot that sucks up every crumb off the floor before he can get to it.

Eat

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.

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 and the promise of being reunited with his lost love, but the bird’s only reply…

Set in 14th century Scotland, a bored shepherd is inspired by one of his sheep to create one of the most popular entertainments of modern day.

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 a group of Christian musicians and Ethan belongs to a group of Emos, and both…

A French-Algerian born man faces more than bureaucratic red tape when he tries to regain the French citizenship he had at birth. With the stroke of a pen, the man interviewing him can give it to him, but at what cost? Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Live Action Short. Trailer

Passionate about the Loch Ness Monster, a man decides to explore the depth of the lake in his bathysphere in order to find it, but what if it finds him first?

An eight-year-old girl is excited to see her father when he picks her up for the weekend, but soon she gets the sense that something isn’t right. Nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for Best Live Action Short. Trailer:

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.

A boy plans a special gift for his mother.

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 kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.

Fabrizio loves his girlfriend and is feverishly looking forward to the “first time” with her, but where should it happen? It should be romantic and above all private! He comes up with an inspired plan with his friends to acquire an old car and turn it into a clandestine love nest. Won the Crystal Bear…

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 fears, eventually leading to an improbable collaboration … and friendship. Nominated for an Oscar in…

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

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?

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 kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Lovely Productions.

The story of one man’s love life is seen through the eyes of his best friend and dog Winston, and revealed bite by bite through the meals that they share. Won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Animated Short.

A songwriter must decide what lines he’s willing to cross when a dark entity starts providing him with inspiration in exchange for an ever increasing price. Won Best Cinematographer at the 2016 Show Me Shorts Film Festival.

A wild boy is found in the woods by a hunter and brought back to civilization. Bewildered by a strange new environment, the boy tries to adapt by using the same strategies that kept him safe in the forest. Nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Animated Short.

At a vibrant music festival, a young couple’s hedonistic weekend turns into a desperate fight for survival as they are terrorized by a gang of masked festival goers.  

In 2014, a decade of repressive government has been imposed on Turkey citizens when the Istanbul police come knocking at a woman’s door. They’re after the political activist she helped hide during demonstrations. When she refuses to cooperate, her husband’s fear of reprisal forces him to take action. Won 2015 Golden Student Academy Award (Foreign…

When a city made entirely of cardboard catches fire, it’s up to the local fire chief and his brave deputies to save Cardboard City and its citizens from impending doom. A comedic suspense-filled animation that is fascinating to watch, particularly its brilliant crayon-drawn animated characters. Won Best New Zealand Film at the 2017 Show Me…

A curious little hedgehog wakes from his winter sleep and leaves his den to watch a beautiful night sky, but he gets lost in the snowy woods and must embark on a dangerous adventure as he searches for his den.

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 him, and he is left with the problem of what to do with them at…

FIXED! is the story of the Repair Cafe Toronto, a group of volunteers who fix broken items from members of the community…for free. Won the 2018 Best Documentary Short Award.

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.

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, imperfections and all.

A genius deviant uses a wirelessly controlled robotic fly with a camera in its head to spy on his ex-girlfriend. FlySpy is a hybrid of traditional film and virtual reality with two different versions: one for a traditional screen and one for VR headsets. Won Best Dramatic Short Film at the 2016 Arizona International Film…

A genius deviant uses a wirelessly controlled robotic fly with a camera in its head to spy on his ex-girlfriend. FlySpy is a hybrid of traditional film and virtual reality with two different versions: one for a traditional screen and one for VR headsets. Won Best Dramatic Short Film at the 2016 Arizona International Film…

In a world where people’s hearts are on the outside and exhibit the qualities of a pet, Mary loses her lovable Skip.

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 romance into true love?

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 weekly lesson. Winner of the 2014 Audience Choice Award. Director’s Statement In the words of…

On the day he’s leaving for college, Billy’s relationship with his overbearing father is tested when they play a heated game of foosball.

A man follows footsteps in search of a mysterious visitor to his house.

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.

A young, disabled dog in foster care gets a new leash on life with the help of an older, wiser friend so that he can become adoptable and find his furever home. Winner of the 2015 Youth Audience Choice Award.

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.

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. There’ll be a Q&A with Rio Fitch and actor Peter Daly following the screening.

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

Thirteen local teams competed two weeks ago to write, shoot, and edit a short film in 48 hours, right here in the Peace Region. Prizes (Generously Sponsored by Community Futures Grande Prairie) will be awarded for audience choice and best juried film. Presented in collaboration with PRIMAA (Peace Region Independent Media Arts Association). The following…

A young girl discovers a bottle that gives the person who possesses it the power to “freeze” people momentarily, but then bullies steal the bottle from her. How can she get the bottle back without getting frozen?

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.

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 at the 2012 Oxford Film Festival.

An adolescent girl comes of age against the backdrop of serial killer Ted Bundy’s execution in 1989. Won the Grand Prix for Best Short Film at the 2017 Melbourne International Film Festival among other awards.

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 is based on the prize-winning play (Soho Theatre Westminster award) by Ali Muriel and stars…

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.

A new kid shows up at the high school boys’ basketball tryouts and instantly makes an impression. Will talent and drive be enough to make the team? Won Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film at the 2017 LA Indie Film Fest among other awards.

When Mathias and Alex meet one early morning at a small parking lot in the middle of nowhere, they have a goal that must be accomplished before anyone else arrives. Will they succeed? Or will this be the last time they attempt their whimsical undertaking?

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 is sure if they are still playing.

Garden Party

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal instincts. This is the directors’ graduation film in 3D animation from MoPA. It had its Alberta premiere at the 2017 Reel Shorts Film Festival. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short. Behind the Scenes video…

In a deserted rich house, a couple of amphibians explore their surroundings and follow their primal extincts.

For generations, Laos was known as the Land of a Million Elephants, but today there are only about 400 left in Laos. This documentary explores how deforestation and tourism play a role in the impending extinction of elephants in Laos.

Toad Geno and his neighbours are forced to seek a new habitat when the pond where they live becomes a construction site.

This homage to the first animated shorts featuring Mickey Mouse pairs new black-and-white, hand-drawn animation with full-color, 3D, CG filmmaking in the same frame. Mickey gets separated from Minnie when Peg-Leg Pete tries to run them off the road while they’re enjoying a musical hay wagon ride, and he must find a way to get…

After a viral pandemic turns humans into flesh-craving mutants, adventurer Hunter Smith hunts them down on his TV show “Get Some,” tracking and killing them for the entertainment of the surviving population.  

A young boy is barred from school until he has better shoes, but his parents can’t afford to buy him any. His entrepreneurial spirit must find a way to buy the shoes himself. Winner of the 2017 Youth Audience Choice Award.

A bank robbery, a kidnapping and a car accident – are these coincidences or are the dead bodies somehow linked? Only the ever watchful German police have a chance of figuring it out.

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 in love with Ray’s best friend Fozzie, the guitarist in the band. Romance is in…

A Dutch tourist on death row must do everything in his power to overcome the bureaucracy of the Singaporean prison system if he wishes to get his last meal request filled. And all he wants is a cup of coffee! Won Best Actor in a Short at the 2014 Long Beach International Film Festival.

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.

A short documentary on the history and resurgence of vinyl records from the perspective of an artist focused pressing plant in Cleveland, Ohio named Gotta Groove Records. A hero story about grit, manufacturing and the pursuit of passion.

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.

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 nobody seems to care. He wants to help her, but how? There’ll be a Q&A…

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 guns. Despite their scorn, he will risk his life to use it in this World…

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 guns. Despite their scorn, he risks his life to use it in this World War…

Group Photo

At Clara’s piano recital, her father’s drinking problem and bullish personality become a source of embarrassment for her in this heartfelt portrait of a child torn between love and shame for her imperfect but devoted father. Won Best Short Film at the 2013 Max Ophüls Festival.

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.

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 come to a boil, they do their best to keep their wits about them and…

On a crowded bus during rush hour, Laura notices that she shares the handrail with a very attractive stranger. As if unintentionally, she slides her hand towards his.

Harald

Harald is a champion wrestler with a monster mother for a coach. She cares only about winning while he just wants to grow flowers. When she threatens to harm one of his beloved plants to keep him fighting, he finds another way to fight back. Won Best Student Animation at the 2013 Palm Springs International…

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.

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 hatch in Vienna. Won the Festival Prize for Best Overall Film at the 2012 Poppy…

HB

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 pencil that he accidentally drops but desperately needs in order to complete an exam while…

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 – Trailer from Timothy Reckart on Vimeo.

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 allow it because communication may be too difficult. Tristan sets out to prove that his…

A young dying boy is helped by the hospital’s eccentric janitor who tells him stories about Helium, the magical world the boy will live in after death. Won the Oscar in 2014 for Best Live Action Short.

  Jack can’t find his car in a huge airport parking lot where he meets Maya who is in the same predicament. They talk to the man who answers when they press the “Help Point” button. It seems that everything will turn out for the best with his assistance, or at least that’s what Jack…

An innkeeper has a creative solution to his lack of guests. Won Best Film at the 2017 Frightening48.

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.

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 as a father.

A cocoa-loving deer must clean up a mess every morning that’s caused by an earthquake every night. But one day, he discovers the truth and that changes everything!

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.

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, his life, and his embarrassingly low sperm count hang in the balance. Won Jury Award…

On a piñata ranch, a boy enjoys playing with one of the livestock and fears that his father will take him to market.

Kyra is a talented cellist who starts having anxiety attacks after one of the strings on her cello comes loose during a concert. She tries everything to alleviate her panic but nothing seems to work. Will this moment ruin her career? Won Best Narrative Short at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival among other awards.

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.

Homemade

An elderly gentleman wants to impress his new lady friend by baking a cake, but he knows he has to get past a neighbourhood gang of feral girls first. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Park Films.

Honeymoon Suite

For the Guest Service Manager at a posh boutique hotel in Beijing, China, service is the top priority. When a mysterious American guest wreaks havoc, she risks her life to maintain that ideal. Won Best Short (Action-Adventure/Fantasy/Sci-Fi/Horror) at the 2014 Asians On Film Festival.

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.

A young boy longs to be good at something and realizes what it will be when his father comes home with an old piano. He will become the next Mozart.  

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

A lonely man’s attempt to build a machine to hug him has unintended consequences.

Feeling isolated in a world where everyone wears the same surgically enhanced appearance, a teenaged girl feels compelled to change her own.  

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

When marine wildlife has to adapt to the pollution surrounding it, the rules of survival change.

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 a girl.  Won Best Documentary Short at the 2011 Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto…

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 Films Ltd.

I Don't Care

Ollie, an uncertain and discouraged mother-to-be, befriends an unlikely young girl who helps her to overcome her misgivings and find joy in what the future holds.

I Love Hooligans

In this animated documentary, a Dutch hooligan loves his football team above all else and gives up any chance of happiness at home because of it.

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 in 2011 for Best Short Film among other awards.

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.

A young man is suddenly help captive by his own family but it is unclear who he is trying to escape from. Won Audience Award Best Short Film at the 2014 Bel-Air Film Festival.

I'm You, Dickhead

In a world where time travel is a simple hospital procedure, a man travels back in time to convince his 10-year-old self to learn the guitar so that he can get more action with the ladies in the present day, but his younger self is less than willing to cooperate and things quickly spin out…

Two penguins wander around the sea ice. Within a hidden ice cave, they discover crates full of chili peppers with an unusual property that could change their world forever.

While dissecting a frog in Biology class, a Grade 7 boy senses the approaching power of adulthood and speculates about what he would do if he were God. Trailer:

Some things in life are just unacceptable. If one could run fast enough and break through a time barrier, could fate be averted and a different reality created?

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?

Stan and Victor are two vampire friends who have lived together for centuries. Stuck in an eternal routine, they spend their time arguing with each other like an old couple. Unable to take it any longer, Stan tries to kill himself … in vain!

As a young couple arrives in Los Angeles after a cross-country road trip with all of their belongings, their car is commandeered in a police chase. They set out on a quest to get it back, but their relationship is strained to the breaking point in the process. Can they recover what they had ……

As a young couple arrives in Los Angeles after a cross-country road trip with all of their belongings, their car is commandeered in a police chase. They set out on a quest to get it back, but their relationship is strained to the breaking point in the process. Can they recover what they had ……

Mariela is convinced that her boyfriend plans to propose and Oliver tries to plan the most romantic proposal he can think of in this comedic look at how reality and romance often conflict. Won the Audience Choice Award for Best Comedy at the 2015 Sedona International Film Festival among other awards.

At an open mike night, Kerri is about to make her debut when she gets a call from her future self, telling her to leave before she goes on stage. She’s grateful for the warning, but when the calls continue, she begins to question if avoiding mistakes has made her life any happier.

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?

Ingrid and her best friend Conrad experience a lifetime of memories together when they imagine what it would be like to time travel through a black hole. Won Best Canadian Short Film at the 2016 Edmonton International Film Festival among other awards. There will be a Q&A with Leah Johnston after the screening.

A man is woken in the middle of the night by his parents who insist on telling him things he would rather not hear.

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 among many others.

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 Award at the 2012 Taos Shortz Film Festival.

During a school dance, a shy chameleon seeks the attention of his crush, but he is so nervous that he can’t help but become invisible when she looks at him

Five-year-old Alexa comes to realize that her young mother is out of money and on the verge of a breakdown. Hoping to save the situation, Alexa makes a decision she will never forget.

On his first day on the job, a man’s boss lectures him about proper behaviour, dress code, and use of equipment, but he has a surprisingly difficult time obeying orders.

Jack Attack

Jack’s favourite babysitter introduces him to the art of pumpkin carving on Halloween night, but that turns out to be a really bad idea. Won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2013 Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal.

In 1796, a poor day labourer is offered work in Gloucestershire, England, but only if he agrees to let his son be used in a medical experiment. Won Best Composer at the 2014 Underwire Film Festival.

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.

  Lisa’s job interview seems to be going well until her prospective boss starts asking strange questions. Won Artistic Director’s Choice at Lady Filmmakers Festival in Beverly Hills among other awards.  

A 91-year-old Holocaust survivor donates his violin to an instrument drive, changing the life of a 12-year-old schoolgirl from the Bronx and, unexpectedly, his own. Nominated for Best Documentary Short Subject Academy Award in 2017.

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.

As the Queen walks to her carriage at Buckingham Palace, a gust of wind blows her hat away. Her Corgi dog is determined to retrieve it, but so is one of the guards. Which one will succeed at returning her hat to the Queen?

Julian is simply passing time at his dreary job until a new girl is hired and changes everything.

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 48-hour filmmaking contest.

Just As I Remember

When filmmaker Andrew Moir was three years old, his father was diagnosed with ALS, a fatal and incurable illness. Seventeen years later, Andrew meets Brad who has ALS and three young children just like Andrew’s dad had when he was diagnosed. Each father must make a heartbreaking choice that will affect their children’s lives forever.…

A woman takes her children to her workplace and asks to be paid immediately because she’s going away. Tension escalates when her husband shows up looking for her. Nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Live Action Short.

When a woman’s purse is stolen right in front of him as they’re talking on the street, Just decides to chase after the thieves and get her purse back despite being in a wheelchair. Inspired by a true story. Won the Audience Choice Award for Best Short at the 2017 Stony Brook Film Festival among…

Homeless brothers Majid (15) and Adel (11) try to survive in war-torn Iran in 1984. Remaining in school is their only safeguard against being sent to the front lines, but doing so requires the cooperation of their father who has other plans.

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.

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.

This profile documentary on 12-year-old New York jazz drummer Kojo Odu Roney won the 2016 Harlem International Film Festival Award for Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen as well as the 2016 New York Jazz Film Festival Award for Best Traditional Short Documentary Based on a Jazz Musician.

Kunstglaser is a documentary that explores the work of eccentric stained glass maker Norbert Sattler. The film provides a portrait of Sattler, a stained glass craftsman in Nova Scotia. Viewers can almost feel each break and score, holding their breath each time a delicate shape is somehow conjured from an unwieldy sheet.

A 13-year-old boy in Tijuana, Mexico must find a way to make enough money to buy medicine so he agrees to embark on his first drug smuggle across the “Devil’s Highway,” a notoriously fatal stretch of desert on the Arizona/Mexico border.

For many years, a woman has waved at the express train that passes her house every morning and evening. While mowing the lawn, she finds a letter from the conductor that he tossed from the speeding train. She mails a response and so starts a correspondence between them that brightens her lonely life. Inspired by…

For many years, a woman has waved at the express train that passes her house every morning and evening. While mowing the lawn, she finds a letter from the conductor that he tossed from the speeding train. She mails a response and so starts a correspondence between them that brightens her lonely life. Inspired by…

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.

Kat and her eco-warrior friends work to expose a bio-chemistry company’s animal testing, but it soon becomes clear the company is willing to test on more than just animals.

The wind is Patagonia’s moving soul, and photographer Eliseo Miciu is determined to capture it. Won Best Documentary at the 2017 San Jose International Short Film Festival among other awards.

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

When their friend dies in a base-jumping accident, Joachim and Øyvind plan to scatter his ashes while they make the same jump that killed him. Impending fatherhood has forced Joachim to promise that this will be his last base jump. When a storm approaches and his friend wants to turn back, Joachim is determined to…

A child with a mechanical parrot searches a junkyard for scrap metal to fix its wing and inadvertently wakens a frightening creature.

Strange things begin to happen after mountaineers disturb a dormant sickness while climbing in the Rocky Mountains. There will be a Q&A with Producer Eric Durnford after the first screening.

A writer and his muse craft a story about a man who’s afraid to leave his house and the friend he relies upon to be his only contact with the outside world. There will be a Q&A with Monty Simo after the screening.

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 tomorrow.  Nominated for an Oscar.

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 about social change.  Won Best Documentary at the 2012 Taos Shortz Film Festival.

Jenny Lutkins struggled with her weight and body image after giving birth to her son. After endless diets and efforts to get into shape, she found something that clicked for her – weightlifting. This documentary shows how she overcame depression and became an Olympic weightlifting coach working with young women to improve their strength, health,…

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.

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 the truth. Won the Studio Hamburg Nachwuchspreis for Best Short Film 2012.

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 for her in the darkness? Won Best Director, 2013 Bloody Cuts Horror Challenge. Voted as…

A china shop owner turns to greet a customer only to discover that his worst nightmare has come true.

When a Chinese Lion Dancer performing in a city parade sees a beautiful young woman, it’s love at first sight for both of them, but the parade must continue. How will they find each other again?

An ordinary icon takes on new meaning as a husband and wife react differently to a tragic loss.

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

Lost Property Office

Sometimes people can get lost in their work. Won the AACTA (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for Best Short Animation among other awards.

LOU

LOU

A Pixar short about a lost-and-found box and the toy-stealing bully who ruins recess for the other kids. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

Each evening, Spencer plays piano, his music flowing through the window into the night unnoticed, until one day a violinist responds and they share a beautiful musical connection. But then the music stops, leaving Spencer determined to find his mystery violinist.

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

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 and Sturgeon Lake working together under the guidance of Scott Belyea, Scooter Corkle, and Michael…

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 Annecy International Animation Festival among many other awards.

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.

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

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.

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

A behind-the-scenes look at what really happens when socks go missing.

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 Short.

A New York City motorman is haunted by visions after a tragic subway incident. Won Best Documentary at the 2015 Miami Short Film Festival.

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

MatchHead

When a ten-year-old arsonist is court-ordered to attend a counselling session, she meets ex-arsonist George which sparks a battle of wills and an unusual friendship. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Swing & Shift Films.

Matriarche

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

A girl wishes that her parents would get her a bicycle, but she gets something completely different. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Animated Short.

Equal parts documentary and animation, Lyn Schofield’s memories of her youth, love and family life come alive through everyday household objects.

An acupuncturist learns that her female patient is moving away after years of treatment. Won Best Horror Short Film at the 2015 Atlanta Shortsfest among other awards.

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.

In order to financially make ends meet, Michel shares his home with Pierre, a young student who’s never told his girlfriend that he lives with a cranky old man. In the hopes of having an intimate dinner at home with her, Pierre tries to get Michel to leave for the evening.

Mildred’s parents run a dying parlor out of their home and she resents having to help with the family business. Their clients are geriatrics about to die, but one day, an unexpected client comes to call.

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.

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 got more than gravity holding her down. Won the Gold Medal in the Foreign Film…

A divorcing couple packs up their home, violently splitting their shared memories. Photos, albums and records are cut to pieces, but what about the mixtapes they gave each other long ago? Will they be destroyed as well?

At first, Felix doubts that the monster visiting his younger sister at night is real, but when he discovers that it does exist, he comes up with a plan to protect her from the next attack. Won Jury Prize for Best Film at the 2015 Festival SPASM in Montreal.

Moonwolves love shiny things and fireflies, but most of all, they love the moon. One night, they decide they love it so much that they must go there.

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 of English and Hindi, reality and fantasy, banality and Bollywood.  Screened with the kind permission…

A small alien creature lives all alone on a tiny planet. He spends his time collecting garbage that falls from the intergalactic highways high above his planet until one day something falls that changes his life forever.

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 fade. Won Grand Jury Prize for Best World Cinema Short at the 2013 Indianapolis International…

A small girl befriends a very large wolf that has frightened the whole village. She takes care of him while his wounded paw heals and keeps him hidden from the villagers, but what can she do to keep him from eating the sheep?

While her mother tries to teach her how to hunt, a mosquito confesses that she doesn’t like blood. Won Best Animation Film at the 2017 Breckenridge Festival of Film among other awards.

  A young boy manages to survive alone in a post-apocalyptic world until he finds an ally when a woman saves him from an attack. But how long can they both continue to live in a world gone mad?  

Moziah Bridges is the subject of this documentary and he was 9 years old when he started his company, Mo’s Bows, in Memphis. As a Grade 6 student, he offered 20% of his bow tie business for an investment of $50,000 when he appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2014.  

Mr. Bear

Steve and his wife are on their way to a family dinner in New York City on Christmas Eve when their car breaks down. Luckily, the lights are on at a mechanic shop so Steve knocks on the door not realizing that there’s a crime scene inside and the murderers are expecting the notorious cleaner,…

  On a cold winter night, Laura reads to her brother from a book that he found. The story about a strange creature that attacks children is disturbing so she stops reading it, but it’s too late. There’s a strange presence in the house. It’s him.  

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 small home survive the addition of a mutt who just keeps growing? Won the Oscar…

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 Fest.

In a primary school classroom, teacher Liliane anxiously awaits an important phone call. Her student Mathieu is even more of a disturbance than usual, but he finds a way to brighten her day after she receives the distressing call.

Able to see each other through their high-rise windows, two young girls become friends. When one of them must move away, she tries to find her friend’s apartment so she can say goodbye in person.

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.

Abigail’s younger brother is the most annoying brother in the world, especially since he’s a zombie! When Abigail gets fed up with taking care of him, she makes a decision that could change their relationship forever.

When Zahed was an Iranian boy in the army during the Iran-Iraq war, he spared the life of Zahed, an injured Iraqi soldier. Twenty years later, they met by chance in Vancouver. This documentary shows how two former enemies became blood brothers for life. Won Founders Prize for Best Documentary Short Film at the 2015…

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, or will magic end up ruling her life forever?

My Nephew Emmett

In 1955, a Mississippi preacher tries to protect his 14-year-old nephew from two racists out for blood. Based on true events. This is the director’s pre-thesis film for the New York University’s Graduate Film Program. It won the Gold Medal for Narrative Film at the 2017 Student Academy Awards and is nominated for an Academy…

My Odd Disorder

Diagnosed with a rare disorder at age 13, Brittney is a Grande Prairie teen whose story is an inspiration as she learns to accept the periodic changes her body goes through with the help of a support group of fellow sufferers. There’ll be a Q&A with Devon Burbank after the screening.

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 Best International Short Film Award at the 2012 Odense International Film Festival in Denmark among…

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 between Hutus and Tutsis:  the attack by rebels on a minivan carrying ordinary citizens.  As…

Negative Space

In this bittersweet story of a father-son relationship, a man who is often away on business trips connects with his son by teaching him how to pack a suitcase efficiently. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short. Making of video

A young woman wakes in the middle of the night to find strange bite marks on her leg.

The big wheel in the most exciting area of the city is the perfect real estate for a young and ambitious couple so they decide to move in together when one of the popular gondolas becomes available, but they soon realize that the leap into cohabitation might not have been the best choice. Won the…

A strange Romanian man trying to enter Canada is confronted by an overzealous custom officer and his curiously cooperative colleague.

When Liz and Max take an unexpected opportunity to eavesdrop on their take-out delivery man, their curiosity pulls them into a situation that rapidly spirals out of their control.

In 1953, the first virgin birth was called a hoax. Then it became common. Soon, only daughters were being born. Over sixty years later, Andrew Myers, a 37-year-old housekeeper for a family of women, is the youngest man on earth. Quiet and unassuming, he finds himself at the center of a battle to keep men…

When a desperate young man with paranoid schizophrenia tells police that his girlfriend is suffering from the deadly side effects of a new drug that’s being tested, no one believes him. Not even his sister believes that this girl really exists although she reluctantly agrees to help him. In this perception thriller, where is the…

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.

None of That

A Night Museum Guard has his work cut out for him when an elusive intruder starts covering up all the nude artwork. There’s only one thing he can do to protect the art from censorship, but will it work?

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 Television and El Zorrero Films.  Won Best Short at 2011 Capital Irish Film Festival among…

Karen, a First Nations woman, learns that someone has been saying that she isn’t Indian. Suspecting that it’s her cousin who has been spreading the lie, Karen goes to her house to confront her.

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 executives, directors and producers portrayed are played by themselves: Amy Pascal, Sid Ganis, Joe Roth,…

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 day?  Won Best Animation Short Film at the 2011 Melbourne International Film Festival among others.

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 head but finds himself in strange new territory.

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 a terrifying discovery that unravels his solitary existence.  Nominated for the 2010 BAFTA Award for…

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 the Audience Award at the 2013 Monstra Festival in Lisbon among other awards. Winner of…

OMG

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 find her recharger. While helping her grandma search through grandpa’s old things for a replacement,…

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 things down? Or encourage his fiancée to take another bus? Won Best Short at the…

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 Iranian border and the filmmakers knew this was a character to focus on, but a…

When a young man wakes up in free fall high up in the sky, he has to figure out what to do with the limited time he has left as he hurtles earthward in this visual metaphor for life and what inevitably awaits us all.

A man leads a humdrum existence until he falls in love with a red-haired woman who breaks his established routine, but can such a radical change last? Won the 2016 Student Academy Award for Best Animated Short. Trailer

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

One Please

An ordinary summer day in suburbia turns darkly weird when horror legend Michael Berryman (AKA The Ice Cream Man) comes to town. Nominated for the Grand Jury Prize for Best Narrative Short at the 2014 Slamdance Film Festival.

James is all too eager to put his one-minute time machine to use in winning the heart of Regina until he discovers the unexpected consequences of his actions. Won Best Short Film at the 2014 DC Shorts Film Festival.

Armed with his imagination and a cardboard submarine, 12-year-old Ruan dives into the unknown, searching for the healing Angel Jellyfish in a valiant attempt to save his terminally ill father. Won Best Film at the 2015 Apex Film Festival among other awards.

When a man tries to unsubscribe from an email list, the process is much more complicated than he thought it would be.

Nigel has fallen in love. But when you live in orbit aboard a ramshackle space hovel with the most risk-averse family imaginable, it isn’t easy to follow your heart, especially when the girl of your dreams is spinning around earth the wrong way. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and No Logo…

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 his obsession.

Paul is a sculptor in France, 1919. He travels from village to village erecting memorials to the soldiers who died in the war, but when he arrives in the small town of Sancerre, a grief-stricken father insists that his son’s name should be added to the monument but the others in the village refuse to…

The feeding habits of the common chameleon as never seen before. Won the Audience Award at the 2016 Kinemastik International Short Film Festival among other awards.

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.

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 shake, but things are about to get really out of hand!

A very old apartment dweller steps out of her “cage” and into the big city after her pet bird is accidentally set free by the little girl next door. As she searches for her lost bird, she discovers something bigger than the city itself.

When the call centre he works at is outsourced overseas, DJ is out of a job and dead broke. Lured by the promise of easy money, he ventures into the highly lucrative world of telephone fraud in this uncompromising look at the initiation of a novice into the dark side. Winner of the 2015 Best…

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 Worldwide Short Film Festival in Toronto.

Mathieu narrowly escapes the police after they spot him doing graffiti, but there’s more to his actions than simple street art. Won Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film at the 2015. Toronto International Film Festival.

A video game master gets schooled by a toddler and discovers the true meaning of life. Won 2014 Student Academy Award for Best Animation.

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 his heart, imagination, and a stack of papers to get her attention. Won the Oscar…

Parvaneh

Parvaneh is a young Afghan immigrant who recently arrived at a transit centre for asylum seekers in the Swiss Alps. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Live Action Short.

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 the 2011 Dallas International Film Festival among many other awards.

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 becomes proving that Tony cheated. Won the Panavision Grand Jury Award at the 2012 Palm…

A brutally honest documentary about Robert’s turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Animated Short. Website Trailer

A girl and her dad crisscross the country in their beloved hatchback as he follows his dream, but is an itinerant lifestyle with a car as their home the right choice for raising his daughter? Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Animated Short. Trailer

While mother bird is away searching for food, her son Peep gets unexpected help from a paperplane. Together they explore the magical world around them, but their friendship is soon tested when the paper plane tries to teach Peep how to fly.

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 2013 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival among other awards.

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.

This inspiring documentary follows the journey of a Stage 4 cancer patient who dreams of walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across Spain. Told by his doctors that he can’t make the trip, he does the next best thing. He creates his own camino behind his house. Won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at…

This inspiring documentary follows the journey of a Stage 4 cancer patient who dreams of walking the 500-mile Camino de Santiago across Spain. Told by his doctors that he can’t make the trip, he does the next best thing. He creates his own camino behind his house. Won the Audience Award for Best Documentary at…

A sandpiper hatchling ventures from her nest for the first time as her mother tries to teach her how to find food buried beneath the sand, but little Piper must also learn about the waves that roll up onto the shore. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Animated Short. Trailer

plink

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 of imagination where a toy xylophone becomes a flying piano, doodles grow into forests, and…

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 Director’s Statement In moments of crisis most find it hard to trust people they don’t…

A public defender has minutes to save her 16-year-old client from a life sentence for murder by convincing him to take a plea deal for a crime he only technically committed. Won Audience Award for Best Short Narrative Film at the 2017 Ashland Independent Film Festival.

Points of Origin

A New York couple, desperate to have a child, travel to Mumbai to meet the surrogate who will make it possible, but can their relationship survive the controversial process to have the family they always wanted?

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. Based on true events, Poppy was written by the great-grandson of one of these soldiers.…

Deep in the mountains on a stormy night in the 18th century, a man who has lost his way takes shelter in a small shrine but the abandoned objects he finds there and the room itself prevent his escape until he finds a strategy to appease their bitterness. Nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for…

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 created by 14 Grade 7-11 students from Grande Prairie, Hythe, and Valleyview working together under…

A brutal battle takes place 2,400 years ago between Spartan and Athenian warriors. Nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for Best Animated Short. Richard Williams talks about the film:

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 abusive and throws the boy’s toy off the train. How does a father explain these…

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.

Quenottes (Pearlies) is the little mouse from childhood, known as the tooth fairy in some countries, the one who probably brought your first coins in exchange for a tooth hidden under your pillow. Won Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2016 Molins de Rei Horror Film Festival.

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 of untouched grass, the predators stayed behind the wall and the guards made sure no…

Playtime turns into uncontrolled shenanigans when a child discovers rag dolls in an antique chest. Her imagination runs wild, but for the dolls’ real-life doppelgangers, self-control is out of their hands. Won Best Short Comedy at the 2017 South Dakota Film Festival among other awards. Won the 2018 Youth Audience Choice Award.

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 Short.

A mountain climber’s priorities are put to the test when his efforts to conquer the Ram’s Horn mountain are thwarted by a stubborn mountain goat and its adorable offspring.

When a busy wife and mother wakes up to a world in which every adult has received a star rating floating above their head, she must own up to the behaviour that has earned her a two-and-a-half star rating. Won Best Short at the 2016 Sonoma International Film Festival among other awards.

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 of school, he is befriended by Jane, but can their friendship withstand circumstances that are…

In a near future, the brain chip Reality+ acts on your sensory perceptions in a way that allows you to see yourself with the perfect physique. Anyone implanted with the chip can see your new appearance and you can see theirs, but the chip can only be activated for 12 hours a day. What do…

Recoil

As captain of a deep-space freighter, Marshall discovers a distress call from his estranged brother whose ship is trapped in a recoil effect near a black hole. Only one course of action makes sense, but can Marshall abandon his brother and any chance at redemption?

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.

Recursion

Sherwin, an accident-prone best man, travels back and forth through time to retrieve a wedding ring while desperately avoiding previous versions of himself trying to do the same thing. In an ill-fated moment of inspiration, he leaves the ring where his past self will find it not realizing that an infinite loop paradox will begin.…

In a future where victims of traumatic crimes have their memories erased as if the crime never happened, one woman struggles for her right to refuse the process.

As she is forced to terminate her only child, a malfunctioning 13-year-old android, a woman tries to convince her husband to adopt a human child despite the risks inherent in doing so.

A struggling painter takes a commission to restore a painting for a wealthy dealer. When strange things begin to happen, he tries to back out of the deal, but if fame is the reward, can he turn down this opportunity?

Revolting Rhymes

Based on the book written by Roald Dahl and illustrated by Quentin Blake, this film weaves together classic fairy tales, playful twists and surprising endings. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Animated Short.

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 for one more week and he must find the right way to say goodbye. Won…

Josh’s father starts making him rice balls for his school lunch even though Josh prefers the sandwiches that his recently deceased mother used to make him. Josh’s father wants to connect him to his cultural heritage, but will this simple lunchtime ritual drive them farther apart or help them to overcome the pain of losing…

Richard Atkins was on his way to stardom and a huge career in the music business in the early 1970s as part of the California Pop Due “Richard Twice” when he mysteriously walked away from it all. This documentary reveals the events that radically changed the course of his life.

RIP

In a little forsaken village a woman prepares the funeral of her husband with utmost care – she wants everything to go according to plan, since for her it is very important to get in good with the guests. Won Best Short Film at the 2017 Sitges-Catalonian International Film Festival among other awards.

A woman’s dream to become a prima ballerina is about to come true, but a secret threatens to undermine what she has spent her whole life working for.

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.

Roomo 8

A prisoner discovers a magical box and can’t resist the temptation to use it. Won the 2014 BAFTA Award for Best British Short Film.

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, this magical tale about friendship and family is produced by Magic Light Pictures who made…

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

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 the Fest.

Rubato

A street musician depends on his metronome to keep time while he performs, but its theft and an encounter with a stray dog change his approach to music and to life.

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This powerful Canadian documentary about the role of Native Americans in contemporary music history features some of the greatest music stars of our time: Charley Patton, Mildred Bailey, Link Wray, Jimi Hendrix, Jesse Ed Davis, Buffy Sainte-Marie, Robbie Robertson, Randy Castillo, and others. It reveals the untold story of their influence on blues, jazz, folk,…

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.  Indie rockers The Sadies provide the soundtrack.  Won Best Animated Short at the 2011 Atlanta…

A drummer boy and a dancing monkey are rival street performers who chase after a coin that’s been dropped in the street. Their struggle to keep the coin from the other as each regains possession of it has surprising results.

In a Montreal park, a young boy’s curiosity about a Muslim woman’s head covering leads to a discussion about hair, hijabs, and the Habs.

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.

In this new short film from Pixar Animation Studios, Sanjay Patel uses his own experience to tell the story of a young Indian-American boy who is absorbed in the world of cartoons and comics while his father tries to draw him into the traditions of his Hindu practice. The boy’s boredom disappears when he embarks…

A starving rat thinks the moon is made out of cheese so he builds a rocket ship that will take him there.

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.

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.

For the most important dinner party of her life, Joy’s blood pressure is rising as high as the soufflé. While the roast is cooked to perfection and the wine begins to flow, her veneer of middle-class respectability soon begins to crack. Won the Wedgie Award for Best Comedy Short at the 2017 Edmonton International Film…

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 among other awards.

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.

Milly’s world revolves around her pet guinea pig Sherbert. But Milly’s mother wants her to have a “real” friend to play with and invites Milly’s older cousin Kylie for a sleepover. Kylie hates guinea pigs and thinks Milly will be a loner forever. Milly wonders if Kylie is right.

A discredited scientist plans an elaborate heist to prove his genius and salvage his ruined reputation.

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 2012 Cleveland International Film Festival.

As war engulfs Kosovo in 1998, the friendship of two boys is tested as escalating violence threatens them and their families. Nominated for an Oscar in 2016 for Best Live Action Short. Trailer:

Strangers bravely confront and resolve one of the most terrifying, perplexing scourges to ever afflict mankind…while standing at urinals with their willies out. Won Best Comedy Short at the 2016 Studio City Film Festival among other awards.

Siham

A woman and her husband react very differently to the news they get about the condition of their unborn child.Won the Jury Award for Best Live Action Short Under 15 Minutes at the 2014 Palm Springs International ShortFest.

While volunteering at a homeless shelter in Copenhagen, a young woman falls in love with an illegal immigrant, but there are things he hasn’t told her and one day she discovers the truth. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Live Action Short. Trailer

A self-doubting entrepreneur cannot stop listening to the disconcerting voice inside his head. He must find a way to change what he hears inside his head or resign himself to failure.

Inspired by a true story, a young girl in Budapest joins her new school’s choir, but soon realizes that the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher she appears to be. Nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Live Action Short. Facebook page Website Trailer

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 Horror Film Festival. www.sinkholemovie.com Director’s Statement Sinkhole is ostensibly a horror film, but I believe…

This screen adaptation of an unknown author’s 14th century manuscript, one of the most mysterious and ambiguous of all the Arthurian stories, is a story rich with magic and symbols. A mysterious Green Knight rides into a court celebration and challenges the young knights to strike him with his own axe but there is one…

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 caste of society, they are highly susceptible to infection by HIV and other sexually transmitted…

Love takes a beating in this tale of domestic abuse perpetrated by the supposedly fairer sex. There will be a Q&A with Actress Kristiane Nerdrum Bøgwald after the screening.

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 the jock over him.

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

A teenage boxer searching for self-definition gives in to his true colours and risks losing everything. Nominated for a British Independent Film Award in 2014.

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 2010 Festival du film d’Autrans.

Sleight of Hand

This stop-motion animation about a man who creates a character in his own image for a stop-motion animation is an allegory on the concept of free will. Won Best Animation at the 2013 New York City Short Film Festival among other awards.

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 at the 2013 Ashland Independent Film Festival among many other awards.

Tensions rise when a flirtatious game of one-upmanship turns an office into a battleground. There will be a Q&A with Chris Beauchamp and Cris Seppola-Podsada as well as key cast members after the screening.

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.

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 Choice Award at the 2013 Bay Area International Children’s Film Festival among others.

Set in the 1960s, this is the story of a road trip that changed a family’s life forever. Won Audience Award for Best Narrative Short at 2017 Austin Film Festival.

A young girl helps a tiny pilot with a broken flying machine in this delightful fable about the wonders of flight. Won 2015 Student Academy Award (Animation).

A man enters a shop looking for something but doesn’t know what it is. The shopkeeper seems unsurprised and remarkably well-prepared to discover what it is that his customer seeks and to provide it for him.

Alpinist Mick Follari fled to the mountains from a tragic past, finding solace on alpine expeditions. His dreams of a climbing legacy are suddenly and unexpectedly interrupted by the impending birth of his child. He struggles to embrace a new life and a new identity, but not before a dangerous and remote expedition in Afghanistan.

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.

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.

Inspired by the student protests that shook Venezuela in 2014, this film tells the story of Oscar, a 19-year old Venezuelan student who is detained after helping to organize a protest against the violence in his country. With no access to media and an Internet shutdown, Oscar’s mother and friend use a Bluetooth-based software called…

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.

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.

In 1999, the marble craze hit an all-time high at Maxy’s school. His marble collection has grown and the school bully makes sure that it won’t surpass his own. How can Maxy get back what’s his against the bigger and stronger bully?

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.

A young stag, lacking impressive antlers, finds a new way to make beautiful music for the Spring Jam. Won Audience Award at the 2016 Leeds International Short Film Festival. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Oneedo Studio.

A technical failure dooms an orbiting Russian cosmonaut. He is ordered to re-enter the earth’s atmosphere, a process that will destroy all evidence of his existence. While postponing the inevitable, an unexpected conversation with a young girl changes both of them.

Sammy is a transgender tween, born a boy but living in stealth as a girl with the support of her mother and a doctor. At her new school, Sammy finds the friends she has always dreamed of having and tells them her secret in confidence. When the threat of betrayal arises, she must decide whether…

Stella Walsh was one of the most celebrated female athletes in the world. Her popularity continued for decades after winning a gold medal in the 1932 Olympics, until she was killed in a robbery and it was discovered in the autopsy that she had ambiguous gender. This documentary explores her life, her murder, and the…

Pluto’s friend convinces him to compete in a dance-off so that he can become a planet.

Gun-loving Dorian aspires to cook breakfast for the man handcuffed to her bed, but her plans get derailed when she cracks open an egg and a baby chick falls out. When she realizes the creature is alive, she tries to kill it and a war of wits ensues.

A man has a problem with drinking too much coffee.

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 plan to encourage them to back to where they came from.

Damien lives with his Granny in a remote cottage in rural Ireland. Late one night, Granny wakes him to say they have a visitor. Not only must Damien distract the strange creature, but he must also romance her. If he and the banshee kiss before dawn, Granny will be saved. Screened with the kind permission…

Maria becomes friends with the new child at school and finds imaginative ways to include him in games. Winner of the 2015 Best Animated Short Award.

After being diagnosed with ALS at the age of 26, award-winning photographer Anthony Carbajal must adapt to the disease that slowly but inexorably robs him of his abilities. Driven and persistent, he discovers that he can still take photos from his wheelchair. This documentary shows how living with a terminal illness has helped him to…

  In 2011, Will Lautzenheiser went to hospital with what he thought was a muscle pull in his thigh, but the group A streptococcus bacterial infection that he actually had left doctors with no choice but to amputate parts of both arms and legs. This documentary about how he adapted is not only inspiring, but…

When a man, who is eloquent on the inside but outwardly silent due to a severe stutter, learns that the woman he’s exchanged online messages with for 6 months is in town and wants to meet, his fear of revealing his speech impediment may cause him to lose her completely. Nominated for an Oscar in…

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 keep getting worse.  Won Best Comedy and Audience Award at the 2011 Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.

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 to win at any cost. Won Best Short Film at the 2014 Reel Islington Film…

A plump caterpillar can’t get into her cocoon without the help of two friendly beetles.

When her car breaks down and a handsome stranger offers to give her a ride, Emily begins to realize there is more to Sweet Hollow Road than she ever could have imagined. Won Best Horror Film at the 2015 Another Hole in the Head Film Festival.

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

When a busy father drops his son off to spend the day with Grandpa, the Radio Flyer wagon that he played with as a boy alters the course of his day.

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.

Tandem

A man reluctantly agrees to go skydiving with his soon-to-be brother-in-law only to discover mid-air that his tandem instructor is suicidal and refuses to pull the cord. Won Best Comedy at the 2012 Malibu International Film Festival. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Mathew Helfgott.

A young woman roams the aisles of her local grocery store, matching her purchases with those of the men she’s interested in.

At a border crossing point in Africa, two aid workers are captured by the child soldiers they had wanted to help. Nominated for an Oscar in 2014 for Best Live Action Short.

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 under the guidance of workshop leaders Scott Belyea, Scooter Corkle, and Michael Bourree during the…

When a disreputable guest is found dead at an exclusive French hotel, the concierge must find a way to make the body disappear. But he’s unaware that the couple in the next room is facing exactly the same problem. Winner of the 2018 Audience Choice Award.

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.

A dark and stormy night. An innocent babysitter all alone. An escaped psychopath out for blood. You know how this story will play out… Or do you? Won the Audience Award for Best Short at the 2016 Dead by Dawn Film Festival among other awards. Winner of the 2017 Audience Choice Award.

Two severed heads wake up in a fridge and begin planning their escape from the psycho barber who put them there. First thing they have to do is get re-attached to their bodies before running away becomes an option!

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 summer camp. Won Most Inspirational Short Film at the 2012 Reel 2 Real International Film…

Ellen has been the loyal BFF to Kate since forever, but when Ellen finally decides that it’s her turn to shine, will Kate return the favour and be her BFF?

The Best Sound in the World

While his friends like collecting action figures, toy cars, or comic books, Vinicius collects sounds and he is on a quest to find and record the best sound in the world.

Two brothers struggle to care for their elderly mother. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Animated Short.

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 Best Actor Performance at the 2011 Paris Cinema Festival.

Amidst the rain in a city, a blue umbrella falls in love with a red one.

A disgruntled customer bursts into a cell phone sales office wielding a rifle and making demands. They’ve got three minutes to comply…

An old man is determined to get rid of a mouse in his house. He captures it in a box but, as he’s about to release it outside, he notices a cat waiting, ready to pounce. Now what should be do?

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 kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Igloo Films.  Won the IFTA Award in 2012…

A timid housewife is jolted into a fight for her survival or sanity when she thinks she hears her new partner at a weekly bridge game whisper a shocking threat. Won Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2015 DC Shorts Film Festival among others.

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.

A boy must cope with a father suffering from Huntington’s Disease and a younger brother who records their lives with his Super 8 camera. Won the Grand Prix International Competition at the 2016 Paris Courts Devant.

A trio of kidnappers are faced with an unexpected dilemma when their wealthy victim calls their bluff and counters with an even better offer. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Six Mile Hill Productions.

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 Short Film at the 2013 Chicago International Children’s Film Festival among other awards.

The Chef

A chef seeks revenge against the critic who savagely reviewed his cooking.

When a charismatic Kosher butcher loses his job and canot find work at other Kosher butchers, he decides to pretend to be Muslim in order to get work at a Halal butcher shop. Won Best Comedy Short Film at the 2016 Cleveland International Film Festival among other awards.

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

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 turns unexpectedly tragic.  Nominated for an Oscar.

Roles are reversed when a controlling mom is trapped in her son’s video game. Helpless, she now has to listen to him if she hopes to escape the unfamiliar game world.

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

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.

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 Ltd. Nominated for an Oscar.

A little pig keeps his town safe from a cloud of pollution with his windmill dam, but is ignored by a thankless public and bullied at school. When a new kid arrives, things begin to change. Nominated for an Oscar in 2015 for Best Animated Short.

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 sounds coming from the next room. Won the Short Film Jury Award for International Fiction…

Death’s son doesn’t want to take over the family business. His secret desire to become a guardian angel triggers a series of major mishaps. His dad will have to intervene to get him out of this mess.

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 face the monsters alone. Won Best Foreign Drama Short Film at the 2012 International Family…

The Developer

In a dystopian future, Budapest is run by a corrupt company called Gold Dimension. When top secret papers are stolen that could result in the company’s collapse, a seer is brought in to discover the culprit’s identity but the images he sees also show his own murder. Won Best Sci-Fi Short at the 2014 Phoenix…

A mysterious object from the past drives a tense showdown between two strangers. Each believes he knows what the other man wants. Both are wrong. Director Chris Beauchamp, Producer Laura Beauchamp, actors Tim Heimdal and Cam White, and composer Chris McIntyre will participate in a Q&A.

Willie Bingham is the first man to undergo a radical new justice program. The government has introduced Progressive Amputation as a controversial punishment for capital crime and as a deterrent to school children who might have criminal tendencies. Won Best Short Film at the 2016 Grossmann Fantastic Film and Wine Festival.

Ed Telfair is a mundane middle-aged man who’s dealing with insecurities in his life … until he decides to take matters into his own hands. Won Best Short Film at the 2014 Victoria Texas Independent Film Festival among other awards.

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.

Zoey’s first night as a superhero is nearly ruined when she’s given a sexy and impractical uniform. Won First Prize for Best Comedy Short at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival.

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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

The Eleven O'Clock

The delusional patient of a psychiatrist believes he is actually the psychiatrist. As they each attempt to treat each other, the session gets out of control. Nominated for an Academy Award in 2018 for Best Live Action Short.

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.”

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 Award at the 2013 International Black Film Festival of Nashville.

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 variety of techniques (miniatures, computer animation, and 2D animation) to present a poignant, humorous story…

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.

The First Step

Sacha is a 12-year-old solo figure skater trained by his father to become a champion, but Sacha wants to be Rebecca’s ice dancing partner despite her doubts and his father’s disapproval.

Carlotta doesn’t know what to draw when her class is assigned the task of drawing animals that start with the letter M. Finally, inspiration strikes but her creation doesn’t do what she wants it to.

This adaptation of a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr. is an offbeat, mid-century tale about a rookie investment counselor who discovers that his penniless client is keeping a million-dollar inheritance a secret. Won Best Short Film at the 2016 San Diego International Film Festival.

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 his wife had served him the night before his apparent death, be heard, but still…

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.  Won Best Horror Short at the 2010 International Horror & Sci-Fi Film Festival in Phoenix.…

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.

A boy and his cat journey into unknown waters with a boat, a little bottle, and a vivid imagination. Won Best Animated Short Film at the 2014 Omaha International Film Festival among other awards.

The Gas Man

A woman who lives alone begins to feel uneasy about the gas man making repairs in her home and asks him to leave. Screened with the kind permission of Network Ireland Television and Rankin Film Productions/Wellington Films.

To celebrate his eleventh birthday, a boy goes with his mother to the local hardware store in Tupelo, Mississippi to buy his present. Although he’s been saving for a bike, a .22 rifle catches his eye. His mother is adamantly against the gun, so the helpful store clerk offers an alternative. Won Best International Short…

Javier lives by the golf course among the musical trees, the dune tunnel, and the phone cemetery. For several days, he’s been spying on a beautiful girl who sunbathes in the middle of a golf course bunker. Finally, he builds up the nerve to talk to her.

When a broken-hearted guy tries to get over his ex-girlfriend, he gets more than he bargained for and a lesson in expectation vs. reality. Won Best Short Short at the 2015 Aspen Shortsfest.

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 at the 2010 Palm Springs International ShortFest among other awards.

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.

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 a full marathon at the North Pole. He will share photos of his summits and…

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 Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. …

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 to go into the deep dark wood where the Big Bad Mouse lives.

Two travellers inspire a nearby community with their courage and determination as they attempt to build a gigantic bridge that will cross a gulf blocking their way. Won Best Animation at the 2014 YoungCuts Film Festival among other awards.

The Gunfighter

A weary gunfighter walks into a saloon. Waiting inside are the Henderson boys who plan to kill him for the $200 bounty. Every fan of classic westerns knows how this will end, but what if the only one who wants a gunfight to break out is the omniscient narrator who knows everyone’s secrets? Won the…

An elderly woman isn’t quite in her right mind anymore, but she’s determined to take the train to the seaside as she has done every summer. Only this year, it appears that someone is following her. Won Best Animation Award at the 2016 New York City Shorts Festival among many other awards. Trailer

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

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

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 be a Q&A with Director Scott Belyea and Producer Dave Rice after the screening.

A young woman wakes up in a barn. She is gagged and her hands and feet are tied. When she inadvertently makes a noise, an armed man enters the barn. Can she escape? Won Shocking Short Award at the 2016 FilmFest München.

When Tom and Barbara purchase a serial killer’s former house, the middle-aged couple soon realizes it’s going to take more than a fresh coat of paint to whitewash their home’s macabre history. Won the Grand Prize for Best Documentary Short at the 2015 Rhode Island International Film Festival among other awards. Winner of the 2016…

A young girl is brought to a nineteenth-century mansion to join nine other children who are trapped and living under the abuses of the Huckster, a woman who likes to be referred to as “mother,” but the girl’s obstinacy disrupts the strict order in the house and reveals the true horror within it.  

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 Hybrid Union!

  Despite an unrivalled talent for communicating, Jake has trouble talking to women. When a woman from Malta leaves her book on the subway, he ignores his friend’s advice and tries to find her. Won Teen Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the 2014 Nantucket Film Festival among other awards.

There are rewards for working hard, but are those rewards what we really want? Or is the idiot box controlling what we want?

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 for Best Fiction at USA Film Festival. There’ll be a Q&A with Michelle Steffes following…

The Jacket

A night of flirty revelry for a new couple takes a sudden turn when a stranger asks the man about his jacket. Won Best Actor, International Competition, at the 2015 Brussels Short Film Festival. Winner of the 2016 Best Live Action Short Under 13 Minutes. Website

  An overweight man, obsessed with calorie counting, has his sanity pushed to the limits by a fitness freak who mocks him.  

In this Mexican adaptation of American playwright Mark Harvey Levin’s short play The Kiss, a young woman’s quiet night in doing laundry is interrupted when her good friend stops by to ask for an honest appraisal of how he kisses.

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.

Matthew has a close relationship with his parents but he lies to them when he says he’s going out on a date. He doesn’t want to admit to them that there is no date. He’s alone and he’ll need to develop a way to cope with it. Won Best Actor for Paul Bailey at the…

Planning a kidnapping is not easy and the ransom note needs to be very clear. Who better to consult about such matters than one’s lawyer?

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 campfire ghost story comes to life.  Won Best Horror Short Film at 2010 Fantastic Fest…

  In spite of his amazing gourmet lemonade, Anthony’s lemonade stand business goes sour when a competitor sets up across the street.

The Life-Givers

In the caves below the earth are thousands of candles, each representing a human life. Life-Givers light the candles, signifying the birth of a child, while Death snuffs out the flame when the person’s time on earth has ended. A young apprentice Life-Giver struggles with the idea that life must one day come to an…

The Lion's Mouth Opens

This documentary follows a young Scottish actress who decides to find out whether she’s inherited the gene for Huntington’s Disease. If she has it, there will be no escape from the fate that awaits her: dementia and death. Won a Special Jury Award at 2014 Aspen Shortfest. Winner of the 2015 Best Documentary Short Award.

In a society where everyone is monitored, Jeremy is an ambitious young Listener on the brink of a promotion who suddenly finds his loyalty challenged with the arrival of a new colleague.

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 2011 Dead by Dawn Film Fest among others.

The life and times of a neglected stoplight. Trailer:

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 it in a world where people are too busy to notice it.  Won the Oscar…

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.

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, Sam and Booger must conjure up a different kind of magic. Won Best Short Film…

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 and Standards assigns Hammond to narrate “The Maiden and the Prince” to her and he…

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.

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.

A hit man sees his day go from bad to worse when his principles are put to the test by a 10-year-old kid, an uncooperative housewife and a nosy neighbour.

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 2011 Festival du cinema international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Rouyn-Niranda.

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 Best Short Animated Film at the Traverse Film Festival in Michigan.

German-Jewish athlete Margaret Lambert was barred from competing in Hitler’s 1936 Berlin Olympic Games despite being one of the best high jumpers in the world. At age 102, she tells her story in this documentary about a woman with an indomitable spirit.

The Meeting

SKAnon (Serial Killers Anonymous) members offer support to each other during a meeting, but when a newcomer joins, tension escalates to the breaking point.

This black comedy narrated by George Takei appears to be a children’s story as a squirrel meets various forest animals and helps them with their fears of the unknown, failure, rejection, and death. Won Best Animation at the 2013 LA Shorts Fest among other awards.

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 that Laid the Golden Eggs” is doggy-doo delightful.

On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, an expectant father is torn between witnessing the miracle of childbirth and the miracle of Ireland reaching the quarter finals of the World Cup. Won the Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2017 Jameson Dublin International Film Festival.

In a dark future, the world can look and sound like a paradise with properly tuned ImmerSyst Eyes & Ears, but when the device begins to fail and he needs to find a replacement, a man leaves his young son at home to venture out into a city where violence and danger lurk beneath a…

After the seas have disappeared, a courageous young female pilot fights against vicious sky pirates for control of the last remaining source of water: the clouds. Won Best Animated Short at the 2015 Phoenix Film Festival among other awards. Lucas Martell and Producer Christina Martell will participate in a Q&A. Winner of the 2016 Best…

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, the little orphan learns the skills he will need to survive and provide for himself.

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.

In 1915, an estimated 1.5 million Armenians were killed by the Ottoman Turks in what historians call the first genocide of the 20th century. In 2015, a Turkish woman discovers that her great grandmother was a survivor of the Armenian Genocide. This documentary follows Maya as she goes to Armenia to take part in the…

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.

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. Won the Oscar in 2015 for Best Live Action Short.

An American medic is injured in combat and trapped in no-man’s-land. He is forced to seek shelter in a pit, but he’s not the only one in there.

A small man lives in a suitcase. One day, after his home is repeatedly kicked over by a stranger, he gets his vengeance only to discover his preconceptions were wrong. Won Best Short Film and Children’s Jury Special Mention at the 2017 Montreal International Children’s Film Festival among other awards.

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

The Portrait

When Laura’s daughter Eva chooses her German émigré grandfather as the subject of a portraiture assignment in the final year of her art degree, Laura is forced to revisit family secrets about her father’s wartime past that she’d been trying to forget. Should she tell her daughter what her mother had told her about his…

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.

Jake spends most of his time playing video games until his mom decides to give him a present. Won Best Animated Short at the 2014 Rhode Island Film Festival.  

When three maintenance technicians arrive at the home of Jean and Maria, Jean pulls a gun on them. Is it dementia that’s causing him to act so irrationally?

A band’s mysterious energy blows up amps, short-circuits breakers and starts fires when they play their music. On the eve of their first (and possibly last) show, dare they risk life, limb, and legacy for a chance to play their music? Won Best NH Short Narrative at the 2017 New Hampshire Film Festival.

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.

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.

The Red Valentine

A young couple escapes the Ukraine and settles in Australia during World War II. When their bodies are discovered on the beach, a detective notices discrepancies in their apparent suicides. Won Golden Reel Award at the 2012 Nevada International Film Festival among other awards.

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 Film at the 2010 International Sport Film Festival in Palermo, Italy.

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 his way home? www.nomadosphere.com

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.  Won the Oscar in 2012 for Best Live Action Short.

A hungry grey fox sets out for a morning hunt, hoping to find a tasty rodent snack, but the mouse he finds is no ordinary mouse. Trailer: