Best of the Fest (2019)

2019 Festival

Sat, May 11 @ 9:00 pm - GPLT; Mon, May 13 @ 7:30 pm - GPLT

Presented by Big Country and the Sandman Hotel.
This package includes the winners of the juried awards for Best Live Action Short, Best Animated Short, and Best Documentary Short, as well as the top audience favorites including the Audience Choice Award winner and Youth Audience Choice winner. These films provide a diverse cross section of the festival’s programming.

Films in this package

Set in Argentina in 1960, this true crime documentary follows the story of secret agent Zvi Aharoni as he hunts down one of the highest ranking Nazi war criminals on the run. Won Best Animated Short at the 2018 Cleveland International Film Festival and Best Documentary Short as well as Audience Award Best Short Film…

Souad realizes how lucky she is to be hired at a classy beauty salon right after passing her beautician diploma, especially with a young son to support, but there is a problem with the name tag she’s expected to wear. Should she risk her job by saying something? Won the Best Live Action 15+ Minutes…

A friendship develops between two children, one in 1918, the other in 2018, who discover that they can magically communicate across time through messages in a bottle. Won the Youth Audience Choice Award at the 2019 Reel Shorts Film Festival.

A young woman works for her father in his butcher shop while studying for her beauty therapy diploma. Her exam is in three days and she must find a hairy model who she can demonstrate her skills on in order to pass the test.

The Blue Door

A district nurse is assigned a new patient living alone in a dilapidated bungalow. The nurse soon discovers that her dying patient, and the home she inhabits, are hiding a dark secret. Won the Mora Award for Best Mini-Short Film at the 2018 Terror in the Bay Film Festival. Won the Audience Choice Award and…

A community for retired entertainers in Vancouver is shocked to learn of the death of a beloved jazz singer who was a resident of their building. Won Best Documentary Short at the 2019 Reel Shorts Film Festival.