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2012 Festival

Packages of yesteryear.

Films in this package

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.

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 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.

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.

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…

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.


On the wrong side of a driveway in a barren yard of dry dirt and dead grass, a dandelion struggles to survive while its fellow weeds wither away and die. Across the concrete lies another yard where the sprinklers spray water and the grass is green. Can the dandelion make the journey to a better…


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.

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.

The Silent Child

Profoundly deaf four-year-old Libby is expected to lip read to understand her hearing family, but it is not until Joanne, a fresh faced social worker, teaches Libby sign language that she learns to communicate. As their relationship blossoms, Libby’s mother begins to question whether Libby should be learning it at all. Nominated for an Academy…

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…

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.

Watu Wote - All of Us

In December 2015, a bus carrying Muslim and Christian passengers loses its police escort, leaving it vulnerable to a terrorist attack by the Al-Shabaab which has been targeting Kenya for almost a decade. An atmosphere of anxiety and mistrust between Muslims and Christians has been growing, and a woman travelling alone fears what might happen…

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

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 young woman works the day shift as a parking lot security guard; a young man works the night shift. Every day they greet each other as one finishes a 12-hour shift and the other begins. Then she notices something and leaves him a note with a timecode written on it. Nominated for an Oscar…

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

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

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

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…

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

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).

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 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

When a zombie virus breaks out in South Korea, a father and his young daughter struggle to survive on the train from Seoul to Busan. Won Best Film at the 2016 Fantasia Film Festival; and Best Director and Best Special Effects at the 2016 Sitges Catalonian International Film Festival, among other awards. Presented with the…

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 ……

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…

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

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 snaking queue line at airport immigration, a man spots a beautiful stranger. Does he dare say something? Express his true feelings aloud? Can so much passion be conveyed any other way than in song?

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?

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.

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.

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).

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 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!

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

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

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

At a support group meeting, the stories being shared are very different from what one expects in the circumstances. Won the Narrative Short Jury Award at the 2015 Austin Film Festival.

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

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.

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

What starts out as a regular day for an ordinary girl is transformed into a beautiful romantic adventure, or so it seems.

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.

A young teacher takes a job at an unusual private school where she soon discovers that the boys have a sinister power over the girls. Won the Grand Jury Award for Best Short Film at the 2015 Fantastic Cinema Festival among other awards.

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.

At a young age, respectful hunters learn to disturb as little as possible. But what’s the price when you break those rules? There will be a Q&A with Chris Beauchamp and Gordie Haakstad after the screening. Winner of the Best Peace Region Short Award.

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.

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.