Short of the Week

Canada

Documentary about Life & Society in Animation
Canadian Anijam / 8 min / Canada / 2014

15 of Canada’s most acclaimed independent animators reflect on one day of their lives using only 4×6 inch yellow sticky notes, a black pen and their animation skills.

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Brooks Reynolds / 17 min / Canada / 2014

Four friends are about to leave the safe confines of their small town in pursuit of their dreams, but one young man plans on staying and won’t let them go without a fight.

Dramedy about Friendship in Live-Action
Darren Kaliciak, Matt Sadowski / 11 min / Canada / 2014

An exceptionally grumpy employee at the Family Fun Centre may get closer to finding love and happiness after he’s befriended by a precocious 6-year-old.

Drama about Sexuality in Live-Action
Simonee Chichester / 8 min / Canada / 2014

A love triangle is complicated by penis captivus, an urban legend where an entangled couple cannot physically separate themselves.

Sci-Fi about Conspiracy in Special FX
Anthony Scott Burns / 10 min / Canada / 2014

While a small-town sheriff investigates a mysterious multiple murder scene, a brilliant young software engineer is bizarrely linked to the crime–and to a much bigger conspiracy.

Drama about Perseverence in Live-Action
Stephen Dunn / 13 min / Canada / 2013

On the eve of her thirteenth birthday, Esther Weary must come to terms with the realities of becoming a woman through her clueless grandfather and his pet pug.

Experimental about Identity in Multi-Media
Jonathan Caouette / 14 min / Canada / 2013

Jonathan Caouette creates a mysterious experimental film about red eyes and Chloe Sevigny making scary faces.

Experimental about Life & Society in Live-Action
Denis Villeneuve / 12 min / Canada / 2013

During an opulent and luxurious banquet, complete with cavalier servers and valets, eleven pampered guests participate in what appears to be a ritualistic gastronomic carnage. In this absurd and grotesque universe, an unexpected sequence of events undermines the endless symphony of abundance.

Drama about Loss in Live-Action
Linsey Stewart, Dane Clark / 8 min / Canada / 2013

A couple is determined to plant a tree in the middle of winter following the loss of their child.

Experimental about Life & Society in

CURRENTLY OFFLINE—In a story that plays out entirely on a teenager’s computer screen, Noah follows its eponymous protagonist as his relationship takes a rapid turn for the worse in this fascinating study of behaviour (and romance) in the internet age. NSFW

Drama about Love in Live-Action
Patrick Lo / 9 min / Canada / 2013

Hannah questions her boyfriend’s intention behind an “arbitrary” dinner invitation.

Drama about Family in Live-Action
Ian Harnarine / 16 min / Canada / 2013

In rural Trinidad, Dhani struggles to support himself and his mother by selling doubles (Trinidad’s quintessential street food). When his estranged father returns from Canada unexpectedly, Dhani must decide if he will help save his father’s life despite their strained relationship.

Drama about Love in Animation
Jonathan Ng / 7 min / Canada / 2013

In this “crouching love, hidden breakup” story, inspired by 50′s Shanghai water ink animation & kung fu films, themes of distance, tradition, art and longing dominate a telephonic conversation.

Sci-Fi about Corruption in Special FX
Adam Marisett / 8 min / Canada / 2013

When an old childhood friend tracks him down, Quinn is confronted with the dilemma of choosing to remain idle in a city run by the corrupt Coreley Corporation or finally finish the war he never wanted to be a part of. A viral prelude to a planned TV series

Sci-Fi about Crime in Special FX
Marcus Alqueres / 9 min / Canada / 2013

A mysterious vigilante takes to the skies to rid a city of crime

Comedy about Growth in Live-Action
Spencer Maybee / 17 min / Canada / 2013

On the brink of wedlock, Shane gets a 7-seat wedding gift that drives him to risk his marriage in order to save his true love.

Poem about Abuse in Multi-Media
Collaborative / 8 min / Canada / 2013

An internet collaborative project, animators and motion artists brought their unique styles to 20 second segments of a Shane Koyczan poem in order to speak out against bullying.

Thriller about The End in Live-Action
Matthew Nayman / 5 min / Canada / 2012

Steven couldn’t see how his day could get any worse. That’s because he’s looking the wrong way.

Romance about Love in Live-Action

On a cold winter’s night, Lynn’s quest for a one night stand is complicated when the guy she goes home with lives two hours away via public transit.

Dark Comedy about Sexuality in Live-Action
Jamie Travis / 22 min / Canada / 2012

Aaron sings in choir, watches soap operas and sleeps with the nightlight on. Can hypnosis solve the mystery of his missing friend?

Experimental about Corruption in 3D Animation
Louis Lefebvre / 7 min / Canada / 2012

Symbolic remix of the world’s modern travesties rendered with an incredible level of polish by a new Canadian animation studio.

Satire about Illness in Animation
Claude Cloutier / 9 min / Canada / 2012

Nothing and no one can wake Princess Betty in this playful riff on fairytale conventions.

Documentary about Nature in Interactive
Jeremy Mendes, Leanne Allison / 20 min / Canada / 2012

The life of a grizzly in a Canadian national park from the perspective of data points and surveillance cameras presents a fascinating look at what it means to be wild in this interactive film from the NFB.

Documentary about Family in Interactive
Kaitlin Jones / 12 min / Canada / 2011

A sister fondly remembers growing up with her brother as she struggles to deal with his deployment to Afghanistan in this interactive film from the NFB.

Adventure about Other Worlds in Flash Animation
Mike Roberts / 6 min / Canada / 2011

A man takes a ride through the afterlife with four rockabilly musicians in this rich animation featuring music by The Sadies.