Céline Roustan / Toronto

As 2017 comes to an end, I wrap my first year at Short of the Week. What a year since Jason welcomed me to the team — first as an intern, then a few months later as a full person. I used to be a short film aficionado but after multiplying my consumption by at least ten, and with brand new curation glasses on, I can only say one thing – short films ROCK! They are a legitimate form, and should not be treated simply as a proof of concept. Should a short film be successful and turn into an even greater bigger project (Frankie Shaw’s SMILF) GREAT, but somehow I feel used when the initial motive is not simply to be an amazing short film!

This year, I liked how shorts incorporated technology and social media – aka the crazy/scary way they have taken over our IRL lives. Ultimately, I’m a sucker for great writing showcased by amazing performances. My 2017 top 10 definitely reflects that, as for my top pick, I got to watch Andrew Fitzgerald’s I Know You From Somewhere early in January 2017 as I was watching a great amount of content. Still it stood out and eleven months later was still with me. Props to Rob Savage for making me like a genre I usually do not pay much attention to with Dawn of the Deaf.

My wish for 2018 is to see more of Neon’s initiative pairing a short film with a feature length film when released in theaters. Like they did with 5 Films About Technology introducing alum Nacho Vigalongo’s Colossal. Despite my unconditional love for Olaf, I have to admit that he did not help, but that kind of pairing is one of the things I really like from film festivals.

Celine’s Top 10 Shorts of 2017

Dark Comedy Andrew Fitzgerald

I Know You From Somewhere

A young woman incurs the wrath of the internet after inadvertently becoming a viral sensation.

Dark Comedy Tamar Glezerman


When a woman gets dumped by her girlfriend at a fast food joint, she finds herself too sad to go home and just stays there for a week

Horror Rob Savage

Dawn of the Deaf

When a strange sound wipes out the hearing population, a small group of Deaf people must band together to survive.

Dark Comedy Nils Vleugels

Hellingproef (Clutch Control)

A driving instructor's infatuation with his student leads him into a tight spot he might not be able to back out of

Comedy Kevin Lim

Whispers Among Wolves

Every Wednesday, an alcoholic CEO and her PA sit down to business. But tonight, old wounds will reopen and their co-dependency will come under scrutiny.

Dark Comedy Gillian Wallace Horvat


A nice guy (Anton Yelchin) discovers his dark side when his girlfriend (Kate Lyn Sheil) reveals her secret weakness.

Romance Fernanda Frick

Here's The Plan

A married cat-dog couple of cupcake bakers dream of opening their own bakery. One day their oven breaks and they have to postpone their dream in order to earn money and replace it. Somewhere down the line, they drift apart from their dream and from themselves.

Dark Comedy Alexandre Dostie


In the summer of 1996, life throws a curveball in the face of Keven Guenette… And it strikes. Guided by his paraplegic baseball coach, Keven discovers the mutation, sex and love.

Comedy David Nicolas & 2 Others

Black Holes

A satirical animated series pilot about space conquest, the meaning of life and proctology. It chronicles the journey of Dave The Astronaut and his partner, an intelligent melon, as they embark on the first ever human mission to Mars.

Comedy Peter Huang

5 Films About Technology

Five satirical vignettes showcase the dumber side of modern technology. (North American Exclusive)