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Shorts Programs

Indigenous Shorts

Nuxalk Radio

Banchi Hanuse | BC, Canada | 4 min
A day in the life of 91.1, Nuxalk Radio, a radio station built to help keep the Nuxalkmc language alive, broadcasting the laws of the lands and waters.

 

Kapaemahu

Hinaleimoana Wong-Kalu, Dean Hamer, Joe Wilson | USA | 8 min
Kapaemahu reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach – and the legendary transgender spirits within them.

 

êmîcêtôcêt – Many Bloodlines

Theola Ross | Manitoba, Canada | 11 min
In a relationship, two women decide that the white partner will carry her partner’s Indigenous child.

 

Finding the Balance

Steve Sxwithul’txw | BC, Canada | 15 min
First Nations on southern Vancouver Island are working to protect their territorial waters, these young divers are leading the way… Finding the Balance

 

Invasion: The Unist’ot’en’s Fight for Sovereignty

Michael Toledano, Sam Vinal | BC, Canada | 18 min
In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is verité cinematic experience about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous peoples.

Animate Me

Grab My Hand: A Letter to My Dad

Camrus Johnson, Pedro Piccinini | USA | 5 min
A personal story of grief, those we look up to, and how the interactions we may deem insignificant may play a huge part in how we live our lives

 

The Great Malaise

Catherine Lepage | Canada | 5 min
A young woman describes herself and her life in glowing terms, but the visual narrative tells a different story: with heart-rending power it illustrates the heavy burden of anxiety carried by this worried overachiever.

 

Altötting

Andreas Hykade | Canada | 11 min
“You know, when I was a boy, I fell in love with the Virgin Mary. It happened in a little Bavarian town called Altötting.” Mesmerizing, haunting, and deeply personal, Altötting is a coming-of-age story about love, faith, mortality, and shattered illusions.

 

Song Sparrow

Farzaneh Omidvarnia | Denmark | 12 min
Song Sparrow is about immigration. People of different color and race and culture, old and young, embark on journeys, eager to find some place they can call home, or just some place they can live in.

 

I, Barnabé

Jean-François Lévesque | Canada | 15 min
Barnabé can’t take it anymore! Tormented by doubt and feelings of inner emptiness, he questions the fundamentals of his existence; drunk with misery, he defies the skies above.

Local Local

Sombrio Surf

Tara-Lee Novak | Victoria | 4 min
Sombrio Beach on Vancouver Island made headlines in the late ‘90s when its community of squatters were evicted. But the 13 years that Leah Oke spent surfing daily at Sombrio, solidified her future as one of Canada’s pioneers in cold-water surfing. She would go on to overcome unthinkable tragedy and become an inspiration to female surfers across the country.

 

Follow My Brain | with Cam Webster

Robyn Thomas, Naomi Devine & Tamara Plush | Victoria | 13 min
What would you do if one day you could no longer trust your reality – especially as a young boxer? For Cam Webster, it was a punch in the gut. But like any good fighter, he gets back up again.

 

Ohrwurm (Earwig)

Connor Gaston | Victoria | 14 min
An ex-Stasi informant, holed up in her apartment, has her world upended when her estranged son arrives to give her a birthday present.

Presented By:

Directors Guild of Canada

Things We Do For Love

The Animated

Jereme Watt | BC, Canada | 3 min
A man’s wife passes away and he can’t bear to part with her.

 

BKS

Alexa-Jeanne Dubé I Canada | 10 min
The portrait of a breakup told through ASMR.

 

A Piece of Cake

The Bragg Brothers | USA | 12 min
When a desperate father discovers his daughter’s favourite cake decoration is illegal, he descends into a confectionery black market. Now he must make the ultimate parenting choice: break a birthday promise or break the law?

 

Little French Fish

Eva Lanska | United Kingdom | 13 min
Lea is an artist from an Eastern European Jewish family. Djamil is а young man from the Middle East. They accidentally meet in Paris and fall in love. Their story is filled with passion, romance, and profound tenderness, but it cannot last long as they choose family traditions over their own happiness.

 

DANIEL

Claire van Beek | New Zealand | 19 min
A young novice at an isolated convent is confronted with the sudden desire to explore her sexual self in the wake of meeting a blue-tongued lizard. DANIEL is a religious erotic drama set in rural New Zealand.

Mix & Match

Earthfall

Simone Hooymans | Norway | 7 min
In this experimental animation made of hand-made ink drawings, artist Simone Hooymans explores the transforming powers of crisis. Landscapes, cityscapes and abstract shapes are moving slowly, while growing into an avalanche threatening to destroy everything in its way.

 

8 ¾

Shawn Cheatham | USA | 10 min
Armed with a formidable knowledge of Italian cinema, an irrepressible eight-year-old boy helps his grandfather recover from a catastrophic loss.

 

Short Calf Muscle

Victoria Warmerdam | Netherlands | 13 min
Short Calf Muscle is an absurdist black comedy about Anders. And Anders is different. But he doesn’t know that. Yes, he’s also gay, but that’s not the point here. There is also this thing that others see but he doesn’t.

 

A New Leash On Life

Daniel Jeffery | BC, Canada | 12 min
After one too many rage-filled outbursts, a magical talking dog named Basketball must talk his owner, Frank, out of having him put down.

 

We Don’t Choose How

Natasha Waugh | Ireland | 16 min
A homeless artist struggles with a tragic loss, and uses his talent to overcome his grief.