Here it is! Our brand new festival trailer! Special thanks to Nathan Boone for helping us put this together. I hope it makes you excited for this year’s festival. Speaking of which, Early Bird passes are now on sale. Both All-Access (In-person + virtual) and Virtual Passes are available, and they’re at their lowest prices until we announce the full lineup, probably in about two weeks. So what are you waiting for?
Join us on Thursday September 29th at 7pm at the Women’s Art Association of Canada (23 Prince Arthur Avenue) as we share details of our 2022 festival, returning from November 18-27. There will be a few selections screened, along with our new festival trailer. You will be able to buy merchandise and also to pick up your festival passes at an exclusive Early Bird rate. There will be FREE food and drink, and it will be so good to be together again with other shorts lovers. Tickets are FREE but capacity is limited, so don’t wait. We are also asking all attendees to wear a mask except while eating or drinking.
Hello, shorts lovers! I’m excited to reveal our 2022 festival poster, once again designed by Jacob Rolfe. Jacob is an illustrator and screen-printer living in Cherry Hill, Nova Scotia, where he has a home studio. When not in there, he sometimes acts as Ricky’s son-in-law on the TV show Trailer Park Boys. You can see lots more at his Instagram: @floating.world.studio.
Watch out for our postcards again this year! And if you’re able to help distribute some in the GTA, please get in touch!
Did you know our call for entries is now open? We’d love to see your short films under 20 minutes in any of these categories: narrative, documentary, or animation. Our Early Bird deadline is May 31 and that means that fees are the lowest they’re going to be, so hurry up and submit!
Our fourth annual festival was held last month, virtually once again across Canada. I’m so grateful to our staff, volunteers, audience, and especially to our filmmakers, and I want to recognize those films awarded by our juries and audience. Thank you to all our jury members for their hard work and for lending us their expertise. Congratulations to these filmmakers but also to all the rest of the filmmakers who allowed us to share their work during the festival.
Toronto Canada enjoyed watching your films and we can’t wait to see what you’re working on next!
Award Winners 2021
Best Narrative Short
Dir: Tomasz Wolski
Jury statement: “The jury was really impressed by the film’s skilful execution, authentic performances, and ability to bring something fresh to the single-take format by emphasizing the interwoven nature of our lives. By bookending the narrative with a child’s innocent view of these events, the film generates unexpected layers of complexity. It sparks audience conversations by shining a light on how thes characters are wrapped up in their own perspectives and unable to acknowledge what connects them.”
Best Documentary Short
Since You Arrived My Heart Stopped Belonging To Me
Dir: Erin Semine Kökdil
Jury statement: “The jury’s decision for the winning film is testament to Mothers’ enduring love as well as their unwavering and unselfish strength. Emotional and heartbreaking, this documentary gives insight into Latin America’s socio-political corridors that have ramifications for families of the most vulnerable.”
Special Mention Joe Buffalo
Dir: Amar Chebib
Jury statement: “The documentary that the jury unanimously feels exemplifies Gandhi’s axiom of being the change one wants to see in society. Topical and heartwarming all at once, it speaks of not just overcoming your personal traumas, but being a beacon of learning and self preservation for future generations.”
Best Animated Short
Love Is Just A Death Away
Dir: Bára Anna Stejskalová
Jury statement: “For being so unique and innovative and imaginative, and also gross, but beautiful at the same time. We’re so excited to see what this filmmaker does next.”
Special Mention: To The Last Drop
Dir: Simon Schnellman
Jury statement: “For telling such a deep and powerful story in such a simple and entertaining way.”
Best Canadian Short
Dir: Amar Chebib
Festival Director statement: “This award is given in memory of Anthony Turk McCourt. Tony was a close family friend of mine while I was growing up, and I’m pleased to have his memory associated with excellence in Canadian filmmaking. Joe Buffalo is a devastating but hopeful portrait of an indigenous man who suffered through the trauma of the residential school system, but who emerged from years of addiction and homelessness through his dedication to skateboarding and the community he found there.”
Dir: Pablo de la Chica
Festival Director statement: “This wonderful film shines a light on the work of the brave and compassionate Mama Zawaldi and her colleagues at the Lwiro Primates Rehabilitation Centre in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Her loving and tireless service helping baby chimpanzees recover from trauma made a strong impression on all of us who saw the film.”