July 2014 Audience Award Winner

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Thanks to everyone who attended last night. Our Audience Award this time was extremely close, and in fact it’s the first time we’ve had a TIE! I am very happy to see that the local films topped the vote!

  1. The Runner – 7 votes
  2. Mean Teddies – 7 votes
  3. Never Stop Cycling – 6 votes
  4. The Way of the Dodo – 4 votes
  5. Perfect Drug – 4 votes
  6. Behind the Curtain – 2 votes
  7. Cólera – 1 vote

(31 votes total)

Habana wasn’t eligible for our Audience Award because we paid a screening fee to show it.

Watch for our next screening in October. More news here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

P.S. Some of the films we showed last night are available to watch (again) online. I’ll add the links in the previous post, too, but here are The Way of the Dodo, The Standoff, The Runner, Never Stop Cycling, and Cólera for your enjoyment! Be sure to watch this fascinating making-of for Cólera, too.

Full Program for July 17 Screening

It’s summertime and there are lots of great things going on in our city, which is why we’ve assembled another killer lineup of short films to tempt you inside. It doesn’t hurt that the Carlton Cinemas are both air-conditioned and fully licensed. Please join us!

Thursday July 17 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)



Dir: Liam Saint-Pierre
UK – 2013

The Way of the Dodo follows Umit, a colourful East London shopkeeper, as he fights to keep his passion alive, in the face of an ever-changing digital world.

  • Official Selection – Sheffield Doc/Fest
  • Official Selection – Southend-on-Sea Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Edinburgh Short Film Festival

Duration: 7:00

Still from Behind the Curtain


Dir: Teemu Nikki
Finland – 2013

School audition in the ’80s. Mikko has been training very hard, but singing in front of an audience is not easy. It might be easier from behind the curtain.

  • Diploma of Merit (Youth Jury) – Tampere International Short Film Festival

Duration: 7:00

Still from The Standoff


Dir: John Alden Milne
Canada – 2011

Ryan and Cindy have begun to take each other for granted. When tempers flare over a forgotten sandwich, a true showdown emerges where the laundry is left in a heap and the tourtiere is left to rot on the counter.

A humorous look at love, loathing and egg salad sandwiches.

  • Best in Shorts – Cinefest Sudbury

Duration: 10:00

Still from The Runner


Dir: John Alden Milne
Canada – 2012

After the death of his father, Jim vows to fulfill the conditions of his will.

  • Best in Shorts – Cinefest Sudbury

Duration: 6:30

Still from Mean Teddies


Dir: Tyler Novo
Canada – 2014

Faced with the unfortunate inevitability of his future, a teddy bear must make the decision to stay and fight or to step aside and let a creature take his boy. Director Tyler Novo is a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s famed animation programme.

  • World Premiere

Duration: 2:30

Still from Never Stop Cycling


Dir: Colin Lepper
Canada – 2014

In order for Ed to continue his comfortable, routine life, he must make the journey into a strange living world. Director Colin Lepper is a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s famed animation programme.

Duration: 3:30

Still from Cólera


Dir: Aritz Moreno
Spain – 2013

The residents of an isolated village take justice into their own hands.

  • Official Selection – Austin Film Festival
  • Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Duration: 6:30

Still from Habana


Dir: Edouard Salier
France – 2014

Havana is occupied by foreign forces and on the edge of civil war. Lazaro, a kid from the slums, walks us through his streets and reveals the chaos that has taken over the capital.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 22:00

Still from Perfect Drug


Dir: Toon Aerts
Belgium – 2012

Misha, Yumiko and Chinatsu are sitting in a parked car in front of a strange motel. In the backseat they have a huge number of test tubes filled with different substances. It’s clear that their attempted burglary didn’t go as planned… While Yumiko tries to calm down their Albanian boss Hassan on the phone, Misha can’t resist it any longer. He opens up a test tube and drinks it to the last drop, causing some extraordinary effects.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 13:30

Join us as we continue our third season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are $10, door tickets are $12, and subscriptions are just $35 for the rest of the year (and they include admission to our July 27th “Secret Screening,” too.

ICFF Co-presentation: Italian Short Films

Update: We’re very sorry to announce that this screening has been cancelled. Please do check out the ICFF site to see what other great programming the festival has in store.

Here at Shorts That Are Not Pants, we love showing shorts from around the world and are thrilled to be co-presenting a program of Italian shorts with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF). To our friends at ICFF, grazie mille for inviting us to co-present!

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The program is united by its focus on the lives of Italians, but is varied just as much as their own personal struggles and successes. Genres include everything from documentary to narrative drama and comedy. The descriptions below were provided by the programmers and IMDb.

Eppure io l’amavo (To Think I Loved Him!)
Director: Cristina Puccinelli | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

A librarian betrayed and abandoned by her boyfriend tries to take revenge without success. Her actions become a catastrophe that will make her feel worse. After several attempts to rescue, she looks up a word in the dictionary to understand what’s going on. She finds forgiveness, which will lead her to also search for the meaning of love: hers no longer exists. She just has to let go. This is the story of the end of a love affair, a non-romantic comedy.


Ad esempio (For Example)
Director: Silvio Governi | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

Embittered by his critical financial condition, an honest family man decides to take part in a bank robbery, but when he gets to the bank the morning after, he finds his wife and son among the clients.


Gabbie (Cages)
Director: Gianni Cardillo | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

Giammarco, a former construction worker who is now paraplegic, becomes an actor. The doctor who had treated him at the Spinal Unit of Cagliari, convinces him to hold a mock conference on Security, posing as a doctor. The goal of the doctor is to cause a shock to the public that, very reluctantly, is forced (by the law) to follow classes on Security. 


Cambiamenti (Changes)
Director: Giuliano Capozzi | Italy 2014 | 9 mins

Michael is a young lawyer at the service of organized crime. He is called by the neighborhood boss to a private meeting, which has as its subject the murder of his brother. The meeting will take unexpected implications.

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Gli immacolati (The Immaculates)
Director: Ronny Trocker | France 2013 | 13 mins

December 2011, in a town in northern Italy, a young man returns home as he does every evening. He parks his car and discovers his 16-year-old sister in tears in front of their house. She tells him that two young Romani guys have brutally raped her. The young man immediately goes in search of the attackers but cannot find them. The neighbourhood organizes a solidarity march in view of the event. The tension begins to rise…


La mela fossa (The Red Apple)
Director: Giovanni Princigalli | Italy/Canada 2014 | 20 mins

A love between two Romanian Gypsy kids who live in a camp on the outskirts in southern Italy (Puglia). Vitalis arrived from Romania. On his first day at school, Vitalis gets taken there by Giuly. During his first day of school Vitalis is the victim of an act of racism. Giuly and Vitalis play with their real names, as they relive and recite their daily. This film together with a documentary filmed in the same community will soon be published as a book and DVD set with support from Teca del Mediteranneo and the Guarantor of Children’s rights at the Council of the Region of Puglia.


Il museo chiude quando l’autore è stanco (The Museum Closes When the Author is Tired)
Director: Paolo Buatti | Italy 2013 | 23 mins

In this documentary Fausto Delle Chiaie tells about his artistic and personal philosophy. He creates his artworks with improvised performances born on raw materials. His living sculptures involve not only himself but also the unaware passerby. The “Open Air Museum” is a walk into trashed and recycled objects seen through social criticism as paradox. Delle Chiaie has carved out his career in Rome, a city always analyzed and contemplated in his artworks. A special point of view on art described by the experience of an unusual artist.


ICFF’s presentation of Italian Short films screens on June 15th at 10:30 am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Visit the ICFF website to learn more about this program. General tickets are available for $13.60 and student tickets are $11.30. Hope to see you there!