Full Program for October 23 Screening

It seems hard to believe, but we’re wrapping up our third season this month! Come on out on October 23rd for another great selection of short films. We’ll even have some details about our new and improved subscription package for 2015! Please join us!

Thursday October 23 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from Stewart


Dir: Cathy Allen
Australia – 2014

The whimsical tale of an unlikely bromance between a young man and an abandoned shopping cart.

  • World Premiere

Duration: 7:30

Still from La Lampe au Beurre de Yak (Butter Lamp)


Dir: Hu Wei
France/China – 2013

A young itinerant photographer and his assistant offer to photograph some Tibetan nomads in front of various backgrounds.

  • Golden Firebird Award – Hong Kong International Film Festival
  • Grand Prix, National Competition – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Jury Prize – Raindance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sundance film Festival

Duration: 16:00

Still from Frida and Dingwall Talk About Love


Dir: Amika Cooper
Canada – 2014

Two creatures explore their relationship and reflect honestly on the connection they share. No fluff, no romance, just love.

  • Achievement in Animation, Critics’ Choice, Audience Choice Awards – Toronto Youth Shorts Festival

Duration: 4:30

Still from Satellite Beach


Dir: Luke Wilson, Andrew Wilson
USA – 2014

Satellite Beach follows the unique journey of the Endeavour space shuttle as it travels through the streets of Los Angeles to the California Science Center and the final move of the Atlantis space shuttle to the Kennedy Space Center. Watch as Warren Flowers, a devoted and unlikely shuttle manager navigates the missions on his own accord while citizens, reporters, and officials are perplexed by his involvement.

  • Best Short – Knoxville Film and Music Festival

Duration: 26:00

Still from Spamorama


Dir: Mondo Ghulam
UK – 2014

The Internet hits back when spam becomes spurned for our dubious hero Cedric. Lampooning the scourge of inboxes the world over, Cedric and his video game-obsessed pal Godric learn a painful lesson.

Duration: 2:00

Still from Ghost Train


Dir: James Fleming, Kelly Hucker
Australia – 2014

Eighty-four-year-old Geoffrey has had to put his wife in a nursing home and feels completely alone until one day he chances upon a ghost train and takes a ride into Dracula’s. Inside this macabre cabaret-theatre restaurant, Geoff becomes captivated by the lead vampire in the show—a young actress named Gillian—and the two begin an unlikely friendship. As Gillian brings Geoff deeper into her world, Geoff also draws her further into his. Ghost Train is a documentary about the many forms of love and finding life in unexpected places.

  • Best Short Documentary – Hot Docs
  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Still from Sabotage


Dir: Robin Regault
Canada – 2014

A young couple are driven to face what the moving images are doing to them.

Duration: 2:30

Still from Drôle de Guerre (Phoney War)


Dir: Simon Panay
France – 2014

As his ill mother is brought to the hospital, young Matis must stay at his grumpy and introverted grandfather’s house. To escape boredom and loneliness, he decides to play with some of his grandfather’s belongings: an old gun, and a French Resistance medal.

  • Canadian Premiere

Duration: 13:00

Help us wrap up our third season strongly! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are $10, and door tickets are $12. And, by the way, 2015 subscriptions are already on sale!

TIFF 2014 Expands Shorts Programming

As the largest film festival in our city, TIFF really leads the way when it comes to smart programming. So we were happy to hear that for the first time in their history, the festival was adding a programme of international shorts to the their always-excellent Short Cuts Canada selection of Canadian shorts. Magali Simard and Alex Rogalski make the Canadian selections, while Kathleen McInnis (of Palm Springs Shortfest) and Shane Smith join Magali in picking the international slate. Now that both lineups have been announced, here are a few highlights:

Still from An Apartment

Directors: Sarah Galea-Davis | Canada 2014 | 17:00

After a long bout of unemployment, 55-year-old Paul is forced to move in with his brother. As he faces a job market that has no time for him, the life he is trying to reclaim keeps receding. An incisive and merciless character study of a man in transition. What his life will become is uncertain and a happy outcome isn’t guaranteed.

Still from Day 40

DAY 40
Director: Sol Friedman | Canada 2014 | 6:00

In this animated retelling of the Noah’s Ark story, various unholy activities fill the great ship, as the animals discover the darker side of their nature. Sol Friedman’s previous short Beasts of the Real World (2013) was also selected to show at TIFF, while Junko’s Shamisen (2010) picked up awards at both Toronto After Dark and Reel Asian. Check out the naughty trailer!

Still from Mynarski Death Plummet

Directors: Matthew Rankin | Canada 2014 | 8:00

Reminiscent of Guy Maddin’s The Heart of the World in its use of early propaganda film techniques, Mynarski Death Plummet portrays the final moments of World War II airman Andrew Mynarksi, whose bomber is shot down in 1944. TIFF calls it “a heritage minute on acid.” Check out the trailer.

Still from A Tomb with a View

Director: Ryan Noth | Canada 2014 | 7:00

Santos, Brazil is the home of the world’s tallest vertical cemetery. The superintendent of this high-rise is Pepe Altuistut, who shows us that since our way of living has changed, so must the way we house those no longer living.

Still from Boogaloo and Graham

Director: Michael Lennox | UK (Northern Ireland) 2014 | 14:00

In 1970s Belfast, Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted Dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for, but the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Still from everything & everything & everything

Director: Alberto Roldan | USA 2014 | 15:00

The oppressively vapid life of Morgan is forever transformed when a mystical blue pyramid — that inexplicably produces doorknobs — appears in his apartment. What follows is a Charlie Kaufman-esque tale of greed and loss as Morgan builds an impossible, absurd corporate empire of doorknobs. See the trailer.

Still from Seven Boats

Director: Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark/Iceland 2014 | 10:00

In a single, black-and-white 360-degree shot that traverses seven boats surrounding a man lost at sea, director Hlynur Pálmason crafts a simple yet potent statement about mankind’s struggle to survive.

Still from Tatuapé Mahal Tower

Directors: Carolina Markowicz, Fernanda Salloum | Brazil 2014 | 10:00

An existential drama set in a scale model-sized São Paulo, this animated short follows Javier Juarez Garcia, who abandons his tiresome job with a residential tower developer and makes a life-changing decision — but even the new possibilities he discovers are not enough to wipe out his desire for revenge against those who have betrayed him. The teaser looks fascinating.

Of course, these are just a handful of the selections. Check out the full Short Cuts Canada and Short Cuts International programmes on the TIFF site. And a big thank you to TIFF for permission to use all of the images from the films. Since our next screening isn’t until October, why not show the big film festival in town that you support short films and short filmmakers!

July 2014 Audience Award Winner

Poster for The RunnerPoster for Mean Teddies

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.