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.

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.