April 2014 Audience Award Winner

Nashorn im Galopp

Thanks to everyone who attended our last screening. Our Audience Award this time was a bit of a landslide, proving that romance will always have a strong appeal, not to mention very innovative filmmaking techniques! Congratulations to Erik Schmitt and his team. Hopefully by the time the Canadian dollar is exchanged for Euros, you can still get more than a few cups of coffee!

  1. Nashorn im Galopp (Rhino Full Throttle) – 21 votes
  2. More Things/One More Thing – 8 votes
  3. The Missing Scarf – 7 votes
  4. Seasick – 6 votes
  5. Marilyn Myller – 4 votes
  6. Notes on Blindness – 3 votes
  7. Death of an Insect – 2 votes
  8. Supervenus – 2 votes
  9. La inviolabilidad del domicilio… – 1 vote

(54 votes total)

Watch for our next screening in July. 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 Notes on Blindness and Death of an Insect for your enjoyment! Be sure to watch this fascinating making-of for Death of an Insect, too.

Full Program for April 17th Screening

We’re pretty excited to present the lineup for our next screening, our tenth quarterly presentation of the best in Canadian and international short film. For the first time, we’ll have a Q&A between a director and the actor in his films (who also happens to be a Shorts That Are Not Pants subscriber!). We also present a film whose title might be longer than the film itself. And some bugs. And George Takei’s voice. All of that and a whole lot more awaits you in just a few weeks. Please join us!

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



Still from MORE THINGS

MORE THINGS

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2006

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
- Hamlet

  • Official Selection – One Minute Video and Film Festival (Toronto)
  • Official Selection – Video Minuto PopTV (Italy)
  • Toronto Nuit Blanche 2007
  • Official Selection – World One Minute Expo (China, Brazil, Surinam, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, Mozambique)

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:10



Still from SEASICK

SEASICK

Dir: Eva Cvijanovic
Canada – 2012

A meditative exploration of one’s love of the sea, to the soundtrack of traditional Croatian music.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 3:30



Still from THE MISSING SCARF

THE MISSING SCARF

Dir: Eoin Duffy
Ireland – 2013

Albert the Squirrel makes a startling discovery… an empty space where once his favourite scarf lay. He heads off into the forest only to find everyone else is preoccupied with worries of their own. He helps who he can before moving on but never seems to get any closer to his goal. Ultimately, Albert’s problem is put in perspective by the friends he helped and the problems they faced and overcame together. Narrated by George Takei.

  • Best Animated Short – LA Shortsfest
  • Best Animated Short – Galway International Film Fleadh
  • Nominated for Best Short Film – European Film Awards

Duration: 6:30



Still from THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

Dirs: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland – 2010

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die.

This tragic story was constructed using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animation techniques from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3D models of x-ray CT-scanned insects.

  • Best Experimental Short – CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Venice Film Festival

Duration: 7:00



Still from NOTES ON BLINDNESS

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

Dirs: James Spinney and Peter Middleton
UK – 2014

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind.

In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon its publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’

With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival

Duration: 13:00



Still from NASHORN IM GALOPP

NASHORN IM GALOPP (RHINO FULL THROTTLE)

Dir: Erik Schmitt
Germany – 2013

Bruno roams the streets of Berlin with his head full of questions, looking for what’s behind the many facades and surfaces. He is seeking the soul of the city, that little something that others might never notice. He unexpectedly meets an ally.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Shortsfest

Duration: 15:00



Still from SUPERVENUS

SUPERVENUS

Dir: Frédéric Doazan
France – 2013

In real time, a plastic surgeon is creating the new goddess of beauty.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 2:30



Still from DOS CARAS

DOS CARAS (TWO FACE)

Dir: Francisco Bendomir
Argentina – 2013

When Sergio accidentally discovers an old Russian jewel hidden in his girlfriend’s grandmother’s house, he begins planning a heist.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 14:00



Still from MARILYN MYLLER

MARILYN MYLLER

Dir: Mikey Please
UK – 2013

Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayth.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival

Duration: 6:00



Still from LA INVIOLABILIDAD...

LA INVIOLABILIDAD DEL DOMICILIO SE BASA EN EL HOMBRE QUE APARECE EMPUÑANDO UN HACHA EN LA PUERTA DE SU CASA (THE INVIOLABILITY OF THE DOMICILE IS BASED ON THE MAN WHO APPEARS WIELDING AN AXE AT THE DOOR OF HIS HOUSE)

Dir: Alex Piperno
Uruguay/Argentina – 2011

In the garden of a villa in the countryside, a series of transactions are carried out involving a man, a woman and a group of subjects with certain convictions.

  • Official Selection – Semaine de la critique (Cannes)

Duration: 6:30



Still from BLACKOUT

BLACKOUT

Dir: Sharron Mirsky
Canada – 2013

Blackout is a short, animated documentary film in which several storytellers share their experience of the 2003 “Northeast Blackout” which affected much of Ontario, and 7 US states. The unexpected effects on the community highlight the best of humanity under adverse conditions. A variety of direct-animation techniques were used to capture the warmth and spontaneity of the events described.

  • Official Selection – TIFF Student Film Showcase
  • Official Selection – DOK Leipzig
  • Official Selection – Athens Animation Festival

Duration: 4:00



Still from ONE MORE THING

ONE MORE THING

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2013

“I concur, Hamlet, but what will befall us when we run out of DVDs?”
-Horatio

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:20



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Closeup: The Missing Scarf

Poster for The Missing Scarf

The Missing Scarf is part of our April 17th lineup. Get your advance tickets now and we’ll see you there!

It seems only right that on this St. Patrick’s Day we should feature Irish filmmaker Eoin Duffy‘s work. I became familiar with him about a year ago when I saw his beautifully haunting short On Departure. Created in the aftermath of a family tragedy, that film was all at once an expression of grief, an attempt to come to terms with loss, and a tribute to a departed loved one. Not bad for five minutes of very minimalistic animation.

Albert the Squirrel

In his latest film, The Missing Scarf (created directly after On Departure), Duffy continues to deal with the aftermath of the tragedy. In this case, the plotline seems trivial, even silly, but the themes are heavy indeed. Albert the squirrel has misplaced his favourite scarf, and he approaches his other friends in the forest for help in finding it. But each of them has worries of their own, and he never seems to get any closer to finding his scarf. Confronting some of life’s greatest fears, which always seem to grow when life seems uncertain, Duffy makes a powerful statement while again using nothing but simple lines and cartoon-like characters.

The decision to cast George Takei as the narrator is a brilliant one. Takei’s sense of whimsy fits the film’s content perfectly, and I can picture him in the recording booth reading his lines with one eyebrow cheekily raised. The “child’s storybook” style of narration could lull the viewer into thinking this is a much simpler film than it is, but Takei’s presence should tip off the more perceptive audience members.

Eoin Duffy
Filmmaker Eoin Duffy

The film took about 7 months to complete using the open source 3D modelling software Blender 3D. It was funded by the Irish Film Board in conjunction with RTE (Ireland’s national television broadcaster) and the Arts Council of Ireland.

Duffy now lives and works in Vancouver, which makes it even more satisfying for us to be showing his work here in Toronto. Get your ticket and join us on April 17th for The Missing Scarf and more.