Festival 2019: November 15-16

Hey film lovers and filmmakers! Our second annual festival of Canadian and international short films will take place on Friday November 15 and Saturday November 16 at the Bachir/Yerex Presentation Space at 401 Richmond Street West. Passes are ON SALE NOW and we would love to see you there!

Our submissions are open until October 4th with prices increasing after September 13th. Click the big button to the right to submit your work!

El regreso: Thursday August 22, 2019

El regreso

Way back in October 2013, we presented our first (and so far, only) themed lineup. El ataque de los cineastas españoles was so great, we brought it back again in January 2014, and now we’re bringing it back again, five years later! These shorts, made between 2003 and 2012, are so weird and (to me, at least) so funny that I think everyone should see them. We’ll be screening at the newly-restored Grand Gerrard Theatre on Gerrard Street East at Jones Avenue. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 (cash only) and we’ll have some cool giveaways, too.

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Still from Los Reyes Magos

LOS REYES MAGOS

Dir: Alberto González Vázquez
Spain – 2011

Santa Claus exists. At least he better exist!

Duration: 3:30


Still from Mi Amigo Invisible

MI AMIGO INVISIBLE (MY INVISIBLE FRIEND)

Dir: Pablo Larcuen
Spain – 2010

Tomas is so shy he can’t even ask his parents to pass the salt. Will the appearance of a strange new friend help him overcome his fear of speaking out?

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Short Film – Los Angeles Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from Elefante

ELEFANTE (ELEPHANT)

Dir: Pablo Larcuen
Spain – 2012

Manuel is stuck in a monotonous job, has only one friend whom he cannot stand, and his family despises him. Everything will change when the doctor diagnoses him with a rare disease – Manuel is going to turn into an elephant.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Short Film – Sitges Film Festival

Duration: 9:00


Still from El fin del mundo

EL FIN DEL MUNDO (THE END OF THE WORLD)

Dir: Alberto González Vázquez
Spain – 2010

“My fellow Americans, six months ago I was made aware of a situation so devastating that at first, I refused to believe it…”

Duration: 3:30


Still from El ataque de los robots de Nebulosa-5

EL ATAQUE DE LOS ROBOTS DE NEBULOSA-5 (THE ATTACK OF THE ROBOTS FROM NEBULA-5)

Dir: Chema García Ibarra
Spain – 2008

Almost everyone is going to die very soon.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Chicago International Film Festival

Duration: 6:30


Still from Protoparticulas

PROTOPARTÍCULAS

Dir: Chema García Ibarra
Spain – 2009

The experiment was a success: protomatter exists.

  • Official Selection – Ann Arbor International Film Festival

Duration: 7:30


Still from Sinceridad

SINCERIDAD (SINCERITY)

Dir: Alberto González Vázquez
Spain – 2011

The situation is very difficult. You know that, don’t you?

Duration: 3:00


Still from La ruta natural

LA RUTA NATURAL (THE NATURAL ROUTE)

Dir: Alex Pastor
Spain – 2004

Soon a man will find out that his destiny is already written and that he can’t do anything to change it.

  • Winner, Short Filmmaking Award – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 11:00


Still from Ensayo sobre la ceguera

ENSAYO SOBRE LA CEGUERA (ESSAY ON BLINDNESS)

Dir: Alberto González Vázquez
Spain – 2010

Despite losing his sight, Pablo leads a completely normal life.

Duration: 3:30


Still from 7:35 en la manana

7:35 DE LA MAÑANA (7:35 IN THE MORNING)

Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
Spain – 2003

A woman enters a restaurant one morning – only to be met with silence instead of people talking.

  • Nominated, Best Short Film, Live Action – Academy Awards
  • Nominated, Best Short Film – European Film Awards

Duration: 7:30


Still from Domingo

DOMINGO (SUNDAY)

Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
Spain – 2007

A couple on a picnic are witness to the greatest event in human history and attempt to document it for posterity.

Duration: 3:45


Still from Marisa

MARISA

Dir: Nacho Vigalondo
Spain – 2009

Every woman is Marisa, but Marisa is only one. A love story about the vagaries of time and space.

Duration: 4:00


Still from Sospechoso

SOSPECHOSO (SUSPECT)

Dir: Alberto González Vázquez
Spain – 2011

Two policeman question a strange man they found in the woods, while waiting for their new Captain to show up.

Duration: 1:15

Expanding Our Reach

Shortfilmdepot logo
Festhome logo

We love FilmFreeway. We were one of the first festivals to use this (Canadian!) film submission platform when it launched, and we continue to rely on it for quality film submissions. But we were finding that we weren’t receiving as many non-English language films as we’d like. After conducting a bit of research, we’ve decided to expand our reach by accepting films on two other submission platforms:

  1. Shortfilmdepot was created by the people behind the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, the biggest short film festival in the world. Their truly international selection is an inspiration and so we’re confident that we’ll receive films from lots of new places this year.
  2. Festhome is based in Spain and has a good reach in Latin America as well. Some of our favourite short films come from Spain and we’ve been sorely lacking in representing work from the rest of the Spanish-speaking world, so we’re hoping this will remedy that situation.

Though we’ve been quiet lately, there is a lot of work going on behind the scenes, including researching new venues and partnerships. Stay tuned for more news, and if you haven’t yet signed up for our newsletter, consider taking that step. Just wait for the pop up subscription form.

Short Com Festival Offers Fee Waiver

Short Com International Comedy Film Festival

Recently I was contacted by Chris Aitken, Creative Director of Short Com, an excellent UK-based festival focussed on comedy shorts. He’s graciously offered a fee waiver for any filmmaker who reads our blog, Twitter, or Facebook posts. Here’s what he has to say:

Short Com is a highly regarded short comedy film festival that has taken place in some of the UK’s leading cities over the past several years; Manchester, London, Edinburgh and Glasgow. We at Short Com believe comedy is one of the least appreciated art forms yet one of the most difficult and it is part of our mission to promote emerging talent. The first thing we look in a film is its capacity to make an audience laugh, ahead of whether it’s been filmed in 4k. Our festival relaunch takes place in Edinburgh during the world’s largest arts festivals. We are delighted to team up with Shorts That Are Not Pants who like us, have their heart in the right place when it comes to short film festivals and being a friend to the filmmaking community. To find out more about Short Com and how to submit, please visit our festival page.

We look forward to hearing from you,

Chris Aitken. Short Com Creative Director

If you’re interested in submitting to Short Com, use the special code SHORTCOMSNOTPANTS because yeah, Short Com is definitely not pants!

February 2019 Audience Award Winner

Still from BENEATH THE INK

Thanks to everyone who attended last night. There were a few different audience favourites, but congratulations to Cy Dodson (Beneath the Ink), whose film took the Audience Award prize!

  1. Beneath the Ink – 5 votes
  2. Caroline – 3 votes
  3. Fast Horse – 3 votes
  4. Brotherhood – 1 vote

(12 votes total)

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