October 2016 Audience Award Winner

Still from POP MUSIC
Still from STEMS

Thanks to everyone who attended last night. It was a small but passionate audience, and one of the closest races ever for our Audience Award. Congratulations to both Ainslie Henderson (Stems) and Patrick Muhlberger (Pop Music), whose films tied for the Audience Award prize!

  1. Pop Music – 4 votes
  2. Stems – 4 votes
  3. Her Friend Adam – 3 votes
  4. Lucy In My Eyes – 3 votes
  5. Roksana – 1 vote

(15 votes total)

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Full Program for October 13 Screening

Hoping to add one more film before next week, but wanted to get the rest of the lineup out there today. Thanks for your patience!

We’re wrapping up our FIFTH great season next week and we’d love it if you could join us. We’ll have at least one of the filmmakers present for a post-screening Q&A, and after that, we’ll be walking over to Lou Dawg’s Southern BBQ (76 Gerrard St. E.) for food, beverages, and post-screening conversation. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday October 13th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from ROKSANA


Dir: Shaina Pakravan
USA – 2016

Roksana, a young Iranian-American twentysomething with obsessive-compulsive tendencies, nervously prepares to meet her suitor and his family for the first time.

Duration: 5:00



Dir: Ben Petrie
Canada – 2016

A boyfriend’s jealous impulse spirals out of control in 16 minutes of romantic doom.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 16:00

Still from LUCY IN MY EYES


Dir: Megan Park
Canada – 2016

On the eve of her wedding, Lucy has a conversation with her six year old self.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Austin Film Festival

Duration: 11:00

Still from POP MUSIC


Dir: Patrick Muhlberger
USA – 2016

Trevor’s been helping his niece prepare a dance for her middle school crush. But when the DJ doesn’t play the correct song, Trevor grabs his samurai sword and decides to confront him. What ensues is an all night trek across suburbia in a tale of love, loss, and freak dancing.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Short of the Week
  • Staff Pick – Vimeo

Duration: 15:30

Still from STEMS


Dir: Ainslie Henderson
UK – 2015

Making puppet making make music.

  • Official Selection – TIFF Kids Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Fantasia Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Edinburgh International Film Festival

Duration: 2:30


Dirs: Fanny Liatard and Jeremy Trouilh
France – 2016

Ghislaine dances on the roof, Kamel makes himself look smart, and Salomon lies to his brother. Their three stories recount an entire high-rise block, a Republic of Enchanters.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Special Jury Prize – Festival Côté Court

Duration: 13:00

Show us your shorts and we’ll show you ours! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Encounters 2016: Day 5

Fish Head DJs

Director of Programming James McNally is attending this year’s Encounters Short Film and Animation Festival from September 20th to 25th.

My plan for today was to attend some or all of the special European Film Awards shorts screenings, but I got a late start and they all sold out. So purely by chance, I decided to attend the 1:00pm Depict! screening. Depict! has been a part of Encounters since 1998 and is a dedicated competition for super short films. Limited to 90 seconds or less, these films have to tell a story in just a tiny slice of time, and I was extremely impressed with the shortlisted films. Among my favourites was the Roy Andersson-esque Living by Ben Mankin, and Thomas Lucas’ hilarious and accomplished Death in Space, which packed more laughs into 40 seconds than most comedy features. I’m definitely excited about trying to show a few of these films at future Shorts That Are Not Pants screenings.

Living, by Ben Mankin

Death in Space, by Thomas Lucas

Later I got to meet up with my friend Katie Baldock, whom I met at Sundance. She lives and works in London, but is originally from Bristol, so she was taking the opportunity to visit Encounters and her parents at the same time. After our drink together, there was just time for me to sneak home for a nap, which I considered essential preparation for the rest of the evening.

Earlier, I’d finally introduced myself to festival director Rich Warren, and obtained a coveted ticket to the invite-only Awards Ceremony at 7:00pm. It was great to be in the audience as more than 20 awards were handed out. And I ended up sitting next to Alison Sterling, a film producer who serves on the festival’s board of directors. Among the many highlights of the presentation was Latvian-Swiss animator Anete Melece, whose film Analysis Paralysis won the Grand Prix Award for Animation. Her bubbly personality couldn’t contain itself as she almost danced off the stage with her award. I was also delighted that Brady Hood’s Sweet Maddie Stone won the Live Action Grand Prix Award.

The closing night party began directly afterwards, with a glass of prosecco being offered to us almost as soon as we left the cinema. I’m very glad that I stayed, since I got to speak with a lot of people I hadn’t previously met, including animation programmer Kieran Argo, Watershed programme coordinator Clare Leczycki, and several more filmmakers and animators. And as you’ll notice from the photo above, the DJs were wearing fish heads, so that was also something.