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FREE Screening on January 11, 2018

2018 will launch our SEVENTH season, and we’ve got big news. Our January screening will be FREE and a collection of greatest hits from the past six seasons. We’ve got lots of other news to share with you soon, but don’t miss out on a chance to catch up on films you missed, enjoy some favourites again, or best of all, introduce a friend to the magic of short film. These tickets will go fast so please RSVP right away! There’s a strong possibility that there will be no door tickets at all available for this screening, and you really don’t want to miss out.

Thursday January 11th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Still from The Cub


Dir: Riley Stearns
USA – 2012

Everyone knows that wolves make the best parents. Right?

Since we premiered The Cub in 2012, the film went on to play at the Sundance Film Festival in 2013. Riley wrote and directed his feature debut, Faults, in 2014. His next feature, The Art of Self-Defense, will be released in 2018.

Duration: 5:00

Still from Interesting Ball


Dirs: Daniel Kwon and Daniel Scheinert (DANIELS)
USA – 2014

A red ball bounces past a café and a couple of folks’ houses and then goes to the beach.

Since we screened Interesting Ball in 2015, the Daniels have written and directed their feature debut Swiss Army Man, which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.

Duration: 13:00

Still from Belly


Dir: Julia Pott
UK – 2011

I can feel you in my belly.

Since we screened Belly in 2013, Julia directed the short film Summer Camp Island (2016), which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. She is currently developing it into a series for The Cartoon Network.

Duration: 8:00

Still from O Negative


Dir: Steven McCarthy
Canada – 2015

A young woman and the man who cares for her race to find shelter in a roadside motel so they can feed her addiction, in this intriguing, wordless story about desire and dependency.

After screening with us in October 2015, O Negative was named to Canada’s Top Ten. Writer/director/actor Steven McCarthy has gone on to co-write and act in TIFF 2017 short film selection We Forgot to Break Up. Actor Alyx Melone just completed her first film as director/writer/actor, Talking Heads, which was produced by McCarthy.

Duration: 14:00

Still from Day 40

DAY 40

Dir: Sol Friedman
Canada – 2014

“The story of Noah’s Ark has rarely been told from the animals’ perspective. In this darkly comic, animated account, the assorted fauna reveal their decidedly unholy natures as the water rises.” – Alex Rogalski, TIFF

After Day 40, Sol Friedman released the short films Bacon and God’s Wrath in 2015, and Stephen Hawking Knows the Future in 2017.

Duration: 6:00

Still from Premiere Automne


Dirs: Aude Danset and Carlos Carvalho
France – 2013

Abel lives in the winter and Apolline lives in the summer. Isolated in their “natures,” they have never met. They are not even supposed to meet. So when Abel crosses the border and discovers Apolline, his curiosity is overwhelming. Their encounter soon becomes more complicated than they could imagine. Both of them will have to learn compromise to protect the other.

Since we screened Premier Automne in July 2013, Aude Danset has made another short film in a similar style, called Mishimasaiko (2016). Carlos de Carvalho directed and wrote the short film Nothing Else But Water (2014) and is the art director for upcoming animated feature Pachamama, to be released in 2018.

Duration: 10:30

Still from Mixtape


Dir: Luke Snellin
UK – 2012

Mixtape is a short short about making a mixtape for that special someone.

In addition to Mixtape, we also showed Luke’s short Disco in January 2013. Since then, he’s been busy, working on a feature called The Wanderers and one based on John Green’s novel Let It Snow. He’s also directing a Netflix/BBC series called Wanderlust, starring Toni Collette.

Duration: 2:00

Still from Long Branch


Dirs: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
Canada – 2012

On a cold winter’s night, a woman’s quest for a one-night stand is complicated when the guy she goes home with lives two hours away by public transit.

Since Long Branch, Dane and Linsey went on to write and direct their first feature film, I Put a Hit on You (2014), a television series, The Commute (2016), and another short, Bickford Park (2017).

Duration: 14:00

Chef de meute (Herd Leader)


Dir: Chloe Robichaud
Canada – 2012

Clara’s overwhelming family can’t understand her solitary life, wishing she would find someone to grow old with. Following her aunt’s sudden death, Clara is put in charge of her pet. Little does she know that these are the first steps to an unlikely, but empowering, friendship.

Chloe Robichaud has gone on since directing Chef de Meute to direct two features, Sarah Prefers to Run (2013) and Pays (2016) and has written and directed episodes of the television series Féminin/Féminin.

Duration: 13:00

Still from Foxes


Dir: Lorcan Finnegan
Ireland – 2012

Ellen and James live alone in a silent maze of uniform houses populated only by spectral shrieking foxes. James commutes to and from work each day, leaving in the morning, returning at dusk. Ellen spends her time photographing the foxes. Her pastime becomes an obsession. An obsession that alienates James. One day she flees the house, vanishing into the endless rows of overgrown gardens…

After Foxes, Lorcan went on to write and direct his feature debut Without Name, which had its world premiere at TIFF in 2016.

Duration: 15:30

Celebrate six seasons and help us kick off our biggest year ever! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are also FREE, and door tickets may very well not be available. So get your advance tickets right away!

October 2017 Audience Award Winner

Still from A LOVE STORY
Still from POLLYANNA

Thanks to everyone who attended on Thursday night. For the first time ever, we had a three-way tie for the Audience Award. Congratulations to Julien Lasseur (Last Call Lenny), Anushka Naanayakara (A Love Story), and Roman Gubin (Pollyanna).

  1. Last Call Lenny – 4 votes
  2. A Love Story – 4 votes
  3. Pollyanna – 4 votes
  4. Woman with an Editing Bench – 2 votes
  5. Urban Audio Spectrum – 2 votes
  6. Wishing Box – 1 vote
  7. Prelude – 1 vote

(18 votes total)

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Full Program for October 12 Screening

Our sixth great season wraps with a selection of award winners from this summer’s Scruffy City Film and Music Festival in Knoxville, Tennessee. Oh, and one local gem, too. We’d love it if you could join us!

P.S. We have a pair of tickets to give away courtesy of imagineNATIVE to their LOVE STORIES shorts program on Saturday October 21st at 5:45pm. One raffle ticket free with admission. Others are just $1 each!

Thursday October 12th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)





Dir: Julien Lasseur
USA – 2016

Lenny Upton combines euthanasia with his used furniture business to provide suicide assistance to melancholy customers with a death wish. Armed with a briefcase full of weapons and an eye for antiques, he custom designs a personalized death experience for his one-time clients. All sales are final in this short film that takes a darkly comic evaluation of the value of life and used furniture.

  • Best Narrative Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 12:30



Still from PRELUDE


Dir: Isaiah Stratton
USA – 2016

With the help of an intuitive therapist and the love of a woman that he does not remember, a damaged musician fights through the loss of his memory.

  • Audience Award, Short Film – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 10:00





Dir: Griselda San Martin
Spain – 2016

The Other Side is the story of deported musician Jose Marquez and his daughter Susanna who have been separated for almost 15 years but meet every month on either side of the US-Mexico border wall.

  • Best Documentary Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 6:00



Still from CHANGE


Dir: Isaac Kerlow
Singapore – 2016

Constant change is a natural part of Earth’s life, and its interconnected systems can easily adapt to slow change. But the natural balance gets disrupted when changes happen rapidly. Our growth and prosperity are changing Planet Earth, and some of those changes may be forever.

  • Best Animated Short – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 5:15



Still from A LOVE STORY


Dir: Anushka Naanayakara
UK – 2016

A powerful tale about love faced with darkness.

  • Best Student Film – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival
  • BAFTA Award – Short Animation

Duration: 7:00



Still from WISHING BOX


Dir: Lizzie Zhang
USA – 2016

The pirate Derek and his monkey sidekick, after years of sailing the high seas, finally find a treasure chest, a magic box that makes wishes come true.

  • Best Director – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 5:30



Still from SILENCE


Dir: Dejan Mrkic
Australia – 2016

A sensuous portrait of a young musician who begins to tackle the fragility of her own identity when her hearing starts to fade into a seemingly muted existence. NOTE: Contains nudity and sexual content.

  • Best Actress, Best Sound Design – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 14:30





Dir: Karen Pearlman
Australia – 2016

Inspired by the woman who edited Man with a Movie Camera (1929), Woman with an Editing Bench reveals the personal impact of Stalin’s censorship of cinema on a woman navigating politics, bureaucracy and the impetuous outbursts of collaborators to create something beautiful despite the odds.

  • Best Editor – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 15:00





Dir: Marina Schnider
Germany – 2016

An audio visualization through manipulation and animation of video recordings in the city of Berlin.

  • Best Music Video – Scruffy City Film and Music Festival

Duration: 4:00



Still from POLLYANNA


Dir: Roman Gubin
Canada – 2017

A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.

Duration: 1:30



It’s time to celebrate six seasons! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂