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Expanding Our Reach

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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!

Thursday June 21: Short Waves Festival Travelling Programme

This month we’re proud to present the travelling programme from Poland’s Short Waves Festival. In partnership with Ekran, Toronto’s Polish film festival, we’ll be presenting five award-winning short films from Poland, a country with a storied history of filmmaking, including such luminary directors as Andrzej Wajda, Krzysztof Kieślowski, Roman Polanski, and Agnieszka Holland.

Thursday June 21st at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks – $5 tall cans courtesy of Woodhouse Brewing Co.)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)

Short Waves Festival
Ekran Polish Film Festival


Still from VOLTA

VOLTA

Dirs: Monika Kotecka, Karolina Poryzała
Poland – 2017

Zuzia (12) has been training vaulting for two years and has an extraordinary role topping the acrobatic pyramid. She is a “flyer” lifted by the stronger and more experienced vaulters. Another intensive season begins. During the training sessions it becomes apparent that the girl has lost some of her grace and lightness. At first the coach blames the lifters but they admit that Zuzia is now too big to lift. It becomes clear that she is “just growing” and her role is given to a younger girl.

Duration: 14:00


Still from HEIMAT (HOME)

HEIMAT (HOME)

Dir: Eli Buchwald
Poland – 2017

Five members of a rather peculiar family meet at the police station. Three grown-up children have to testify against the man who beat up their father.

Duration: 24:00


Still from DREGS

DREGS

Dir: Kordian Kądziela
Poland – 2017

Beata is a telephone fortune teller and she’s advising thousands in her work. Her life changes drastically when one of her readings almost leads to a tragedy.

Duration: 28:00


Still from NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

NOTHING NEW UNDER THE SUN

Dir: Damian Kocur
Poland – 2017

Michal lives in the country and works at a cattle farm. At the end of the day, he comes back home, has dinner and rests. Every day in his life is the same. One day, a girl he met on the Internet visits him.

Duration: 25:00


Still from THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

THE WIZARD OF THE U.S.

Dir: Balbina Bruszewska
Poland – 2017

Social satire based on the story by L. Frank Baum. A mysterious tornado grabs Dorothy and takes her to an unusual place. She follows the yellow brick road to the wizard who will surely make her dreams come true.

Duration: 23:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thursday February 22: Recent Irish Shorts

Our first curated monthly screening is a partnership with the Toronto Irish Film Festival, which unspools its 8th edition from March 2-4th at the TIFF Bell Lightbox. Festival co-director John Galway joins us to introduce their 2018 lineup and to present some great recent Irish short films. Lower prices will be in effect and all tickets must be bought at the Carlton box office. Special thanks to Network Ireland Television, the Irish Film Board, and Eibh Collins for their generous help in assembling this programme.

Thursday February 22nd at 7:00pm
(but meet us at 6:00pm in the lobby for pre-screening drinks and craic!)
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from Boogaloo & Graham

BOOGALOO & GRAHAM

Dir: Michael Lennox
UK – 2014

Jamesy and Malachy are over the moon when their soft-hearted dad presents them with two baby chicks to care for. Raising their tiny charges, declaring themselves vegetarian and dreaming of running a chicken farm, the two boys are in for a shock when their parents announce that big changes are coming to the family.

Duration: 14:00


Still from Strangers in the Night

STRANGERS IN THE NIGHT

Dir: Conor McMahon
Ireland – 2015

Two lonely people find the love that they were searching for. Well, one lonely person and one banshee.

Duration: 12:00


Still from The Nation Holds Its Breath

THE NATION HOLDS ITS BREATH

Dir: Kev Cahill
Ireland – 2016

On the day of the most important football match in Irish history, a young father-to-be is torn between a) standing at his wife’s side to hold her hand and witness the miracle of childbirth, or b) witnessing the miracle of the national team reaching the quarter-finals of the World Cup.

Duration: 20:00


Still from Noreen

NOREEN

Dir: Domhnall Gleeson
Ireland – 2011

Two policemen learn life lessons on a house-call in rural Ireland. Frank is young and heartbroken. Con is middle-aged and weary. They’re both alone. They’re both idiots. Written and directed by Domhnall Gleeson, and starring his brother Brian Gleeson and father Brendan Gleeson.

Duration: 18:00


Still from Analogue People in a Digital Age

ANALOGUE PEOPLE IN A DIGITAL AGE

Dirs: Keith Walsh and Jill Beardsworth
Ireland – 2013

On the day that Ireland’s analogue television network is replaced by a digital signal, eight men in a bar battle to survive in the new world, the TV in the corner a harbinger of this technological future

Duration: 13:00


Still from Breakfast Wine

BREAKFAST WINE

Dir: Ian FitzGibbon
Ireland – 2013

They say it takes just three alcoholics to keep a small bar running in a country town, but what if you’ve only got two? Starring Dylan Moran (Black Books).

Duration: 12:00


Tickets available online or at the Carlton box office ($10 adults, $7 seniors). Facebook RSVP here!

Thank You Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury Publishing

A special thank you to Tanya Leet from Bloomsbury Publishing in New York for supplying some selections from the excellent 33⅓ series as giveaways for our July 18 screening. These have always been among my favourite books about music, with each writer given free reign to write in any way about their chosen LP. The series has its own excellent web site where you can find out more about the whole series. If you’re a fan of Talking Heads, Neutral Milk Hotel, Richard and Linda Thompson, or Pixies, you’ll want to read these.

As an added bonus, the entire series of books has just been added to the iTunes store, and until July 2nd, each title is just $4.99. Have a look!

33.3 Books

Come out on July 18th for your chance to win one of these fine volumes. Advance tickets are on sale now.