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Seed & Spark Workshops

Seed & Spark

We’re very pleased to be partnering with Seed & Spark this year to offer two virtual workshops to filmmakers. With the highest crowdfunding success rate in the world for movies and shows and loads of free resources, tools and education, Seed & Spark exists to help pioneering storytellers take control of their creative careers. These one-hour workshops are FREE and open to all.

Crowdfunding To Build Independence

Looking to build a sustainable creative career that will last long after your campaign ends? Join us in the Crowdfunding to Build Independence workshop to learn key strategies for audience building.

Monday November 14, 4pm EST

Register for FREE

Art of the Pitch

Wondering how to pitch your project to the people who will help get it off the ground? Join us for The Art of the Pitch workshop to learn the various conditions for pitching during your creative career.

Monday November 21, 4pm EST

Register for FREE

A Message

Black and Indigenous Voices Matter

As awful as some of the images on the news have been lately, we are encouraged by the outpouring of righteous anger and the desire for constructive change. But the events that incited the protests have been happening for many many years, both here in Canada and around the world, and things won’t change overnight. It’s hard to know what to say, or what to do, especially as a small arts organization. But we are committed to sharing the stories of underrepresented communities and to supporting other organizations who do so. Meanwhile, we acknowledge our need to listen and to learn and to always do better.

Some organizations that we support that could use your help:

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!

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


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)


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


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



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



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!