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Full Program for January 17 Screening

Christmas has come early! I’m happy to announce our full program for January 17, 2013. I am delighted to begin our second year of screening the best Canadian and international shorts with a very strong selection from Canada, Ireland and the UK. If you like what you see, why not save some money and get your advance tickets now?

Still from Mixtape


Dir: Luke Snellin
United Kingdom – 2009

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

  • Grand Prize – Virgin Media Shorts Competition
  • Nominated – British Association of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA)

Duration: 2:00

Still from Dear Scavengers


Dir: Aaron Phelan
Canada – 2012

The eccentric owner of a used-appliance store is driven nearly mad by an unending stream of tween girls entering his shop in search of a clue for their scavenger hunt.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 9:00

Still from Chef de meute (Herd Leader)


Dir: Chloé 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.

  • Official Selection – Canada’s Top Ten
  • Official Selection (Competition) – Cannes Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Short Film Festival

Duration: 12:30

Still from Long Branch


Dir: 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.

  • Best Live Action Short – Calgary International Film Festival
  • Best Short – Canadian Film Festival

Duration: 14:00

Still from Noreen


Dir: Domhnall Gleeson
Ireland – 2010

Two rural Irish cops find a body during a routine house call. Things are complicated by the fact that they are idiots. Starring Brendan Gleeson and directed and written by his son Domhnall. Oh, and very very funny.

  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Short Film Festival
  • Winner, Best Short – Galway Film Fleadh
  • Official Selection – Toronto Irish Film Festival

Duration: 18:00

Still from Disco


Dir: Luke Snellin
United Kingdom – 2010

July. 1997. The height of summer. England. Oasis reach number one with ‘D’you Know What I Mean’. Tony Blair has moved his stuff into Downing Street. Meanwhile Danny is trying to tell a girl named Pippa that he likes her. On this Friday we follow Danny through miscommunication, gossip, and a love triangle between Danny, Pippa and his best friend Greg. A follow-up from the director (and star) of Mixtape.

  • Official Selection – London Short Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Special co-presentation with Toronto Animation Arts Festival International (TAAFI)
Toronto Animation Arts Festival International

Still from Requiem for Romance


Dir: Jonathan Ng
Canada – 2012

A modern-day couple’s secret love affair comes to a bittersweet end during an evening phone call. Cell phone static creates distance between them as they anguish over details of their relationship. But the visuals of the film reveal something entirely different: the epic re-imagining of their relationship set in feudal China, where family influence, cultural pressures and their lust for adventure makes more sense.

  • Canadian ShortWork Award – Whistler Film Festival
  • Animasian Award – Reel Asian Film Festival

Duration: 8:00

So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets and join us! (Did I mention that tickets make a great holiday gift? You know, if you can’t make a mixtape…)

First Films Announced for January 17

If you follow us on Twitter or Facebook, you’ll know a few of these by now, but I wanted to officially announce the first batch of films screening at our January 17, 2013 edition. We’ll be back at the Carlton Cinemas, and advance tickets ($8) are already on sale. See you in the new year!

Still from Noreen

Noreen (Ireland, 2010, Director: Domhnall Gleeson, 18 minutes)

Actor/writer/director Domhnall Gleeson (True Grit, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows) directs his father Brendan and uncle Brian in this gleefully madcap tale of two rural Irish cops who find a body during a routine house call. Young Frank is dealing with a recent heartbreak, while older Con is middle-aged and weary. What they have in common is that they’re both idiots. If you liked Brendan Gleeson in The Guard, you’ll love this.

Still from Long Branch

Long Branch (Canada, 2011, Directors: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart, 13 minutes)

The scenario of Long Branch seems like a great concept for one of those “punch line” shorts: a young woman’s quest for a one night stand is complicated when the guy she goes home with lives two hours away by public transit. But the film movingly transcends its humorous premise to find genuine romance.

(excerpted from my full review over at Short of the Week)

I saw the next two at this year’s TIFF, so I’ve just copied my reviews from my post at Toronto Screen Shots.

Dear Scavengers

Dear Scavengers (Canada, 2012, Director: Aaron Phelan, 9 minutes)

Pitch perfect casting and just the right amount of sympathy for its cantankerous main character make this one a winner. Hrant Alianak (Pontypool) plays Hector, the owner of a used-appliance store who’s used to a certain amount of solitude. When a seemingly unending stream of tween girls enter his shop in search of a clue for their scavenger hunt, it leads to a hilarious clash of generations and personalities.

Chef de meute (Herd Leader)

Chef de meute (Herd Leader) (Canada, 2012, Director: Chloe Robichaud, 13 minutes)

In this comedy, the humour is dark indeed. When Clara’s spinster aunt dies suddenly, her family suggest she take in the older woman’s pug, since, as a single woman herself, she has time to take care of it. When even the dog seems to boss her around, she turns to a dog trainer for help. In a hilarious sendup of “The Dog Whisperer,” he encourages her to be more assertive. It’s a lesson she takes to her pushy family members. Ève Duranceau plays the put-upon Clara to neurotic perfection, and the pug turns in a pretty impressive performance, too.