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Full Program for July 13 Screening

Our sixth great season continues with a lineup that contains our shortest film ever (just 40 seconds long!) amongst a generous selection of animated films. We’d love it if you could join us!

P.S. We have great raffle prizes courtesy of Mongrel Media. One raffle ticket free with admission. Others are just $1 each!

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


Still from PUSSY

PUSSY

Dir: Renata Gasiorowska
Poland – 2016

A young woman is spending the evening alone at home, and decides to engage in some sweet solo pleasure. But not everything goes according to plan.

  • Official Selection – Glasgow Short Film Festival

Duration: 8:00


Still from MUTANTS

MUTANTS

Dir: Alexandre Dostie
Canada – 2016

In the summer of 1996, life throws a curveball at Keven Guénette, and it hits him squarely in the face.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Winner – Canadian Screen Award

Duration: 16:30


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MAGIC MUSHROOMS

Dir: Sean Wainsteim
Canada – 2017

After an awkward teenage boy and his crush switch bodies after taking mushrooms, he discovers that attraction is more complicated than he thought. Magic Mushrooms is an unexpected, wry reflection on gender identity and coming-of-age sexuality.

  • Official Selection – Canadian Film Festival

Duration: 8:00


Still from SWEET MADDIE STONE

SWEET MADDIE STONE – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Brady Hood
UK – 2016

Maddie Stone rules her school yard under the protection of her family name. But after discovering her notorious father has been arrested, she has to make his bail money or lose the yard.

  • Official Selection – Encounters Film Festival

Duration: 24:00


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HOW LONG, NOT LONG

Dir: Uri Kranot, Michelle Kranot
Denmark – 2016

A visual journey that challenges us to think about a universal belonging that doesn’t confine itself to a city, region or national boundary, in an age in which xenophobia, nationalism and intolerance are a daily occurrence.

  • Official Selection – Encounters Film Festival

Duration: 5:00


Still from LOVE

LOVE

Dir: Reka Bucsi
France/Hungary – 2016

LOVE is a short film describing affection in three different chapters, through an impact on a distant solar system. Abstract haiku-like situations reveal the change in atmosphere on one planet, caused by the change of gravity and light. This pulsing planet makes the inhabitants become one with each other in various ways.

  • Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Ottawa International Animation Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from DEATH IN SPACE

DEATH IN SPACE

Dir: Tom Lucas
UK – 2016

WARNING: When in space there are many ways in which to meet an untimely end…

  • Official Selection – Encounters Film Festival

Duration: 0:40


Still from METER MAID

METER MAID – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

Dir: Aaron Setton
Canada – 2017

A self-appointed parking bylaw enforcement agent gives out homemade parking tickets to his neighbours. Things escalate quickly when one of his neighbours decides to ticket him back.

Duration: 7:00


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UMBRA

Dir: Brenna Baines
Canada – 2017

A sentient shadow awakes to find brightly lit fireflies in his personal space. When Umbra discovers he can eat their light–and that it makes him bigger and stronger–he eats as much light as he can find in their valley. As the world gets darker, and Umbra more powerful, the fireflies try to stop him from taking them all into total darkness. A student film from the 2D Animation Programme at Seneca College.

Duration: 6:00


It’s definitely shorts weather again, so let’s see your knees! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

Full Program for April 13 Screening

Spring is here (maybe) and we’ve got a great lineup of (mostly) funny films to brighten your April. We’d love it if you could join us!

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


Still from ANIME

ANIME

Dir: Arnaud Brisebois
Canada – 2016

We showed Arnaud Brisebois’ first short film Trotteur way back in April 2012, so it’s a pleasure to welcome him back in 2017. Anime follows two young people through a post-apocalyptic cityscape as they scavenge for food and shelter. Brisebois’ sense of visual style is stronger than ever.

Duration: 12:00


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THE COMMITTEE

Dirs: Gunhild Enger and Jenni Toivoniemi
Norway/Finland/Sweden – 2016

Three delegates from Sweden, Norway and Finland are gathered in Lapland to decide on an art piece, which is to be placed where the three borders meet geographically. But the committee is in for a surprise.

  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


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SECOND TO NONE – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Vincent Gallagher
Ireland – 2016

Frederick Butterfield is tired of always being runner up. When he becomes the world’s second oldest person, he hatches a plan to claim first place.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


Still from TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

TEN METER TOWER (HOPPTORNET)

Dirs: Axel Danielson and Maximilien Van Aertryck
Sweden – 2016

A ten meter diving tower. People who have never been up there before have to choose whether to jump or climb down.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 16:00


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AUDIBLE STATIC

Dir: Sai Selvarajan
USA – 2016

Thaddeus is a teenager in love. Love comes with panic. Silence. Racing thoughts, but no words. Just, audible static. In the last days of analogue, Thaddeus finds a way to cheat the system.

Duration: 11:00


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3-WAY (NOT CALLING)

Dir: Molly McGlynn
Canada – 2016

A couple decide to spice up their sex life with a threesome. Now where can they find the willing third?

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 11:00


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A BRIEF HISTORY OF PRINCESS X

Dir: Gabriel Abrantes
France/Portugal/UK – 2016

A supercharged history of sculptor Constantin Brancusi’s infamous “Princess X,” a futuristic bronze phallus that is actually a bust portrait of Napoleon’s equally infamous great grand niece, Marie Bonaparte.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Locarno Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


It just might be shorts weather again, so we’ll show you ours if you’ll show us yours! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) just $10, and door tickets are only $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

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

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


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HER FRIEND ADAM

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


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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


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POP MUSIC – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

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

STEMS – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

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


Still from THE REPUBLIC OF ENCHANTERS
THE REPUBLIC OF ENCHANTERS

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? 🙂

Full Program for April 16 Screening

Spring is here, so join us for some short films. You might even be able to wear shorts! We’ll even have t-shirts, tote bags, and subscription packages available for sale! Please join us!

Thursday April 16 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from Kneel Through The Dark

KNEEL THROUGH THE DARK

Dir: James Batley
UK – 2013

Shot on Super-8 by self-taught filmmaker James Batley, this experimental film is inspired by the occult rituals of Aleister Crowley. Gus Van Sant called it “cool.”

  • Official Selection – Cannes Film Festival

Duration: 8:00


Still from De Honger (The Hunger)

DE HONGER (THE HUNGER)

Dir: Benoit de Clerck
Belgium – 2014

Wednesday, the 29th of May, 1963. A boy goes out to play in the dunes. His game is disrupted harshly when he makes a discovery in between the sand and grass. This encounter will permanently alter his life and can only be remembered in secrecy.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from En Retour (In Return)

EN RETOUR (IN RETURN)

Dir: Benjamin Wacksmann
France – 2013

Middle-aged Jean-Marc invites the much younger Simon for dinner in his Paris apartment. After an initially warm meeting, they discover each other’s expectations, leading to an escalating tension throughout the evening…

Duration: 18:00


Still from Rehovot

REHOVOT

Dir: Sofia Gutman
Israel – 2014

In the sunlit town named Rehovot, a father and his daughter spend a day together. When night falls the girl is confronted with her parent’s violent past. She dives into a world of images and frightening memories.

Duration: 8:30


Still from Mouse-X

MOUSE-X – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Justin Tagg
UK – 2013

Anderson wakes in a building with no idea where he is or how he got there. Slowly he discovers that in the rooms around him are a thousand clones of himself, all of whom woke into the same mysterious scenario.

Duration: 15:00


Still from Memorable Moi (Remember Me)

MEMORABLE MOI (REMEMBER ME)

Dir: Jean-Francois Asselin
Canada – 2013

Mathieu seeks all ways to attract attention to himself. It is a matter of survival: you think of me so I am.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Join us as we celebrate the arrival of spring! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And, by the way, 2015 subscriptions are still on sale at a reduced price! Get all your 2015 shorts in advance!

Interview: Hu Wei (Butter Lamp)

Director Hu Wei (Butter Lamp)

UPDATE (January 15, 2015): Butter Lamp has been nominated for an Academy Award in the category of Best Live-Action Short. Best of luck to Hu Wei and the rest of his team!

One of the most impressive short films I saw during my visit to the Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival last January was Hu Wei’s La lampe au beurre de yak (Butter Lamp). In fact, I wasn’t the only one impressed; the film won the Grand Prix. I was tremendously pleased, therefore, to be able to bring it to Shorts That Are Not Pants this past October. The film has scooped up a slew of other awards as well, and it seems destined to become a short film classic. Director Hu Wei graciously answered a few questions about the film recently.

Where did the idea for the film come from?

The idea has existed for a long time, but it was not until 2008 at the FIAC Paris when I saw Michael Nash’s photograph “Warsaw 1946,” that I finally decided to write the script. In this photograph, a photographer uses a backdrop with some rural scenery to mask the war ruins while shooting a portrait for a woman, in Warsaw in November of 1946. This differentiation of space presented in one photograph has really impressed me and I think that is sort of a common agreement between Western culture and Eastern. After that I finished the screenplay of Butter Lamp.

Where was the film shot?

In the Tibetan region, in Sichuan, China.

Is the film a documentary, or was some of it scripted?

This film is entirely scripted.

The use of perspective is very clever in the film – we see only what the camera lens sees. What were the reasons for this?

We are unable to perceive the complete world; not even in reality. I wish to create a relatively enclosed space in the film; every one of the backdrops represents a Utopia of some sort. I was trying to construct a “happy” atmosphere at the beginning of the film; as time goes by and each of the backdrop unfolds, and till we are brought back to the real world, the difference between the dream worlds and the reality is finally revealed.

Still from Butter Lamp

Were your Tibetan actors all nomadic, like the characters they play? Where did you find them?

The actors who appeared in the film are all local Tibetan nomads. We went into the mountains, visiting one village after another in search of the actors.

How do you feel the Tibetan nomads relate to the woman in Michael Nash’s photograph?

I think that for the Tibetans, the woman is the photograph, they are all just people who have dreams.

Did you encounter any difficulties while filming? How were they overcome?

First of all, it is a short film and in China there is no specific filming permit [available] for shorts. As a result, we had many troubles during filming because we did not have a filming permit; especially for a production team consisting of foreign members [Editor’s Note: the film was a co-production with France]. Secondly, the entire filming process was conducted on the plateau of over 4,000 meters altitude, and that created both physical and mental challenges for most of the crew members from the flatlands. And lastly we had problems communicating with the Tibetans, they were nomads and non-professional actors and that was another barrier we experienced. It was time that overcame all the difficulties.