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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)

 


 

Still from LAST CALL LENNY

LAST CALL LENNY – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

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

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

 


 

Still from THE OTHER SIDE

THE OTHER SIDE

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

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

A LOVE STORY – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

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

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

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

 


 

Still from WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH

WOMAN WITH AN EDITING BENCH

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

 


 

Still from URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM

URBAN AUDIO SPECTRUM

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

POLLYANNA – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER (TIE)

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? 🙂

Full Program for April 14 Screening

Spring is nearly here! We’ve got you covered with one of our strongest lineups yet, including three recent Sundance selections. We’d love it if you could join us!

Thursday April 14th at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from The Procedure

THE PROCEDURE

Dir: Calvin Lee Reeder
USA – 2015

A man is captured and forced to endure a strange experiment.

  • Short Film Jury Award, US Fiction – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – SXSW Film Festival

Duration: 4:00


Still from We Are Outside in the Garden Playing

WE ARE OUTSIDE PLAYING IN THE GARDEN

Dir: Friedericke Hoppe
Germany – 2013

The Indoor Garden Institution™ is an indoor garden institution where people can apply to go on holidays from their everyday life. We offer ponies, garden games, princess costuming etc. Fun! Fun! Fun! Fun! PARTY PARTY! YAY PARTY! YAY!

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – Brooklyn Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from Homebodies

HOMEBODIES

Dir: Yianni Warnock
Australia – 2015

Shannon cooks dinner whilst speaking to a perverted stranger online. Andrew takes a bath wrapped in seared Christmas lights. What could possibly shock this estranged couple from their malaise?

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Official Selection – SXSW Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from Killer

KILLER – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Matt Kazman
USA – 2015

When Dusty masturbates for the first time, something terrible happens.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 20:00


Still from Blue Thunder

BLEU TONNERRE (BLUE THUNDER)

Dir: Jean-Marc E. Roy and Philippe David Gagne
Canada – 2015

Bruno, in his thirties and in desperate need of a purpose, ends up homeless after a breakup. Without despairing and under the watchful eye of his motherly big sister, this sawmill worker will find the drive to put his beloved blue suit back on and to rekindle an old flame.

  • Directors’ Fortnight – Cannes Film Festival
  • Official Selection – The Shortest Day (Canada)

Duration: 21:00


Still from Thunder Road

THUNDER ROAD

Dir: Jim Cummings
USA – 2015

Officer Arnaud loved his mom.

  • Canadian Premiere
  • Short Film Grand Jury Prize – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – SXSW Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Put some spring in your shorts! 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 October 8 Screening

My favourite season is here! It may not be shorts weather anymore but we’re still celebrating short film. We’re wrapping up our fourth great season of Shorts That Are Not Pants and we hope you’ll join us!

Thursday October 8 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from Force of Habits

FORCE OF HABITS

Dir: Lu Davidson
New Zealand – 2014

A short film to show how simple new habits can have a positive effect on Climate Change – a daunting and intimidating issue.

Duration: 4:00


Still from O Negative

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.

  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from Awakenings

AWAKENINGS

Dir: Bhargav Saikia
India – 2015

The line between dreams and reality is blurred when a young woman in charge of two children is haunted by mysterious entities.

Duration: 13:00


Still from X

X

Dir: Max Hattler
UK – 2012

The unknown X becomes a whole symphony of shapes… In a kinetic energetic otherworld where everything is by itself yet can intersect with each other, cross-action seems the best way to solve an unknown equation.

  • Staff Pick – Vimeo

Duration: 6:00


Still from Myrna the Monster

MYRNA THE MONSTER – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Ian Samuels
USA – 2014

A heartbroken alien dreamer from the moon transitions into young adult life in Los Angeles just like any other 20-something.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 14:30


Still from At the Door

AT THE DOOR

Dir: Miriam Bliese
Germany – 2013

The most painful thing about a separation is the fact that you remain so close to each other.

  • Official Selection – Palm Springs International Shortsfest

Duration: 5:00


Still from Two Seas

TWO SEAS

Dir: Orlando Cubitt
UK – 2014

Denied the future she dreams of, a teenage girl runs away to sea.

  • Official Selection – BFI London Film Festival

Duration: 15:00


Still from Somewhere Down the Line

SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE

Dir: Julien Regnard
Ireland – 2014

A man’s life, loves and losses are shown through the exchanges he has with the passengers in his car.

  • Winner (Best Animation) – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Winner (Best Animation) – Irish Film and Television Awards
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Galway Film Fleadh

Duration: 10:00


Join us as we wrap up our 2015 season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are (still!) $10, and door tickets are just $12. And why not bring a friend? 🙂

April 2014 Audience Award Winner

Nashorn im Galopp

Thanks to everyone who attended our last screening. Our Audience Award this time was a bit of a landslide, proving that romance will always have a strong appeal, not to mention very innovative filmmaking techniques! Congratulations to Erik Schmitt and his team. Hopefully by the time the Canadian dollar is exchanged for Euros, you can still get more than a few cups of coffee!

  1. Nashorn im Galopp (Rhino Full Throttle) – 21 votes
  2. More Things/One More Thing – 8 votes
  3. The Missing Scarf – 7 votes
  4. Seasick – 6 votes
  5. Marilyn Myller – 4 votes
  6. Notes on Blindness – 3 votes
  7. Death of an Insect – 2 votes
  8. Supervenus – 2 votes
  9. La inviolabilidad del domicilio… – 1 vote

(54 votes total)

Watch for our next screening in July. More news here, on Twitter, and on Facebook.

P.S. Some of the films we showed last night are available to watch (again) online. I’ll add the links in the previous post, too, but here are Notes on Blindness and Death of an Insect for your enjoyment! Be sure to watch this fascinating making-of for Death of an Insect, too.

Full Program for April 17th Screening

We’re pretty excited to present the lineup for our next screening, our tenth quarterly presentation of the best in Canadian and international short film. For the first time, we’ll have a Q&A between a director and the actor in his films (who also happens to be a Shorts That Are Not Pants subscriber!). We also present a film whose title might be longer than the film itself. And some bugs. And George Takei’s voice. All of that and a whole lot more awaits you in just a few weeks. Please join us!

Thursday April 17 at 7:00pm
Carlton Cinemas
20 Carlton Street (steps from College subway station)


Still from MORE THINGS

MORE THINGS

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2006

“There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio,
Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”
Hamlet

  • Official Selection – One Minute Video and Film Festival (Toronto)
  • Official Selection – Video Minuto PopTV (Italy)
  • Toronto Nuit Blanche 2007
  • Official Selection – World One Minute Expo (China, Brazil, Surinam, South Africa, Egypt, Belgium, Mozambique)

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:10


Still from SEASICK

SEASICK

Dir: Eva Cvijanovic
Canada – 2012

A meditative exploration of one’s love of the sea, to the soundtrack of traditional Croatian music.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Toronto International Film Festival

Duration: 3:30


Still from THE MISSING SCARF

THE MISSING SCARF

Dir: Eoin Duffy
Ireland – 2013

Albert the Squirrel makes a startling discovery… an empty space where once his favourite scarf lay. He heads off into the forest only to find everyone else is preoccupied with worries of their own. He helps who he can before moving on but never seems to get any closer to his goal. Ultimately, Albert’s problem is put in perspective by the friends he helped and the problems they faced and overcame together. Narrated by George Takei.

  • Best Animated Short – LA Shortsfest
  • Best Animated Short – Galway International Film Fleadh
  • Nominated for Best Short Film – European Film Awards

Duration: 6:30


Still from THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

THE DEATH OF AN INSECT

Dirs: Hannes Vartiainen and Pekka Veikkolainen
Finland – 2010

In a lifeless urban landscape where time itself has stopped its crawl, a mad ballet is commencing and a newly hatched butterfly is about to die.

This tragic story was constructed using dead insects gathered from forgotten attics and tool sheds, between window panels and cobwebs. It combines a number of animation techniques from classic stop-motion animation to animated 3D models of x-ray CT-scanned insects.

  • Best Experimental Short – CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Venice Film Festival

Duration: 7:00


Still from NOTES ON BLINDNESS

NOTES ON BLINDNESS

Dirs: James Spinney and Peter Middleton
UK – 2014

In the summer of 1983, just days before the birth of his first son, writer and theologian John Hull went blind.

In order to make sense of the upheaval in his life, he began keeping a diary on audiocassette. Upon its publication in 1990, Oliver Sacks described the work as ‘the most extraordinary, precise, deep and beautiful account of blindness I have ever read. It is to my mind a masterpiece.’

With exclusive access to these original recordings, NOTES ON BLINDNESS encompasses dreams, memory and imaginative life, excavating the interior world of blindness.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sarasota Film Festival

Duration: 13:00


Still from NASHORN IM GALOPP

NASHORN IM GALOPP (RHINO FULL THROTTLE) – AUDIENCE AWARD WINNER

Dir: Erik Schmitt
Germany – 2013

Bruno roams the streets of Berlin with his head full of questions, looking for what’s behind the many facades and surfaces. He is seeking the soul of the city, that little something that others might never notice. He unexpectedly meets an ally.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Palm Springs Shortsfest

Duration: 15:00


Still from SUPERVENUS

SUPERVENUS

Dir: Frédéric Doazan
France – 2013

In real time, a plastic surgeon is creating the new goddess of beauty.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 2:30


Still from DOS CARAS

DOS CARAS (TWO FACE)

Dir: Francisco Bendomir
Argentina – 2013

When Sergio accidentally discovers an old Russian jewel hidden in his girlfriend’s grandmother’s house, he begins planning a heist.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival

Duration: 14:00


Still from MARILYN MYLLER

MARILYN MYLLER

Dir: Mikey Please
UK – 2013

Marilyn maketh. Marilyn taketh awayth.

  • Official Selection – Clermont-Ferrand Short Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival
  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival

Duration: 6:00


Still from LA INVIOLABILIDAD...

LA INVIOLABILIDAD DEL DOMICILIO SE BASA EN EL HOMBRE QUE APARECE EMPUÑANDO UN HACHA EN LA PUERTA DE SU CASA (THE INVIOLABILITY OF THE DOMICILE IS BASED ON THE MAN WHO APPEARS WIELDING AN AXE AT THE DOOR OF HIS HOUSE)

Dir: Alex Piperno
Uruguay/Argentina – 2011

In the garden of a villa in the countryside, a series of transactions are carried out involving a man, a woman and a group of subjects with certain convictions.

  • Official Selection – Semaine de la critique (Cannes)

Duration: 6:30


Still from BLACKOUT

BLACKOUT

Dir: Sharron Mirsky
Canada – 2013

Blackout is a short, animated documentary film in which several storytellers share their experience of the 2003 “Northeast Blackout” which affected much of Ontario, and 7 US states. The unexpected effects on the community highlight the best of humanity under adverse conditions. A variety of direct-animation techniques were used to capture the warmth and spontaneity of the events described.

  • Official Selection – TIFF Student Film Showcase
  • Official Selection – DOK Leipzig
  • Official Selection – Athens Animation Festival

Duration: 4:00


Still from ONE MORE THING

ONE MORE THING

Dir: Demetre Eliopoulos
Canada – 2013

“I concur, Hamlet, but what will befall us when we run out of DVDs?”
-Horatio

Director Demetre Eliopoulos will be in attendance for a post-screening Q&A conducted by the actor featured in both films, Matt Brown.

Duration: 1:20


Join us as we continue our third season! The Facebook RSVP is free, advance tickets are $10, door tickets are $12, and subscriptions are just $50 for the rest of the year.