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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.

Full(ish) Program for October 11 Screening

We’re waiting to hear back from one more filmmaker, but I figured you’d like to see the shape of our program, since our screening is just ONE WEEK AWAY! If you can’t figure it out already, I’m insanely excited about this particular slate of films, since I put it together all by myself. Normally, the core of our programming is the Future Shorts pop-up festival selection, but our quarterly screening and their selection are slightly out of sync at the moment. Look for more from Future Shorts in the new year. In the meantime, I got to put together a whole bunch of stuff that I liked. Two of our films came through our brand new submission process which makes me very happy. And one film is from local filmmaker Matt Brown, whom I’ve known for several years now. We’re also pleased to be screening for the first time at the very snazzy Carlton Cinemas, where they even sell popcorn!

Without further preamble, here is the lineup for next week! Please join us!

Still from The Secret Number


Dir: Colin Levy
USA – 2011

The Secret Number is a short sci-fi psychological drama that was created over a period of two years by a team of young filmmakers from the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Based on the short story by Igor Teper, The Secret Number is about a man whose world is thrown into question. Psychiatrist Simon Tomlin (Daniel Jones) has a troubling conversation with one of his patients, a brilliant mathematician named Ersheim (Tom Nowicki) who intends to prove the existence of a secret integer between three and four. Ersheim’s delusion compels Tomlin to dig deeper, but he only uncovers more questions — about fate, connection, and the nature of reality.

  • Best Student Film – Savannah Film Festival
  • Jury Award for Best Short – Charleston International Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Still from Foxes


Dir: Lorcan Finnegan
Ireland – 2012

Ellen and James live alone in a silent maze of uniform houses populated only by spectral shrieking foxes. James commutes to and from work each day, leaving in the morning, returning at dusk. Ellen spends her time photographing the foxes. Her pastime becomes an obsession. An obsession that alienates James. One day she flees the house, vanishing into the endless rows of overgrown gardens…

  • Official Selection – South by Southwest Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Tribeca Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Seattle International Film Festival
  • Official Selection – Montreal World Film Festival

Duration: 15:00

Still from The Cub


Dir: Riley Stearns
USA – 2012

Everyone knows that wolves make the best parents. Right?


Duration: 5:00

Still from Aftermath on Meadowlark Lane


Dir: David and Nathan Zellner
USA – 2007

Family secrets are spilled after a car accident on the way to a mariachi recital.

  • Official Selection – Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 10:00

Still from The Ballad of Poisonberry Pete


Dir: Adam Campbell, Elizabeth McMahill, and Uri Lotan
USA – 2012

This animated Western from student filmmakers at Ringling College of Art and Design could be called The Life of Pie.

  • Official Selection – LA Shortsfest
  • Official Selection – Cartoon Brew Student Animation Festival
  • Student Grant Awardee – National Board of Review

Duration: 6:00

Still from Edmond Was A Donkey


Dir: Franck Dion
France/Canada – 2012

Edmond is not like everybody else. A small, quiet man, Edmond has a wife who loves him and a job that he does extraordinarily well. He is, however, very aware that he is different. When his co-workers tease him by crowning him with a pair of donkey ears, he suddenly discovers his true nature.

  • Bravo FACT! Award for Best Canadian Short – Worldwide Short Film Festival
  • Special Jury Award – Annecy International Animated Film Festival

Duration: 14:00

Still from Who Remembers How It Ends?


Dir: Matthew Brown
Canada – 2012

After a raucous bachelor party, one man recognizes another in an elevator. Or does he? It’s all got something to do with The Substream.


Duration: 3:00

Full Program for our January Screening

I’m happy to share the full program for our January 13 screening with you today. We’ll be showing two NFB animated shorts before the Future Shorts pop up festival slate. Over the next few weeks, I’ll be sharing more information about each film individually, but for now, here’s the overview. If you like what you see, why not save $2 and get your advance tickets now?


Dir: Marv Newland
Canada – 2011

CMYK is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Director Marv Newland and animator Kunal Sen meticulously assembled multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their workaday origins, these objects become moving artwork. Coloured dots pulsate chaotically, crosshairs roll languidly and primary shapes dance compellingly, while the music by composer Lisa Miller and the Quatuor Bozzini quartet is equally spontaneous. The result: an unrestrained riot of colour and energy.

Duration: 7:13


Dir: Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby
Canada – 2011

In 1909, a dapper young remittance man is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. It soon becomes clear that nothing in his refined upbringing has prepared him for the harsh conditions of the New World. This animated short is about the beauty of the prairie, the pang of being homesick and the folly of living dangerously out of context.

  • Winner of Canadian Film Institute Award for Best Canadian Animation at International Animation Festival, Ottawa
  • Winner of Best Canadian Short at Atlantic Film Festival, Halifax

Duration: 13:30


Dir: Michael Please
United Kingdom – 2010

The Eagleman Stag is a unique 9-minute stop-motion animated film which depicts a man’s haunting obsession with the passage of time and his unorthodox relationship with a beetle. Directed by Michael Please, the production was a highly ambition final year film for Please while studying at the Royal College of Art – it is based on a story he previously wrote entitled “The Life and Time of Peter Eagleman.” Orchestral music was integral to this film and composed in tandem with the animation process.

  • Winner of Best Short Animation at BAFTA
  • Winner of Special Jury Prize at SXSW Film Festival

Duration: 08:55


Dir: Luke Matheny
United States – 2010

Matheny, who wrote, directed and starred in this 19-minute inventive comedy about love-inducing darts won the Oscar for Best Live Action Short in 2011. A recent film student graduate of New York University, Matheny produced God of Love as his thesis film project while enrolled in NYU’s MFA program. At the Oscars, he was hailed for one of the best acceptance speeches of the evening and thanked his mother for her contribution to the movie.

  • Oscar Winner in 2011 for Live Action Short Film

Duration: 18:38


Dir: Ariel Kleiman
Australia – 2010

Filmed on an old decommissioned military submarine with 35mm cameras, Deeper Than Yesterday tells the story of a Russian crew who suffer a rather savage form of cabin fever. Director Ariel Kleiman, a graduate of the VCA at the University of Melbourne, recently said, “the more uncomfortable I feel making a film, the better it will be.” Jurors have compared the film to “The Lower Depths,” Maxim Gorky’s best-known play – very Russian with long periods of isolation and madness.

  • Winner of International Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance Film Festival

Duration: 19:52


Dir: Ruben Östlund
Sweden – 2009

A detailed and humorous account of a failed bank robbery: a single take where roughly 100 people meticulously recreate an actual event that took place in Stockholm in June 2006. Directed by Ruben Östlund, who witnessed these events first hand along with his producer Erik Hemmendorff while on the way to the Swedish Film Insititute. The film questions how robberies really happen, and what they might, or should, look like. “Making Incident by a Bank is a way to correct the false images of robberies we see almost daily in action movies made in Hollywood,” says Östlund.

  • Winner of the Golden Bear at Berlinale

Duration: 11:54


Dir: Juan Pablo Zaramella
Argentina – 2011

Inspired by the Argentinian instrumental tango piece entitled “Lluvia de Estrellas” (Star Rain), “Luminaris” tells the story of a man living in a world controlled and timed by light. Each day, inhabitants of this fictional world awake and are pulled, as if by some otherworldly force, to their jobs by sunlight. Combining pixilation and stop motion techniques, the surrealist short pairs styles reminiscent of art deco with black cinema. Zaramella explains, “Originally, I approached the project as a puppet animation story, but doing some pixilation tests in the gardens of Fontevraud, just for fun, the seed of the present short was born: the idea of sunlight as a magnetic force.”

  • Winner of Audience Award at Annecy International Animation Festival

Duration: 6:17


Dir: David O’Reilly
Germany/Ireland – 2010

A boy learns to play the piano in this rather dark but occasionally humorous meditation on the anxieties and fears of a modern civilized society. Created as a lo-fi animation, “The External World” is a surreal seventeen-minute collection of vignettes which borrows themes from pop culture, cinema and videogames – classic and contemporary. Some have heralded this short as “a unique reconstruction of the universe” while O’Reilly recently noted in an interview, “I like creating experimental films that have an emotional function.”

  • Winner of Best Animation Award at Tampere Film Festival

Duration: 16:56

We screen at the NFB Mediatheque (150 John Street) on Friday January 13, 2012 at 7pm. Grab your tickets now!