All posts by Titania Plant

About Titania Plant

Titania Plant is a Programmer for Shorts That Are Not Pants, joining the team in early 2013. She has an M.A. in Cinema Studies from the University of Toronto and loves films of all shapes and sizes, especially Classical Hollywood movies, musicals, animation and documentaries.

Reel Asian Co-presentation: Rewind, Pause, Play

For the third consecutive year, we are very proud to be co-presenting a program of short films at the Reel Asian Film Festival. This programme, entitled Rewind, Pause, Play, is playing Monday November 10th at 1:00pm at AGO Jackman Hall. Here are some details about the films in the lineup:

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Rainy Days

Director: Vladimir Leschiov | Canada/Latvia 2014 | 8:15

An elderly Japanese man boards a ferry bound for an unknown island. As he looks out over the water, the falling rain triggers a string of memories, including a childhood experience in Fukuoka.

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100 Crushes: The Tie

Director: Elisha Lim | Canada 2014 | 2:00

A father’s gift makes his transgendered child feel loved. “There was such a lifetime of words that I wanted to say to my dad. Instead I just kept saying ‘Thank you’.”

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Kore Kara: From Now On

Director: Ivy Yukiko Oldford | Canada, Japan 2013 | 14:35 | Japanese with English subtitles

“Kore kara” is a Japanese phrase used when talking about aspirations and looking ahead to the future. This short film documents kids in post-tsunami Japan, as they look to the future despite the disaster of 2011.

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Tears of Inge

Director: Alisi Telengut | Canada 2013 | 4:21 | Mongolian with English subtitles

Based on a Mongolian nomadic story, the animation takes place after a camel mother abandons her child.

Still from Kudok


Directors: Cindy Mochizuki, Emma Hendrix | Canada 2012 | 5:30

A conversation with Lennox Johnston-Yu leads us to an imaginary monster by the name of Kudok. This short is taken from an interdisciplinary performance called Mörkö, directed by James Long.

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1967: A People Kind of Place

Director: Jacqueline Hoang Nguyen | Canada 2012 | 20:00

The small community of St. Paul, located 300 km north east of Edmonton, inaugurated the world’s first UFO Landing Pad on June 3, 1967, as a symbolic welcome to the whole world and inter-galactic beings to Canada.

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Citrus Paradisi

Director: Han Han Li | China/Canada/USA 2013 | 11:00 | Cantonese with English subtitles

This animation-live action hybrid revolves around highly subjective and fragmented memories of lost neighbourhoods. Touching upon the problems of gentrification and forced deportation in the old Eastern District of Beijing, the film evokes a soft feeling of melancholia.

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A Story of Elusive Snow

Director: Minha Park | USA 2013 | 14:33 | Korean with English subtitles

This is a story of a woman who is looking for the snow that remind her of her motherland South Korea in Los Angeles. A personal essay film about artificial snow playfully explores our desire for illusion and magic.

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The Home Promised

Director: Betty Xie | Canada 2014 | 20:00 | Mandarin and Taiwanese with English subtitles

When residents in an old neighbourhood face eviction, they struggle to fight for relocation. Through this process, they find a home that they never knew they had. As an emerging filmmaker, Betty Xie believes that extraordinary stories are embedded in the everyday life of ordinary people, and she is on a life-long search for the extraordinary/ordinary.


Congratulations to the winner from our October 23rd screening who won tickets to this great programme. We hope you enjoy it! Tickets are just $12 ($10 for seniors and students) and are available online or at the door. As of the date of this post, the online tickets are sold out, but more tickets will be available at The Royal at 6 pm on Friday November 7th, or an hour before the screening on November 10th!

ICFF Co-presentation: Italian Short Films

Update: We’re very sorry to announce that this screening has been cancelled. Please do check out the ICFF site to see what other great programming the festival has in store.

Here at Shorts That Are Not Pants, we love showing shorts from around the world and are thrilled to be co-presenting a program of Italian shorts with the Italian Contemporary Film Festival (ICFF). To our friends at ICFF, grazie mille for inviting us to co-present!

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The program is united by its focus on the lives of Italians, but is varied just as much as their own personal struggles and successes. Genres include everything from documentary to narrative drama and comedy. The descriptions below were provided by the programmers and IMDb.

Eppure io l’amavo (To Think I Loved Him!)
Director: Cristina Puccinelli | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

A librarian betrayed and abandoned by her boyfriend tries to take revenge without success. Her actions become a catastrophe that will make her feel worse. After several attempts to rescue, she looks up a word in the dictionary to understand what’s going on. She finds forgiveness, which will lead her to also search for the meaning of love: hers no longer exists. She just has to let go. This is the story of the end of a love affair, a non-romantic comedy.


Ad esempio (For Example)
Director: Silvio Governi | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

Embittered by his critical financial condition, an honest family man decides to take part in a bank robbery, but when he gets to the bank the morning after, he finds his wife and son among the clients.


Gabbie (Cages)
Director: Gianni Cardillo | Italy 2013 | 15 mins

Giammarco, a former construction worker who is now paraplegic, becomes an actor. The doctor who had treated him at the Spinal Unit of Cagliari, convinces him to hold a mock conference on Security, posing as a doctor. The goal of the doctor is to cause a shock to the public that, very reluctantly, is forced (by the law) to follow classes on Security. 


Cambiamenti (Changes)
Director: Giuliano Capozzi | Italy 2014 | 9 mins

Michael is a young lawyer at the service of organized crime. He is called by the neighborhood boss to a private meeting, which has as its subject the murder of his brother. The meeting will take unexpected implications.

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Gli immacolati (The Immaculates)
Director: Ronny Trocker | France 2013 | 13 mins

December 2011, in a town in northern Italy, a young man returns home as he does every evening. He parks his car and discovers his 16-year-old sister in tears in front of their house. She tells him that two young Romani guys have brutally raped her. The young man immediately goes in search of the attackers but cannot find them. The neighbourhood organizes a solidarity march in view of the event. The tension begins to rise…


La mela fossa (The Red Apple)
Director: Giovanni Princigalli | Italy/Canada 2014 | 20 mins

A love between two Romanian Gypsy kids who live in a camp on the outskirts in southern Italy (Puglia). Vitalis arrived from Romania. On his first day at school, Vitalis gets taken there by Giuly. During his first day of school Vitalis is the victim of an act of racism. Giuly and Vitalis play with their real names, as they relive and recite their daily. This film together with a documentary filmed in the same community will soon be published as a book and DVD set with support from Teca del Mediteranneo and the Guarantor of Children’s rights at the Council of the Region of Puglia.


Il museo chiude quando l’autore è stanco (The Museum Closes When the Author is Tired)
Director: Paolo Buatti | Italy 2013 | 23 mins

In this documentary Fausto Delle Chiaie tells about his artistic and personal philosophy. He creates his artworks with improvised performances born on raw materials. His living sculptures involve not only himself but also the unaware passerby. The “Open Air Museum” is a walk into trashed and recycled objects seen through social criticism as paradox. Delle Chiaie has carved out his career in Rome, a city always analyzed and contemplated in his artworks. A special point of view on art described by the experience of an unusual artist.


ICFF’s presentation of Italian Short films screens on June 15th at 10:30 am at the TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Visit the ICFF website to learn more about this program. General tickets are available for $13.60 and student tickets are $11.30. Hope to see you there!


October 2013 Audience Award Winner

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Though our numbers were down significantly tonight, I’m glad to announce our third Audience Award winner. Nacho Vigalondo’s Oscar-nominated short film from 2004, 7:35 de la mañana swept the award with 7 of 23 votes cast. Of the 14 films in the lineup, it was a clear favourite. Here are the full results:

  1. 7:35 de la mañana – 7 votes
  2. La ruta natural – 4 votes
  3. El fin del mundo – 3 votes
  4. Mi amigo invisible – 3 votes
  5. Los reyes magos – 2 votes
  6. Sinceridad – 1 vote
  7. Marisa – 1 vote
  8. Elefante – 1 vote
  9. Domingo – 1 vote

Look for our next screening around mid-January 2014. And definitely more news before then. Check here as well as on Facebook and Twitter.