The Wanted 18

Directors Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali
Year 2014
Run Time 75min
Genre Animation, Documentary

Directors

Paul Cowan, Amer Shomali

Writer

Paul Cowan

Producers

Dominique Barneaud, Saed Andoni, Nathalie Cloutier

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interests

Discrimination, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, Other Language

The Fruit Machine

Director Sarah Fodey
Year 2018
Run Time 81min
Genre Documentary

The homosexual witch-hunt of public servants and military personnel in Canada from the 1950s through the early 1990s and its effects on the people whose lives and careers were disrupted or destroyed by it.

Director

Sarah Fodey

Producers

Han Nguyen, Sarah Fodey, Derek Diorio

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Discrimination, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Hockey Night

Director Paul Shapiro
Year 1984
Run Time 74min
Genre Drama, Family
Cathy (Follows), an avid youth hockey player, moves with her mother to Parry Sound and finds no leagues for girls her age. After securing a spot in the lineup of an all-boys team, she finds that regardless of how well she plays on the ice, she continues to face opposition from a major sponsor who insists he doesn’t want her on the team. As the team nears a major final, she has to rely on the support of her teammates, and particularly its star player (Bisson) to let her achieve her hockey dreams.

A Canadian sports classic, Hockey Night features the on-screen debut of Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) and memorable performances from Rick Moranis and Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables).

Director

Paul Shapiro

Writers

Jack Blum, Paul Shapiro

Cast

Megan Follows, Rick Moranis, Gail Youngs

Producer

Martin Harbury

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

Classics, Discrimination, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

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Two Worlds Colliding

Director Tasha Hubbard (Cree)
Year 2004
Run Time 49min
Genre Documentary
In the early 2000s, members of the Saskatoon police force drove Indigenous men into remote fields and abandoned them to die. These acts became known as the Saskatoon "freezing deaths," a terrifying story blown open by one survivor.

Director

Tasha Hubbard (Cree)

Hubbard is an award-winning filmmaker and an assistant professor in the University of Saskatchewan’s Department of English. Her writing-directing project Two Worlds Colliding won a Gemini and a Golden Sheaf Award. She has also directed the short film 7 Minutes, and the feature docs Birth of a Family and nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up, which won Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs and at the CSAs. She is currently directing the feature doc Singing Back the Buffalo.

Writer

Tasha Hubbard (Cree)

Cast

Andrea Menard

Producer

Bonnie Thompson

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Joe

Director Jill Haras
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation
An animated tribute to real-life African Canadian hero Joe Fortes, who overcame discrimination and prejudice to become a beloved member of the Vancouver community.

Director

Jill Haras

Genre

Animation

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Christopher Changes His Name

Director Cilia Sawadogo
Year 2000
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
Tired of having such a common name, Christopher decides to start using a unique name from his family’s homeland of Trinidad, a decision that has unexpected consequences.

Director

Cilia Sawadogo

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Camille Turner

Director Van Royko
Year 2018
Run Time 7min
Genre Documentary
Performance artist Camille Turner uses her works to explore and expose Canada’s racist history and shines a light on the continuing forms of oppression.

Director

Van Royko

Producers

Nabil Mehchi, Frank Fiorito

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, History, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Envers et contre tout (Against All Odds)

Director Kimberley Ann Surin
Year 2021
Run Time 10min
Genre Documentary
An incisive look at the way racism continues to act as a barrier to Black athletes from participating in youth hockey programs.

Director

Kimberley Ann Surin

Writer

Kimberley Ann Surin

Producer

Fabienne Colas

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Sports

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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Future History

Directors Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe, Leni Lenape, Métis), Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)
Year 2018
Run Time 546min
Genre Documentary
In this incredible APTN docuseries, artist and activist Sarain Fox teams up with archeologist Kris Nahrgang to travel across the country to discover various ways that Indigenous peoples are shaping the future. Through conversations with artists, activists, community leaders and more, the series covers a wide range of themes including Indigenous identity, culture, land rights and intergenerational trauma.

Beautifully shot and packed with powerful interviews, Future History celebrates and explores diverse Indigenous perspectives to create a deeper understanding of our shared history as well as a positive path forward. It is a journey that can’t be missed.

Each 21-minute episode can be viewed independently, or you can watch it as a complete series. Contact us for specific programming recommendations.

Directors

Jennifer Podemski (Anishinaabe, Leni Lenape, Métis)

Podemski is an award-winning film and television producer and actor. She produced and starred in Empire of Dirt, is the creator and producer of APTN’s The Other Side, and most recently produced and directed the series Unsettled.

Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Innuksuk is a director, writer, producer, and VR creator. She co-created the Inuk character Snowguard with Marvel and has written several short films and documentaries. Her first feature was Slash/Back, released in 2022.

Writer

Tamara Podemski (Anishinaabe)

Cast

Kris Nahrgang (Anishinaabe/Ojibwe), Sarain Fox (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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I Live Here

Director Tyler Mckenzie Evans
Year 2022
Run Time 11min
Genre Drama
A forgotten key leads to a racially-fuelled confrontation between neighbours.

Director

Tyler Mckenzie Evans

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Black Filmmaker, Discrimination

Original Language

English

Black Boys Skate Too

Director Danica Ricamara
Year 2023
Run Time 5min
Genre Documentary
An incisive look at how a group of Black teenagers carve out a space for themselves in a skateboarding community that doesn’t appear welcoming to Black youth.

Director

Danica Ricamara

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination

Original Language

English

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Boxed In

Director Shane Belcourt (Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 4min
Genre Comedy, Drama
In this short film, a young woman of mixed ancestry struggles with an Equal Opportunity Form that requires her to respond to the dilemma: Ethnicity - Choose One.

Director

Shane Belcourt (Métis)

Writers

Shane Belcourt (Métis), Duane Murray

Cast

Jennifer McEwan, Arnold Pinnock

Producer

Lea Marin

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

I’m Scared Too

Directors Nadia Lakhdari, Caroline Lavergne
Year 2017
Run Time 2min
Genre Animation
In the days following the attack on a Quebec City mosque, directors Lakhdari and Lavergne sought out stories from Quebecers of all walks of life, revealing the same emotions that unite rather than divide us.

Directors

Nadia Lakhdari, Caroline Lavergne

Writer

Nadia Lakhdari

Genre

Animation

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Four Faces of the Moon

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2016
Run Time 13min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family
This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Cast

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producer

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Ice Breakers

Director Sandamini Rankaduwa
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
A rising hockey star is introduced to the history of the Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada to inspire him to pursue his dreams in a sport where Black athletes like him remain underrepresented.

Director

Sandamini Rankaduwa

Writer

Sandamini Rankaduwa

Producer

Rohan Fernando

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, History, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

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Noeuds (Knots)

Director Aïcha Morin-Baldé
Year 2021
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
Three Black women in Montreal share their individual journeys of having to fight against societal pressure when they decide to embrace their natural hair.

Director

Aïcha Morin-Baldé

Writer

Aïcha Morin-Baldé

Producer

Fabienne Colas

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Refuge in the Rockies

Director Kaio Kathriner
Year 2018
Run Time 12min
Genre Documentary
A look at how Columbian refugee Anderson Losada’s dreams of skiing on the Canadian Paralympic team helped to change an obscure law that barred him from pursuing Canadian citizenship.

Director

Kaio Kathriner

Writers

Kaio Kathriner, Tom Malenica

Producers

Matt Drake, Tony Cerciello, Kaio Kathriner

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Global Experiences, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports

Original Language

English

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Lessons Injustice

Director Karen Chapman
Year 2017
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
A Black father prepares to have a tough conversation with his son about what it means to be a Black man in society, and reflects on why he needs to have this conversation in the first place.

Director

Karen Chapman

Producer

Paul Moyer

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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Thug

Director Dan Boos
Year 2019
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama

An aspiring Black actor risks everything to get the perfect audition tape in this provocative look at the different forms of racial bias. Content Note: Coarse language.

Director

Dan Boos

Writers

Emmanuel John, Dan Boos, Simon Mutabazi, Joshua Schlaganweit

Cast

Emmanuel John, Simon Mutabazi, Joshua Schlaganweit

Producers

Dan Boos, Emmanuel John, Simon Mutabazi, Joshua Schlaganweit

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English