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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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Honey For Sale

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2009
Run Time 7min
Genre Documentary
The director focuses her camera on the tenuous life of a honeybee in this poetic and thoughtful meditation on the fragility of human existence.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), John Sedore

Producer

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes

Director Scott Brachmayer
Year 2014
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Part Inuit legend, part thriller, an Arctic hunter tries to live by the traditional skills his grandfather taught him — but they are difficult for a modern man to apply, and the price of failure is high.

Director

Scott Brachmayer

Writer

Scott Brachmayer

Cast

Johnny Issaluk

Producer

Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

North Creative Films Inc.

A Sea Turtle Story

Director Kathy Schultz
Year 2012
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Family

This animated short chronicles the life cycle of the critically endangered sea turtle. The film is ideal for all ages, teaching young and old alike about these fascinating creatures.

Director

Kathy Schultz

Writer

Kathy Schultz

Producer

Silva Basmajian

Genres

Animation, Family

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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Awaskinawason (Children of Earth)

Director Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)
Year 2015
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Drama
Awaskinawason is made up of the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (earth) and takonawason (having the responsibility for). A plea to respect the great circle of life.

Director

Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)

Writer

Antony Dubé (Atikamekw)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, FR Subtitles

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Jordan Gordon’s Guide to Kuujjuaq

Director Jordan Gordon (Inuk)
Year 2018
Run Time 4min
Genre Comedy, Documentary
Jordan Gordon is thrilled to show you around his hometown, taking you through the highlights with a wonderful mix of humour and charm.

Director

Jordan Gordon (Inuk)

Writer

Jordan Gordon (Inuk)

Genres

Comedy, Documentary

Interests

Biography, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Arrowhead

Director Peter Lynch
Year 1994
Run Time 30min
Genre Drama
An ingeniously wry look at the way people struggle to find meaning within sterile urban environments.

Director

Peter Lynch

Lynch earned international success with his wildly popular and critically-acclaimed Project Grizzly. His features include The Herd, Cyberman, A Whale of a Tale and Dem Bones. Lynch won a Genie for his short film Arrowhead. His most recent feature film, Birdland, was released in 2018.

Writer

Peter Lynch

Cast

Don McKellar, Hadley Obodiac, Namir Khan

Producers

Peter Lynch, Emmet Sheil

Genre

Drama

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

Activism 2.0

Director Emily Hunter
Year 2015
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
Filmmaker and eco-warrior Emily Hunter explores the unconventional tactics of the Black Fish, members of a new generation of high-tech environmental activists.

Director

Emily Hunter

Writer

Emily Hunter

Producer

Emily Hunter

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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No Reservations

Director Trevor Carroll (Ojibway)
Year 2018
Run Time 10min
Genre Comedy
How does a predominantly white community react when an Indigenous construction team arrives to build a pipeline through their backyard?

Director

Trevor Carroll (Ojibway)

Writer

Trevor Carroll (Ojibway)

Cast

Lorne Cardinal (Cree)

Producer

Ben Mallin

Genre

Comedy

Interests

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

Original Language

English

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Lake

Director Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)
Year 2019
Run Time 5min
Genre Documentary
Two Métis women demonstrate their process of ice fishing on a cold lake in northern Alberta.

Director

Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)

Writer

Alexandra Lazarowich (Cree)

Producer

David Christensen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Qaggiq (Gathering Place)

Director Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)
Year 1989
Run Time 58min
Genre Drama
Conflicts arise when families in an Inuit camp build a communal igloo to celebrate the coming of spring with games, singing and drum dancing.

Director

Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)

In 2015, Atanarjuat was selected as TIFF’s number one Canadian film of all time. Kunuk has directed shorts such as Exile and Home and features such as Maliglutit, which was nominated for two CSAs. He recently directed the series Hunting With My Ancestors and executive produced SGaawaay K'uuna (Edge of the Knife). His latest feature, One Day in the Life of Noah Piugattuk, premiered at TIFF 2019. Most recently, he directed the short The Shaman’s Apprentice, which won the CSA for Best Animated Short among other awards at festivals worldwide.

Cast

Eugene Ikkarnak (Inuk), Pauloosie Qulitalik (Inuk)

Producer

Zacharias Kunuk (Inuk)

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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L’innu du futur

Director Stéphane Nepton (Innu)
Year 2021
Run Time 6min
Genre Experimental

An Innu man discusses his relationship with his culture, how it was taken away from him, how he fought to take it back and what it will be like for the generations to come.

Director

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Writer

Stéphane Nepton (Innu)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

French

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Yéil (Raven)

Director Shaunoh
Year 2021
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama

An artistic retelling of the story of how Raven brought the sun, moon and stars into our world.

Director

Shaunoh

Cast

Guna Megan Jensen

Producer

Maggie Mac

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Environment, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

The Green Film

Director Andrew Williamson
Year 2008
Run Time 5min
Genre Comedy
It's not easy being green especially when you're trying to make the most environmentally friendly movie of all time. 

Director

Andrew Williamson

Writer

Mark Leiren-Young

Cast

Jonathon Young, Lexa Doig

Producer

Scott Renyard

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

The Environmentalist

Director Jacob Bond
Year 2011
Run Time 7min
Genre Comedy
A satirical look at a man in a coffee shop desperately trying to save the world from eco-devastation.

Director

Jacob Bond

Writer

Jacob Bond

Cast

Taz VanRassel, Quynh Mi

Producer

Deborah Gillam-Harry

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Pretty Big Dig

Director Anne Troake
Year 2006
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
Three excavation vehicles move together with impressive grace to a contemporary classical score, gently inviting us to re-examine the way we view dance and technology.

Director

Anne Troake

Cast

Chris Greenley, Rick Hunt, Ed Breen

Genre

Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

The Energy Carol

Director Les Drew
Year 1975
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation
In a playful spin on the Charles Dickens classic, the CEO of a power company must confront the impact his wasteful ways will have on the future of the planet.

Director

Les Drew

Genre

Animation

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

Second Hand

Director Isaac King
Year 2012
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama

Two neighbours have very different ideas about wasting time and saving stuff in this humourous meditation on what’s precious or disposable.

Director

Isaac King

Producer

Isaac King

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

No Dialogue

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Mattress

Director Michelle Kee
Year 2014
Run Time 10min
Genre Comedy, Drama
Under the cover of the darkness, Little Boy Lee and his family dump an old mattress in a dirty Strathcona alley. The next day, blame passes from neighbour to neighbour with no one taking responsibility for the abandoned and illegally dumped mattress. As the situation quickly escalates to all-out suburban war, Little Boy Lee has to dodge rotten eggs and Molotov cocktails to take responsibility for his actions and do the right thing.
 

Director

Michelle Kee

Writers

Michelle Kee, Quinn Spicker

Cast

Sean Quan, Valerie Sing-Turner, Doralynn Mui

Producers

Emma Peterson, David Kelso

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Kee Household

Meltdown

Director Carrie Mombourquette
Year 2012
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Family
In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament. 
 

Director

Carrie Mombourquette

Writer

Carrie Mombourquette

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Environment

Original Languages

English, French

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)