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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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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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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

Sharkwater Revolution Saipan

Director Rob Stewart
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Documentary
After watching the feature film Sharkwater, a Grade 6 class in Saipan of the Northern Mariana Islands pressures their government to ban shark fins — and succeeds.

Director

Rob Stewart

Stewart was an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, whose docs Sharkwater, and Revolution earned awards at festivals worldwide. A tireless activist, Stewart was credited with saving a third of the world’s sharks. He tragically passed away in 2017, while filming Sharkwater: Extinction, which was completed posthumously and premiered at TIFF 2018.

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes

Director Alison Reid
Year 2018
Run Time 83min
Genre Documentary
Decades after her groundbreaking study of giraffes, Dr. Anne Innis Dagg retraces her path, revealing how environmental changes have impacted the habitat of the animal she devoted her life to.

Director

Alison Reid

Writer

Alison Reid

Producers

Joanne Jackson, Alison Reid, Paul Zimic

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

Le givre de Bobby-Yves

Directors Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez
Year 2021
Run Time 3min
Genre Drama
The tenacious Bobby-Yves wakes up to find himself stranded in a blizzard, and must explore the landscape to find shelter and warmth before he succumbs to the icy white abyss. A suspenseful and unexpectedly humorous tale told through a beautiful, minimalist animation style, Le givre de Bobby-Yves is an instant classic.

Directors

Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez

Writers

Bogdan Anifrani, Ranee Inez

Producer

Sharon Corder

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Environment, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

French

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Overburden

Directors Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur
Year 2009
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
Indigenous communities in Alberta defend the environment, their health and way of life in the face of a destructive oil recovery enterprise.

Directors

Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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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

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

Second Hand

Director Isaac King
Year 2011
Run Time 7min
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

The Ghosts in Our Machine

Director Liz Marshall
Year 2013
Run Time 93min
Genre Documentary

In a film that explores the rights of non-human animals through the compassionate lens of international photographer Jo-Anne McArthur, we meet individual animals living within — and rescued from — the machine of our modern world. 

Director

Liz Marshall

Writer

Liz Marshall

Producers

Nina Beveridge, Liz Marshall

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

INDIECAN ENTERTAINMENT

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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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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

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

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

NFB

Monsoon

Director Sturla Gunnarsson
Year 2014
Run Time 108min
Genre Documentary, Drama
Captured in gorgeous, ultra high-definition 4K video, Sturla Gunnarsson’s documentary profiles not just expert meteorologists but also farmers, fishermen, city dwellers and even bookies — real citizens whose lives, rain or shine, are profoundly affected by the monsoons.

By treating this natural phenomenon with the respect it commands, this Canada’s Top Ten audience award–winner becomes an epic journey into a phenomenon many call “the soul of India.”

With swells of music by the Bombay Dub Orchestra, Monsoon is wet, wild and utterly astonishing.

Director

Sturla Gunnarsson

Born in Iceland and raised in Vancouver, Gunnarsson earned an Oscar nomination for his debut feature doc, After the Axe. His films include Beowulf and Grendel, Force of Nature: The David Suzuki Movie and Monsoon, and he has directed hit TV shows such as Motive, Degrassi: The Next Generation, The Art of More, and most recently Schitt’s Creek and Ransom.

Writer

Sturla Gunnarsson

Producers

Ina Fichman, Sturla Gunnarsson

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

Revolution

Director Rob Stewart
Year 2012
Run Time 85min
Genre Documentary

In this powerful follow-up to his acclaimed documentary Sharkwater, Rob Stewart discovers that sharks aren’t the only ones in danger — climate change has a devastating impact on human life as well. Striking and vibrant landscapes are juxtaposed with startling proof that significant damage has already been done. At the same time, Stewart finds immense hope in the dedicated and passionate youth whose efforts are changing our future for the better.

Director

Rob Stewart

Stewart was an award-winning journalist and filmmaker, whose docs Sharkwater, and Revolution earned awards at festivals worldwide. A tireless activist, Stewart was credited with saving a third of the world’s sharks. He tragically passed away in 2017, while filming Sharkwater: Extinction, which was completed posthumously and premiered at TIFF 2018.

Writer

Rob Stewart

Producers

Rob Stewart, Warren Needler

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

D Films

Pour la suite du monde (For Those Who Will Follow)

Directors Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault
Year 1963
Run Time 105min
Genre Documentary
For centuries, the villagers of Île aux Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, hunted beluga whales by creating a sort of “fence” of saplings in shallow, muddy waters, trapping the mammals in low tide as they swim by.

In 1962, Michel Brault and a team of filmmakers travelled to the island to document the resumption of the practice decades after it had been abandoned, shedding light and wit on this “resourceful” tradition.

A balance of grace, humour, and up-close observation, Pour la suite du monde is known as a landmark achievement in documentary filmmaking and was screened at the Cannes film festival.

Directors

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Writers

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Producers

Jacques Bobet, Fernand Dansereau

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Classics, Environment, History

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Stories From Our Land – Tide

Director Ericka Chemko
Year 2011
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary

A beautiful short film that captures the majesty of ice sculpted by wind and water. Time-lapse imagery reveals the dynamic dance of water and ice in the Arctic, in Nunavut.

Director

Ericka Chemko

Writer

Ericka Chemko

Producer

David Christensen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Environment, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

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Treading Water: Plight of the Manitoba First Nation Flood Evacuees

Directors Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)
Year 2014
Run Time 60min
Genre Documentary

In 2011, close to 4000 First Nation people in Manitoba were forced from their homes after artificially diverted floodwater swamped their communities to save the city of Winnipeg. Most of the evacuees, the majority from Lake St. Martin and Little Saskatchewan First Nations, checked into Winnipeg hotels, assuming they would return to their homes within a couple of weeks. Shockingly, nearly 7 years later over 1700 evacuees remain displaced and continue to be stranded in a political firestorm between First Nation band councils, the Manitoba Association of Native Firefighters, hotel owners and the federal and provincial governments. The displacement has triggered a rise in substance abuse and suicide rates. Plans for getting people home seem to be at a standstill. Interspersing intimate clips of everyday life with footage of heated political debates, this deeply intimate documentary tells the unexpected story of the real people behind the national headlines of the 2011 Manitoba flood.

Directors

Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)

Writers

Janelle Wookey (Métis), Jérémie Wookey (Métis)

Producer

Janelle Wookey (Métis)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

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

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Canadian Distributor

APTN