Short Films

Enjoy our five distinct short film programs for 2018: Manitoba Shorts In Competition, Indigenous Filmmakers Association Short Films, When You Light A Candle You Also Cast A Shadow, Rinse & Repeat and Blood is Thicker Than Water.


MANITOBA SHORTS IN COMPETITION

12:30 PM | Gimli Theatre
Saturday, July 28 | 80 M

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Please remember to stay and vote for Manitoba Film & Music Audience Choice Manitoba Short Film Award. Also *new* this year will be an Audience Choice Award for Best Actor and Best Actress, courtesy of ACTRA Manitoba!

And a very special thanks to Johnston Group, our dedicated long-time sponsor of Manitoba & Canadian Short Films!

 

PIECE OF MIND
Erin Hembrador | Manitoba | 2018 | 8M
An elderly man living with dementia invites an unexpected guest over for lunch.

 

DYING LIGHT
Luke Whitmore | Manitoba | 2018 | 16 M
A reclusive man dying from terminal cancer tries to save a light bulb with the same expiration date as him in hopes that it will prolong his life.

 

BIRDWATCHER, THE
Ryan Steel | Manitoba | 2017 | 5 M
A Birdwatcher becomes infatuated with a traveler seeking shelter in the cabin he shares with his wife.

 

SURFACING
Trevor Kristjanson | Manitoba | 2017 | 5 M
A woman deals with trauma during a guided meditation session with her therapist.

 

RUN AS ONE – THE JOURNEY OF THE FRONT RUNNERS
Erica Daniels  | Manitoba | 2018 | 19 M
Ten young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg in 1967. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried the torch into the stadium. Fifty years later the runners reunite to share their memories.

 

ZAASAAKWE
Madison Thomas | Manitoba | 2017 | 5 M
In this uplifting celebration of life, a young woman calls upon Indigenous people to embrace their history while coming together to strengthen their ties within the community.

 

FROM THE DIRT
Tyler Funk & Carmen Ponto | Manitoba | 2018 | 22 M
A moving documentary set in rural Manitoba witnesses a couple navigate the seasons of their garden and their marriage.

 

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INDIGENOUS FILMMAKERS ASSOCIATIONS SHORT FILMS

3 PM | Aspire Theatre (Unitarian Church)
Sunday, July 29 | 84 M

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A collection of locally produced short films by Manitoba’s own Indigenous Filmmakers Association. Thanks to Eagle Vision for sponsoring our Indigenous Film Series this year, including this program!

 

MOCASSIN STORIES
Charlene Moore | Manitoba | 2016 | 21 M
Moccasins are more than footwear. They have the power to show us who we are. This Manitoba documentary follows the stories and lives of Indigenous Women and demonstrates the important role moccasins have played in their lives.

 

WAABISHKI-MA’IINGAN (A WHITE WOLF)
Ryan Wilson | Manitoba | 2017 | 6 M
Angus McDonad shows us how culture and tradition saved his life while being moved from home to home in the child welfare system.

 

RED RIVER ROOTS
Rachel Beaulieu | Manitoba | 2017 | 6 M
Jesse’s connection to his Red River roots goes back over a century. He hears of how his family shaped his history with what he now has today and goes on a spiritual journey to bring his great great great uncle a piece of home.

 

FULL OF FIRE
Rhayne Vermette | Manitoba | 2013 | 2 M
There are few alternatives for exiles. The homecoming may be postponed to an indeterminate future; one could settle for a replacement; and lastly, there is always madness.

 

FORGOTTEN
Jesse Spence | Manitoba | 2017 | 6 M
Levi lives a simple life until escalating visions too strong to ignore lead him to reconnect to his indigenous heritage.

 

BANK STATEMENT
Tyshana Hobson | Manitoba | 2017 | 6 M
A young Indigenous woman gets questioned by a teller when she makes her bi-weekly cash deposits at her local bank.

 

THE SPIDER
Roger Boyer
Chuck has a crush on the ower shop girl next door. Using a superhero card drawn by his co-worker Kelly, Chuck tries to strike up a conversation with her.

 

THE ESCAPIST
Amanda Kindzierski | Manitoba | 2017 | 10 M
A man faces his fears and his friends in his search for the life he wants and the relationships that matter.

 

RUN AS ONE – THE JOURNEY OF THE FRONT RUNNERS
Erica Daniels | Manitoba | 2018 | 19 M
Ten young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg in 1967. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried the torch into the stadium. Fifty years later the runners reunite to share their memories.


WHEN YOU LIGHT A CANDLE YOU ALSO CAST A SHADOW

3 PM | Lady of the Lake Theatre
Saturday, July 28

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A collection of Manitoba and Canadian shorts that walk the line between lightness and darkness, reality and myth. Thanks to Johnston Group, our dedicated long-time sponsor of Manitoba & Canadian Short Films!

 

TESLA WORLD LIGHT
Matthew Rankin | Quebec | 2017 | 8 M
New York, 1905. Visionary inventor Nikola Tesla makes one last appeal to J.P. Morgan, his one-time benefactor. Inspired by real events, this electrifying short is a spectacular burst of image and sound that draws as much from the tradition of avant-garde cinema as it does from animated documentary.

 

THREE THOUSAND
Asinnajaq (Isabella-Rose Weetaluktuk) Weetaluktuk | Quebec | 2017 | 14 M
Inuk artist Asinnajaq plunges us into a sublime imaginary universe—12 minutes of luminescent, archive-inspired cinema that recast the past, present and future of Inuit in a radiant new light.

 

BREAKFAST
Jesse De Rocquigny | Manitoba | 2017 | 5 M
Shot on film and experimental in form, Breakfast is a creative take on the classic boy meets girl story.

 

OU VONT LES CHATS APRÈS 9 VIES
Marion Duhame | Quebec | 2017 | 8 M
Teenager Lily-May decides to tell those closest to her she intends to end her life at an assisted suicide clinic. A humorous short that explores death.

 

ECHOES IN THE ICE
BJ Verot | Manitoba | 2017 | 10 M
Four men explore an abandoned research facility. Within the station unsettling signs of disorder are revealed, and in the lowest level of the facility, a chilling discovery is made.

 

TRIGGER WARNING
Scott Fitzpatrick | Manitoba | 2017 | 5 M
An examination of everyday household objects based on a list published in the December, 2016 issue of Harper’s Magazine shot on a camera (shaped like a gun).

 

SHADOW NETTES
Phillip Barker | Ontario | 2017 | 17 M
The Shadow Nette is a traditional fishing device that projects the silhouette of the fisherman. The “ fishr” assumes archetypal (and secret) poses of virility that display their strength and ability. This lyrical and beautifully shot lm creatively plays off this idea.

 

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RINSE AND REPEAT

3PM | Lady of the Lake Theatre
Sunday, July 29 | 84 M

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No matter how hard we try, things in our lives can feel like they’re on repeat. Some of these repetitions are beneficial, others harmful. But as these short films show, there is always something to be gained by circling back.

Thanks to Johnston Group, ACTRA Manitoba & the Directors Guild of Canada for sponsoring this collection of local and Canadian shorts!

 

NUUCA
Michelle Latimer | Ontario | 2017 | 10 M
A haunting essay that contemplates the connection between the abuse of the natural landscape and violence incited upon Indigenous women and girls.

 

A CABEÇA E A MÃO (The Head & The Hand)
March Serpa Francoeur | Ontario | 2018 | 23 M
A meditative glimpse into the lives of two women with disabilities who spent decades living together.

 

REFURBISHED (RETOUR DE QUALITÉ)
Daniel Abraham & Pierre-Alexandre Girard | Quebec | 2017 | 5 M
Germain shows up to the emergency room thinking he will be diagnosed with depression. Turns out something a lot darker is going on.

 

SAVING GRACE
Bisong Taiwo | Manitoba | 2017 | 9 M
A detective makes a daring attempt at rescuing a friend from the clutches of a deranged psychopath.

 

A MOTHER’S LOVE
Jenny Ng-Turner | Manitoba | 2018 | 18 M
A mother goes to the furthest lengths to try and nd her son who disappears as a result of his addiction.

 

PUMPKIN MOVIE
Sophy Romvari | British Columbia | 2017 | 10 M
Two long-time friends swap stories of negative encounters with men, in this frank window into the pervasive nature of gender inequality.

 

REPEAT VIEWING
Daniel Cockburn | Ontario | 2017 | 5 M
A performance about replaying memory, rewatching films & repeating mistakes.

 

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BLOOD IS THICKER THAN WATER

10 AM | Aspire Theatre (Unitarian Church)
Saturday, July 28 | 75 M

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Short stories that bring families together and also tear them apart. Relying on humour and sensitivity these films explore the ties that bind. Thanks to Johnston Group, ACTRA Manitoba & the Directors Guild of Canada for sponsoring this collection of local and Canadian shorts!

 

FIDDLING NEURON
Lesley Nakonechny | Manitoba | 2017 | 2 M
How can a loved one with Alzheimer’s occasionally come alive again when playing music? This question fuelled the director’s desire to understand how the illness manifests itself and what stories it represents.

 

MY DEAD DAD’S PORNO TAPES
Charlie Tyrell | Ontario | 2017 | 14 M
Trying to better understand his late father, Charlie Tyrell decides to go through his belongings— including a collection of porno tapes—in this moving exploration of dif cult family relationships.

 

CRÈME DE MENTHE
Jean-Marc E. Roy | Philippe David Gagné | Quebec | 2017 | 23 M
A young woman returns to her hometown after the death of her hoarder father and must empty his house. She tries to find out what her specific place is among this multitude of memories.

 

DEAR HATETTS
Kerry Barber | Yukon | 2017 | 6 M
Dear Hatetts is a personal account of a relationship torn apart by a suspected lie. Told in the form of a letter to a family, it is accompanied by documentary images of the filmmaker’s life.

 

AS WE ARE
Julie Epp | Manitoba | 2017 | 4 M
A story about family secrets and the courage to be who we truly are. As We Are explores gender roles and gender identity.

 

VIKA
Christain Borys / Marta Iwanek | Ontario | 2017 | 26 M
Vika is left conflicted when her sister moves from Ukraine to Canada—both overjoyed by her sister’s new life and deeply saddened to be separated from the only family she has left.

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