GFF is proud to present the short film program In Close Quarters, curated by GFF’s 2021 Short Film Programmer Shira Newman.

Film is a social medium. It brings groups of people together to make movies about other groups of people interacting with one another (freely and without masks!). So what happens when the caravans of film crew trucks are parked and sets are off limits due to pandemic restrictions? These largely pandemic-inspired films show some of the amazing creativity, insights, humour, and introspection that filmmakers have accessed in these strange times. In addition to these films, we have included others about closed small spaces, which fit in with our theme and which we love.

Generously sponsored by Johnston Group.

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Shorts #4: In Close Quarters

Available only on GFF On Demand | July 19-25, 2021

Rockin’ The Coffin

dir. Cailleah Scott-Grimes
2021 | Canada | 9 min

Cailleah is used to her father’s eccentric ways. But his act of building a coffin for himself during the current pandemic evokes something powerful and unexpected in her. Suddenly, a conversation about death and dying between daughter and father becomes a surreal possibility.

My Friend, Marcel

dir. William Soffe
2021 | United Kingdom | 17 min

In the midst of a national lockdown, Frank Dennison makes a new friend within the confines of his own home. This new friend, Marcel, helps Frank cook, work, and provides company when he most needs it. However, as Marcel’s behaviour begins to sour, Frank must choose between leaving his friend, or getting trapped within his own psyche forever.


dir. Ella Gillmor
2021 | United States | 10 min

Based on real people and events, filmmaker Ella Gillmor attempts to communicate with her grandfather in the dream world after his death in 2020.


dir. Hannah Michielsen
2021 | Canada | 23 min

In the midst of writers block and the anxiety that comes with it, a young writer finds himself in a situation that blurs the lines of fact and fiction, as he connects with another writer in crisis who has invaded his space, bringing both in intrigue and danger.


dir. Nischhal Sharma
2021 | India | 13 min

Rimi, a housewife, stuck in the mundane life of domesticity finds herself on the threshold of leaving everything behind and embracing liberation when a desire awakens in her after she encounters young and attractive Riya.

Wasting Time at the End of the World

dir. Milos Mitrovic
2021 | Canada | 8 min

A lonely comedian prepares for a virtual stand up act. Milos Mitrovic directs Wasting Time at the End of the World, co-written by and starring Alex Ateah, a sadly funny glimpse into our new Covid reality and digital connections that fail to replicate the real deal. Just ordering a pizza becomes an ordeal — can they just leave it at the door? (contactless delivery!), how long do I wash my hands after touching the box? Tiny nothing exchanges of yesteryear become tense showdowns with nervy buildups followed by momentary blips of relief. After the pizza, and psyching herself up in front of the mirror, she heads to the stage, i.e. her living room in front of her laptop, where she attempts to make a crowd of tiny pixelated faces (that she can’t hear) laugh. It’s a near impossible task trying to be funny with no audience feedback, and Mitrovic really nails the feeling of the moment, holed up, distant, frustrating, hard to find the laughs.