Monthly Archives: December 2014

Thank You, Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Dear Short Film Fan Readers:

I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has taken the time to visit and read Short Film Fan since it was launched in May 2014. Never could I have predicted the number of visitors to the site from so many countries. I hope that everyone has found my posts interesting to read and the films fun to watch. It’s my wish that you will return next year.

A big thanks goes out to everyone at CBC Short Film Face Off for allowing me the opportunity to review the show’s episodes in the fall. Thanks also goes out to Jennifer Liao, Ez-Reklama, all my blog followers, new Twitter followers, and everyone who has shared my blog posts via Twitter re-tweets.

I am looking forward to taking Short Film Fan into 2015 with more reviews news and information on the extremely fascinating topic of Canadian short films.

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to everyone. See you next year!

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Celebrate Canadian Shorts With The Shortest Day – December 19, 20 and 21

The first day of winter will be on December 21. This means that this day will have the least amount of daylight during waking hours, making it the shortest day of the year. To welcome the winter solstice, and to celebrate Canadian short films at the same time, a nation-wide film festival will be held on December 19, 20 and 21 called The Shortest Day.

The Shortest Day festival is brought to us by the National Film Board, Telefilm Canada and Sodec Quebec. Depending on where you live, you and your family will be treated to a variety of entertaining Canadian short films. Click on the Venue link below to find a screening near you:

These film screenings should prove to be an excellent way to spend time and enjoy some Canadian short films with friends and family, and a fun way to start your Christmas holidays.

Enjoy the festival!

(Source: Wikimedia Commons)
(Source: Wikimedia Commons)

Throwback Thursday: NFB’s ‘Energy Carol’ (1975) A Timely Tale On Energy Conservation

Christmas is almost here and our radios and televisions are packed full with Christmas programming specials. One of the most classic Christmas stories known to most people is Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol”. There have been countless film and television adaptations of this story of repentance and second chances. The National Film Board even produced its own version in 1975 with a 10-minute version called “Energy Carol”.

Written and directed by Les Drew, this short was also made possible with assistance by the former federal Office of Energy Conservation, as well as the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources. ‘Energy Carol’ is a humorous spin on the Dickens story, with Ebenezer Stooge as a CEO of power production company and his trusted employee, Mr Scratchit. Stooge believes in encouraging everyone to use energy as fast as his power company can make it. According to Stooge, energy waste equates to growth. However, just like his Dickens counterpart, Stooge is shown the folly of his ways by three ‘energy ghosts’ past, present and future.

‘Energy Carol’ was a very clever attempt at educating Canadians of the day at conserving energy in their daily lives.  Without a doubt, the energy crisis of the 1970s was a catalyst in the production of this film. Although it was a short film, ‘Energy Carol’ followed the original Dickens story very well. It was also smart to present the film and energy conservation in a humorous manner; no one certainly wants to feel guilty about wasting energy or cajoled into changing a habit.

The film still resonates in these times, as household energy prices in Canada have been steadily climbing in the past few years. Even if your lifestyle already includes conservation practices such as using energy-efficient light bulbs and taking public transit, ‘Energy Carol’ is still a nice little film to watch at Christmas.

Logo courtesy of NFB
Logo courtesy of NFB

Whistler Film Festival To Host 8th Annual MPPIA Short Film Pitch Competition December 6, 2014

It’s December. Winter is settling in and Christmas is around the corner. If you are in the Whistler area and are hoping to check out some short films before hitting the slopes, the 8th Annual MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch will take place December 6th, 10:30 am to 12 noon at the Grand Foyer of the Whistler Conference Centre.

Five finalists will be presenting their short films in front of a panel of judges for a chance to win a coveted cash prize of $10,000 from the Motion Picture Production Industry Association of British Columbia. Another $5,000 will be awarded to the winner from Creative BC, as well as in-kind film production services up to $100,000 for a short film project to be completed within one year of winning the award.

The finished project will  premiere at next year’s Whistler Film Festival. Last year’s winner Nick Citton will have his film ‘The Future Perfect’ screened after the awards show at 1 pm at Whistler’s Millennium Centre. Click on the link for more details about the Award Pitch, the five finalists, and the film festival:

Follow the Whistler Film Festival on Twitter: @whisfilmfest