Monthly Archives: June 2015

Where And How To Watch A Canadian Short Film

Watching Canadian shorts is fun to do and there are a lot of them to discover. Whether you’re new to the genre or already a fan, the following is a brief list on the places where you can access them and the ways to appreciate them.

1. Film festivals

Film festivals are great places to catch Canadian short films. They will set aside time and a venue to screen a wide variety of shorts. Not only have Canadian shorts been featured at Canadian film festivals, but also at festivals in the U.S. and in other countries as well. Look for a film festival in your area and check out their schedule to see when the short films are set to play. You might even get a chance to see some shorts win awards.

2. While travelling on an airplane

If you’re on a flight somewhere in Canada, for example, there is plenty of time to watch Canadian shorts found on the in-flight entertainment systems. Air Canada features a variety of shorts on its ‘enRoute’ system all free of charge. Why even try to watch a feature-length movie when you may not get a chance to see it from beginning to end? You can easily squeeze in a string of shorts from start to finish from the time you’ve made altitude to the time you start your descent. Flying international? Watching Canadian shorts will make you feel as if you were at home.

3. Teaching or presenting to a class

If you’re a teacher or if you are giving some kind of presentation to a class, enhance your lesson plan by showing a short film. Not only will you break-up the in-class routine for a while, but shorts can often shed more light on the subject you are teaching. Maybe even lighten the mood. A few years ago, a gentleman from the transportation field was a guest speaker at a professional logistics class lecture. Instead of just presenting material that could be found straight out of a textbook, he borrowed and screened a copy of the NFB’s ‘The Romance of Transportation in Canada‘ to the class. The film’s story and humor was well-received by everyone in the classroom.

4. Weekend evenings

The time of day also makes a difference when watching Canadian shorts. The best time of day to watch shorts is in the evening after 8 p.m on a Friday or Saturday. Maybe you’ve recorded CBC’s short film program ‘Canadian Reflections‘ or Rewind Channel’s ‘Homegrown Shorts’ earlier in the week on your PVR. The lights are turned down real low. You’ve sat down with a bowl of popcorn or potato chips and now you’re ready to watch a good selection of Canadian shorts for the next 30 minutes. Life is good.

5. Canada Day

Of course, celebrating Canada Day would not be complete without watching a few Canadian shorts. You can find them on all sorts of websites such as NSI Canada, CBC Player for both ‘Canadian Reflections‘ and ‘Short Film Face Off‘, as well as dozens of websites and Vimeo pages belonging to the Canadian short film makers themselves. There is such a wealth of excellent Canadian shorts to be found online. During the day, make a list of the ones you want to watch. Then watch them on your laptop or smartphone before you set out to catch the fireworks at your local park. Or, you might be so absorbed by the films that you will miss the fireworks altogether!

Happy Watching and have a Happy Canada Day!

 

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‘Interview With A Time Traveler’ (2014) Takes You On A Profound Journey

Summer is practically here. People are thinking about taking time off from work to rest and enjoy the warm weather. Some folks are even taking a trip somewhere, whether it is to a lake resort or another city altogether. Certainly, travel is a popular summer holiday past time. But, would you consider travelling back in time on your holiday?

‘Interview With a Time Traveler’ was produced and directed by James Cooper and written by Peter Rowley. It stars Elias Toufexis as a journalist named Paul and Eric Johnson as The Traveler. After receiving numerous tips regarding future world events, Paul meets with The Traveler in a hotel room in order to find out more about this gentleman and how he was able to supply him with such exact information. In a brooding voice, The Traveler reveals that he is from the future and interacted with many historical figures through his time machine. Realizing that he is ill and dying, The Traveler wants to hand over the time travel role over to Paul. Paul refuses at first. But, he curiously changes his mind after The Traveler reveals an unpleasant incident that took place in Paul’s past. Watch the film below:

I liked the serious and dark feel of the film; the background music definitely added a dire tone. I also enjoyed listening to The Traveler’s dialogue; it was intelligent, philosophical, and thought-provoking. It was interesting that the details of Paul’s unpleasant past incident weren’t really made known. Consequently, it was left up to the imagination of the viewer to try to figure that out. But, that’s one of the fun things about watching short films. Perhaps Paul saw it as a good opportunity to get closure.

I first saw ‘Interview With a Time Traveler’ on CBC’s ‘Canadian Reflections’; it kept me on the edge of my chair and wanting more. I can definitely see it becoming a television mini-series or even a longer feature film. This is a film that is good to watch late at night on a big HD screen television. Put it on your ‘to-do’ list for your holidays this summer. Enjoy!

 

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Cinémental Seeks Entries for Short Film and KINO Competitions

Are you a Canadian film maker who is passionate about making films in the French language? Cinémental, one of the oldest French-language film festivals in Western Canada, is seeking submissions for its annual Short Film and KINO competitions to be held on October 18, 2015, at 1:00 p.m. at the Centre Culturel Franco-Manitobain (CCFM).

For the short film portion, interested film makers can submit their work under either one of two categories: amateur and professional. Films must run a maximum of 10 minutes. Cinémental must receive all short film entries by September 15, 2015.Cinemental 2015

Participants who are interested in the KINO competition have four categories to choose from: documentary, fiction, animation and experimental. Each team will have 48 hours to produce a film to run between 30 seconds and 3 minutes. KINO films will be presented during the Short Film Competition on October 18th. Teams must be registered with Cinémental by September 15, 2015.

More information about the festival and registration forms can be found by clicking on this link: http://cinemental.com/wp/en/2015-competition/

Here is a great opportunity to showcase fantastic Francophone film talent from Canada to the local community and the world. ‘Bonne chance’ to everyone who enters and participates in the competitions. You can follow Cinémental on Twitter @Cinemental_mb and ‘like’ them on Facebook.

 

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