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!