If you’re a Canadian short film fan and ever wondered if any of these quality films and their passionate filmmakers are acknowledged and awarded, look no further than the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television’s Canadian Screen Awards.
The Canadian Screen Awards will be celebrating the best in Canadian television, film and digital media during Canadian Screen Week from March 7th to 13th this year. The fun culminates on March 13th at 8 p.m. with the 2-hour broadcast of the awards ceremony on CBC-TV.
A total of 15 shorts are nominated in three categories and are as follows:
Best Short Documentary:
Bacon & God’s Wrath – Sol Friedman
The Little Deputy – Trevor Anderson, Blake McWilliam
Quiet Zone – David Bryant, Julie Roy, Karl Lemieux
Rebel/Bihttoš – Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Laura Good
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum – Chelsea McMullan, Douglas Nayler
Best Live Action Short Drama:
Blue Thunder/Bleu Tonnerre – Philippe-David Gagné, Jean-Marc E. Roy
Mynarski Death Plummet – Matthew Rankin, Gabrielle Tougas-Fréchette
Overpass/Viaduc – Patrice Laliberté
Roberta – Catherine Chagnon, Caroline Monnet
She Stoops To Conquer – Zack Russell
Best Animated Short:
Autos Portraits – Claude Cloutier, Julie Roy
The Ballad Of Immortal Joe – Hector Herrera, Pazit Cahlon
BAM – Howie Shia, Michael Fukushima, Maral Mohammadian
In Deep Waters – Sarah Van den Boom, Julie Roy, Richard Van den Boom
The Sleepwalker/Sonámbulo – Theodore Ushev
Hopefully during the television broadcast we’ll get to see clips of all the shorts, as well as a chance to see the filmmakers in the audience. Congratulations and good luck to all the nominees at this year’s Canadian Screen Awards ceremony!
Tweet With Canadian Reflections and SFF in March: As an added bonus to Canadian short film fans, some of these nominated shorts will also be broadcasting on the CBC-TV short film program, Canadian Reflections, in March. Stay tuned to Short Film Fan for details on which films will be aired on the show and for information about some fun Tweeting that you can participate in!
Whenever we’re in a mood to learn something new or want to briefly step away from the entertainment side of films, chances are we will tune in to some sort of documentary. In terms of time, most documentaries can last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours. But, did you know that documentaries can also last the length of an average short film?
The National Film Board recently launched on its website a short documentary film project called 5 Shorts Project. This initiative is a film production partnership between the NFB and various Quebec artist-run production centres.
The first five short documentaries currently available through 5 Shorts Project were made in conjunction with Spira, an independent film co-op. The shorts deal with a range of interesting issues. Here’s a list of what you’ll see. Click on each title to be directed to the film:
At the Beach by Jeremy Peter Allen – burn victims enjoy a day at the beach.
Hey Lou! by John Blouin – scenes of life and death are contrasted together.
The combination of the documentary and short film formats worked really well with these films. The production quality made it feel as if you were actually in the films with the other participants. Just like a short film, the length of these documentaries was enough so that the stories could be told concisely while stirring up the viewer’s imagination.
Short Film Fan Pick: Interview With a Free Man.
The next set of short documentary films for 5 Shorts Project will be made in partnership with La Bande Sonimage.
I attended the TIFF Canadian Shorts & Global Audience Film Awards at the Gimli Film Festival recently. The audience was treated to a variety of new Canadian shorts, including comedies and drama. At the end of the screenings, the audience had the chance to pick the winner of a $1,000 prize. The winning film was ‘The Chaperone’, directed and written by Fraser Munden and Neil Rathbone of Thoroughbread Pictures.
‘The Chaperone’ is based on a true story of events that took place at a teen dance party in 1970s Montreal. At one point during the evening, a biker gang suddenly crashes the party. It’s up to Ralph Whims, the chaperone, and Stefan Czernatowicz, the DJ, to remove the uninvited guests. View the trailer courtesy of Thoroughbread Pictures and Vimeo:
A serious situation at the time, the story was presented in top humor. I was laughing throughout most of the film. I loved the dialogue and the use of the funky 1970s guitar licks. I was especially floored at the different types of animation that was used. To me, it was very, very creative and it definitely deserved to win the $1,000 prize that day.
‘The Chaperone’ had its world premiere at the 2013 TIFF and was chosen by TIFF as “Canada’s Top Ten” shorts produced in 2013. The film is also available in 3D. Check out the website for more information on past screenings http://www.thoroughbread.ca/
Are you a fan of the National Film Board (NFB) and living in British Columbia, or anywhere else in Canada? The NFB’s Pacific and Yukon office in Vancouver begins production on two new short documentaries this summer, ‘Rock the Box’ and ‘Debris’. These films are the first to be produced under Shirley Vercruysse, the NFB’s new executive producer for the Pacific and Yukon centre.
‘Rock the Box’ will be directed by film critic and author, Katherine Monck. The film will follow the efforts of Rhiannon Rozier, a 29 year-old Victoria resident who is seeking to take her place in the largely male-dominated DJ industry. ‘Rock the Box’ examines the issue of how women are valued and who defines what that value is.
From Vancouver film maker John Bolton, ‘Debris’ will focus on B.C. park ranger Pete Clarkson and his drive to build a memorial to the 2011 Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami. It will be built in Tofino, B.C., out of wood from homes destroyed by this disaster in Japan. Not only is the project to serve as a memorial, but also as a warning to a possible underwater earthquake and tsunami to hit British Columbia one day.
Check the NFB‘s website and various film festivals for their release to the general public.