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Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

Les affamés (Ravenous)

Director Robin Aubert
Year 2017
Run Time 104min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. When he encounters a group hiding in a house that is in the path of an invading horde of the undead, he must decide whether or not to save them, as doing so would put him and his companions in danger.

Les affamés is a brilliant and fresh take on the zombie genre, maintaining a tense atmosphere with exceptional moments of horror. It won the Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF in 2017 and swept the Jutra Awards (now the Prix Iris) with ten wins, including Best Film and Best Direction.

“Robin Aubert's idiosyncratic and nuanced drama breathes fresh life into the zombie apocalypse subgenre.” - John Leydon, Variety

Director

Robin Aubert

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at TIFF 2005. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part, À l’origine d’un cri, and Tuktuq, and starred in De père en flic, the critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre, Jeune Juliette, and Mon cirque à moi. His latest film, Les Affamés won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017 and ten Prix Iris. He is currently completing his next film, Tu ne sauras jamais. 

Writer

Robin Aubert

Cast

Charlotte St-Martin, Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt

Producers

C.S. Roy, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

The Peanut Butter Solution

Director Michael Rubbo
Year 1985
Run Time 94min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
While exploring a haunted mansion, Michael Baskin (Mackay) is struck by “The Fright”, a mysterious curse that causes its victim to lose all their hair. After failed attempts to disguise his sudden hair loss, Michael receives a hair growth cure from the ghosts – one that involves a lot of peanut butter. From there, everything just gets worse… and so much stranger.

Hands down the most surreal children’s movie in Canadian history, this cult classic from the Tales For All series has to be seen to be believed.

Director

Michael Rubbo

Writers

Vojtech Jasný, Andrée Pelletier, Louise Pelletier, Michael Rubbo

Cast

Matthew Mackay, Siluck Saysanasy, Alison Darcy

Producers

Nicole Robert, Rock Demers

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Family, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

Cineplex Odeon Films/Criterion

The Grey Fox

Director Phillip Borsos
Year 1982
Run Time 92min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama

After going in and out of prison for over 30 years after a career of stagecoach robbing, Bill Miner is released in 1901 to a completely new reality. Lost about what to do next, Miner finds his inspiration for his next great adventure from the film The Great Train Robbery. His plan to commit the first ever train robbery leads to a thrilling heist and an intriguing tale full of twists and turns. 

Based on the true story of William Miner (nicknamed the Gentleman Bandit), The Grey Fox won 4 Genie Awards including Best Picture and has been included on TIFF’s top 10 list of the Best Canadian Films of All Time.

Director

Phillip Borsos

Borsos was a four-time Canadian Film Award, Genie Award winner, and an Oscar nominee. He released his debut feature, The Grey Fox, to much acclaim in 1982, at age 27. He also directed The Mean Season, One Magic Christmas, Bethune: The Making of a Hero and Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, before his tragic death from leukemia at age 41.

Writer

Jonathon M.B. Hunter

Cast

Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue

Producers

David Brady, Peter O'Brian

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interests

Biography, Classics, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

United Artists Classics

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Afflicted

Directors Clif Prowse, Derek Lee
Year 2013
Run Time 85min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror
In this remarkable first feature, two best friends (co-directors Derek Lee and Cliff Prowse) embark on a trip around the world for their travel web series. But when Derek comes down with a mysterious illness that is slowly consuming him, the trip becomes a race to identify and cure his ailment before it’s too late. 

Afflicted is a rare Canadian entry in the found-footage thriller genre that was called “ambitious in scope and practically flawless in execution,” by the Toronto Star’s Bruce DeMara.

Directors

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Writers

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee

Cast

Clif Prowse, Derek Lee, Michael Gill, Baya Rehaz

Producers

Chris Ferguson, Zach Lipovsky

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion

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Four Faces of the Moon

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2016
Run Time 13min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family
This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Cast

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producer

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Window Horses

Director Ann Marie Fleming
Year 2016
Run Time 88min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family
This extraordinary animated feature tells the tale of Rosie, a young Canadian poet of Chinese and Persian descent. Rosie lives in Vancouver with her Chinese grandparents and dreams of travelling and seeing the world. 

When she receives an invitation to a poetry festival in Shiraz, Iran, Rosie embarks on a journey that unravels a personal mystery and brings her closer to her Persian roots. 

Voiced by an all-star cast including Sandra Oh, Ellen Page and Don McKellar, Window Horses is a beautiful and poignant story about family, imagination, culture and finding your own voice. 

"This is not just a visual treat, it's a rewarding and unexpectedly engrossing piece of female-led storytelling." - Wendy Ide, Screen International 

Director

Ann Marie Fleming

Fleming is a visual artist, filmmaker and writer who has animated over 20 films, including the shorts Stories Sarah Tells, Big Trees and Heart. Her features include New Shoes, The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam and The French Guy. Fleming has won nearly 20 awards for her films, including 10 for Window Horses. Most recently, she directed the shorts A Short Film About Tegan & Sara, Question Period, and Old Dog.

Writer

Ann Marie Fleming

Cast

Elliot Page, Don McKellar, Nancy Kwan, Sandra Oh, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Producers

Sandra Oh, Ann Marie Fleming, Shirley Vercruysse, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Drama, Family

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, Literary Adaptation, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

La guerre des tuques (The Dog Who Stopped the War)

Director André Melançon
Year 1984
Run Time 92min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family
A group of kids on Christmas break decide to stage a mock war — the “war of the toques” — in the form of an epic, all-consuming snowball fight. The rules are simple: one team defends a snow fort, the other storms it. As the battle escalates and bad-blood between friends develops, a sudden tragedy teaches the children — and those watching — an invaluable lesson about the vanity of war.

This poignant and touching children's classic still resonates today as an affecting allegory about peace, as well as a celebration of snowy Canadian winters!

Director

André Melançon

Writers

Roger Cantin, Danyèle Patenaude, André Melançon

Cast

Cédric Jourde, Marie-Pierre A. D'Amour, Julien Elie

Producers

Rock Demers, Nicole Robert

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Family

Interests

Arts and Culture, Classics

Original Language

French

Canadian Distributor

Imavision Distribution

The Sun at Midnight

Director Kirsten Carthew
Year 2016
Run Time 93min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama
Set and shot at the Arctic Circle, The Sun At Midnight tells the story of an unexpected friendship between a hunter obsessed with finding a missing caribou herd and a teenage rebel who gets lost while on the run.

After her mother dies, 16-year-old "urban princess" Lia (Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs – who won an award at the Whistler Film Festival for her performance) is sent to spend the summer with her Gwich’in grandmother in a small community in the far north. Desperate to get back to city life, she steals a boat and heads south.

As might be expected, she quickly gets lost, and is soon discovered by Alfred (Howard), a Gwich’in hunter who reluctantly helps her navigate the unfamiliar wilderness. Set in the stunning landscape of the Arctic Circle, this charming coming of age drama tells the story of the unlikely friendship that arises between them.

"A truly inspirational masterpiece that I hope everyone has a chance to see." – Blake Priddle, CKLB Radio

Director

Kirsten Carthew

Writer

Kirsten Carthew

Cast

Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs (Mohawk), Duane Howard (Nuu-chah-nulth), Sarah Jerome, Mark Anderako, William Greenland

Producers

Kirsten Carthew, Amos Scott (Dene)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Jill and Jackfish Productions

Oliver Bump’s Birthday

Director Jordan Canning
Year 2011
Run Time 16min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy
On the eve of his birthday, 12-year-old child prodigy Oliver Bump is pretty sure he's about to die. Spurred by their demanding parents, his three brothers and sisters lived lives of endless intellectual toil until their inexplicable deaths at the exact moment they turn thirteen. Oliver is fated to be next. He spends his final hours with his parents in rigid preparations for his funeral. But with his new friend Sally at his side, the mysterious solution Oliver’s been working on might help him to escape his impending demise.

Director

Jordan Canning

Writer

Simon McNabb

Cast

Jason Spevack, Reiya Downs, Steve Cumyn

Producers

Mark Purdy, Jessica Cheung

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre

Grocery Store Action Movie

Director Matthew Campbell
Year 2016
Run Time 14min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy

A hapless every-man is in the express checkout lane at the grocery store when he realizes with horror that he has forgotten the all-important crackers. With his dinner guests already on their way over, he must risk life and limb to achieve the impossible: locate the salty snacks before losing his place in line. A hilarious send-up of action movie clichés created by and starring three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch duo Peter n' Chris.

Director

Matthew Campbell

Writers

Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson

Cast

Chris Wilson, Peter Carlone

Producers

David Kaye, Jameson Parker, Ryan Silva

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

Director Alain Desrochers
Year 2017
Run Time 126min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Eight years after they met in Bon Cop Bad Cop (above), the comically mismatched duo of straightlaced Ontario cop Martin Ward (Feore) and scruffy Quebec cop David Bouchard (Huard) reunite to investigate yet another major crime in this long-awaited sequel. When their separate investigations unexpectedly cross paths, the pair must join forces to investigate a crime ring south of the border, giving the film plenty of hilarious opportunities to poke fun at the cultural differences between the two Canucks and their American counterparts.

Director

Alain Desrochers

Desrochers began his filmmaking career with over 100 music videos and commercials, winning numerous awards. His first feature, La Bouteille, earned him a Genie nomination for Best Direction. His credits include Nitro, Cabotins and Gerry. Most recently, he directed the miniseries Bad Blood and the feature Security starring Sir Ben Kingsley.

Writer

Patrick Huard

Cast

Colm Feore, Patrick Huard, Erik Knudsen, Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse

Producers

Pierre Even, Patrick Huard, François Flamand

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

Bon Cop Bad Cop

Director Érik Canuel
Year 2006
Run Time 116min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller
A box-office smash, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is an action-packed comedy about two policemen who are thrown together to solve a crime committed on the border between Quebec and Ontario.

Ward (Feore) and Boucher (Huard) couldn’t be more different: one is an English-speaker from Toronto, the other is a French-speaker from Montreal; one never deviates from established procedure, the other is a rebel who refuses to play by the rules. The detectives soon learn that if they are to solve this lurid crime, which is linked to the world of hockey, they need to stop bickering and work together.

With uproarious performances from both leads, Bon Cop, Bad Cop is a genuinely clever take on the buddy-cop genre that will keep you captivated throughout.

Director

Érik Canuel

Canuel made music videos and TV commercials before turning to film. His features include Nez rouge and Le dernier tunnel, Barrymore, starring Christopher Plummer, and the recent Undercover Grandpa. Bon Cop Bad Cop won a Genie for Best Motion Picture and the Golden Reel Award. Next, Canuel will direct the feature film The Burning Man.

Writers

Leila Basen, Alex Epstein, Patrick Huard, Kevin Tierney

Cast

Colm Feore, Patrick Huard

Producer

Kevin Tierney

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama, Thriller

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Languages

English, French

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Defendor

Director Peter Stebbings
Year 2009
Run Time 101min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama
By day, Arthur Poppington (Harrelson) works at a construction site; by night, he is the mighty Defendor, a costumed vigilante who keeps Hamilton safe from his arch nemesis, Captain Industry.

Outfitted in a homemade costume, Defendor may not have special powers, but he is nonetheless dedicated to protecting the streets and fighting crime. He battles a corrupt cop (Koteas), befriends the tough and streetwise Kat (Dennings) and schemes to bring down a local mob boss, all while a court-appointed psychiatrist (Oh) tries to get to the bottom of his conviction that he is, in fact, a superhero.

Turning the superhero genre on its head, Defendor is a bittersweet and emotionally affecting take on our comic book–obsessed culture.

Director

Peter Stebbings

Stebbings’ directorial debut was Defendor, and his second film, Empire of Dirt, was nominated for five CSAs. As an actor, his numerous credits include Citizen Duane, The Borgias, Bates Motel, Counting for Thunder and his newest film Percy Vs Goliath. He recently directed The Disappearance, which garnered four CSAs, and episodes of Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Sounds, and Killjoys. He is currently writing and directing the feature Running with Monsters.

Writer

Peter Stebbings

Cast

Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas

Producer

Nicholas Tabarrok

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster

Director Nathan Morlando
Year 2011
Run Time 105min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
This real-life adventure story is based on an actual Canadian WWII veteran and family man turned bank robber. Disillusioned by his post-war life, Eddie Boyd (Speedman) is torn between his desire to provide for his wife (Reilly) and his dream to go to Hollywood and become a star. Eddie is charming, ambitious and hungry for success, and ultimately turns to crime in order to attain it.

Eddie gets his start by recruiting a gang of small-time crooks and slowly turns them into a crack team of professional thieves. He launches a series of spectacular bank robberies, gaining notoriety and quickly becoming both a beloved national celebrity and public enemy number one. Part action-packed crime caper, part romance, this vibrant film brings an incredible true story to life.

Director

Nathan Morlando

Morlando’s first film, Edwin Boyd: Citizen Gangster, won Best Canadian First Feature at TIFF. He also directed Mean Dreams, which debuted in the Directors’ Fortnight section of the Cannes Film Festival. He recently produced Giant Little Ones and directed episodes of the show Cardinal.

Writer

Nathan Morlando

Cast

Scott Speedman, Kelly Reilly, Kevin Durand, Brian Cox, Charlotte Sullivan

Producer

Allison Black

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Interests

Biography, History

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Hyena Road

Director Paul Gross
Year 2015
Run Time 120min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Barren landscapes. Unseen enemies. Hyena Road depicts the recent war in Afghanistan, where peaceful peoples trying to live their lives find themselves caught in cross-fire.

Under the command of Captain Pete Mitchell (Gross), ace sniper Ryan Sanders (Sutherland) has caught wind of a dangerous insurgency. Stopping it will take the cooperation of Afghan locals and the dogged efforts of Canadian troops. Showing how forces on either side can work together to prevent senseless tragedy, Hyena Road goes down a dusty, dirty, thunderous path.

Hyena Road won three Canadian Screen Awards.

“The goal of the movie is truth-telling rather than flag-waving, but it also succeeds as impactful storytelling.”
— Peter Howell, Toronto Star

Director

Paul Gross

Gross starred in the hit TV series Due South and Slings & Arrows. He directed, wrote and starred in Men With Brooms, which won a Canadian Comedy Award, as well as Hyena Road and Passchendaele, which won a Genie for best film. Gross also starred in the mini-series Alias Grace and Caught, the series Tales of the City and Y: The Last Man, and the films Falling and The Middle Man.

Writer

Paul Gross

Cast

Allan Hawco, Rossif Sutherland, Paul Gross, Christine Horne

Producers

Paul Gross, Niv Fichman

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Thriller

Interests

Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

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Aboriginality

Directors Dominique Keller, Tom Jackson (Cree)
Year 2007
Run Time 5min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation
A young boy is transported through his television set to the scene of a traditional Indigenous hoop dance, encountering his family's cultural heritage in a new way. Includes spoken word rap in English and in Cree.

Directors

Dominique Keller, Tom Jackson (Cree)

Writer

Dominique Keller

Cast

Dallas Arcand (Kipohtakaw)

Producers

Dominique Keller, Bonnie Thompson

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Blue Butterfly

Director Léa Pool
Year 2004
Run Time 97min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama
Inspired by the true story of a terminally ill ten year old boy (Marc Donato) and his determined single mom, who will stop at nothing to make his dream come true. This shy, intelligent and brave boy's dream is to capture the most beautiful butterfly on earth, the legendary Blue Morpho, so his mom begins by convincing a renowned entomologist (William Hurt) to take them into the jungle. So, the adventure of a lifetime begins. 

Director

Léa Pool

Pool has earned three Genie Award nominations for Best Direction. Her films include Emporte Moi, Mouvements du désir, Lost and Delirious, La dernière fugue and the documentary Pink Ribbons, Inc. Her recent films include the doc Double Sentence and the features La passion d'Augustine and Et au pire, on se mariera.

Writer

Pete McCormack

Cast

William Hurt, Pascale Bussières, Marc Donato, Raoul Max Trujillo, Marianella Jimenez

Producers

Claude Bonin, Francine Atlaire, Arnie Gelbart, Michael Haggiag

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Les triplettes de Belleville (The Triplets of Belleville)

Director Sylvain Chomet
Year 2003
Run Time 80min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama
A young boy is raised in the French countryside by his grandma, who buys him a bicycle and encourages his dream of winning the Tour de France, in this whimsical animation. However, he gets kidnapped by a group of Mafia gangsters and taken to the big city of Belleville, where he is used for his bicycling prowess in an elaborate gambling scheme. Along with her faithful companion Bruno, his grandmother sets out to rescue him, and ends up befriending a trio of aging musicians who were once the '30s jazz trio known as The Triplets of Belleville.

Features an original jazz musical score by Benoît Charest.

Director

Sylvain Chomet

Writer

Sylvain Chomet

Cast

Michèle Caucheteux, Jean-Claude Donda, Michel Robin, Béatrice Bonifassi, Lina Boudreau

Producers

Viviane Vanfleteren, Didier Brunner, Paul Cadieux

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Entract Films