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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

Dinner for Two

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1996
Run Time 7min
Genre Comedy
When it comes to conflict, even chameleons won't change! Peace in the rain forest is disrupted when two chameleons literally get stuck in a conflict, with catastrophic results. Relationships are severed, opportunities are lost, innocent bystanders are harmed and violence seems imminent. Luckily for the lizards, a frog turns into exactly what they need - no, not a prince - a mediator. This animation tackles conflict in a lively, humorous and provocative way and was part of a series on conflict resolution that received support from UNICEF and Justice Canada.

Director

Janet Perlman

Writer

Janet Perlman

Producer

Barrie McLean

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Little Thunder

Directors Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Comedy
Inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe," this coming-of-age story follows a boy who reluctantly sets out on a canoe trip by himself, as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Directors

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Writers

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Producer

Annette Clarke

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Big Snit

Director Richard Condie
Year 1983
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Comedy, Drama
A wonderfully wacky look at two conflicts - global nuclear war and a domestic quarrel - and how each is resolved. This classic animated short was nominated for an Oscar. 

Director

Richard Condie

Writer

Richard Condie

Producers

Richard Condie, Michael Scott

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Drama

Interests

Classics, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1981
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Comedy

The classic Cinderella fairytale is given an endearing twist, presented by a cast of penguins!

Director

Janet Perlman

Genres

Animation, Comedy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

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Better Than Chocolate

Director Anne Wheeler
Year 1999
Run Time 101min
Genre Comedy

Maggie (Karyn Dwyer) is happy with her life in Vancouver. She works at an LGBTQ+ bookstore owned by Frances (Anne-Marie MacDonald) and has recently fallen head over heels with a young artist named (Christina Cox). When the couple decide to take their romance to the next level and move in together, everything seems perfect.

That is, until Maggie’s recently-divorced mom Lila (Wendy Crewson) and brother Paul turn up at her doorstep, looking to stay with her. The unlikely foursome end up sharing Maggie’s Vancouver loft, and Maggie must decide whether to keep her relationship – and her sexuality – a secret, or reveal who she really is to her well-meaning but naïve and conservative mother.

“Anne Wheeler's sexy, funny, poignant film, from a bright script by Peggy Thompson, is a real charmer, with considerable brains.” – David Noh, FilmJournal International

Director

Anne Wheeler

Writer

Peggy Thompson

Cast

Wendy Crewson, Karyn Dwyer, Christina Cox, Christina Cox, Karyn Dwyer

Producer

Sharon McGowan

Genre

Comedy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

TVA Films

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Love, Sex and Eating the Bones

Director Sudz Sutherland
Year 2003
Run Time 100min
Genre Comedy, Drama, Romance
Michael (Harper) is an aspiring photographer who is also obsessed with pornography. Jasmine (Afflack) is a single marketing executive who has sworn off sex since her last breakup. When the two meet, sparks fly … and complications ensue. 

Falling for the girl of his dreams and unable to perform, Michael must contend with the limits of fantasy or risk losing Jasmine. As the pair navigate the complex world of modern love, they must come to savour all that life brings – to “eat the bones” – in this raunchy yet crowd-pleasing romantic comedy. 

Love, Sex and Eating the Bones was named Best Canadian First Feature at the 2003 Toronto International Film Festival.

Director

Sudz Sutherland

Writers

Jennifer Holness, Sudz Sutherland

Cast

Meriaka Weathered, Mark Taylor, Hill Harper, Marlyne Barrett

Producer

Jennifer Holness

Genres

Comedy, Drama, Romance

Interest

BIPOC Stories

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion

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

Drinkwater

Director Stephen Campanelli
Year 2021
Run Time 117min
Genre Comedy
Mike Drinkwater (Doheny) isn’t like the other kids in his small town. They all have dreams, goals – and normal families. His awkward attempts to fit in are constantly thwarted by his delusional father (McCormack) who has devoted his life to maintaining the appearance of a long healed injury for the insurance. Mike’s rudderless existence is upended when his new neighbour Wallace (Tronco) gives him the push he needs to try to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, and to get rid of his personal demons along the way.

Drinkwater is a fun coming of age comedy that will have you laughing and rooting for the likable cast of quirky misfits.

“…quite possibly the most Canadian film ever made.” – Chris Knight, The National Post
 

Director

Stephen Campanelli

Director and cinematographer Campanelli got his start as a camera operator, working on many of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s features, including Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Grand Torino, and others. His directing credits include Momentum, Indian Horse, Grand Isle, and most recently, Drinkwater. Next, he is set to direct The Outlaws.

Writers

Edward McDonald, Luke Fraser

Cast

Eric McCormack, Daniel Doheny, Louriza Tronco

Producers

Graham Fraser, Dennis Swartman

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

LevelFILM

I Like Movies

Director Chandler Levack
Year 2022
Run Time 109min
Genre Comedy
Lawrence (Lehtinen), an awkward and anxious 17-year-old cinephile living in Burlington, ON, in the early 2000s, believes that he is on the path to a legendary filmmaking career – but so far it’s only gotten him as far as a job at the local video store. His blind ambition combined with his unique worldview confounds even those closest to him, and he soon starts to alienate his new manager Alana (D’Ugo) and even his best friend (Hynes White), forcing him to decide what he’s willing to sacrifice on the road to potential success. 

A true movie for movie lovers, Chandler Levack’s debut feature is a charming coming of age story that perfectly captures small-town Canadian adolescence.
 

Director

Chandler Levack

Writer

Chandler Levack

Cast

Isaiah Lehtinen, Krista Bridges, Dan Beirne

Producer

Lindsay Blair Goeldner

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

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Apaja’simk (The Return)

Director Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)
Year 2018
Run Time 10min
Genre Comedy, Drama
Glooscap, the creator of the Mi’kmaq people, sends a messenger to present day Mi’kma’ki to see how his people are faring and report back.

Director

Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)

Writer

Trevor Gould (Mi’kmaw)

Cast

Tapit Gould, Miranda Gould, Noel Julien

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

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Jean of the Joneses

Director Stella Meghie
Year 2016
Run Time 82min
Genre Comedy
Twenty-something writer Jean (Taylour Paige) is at a crossroads. Her last relationship has ended, all her career prospects are unappealing, and she's constantly hanging out with her aunts, mom and grandmother Daphne (Michelle Hurst). Their comfortable routine is interrupted when the estranged patriarch of the family literally dies on their doorstep. That's when Jean meets Ray (Mamoudou Athie), the paramedic who takes their 911 call, and potential romance looms on the horizon. 

Meghie's feature debut takes the multigenerational family comedy into clever new territory. The Jones women are thoughtful, honest, and exceptionally funny, and Jean of the Joneses observes them all with infectious affection.

Director

Stella Meghie

Writer

Stella Meghie

Cast

François Arnaud, Gloria Reuben, Anna Hopkins

Producers

Stella Meghie, Amos Adetuyi, Floyd Kane

Genre

Comedy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Search Engine Films

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 Big Charade

Director Jesse McKeown
Year 2004
Run Time 5min
Genre Comedy

A mock trailer about a boy and his father, who teaches him all he knows about the game of charades.

Director

Jesse McKeown

Writer

Jesse McKeown

Cast

Derek de Lint, Brendan Fletcher

Producer

Carwyn Jones

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributors

McKeown Household, Jones Household

The Cat Came Back

Director Cordell Barker
Year 1988
Run Time 7min
Genre Animation, Comedy, Family
In this Oscar-nominated short, a humorous song tells the silly tale of a man who just can't get rid of an unwanted cat. 

Director

Cordell Barker

Writer

Cordell Barker

Cast

Richard Condie

Producers

Cordell Barker, Richard Condie

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Family

Interest

Classics

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Hip Hop Mom

Director Mina Shum
Year 2011
Run Time 4min
Genre Comedy
A comedic take on how moms can stay true to themselves while raising a family.

Director

Mina Shum

Vancouver-based Shum is best-known for her feature films Double Happiness and Meditation Park, both starring Sandra Oh. Her documentary Ninth Floor was on TIFF’s 2015 list of Canada’s top ten films. Other features include Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity; and Drive, She Said. Most recently, she has directed episodes of Frankie Drake Mysteries, Murdoch Mysteries and October Faction. She is currently directing the feature One (Nine).

Writer

Mina Shum

Cast

Lossen Chambers, Jennifer Copping

Producer

Amy Belling

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Shum Household

Hollywood North

Director Peter O'Brian
Year 2003
Run Time 89min
Genre Comedy

In this sharp satire, a documentary filmmaker captures a producer’s attempts to adapt a Canadian novel to the screen.

Director

Peter O'Brian

Writers

Tony Johnston, John Hunter, Barry Healey

Cast

Saul Rubinek, Matthew Modine

Producer

John Gillespie

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

ContentFilm International

William Shatner Sings O Canada

Director Jacob Medjuck
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Comedy
When William Shatner gets a Lifetime Achievement Award from Canada's Governor General, he shows appreciation as only Shatner can. In this short film, the most famous space cadet in showbiz takes helm of our heritage and treats us to a memorable rendition of Canada's national anthem. 
 

Director

Jacob Medjuck

Writer

Jacob Medjuck

Cast

William Shatner

Producer

Paul McNeill

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Evelyn: The Cutest Evil Dead Girl

Director Brad Peyton
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Comedy
A darkly twisted comedy about a lonely dead girl who tries to bring herself back to life in order to make new friends.

Director

Brad Peyton

Writers

Lee Hoverd, Brad Peyton

Cast

Nadia Litz, Joshua Close

Producer

Jim Mauro

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Bullying

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre