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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

Blood and Donuts

Director Holly Dale
Year 1995
Run Time 89min
Genre Horror

Most people prefer coffee with their pastry, but then, most people aren't Canadian vampires trapped in an all-night donut shop! Boya (Gordon Currie), a sexy Gothic vampire, rises after 25 years of hibernation in ‘90s Toronto. Overwhelmed by his new surroundings, Boya takes refuge in an all-night diner where he forms a close relationship with a charming waitress (Helene Clarkson) and an offbeat cabbie (Justin Louis) who’s in too deep with the local gangsters, lead by none other than Filmmaking Icon David Cronenberg. Blood & Donuts is the hilariously morbid debut feature film from accomplished Canadian director Holly Dale (Dexter, The Americans, Durham County).

Director

Holly Dale

Writer

Andrew Rai Berzins

Cast

Gordon Currie, Louis Ferreira, Helene Clarkson, Fiona Reid

Genre

Horror

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Malofilm Distribution

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

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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

Pin

Director Sandor Stern
Year 1988
Run Time 103min
Genre Horror

When young Leon (Hewlett) forms a bond with an anatomy doll he calls Pin, his father (O’Quinn) doesn’t give it much thought, seeing it as a typical childhood imaginary friend. But after both of Leon’s parents are killed in a car accident, his attachment grows into a dangerous level of fixation, and he begins to employ the doll in increasingly horrific ways. This incredible piece of psychological horror will keep you on the edge of your seat.

A cult favourite among horror fans but currently out of print, we’re pleased to offer a rare chance to see Pin in honour of its 35th anniversary. 

“A cool, bloodless, well-made thriller with a taste for the quietly bizarre.” – Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Director

Sandor Stern

Writer

Sandor Stern

Cast

David Hewlett, Cynthia Preston, Terry O'Quinn, Bronwen Mantel

Producer

Rene Malo

Genre

Horror

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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The Guest

Director Nick Rodgers (Anishinaabe)
Year 2015
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation, Comedy, Horror
A trapper finds a strange wounded animal in the forest. But his new little friend quickly proves insatiable.

Director

Nick Rodgers (Anishinaabe)

Writer

Nick Rodgers (Anishinaabe)

Cast

Philippe Mathon

Genres

Animation, Comedy, Horror

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Wapikoni Mobile

Black Christmas

Director Bob Clark
Year 1974
Run Time 98min
Genre Horror, Thriller

If Black Christmas doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight!


At the start of winter break, a group of sorority sisters begin to receive threatening anonymous phone calls. The calls are initially creepy, but soon turn murderous as girls start disappearing from the sorority house and the sisters begin to suspect a killer is in their midst. But no one realizes just how close the mad murderer may be!


Inspired by the terrible true crimes of the Westmount murders in Montreal, Black Christmas is surely not your traditional holiday fare, but when the film is this historically significant — Bob Clark’s film is often cited as one of the first slasher films in horror — naughty or nice, it’s time to check it off your list!

Director

Bob Clark

Writer

Roy Moore

Cast

Olivia Hussey, Keir Dullea, Margot Kidder, John Saxon

Producer

Bob Clark

Genres

Horror, Thriller

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Warner Bros

Crash

Director David Cronenberg
Year 1996
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller
Written and directed by David Cronenberg and based on J. G. Ballard’s 1973 novel of the same name, Crash tells the uncomfortable (and controversial) story of a group of people who are turned on by car crashes, a unique form of paraphilia.

After hitting Dr. Helen Remington (Hunter)’s vehicle in a critical car accident, film producer James Ballard (Spader), a man in an open marriage, and Remington, whose husband died in the crash, begin an unlikely affair that seems to take place exclusively in and around automobiles. While he is recovering, Ballard meets Vaughan (Koteas), a man who leads a bizarre subculture of people who fetishize car crashes, car safety tests and traffic accidents in general. As Vaughan’s unusual cult meetings intersect with their lives, Ballard finds deeper meaning not just in his marriage, but in mankind’s increasingly intertwined and disturbing relationship to technology.

Director

David Cronenberg

Writer

David Cronenberg

Cast

James Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, Deborah Unger

Producers

David Cronenberg, Robert Lantos, Jeremy Thomas

Genres

Drama, Horror, Romance, Thriller

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

Fido

Director Andrew Currie
Year 2006
Run Time 91min
Genre Comedy, Horror
Welcome to Willard, an idyllic town in a 1950s parallel universe where the sun shines every day, everybody knows their neighbour and zombies carry the mail.

Visually captivating, sly and clever, Fido follows the Robinson family, who have been hesitant to get a zombie of their own even though everyone on the block has one. All that changes when Mom (Moss) buys Fido (Connolly), and the loveable brute becomes young Timmy’s best friend. Fido is a funny, satirical and refreshing movie with an all-star cast and a standout performance by Billy Connolly as Fido.

“Currie’s zombie comedy is in a class by itself.”
— Lori Fireman, NOW Magazine

Director

Andrew Currie

Currie attended Simon Fraser University and the CFC. His feature films Mile Zero and Fido garnered international acclaim and awards. He recently directed The Steps and produced the feature Indian Road Trip and the short film Cloud Striker. He is currently writing and directing the feature The Invisibles.

Writers

Robert Chomiak, Andrew Currie, Dennis Heaton

Cast

Carrie-Anne Moss, Billy Connolly, Dylan Baker, Henry Czerny

Producers

Blake Corbet, Mary Anne Waterhouse

Genres

Comedy, Horror

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

TVA Films

Ginger Snaps

Director John Fawcett
Year 2000
Run Time 108min
Genre Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
In this Canadian horror classic, a young woman’s adolescent transformation gets hairier than expected.

Teenaged sisters Ginger (Isabelle) and Brigitte (Perkins) live in Bailey Downs, a small town that has been hit by a mysterious run of dog attacks. On the night of Ginger’s first period she is attacked by a monstrous creature, setting her on the path to a much more dramatic transformation than mere puberty held in store!

With biting satire on the coming-of-age story, Ginger Snaps is a cult classic, howling with laughs, screams and frightfully fun dialogue. Nominated for three Genie Awards, the film went on to spawn two sequels.

Director

John Fawcett

Writer

Karen Walton

Cast

Emily Perkins, Katharine Isabelle, Kris Lemche, Mimi Rogers

Producers

Noah Segal, Daniel Lyon, Alicia Reilly-Larson, Karen Lee Hall, Steven Hoban

Genres

Comedy, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

TVA Films

Scanners

Director David Cronenberg
Year 1981
Run Time 103min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
After 10 seconds, the pain begins. 15 seconds, you can’t breathe. 20 seconds, you explode.

Scanners are social outcasts, the by-product of a failed experimental drug given to their mothers during pregnancy, and possess the unusual ability to read and control minds.

Security firm ConSec wants to harness these telekinetics and turn them into a powerful new weapon; however, Revok (Ironside) is hellbent on destroying ConSec and taking over the world. The only man who may be able to stop him is the stoic but equally powerful Vale (Lack).

Chaos reigns as the duo face off in a series of dramatic duels featuring some of cinema’s most jaw-dropping practical effects.

Busting heads and box-office numbers when it opened in 1981, Scanners demonstrates Cronenberg’s talent for accessible, fun and truly awesome science fiction.

Director

David Cronenberg

Writer

David Cronenberg

Cast

Jennifer O'Neill, Stephen Lack, Michael Ironside, Patrick McGoohan

Producers

Pierre David, Claude Héroux, Victor Solnicki

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

Groupe Laurem inc.

Haunter

Director Vincenzo Natali
Year 2013
Run Time 97min
Genre Horror

On the night before her sweet 16th, Lisa (Abigail Breslin) becomes stuck in time, reliving the day over and over.

Director

Vincenzo Natali

Writer

Brian King

Cast

Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge, Michelle Nolden

Producer

Steven Hoban

Genre

Horror

Interests

Family Relationships, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Blood Quantum

Director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 96min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

The term “blood quantum” refers to a colonial system enforced on Indigenous peoples in North America which determines their individual status and rights based on their “percentage” of Indigenous ancestry. It is a tool of control, assimilation and erasure of Indigenous peoples.


In this brilliantly provocative horror film set in an isolated Mi’kmaq community, the Indigenous population remains immune to a raging zombie virus infecting the surrounding white population.


Blood soaked, fast paced and darkly comic, Blood Quantum is a wild ride using the zombie genre as a vehicle to explore white supremacy, colonialism, genocide and Indigenous self-determination.

Director

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Writer

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree), Forrest Goodluck (Diné/Mandan/Hidatsa/Tsimshian)

Producers

John Christou, Robert Vroom

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

Happy Birthday to Me

Director J. Lee Thompson
Year 1981
Run Time 111min
Genre Horror, Thriller
On the eve of her 18th birthday, a popular girl’s friends start falling prey to a gruesome killer. Starring Melissa Sue Anderson.

Director

J. Lee Thompson

Writers

John C.W. Saxton, Peter Jobin, Timothy Bond

Cast

Melissa Sue Anderson, Glenn Ford, Lawrence Dane

Genres

Horror, Thriller

Interest

Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Columbia Pictures of Canada

The Mask

Director Julian Roffman
Year 1961
Run Time 83min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

When an archeologist finds an ancient mask, the excitement of the discovery soon becomes terror as he finds himself tormented by disturbing and surreal visions that slowly drive him mad. As these visions become increasingly violent, he must find a way to escape them before his nightmare becomes a reality. This horror classic was unleashed on audiences with an early use of 3-D, adding to its completely bizarre nature.

“The management is not responsible for nervous breakdowns,” one poster cautioned during the film’s original release! And while the film may not be that terrifying, the 3-D sequences were truly inventive and unique, and remain surprisingly freaky and effective even now.

Unsettling and surreal, this was the first Canadian horror film released in theatres and is still a favourite amongst horror aficionados.

Director

Julian Roffman

Writers

Slavko Vorkapić, Frank Taubes, Sandy Haver, Franklin Delessert

Cast

Paul Stevens, Claudette Nevins, Bill Walker

Producer

Julian Roffman

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

International Film Distributors

Dead Ringers

Director David Cronenberg
Year 1988
Run Time 116min
Genre Drama, Horror, Thriller

Two bodies. Two minds. One soul. In one of David Cronenberg’s best and most disturbing films, the lives of identical twin gynecologists (each played by Jeremy Irons) are disrupted when a beautiful woman (Bujold) enters their lives, throwing their relationship out of balance.


Kinky, bloody, and allaround gruesome, Dead Ringers is a complex relationship story, an intense psychological drama and a masterpiece of body-horror that puts a deadly spin on hopeless love and loss.


“A stylistic tour de force.” — Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Director

David Cronenberg

Writers

David Cronenberg, Norman Snider, Bari Wood, Jack Geasland

Cast

Jeremy Irons, Geneviève Bujold, Heidi von Palleske

Producer

Marc Boyman

Genres

Drama, Horror, Thriller

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

TVA Films

eXistenZ

Director David Cronenberg
Year 1999
Run Time 97min
Genre Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Set in the near-future, eXistenZ depicts a society in which game designers are worshipped as superstars and players can organically enter inside the games. At the center of the story is Allegra Geller (Jennifer Jason Leigh) whose latest games system, eXistenZ, taps so deeply into its users' fears and desires that it blurs the boundaries between reality and escapism. When fanatics attempt to assassinate her, Allegra is forced to flee. Her sole ally is Ted Pikul (Jude Law), a novice security guard who is sworn to protect her. Persuading Ted into playing the game, Allegra draws them both into a phantasmagoric world where existence ends and eXistenZ begins.

Director

David Cronenberg

Writer

David Cronenberg

Cast

Jennifer Jason Leigh, Jude Law, Ian Holm, Willem Dafoe, Don McKellar

Producers

David Cronenberg, Andras Hamori, Robert Lantos

Genres

Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Languages

English, French

Language Version

FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Splice

Director Vincenzo Natali
Year 2009
Run Time 104min
Genre Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Elsa (Sarah Polley) and Clive (Adrien Brody) are married scientists who defy legal and ethical boundaries by splicing together human and animal DNA to create a new organism. 

Director

Vincenzo Natali

Writers

Vincenzo Natali, Antoinette Terry Bryant, Doug Taylor

Cast

Adrien Brody, Sarah Polley, Delphine Chanéac

Producer

Steven Hoban

Genres

Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville