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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

Small Town Murder Songs

Director Ed Gass-Donnelly
Year 2011
Run Time 76min
Genre Drama, Thriller

A modern gothic tale of crime and redemption about an aging police officer (Peter Stormare) from a small Ontario Mennonite town who hides a violent past until a local murder upsets the calm of his newly reformed life. Also starring Jill Hennessy.

Director

Ed Gass-Donnelly

Writer

Ed Gass-Donnelly

Cast

Peter Stormare, Jill Hennessy

Producers

Ed Gass-Donnelly, Lee Kim

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interest

Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

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

Elevated

Director Vincenzo Natali
Year 1996
Run Time 20min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A routine elevator ride becomes a living hell for its three trapped passengers. Content Note: Course language & some violence

Director

Vincenzo Natali

Writers

Vincenzo Natali, Karen Walton

Cast

David Hewlett, Vicki Papavs, Bruce McFee

Producers

Steven Hoban, Vanessa C. Laufer

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre

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Director Zale Dalen
Year 1977
Run Time 95min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Zale Dalen’s legendary low-budget Vancouver film, a gritty, energetic urban drama from 1977, has lately been reclaimed as a classic of Canuxploitation cinema. David Petersen is impressive as a zealous debt collector/repo man out to retain his company’s “Man of the Year” award. To accomplish the feat, he mercilessly harasses an indebted car salesman, meanwhile teaching the ruthless ropes of his trade to a new hire. 

Director

Zale Dalen

Writer

Zale Dalen

Cast

David Petersen, John Lazarus, Rudy Szabo

Producer

Laara Dalen

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interest

Classics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

International Film Distributors

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

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

Le confessionnal (The Confessional)

Director Robert Lepage
Year 1995
Run Time 100min
Genre Drama, Thriller
This award-winning feature-film debut by Robert Lepage is a Hitchcockian mystery set in Quebec City, both in the present (circa 1989) and in 1952, when Alfred Hitcock’s I Confess was filming on location.

Unfolding in flashbacks between the past and the present, the film follows the story of an adopted man on a search for his true identity, as recounted by his mother to a priest in a private confessional. Family secrets are on the line, blurred by the filming of I Confess. Further, lies and intrigue are clouding the air with mystery — and the foreshadowed sparks of the Quiet Revolution are growing louder.

Winner of the Genie for Best Film, Best Director and several others.

Director

Robert Lepage

Writer

Robert Lepage

Cast

Lothaire Bluteau, Anne-Marie Cadieux, Kristin Scott Thomas, Patrick Goyette

Producers

Philippe Carcassonne, David Puttnam, Denise Robert

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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

Curling

Director Denis Côté
Year 2010
Run Time 96min
Genre Drama, Thriller

In a remote part of the Quebec countryside, Jean-François (Bilodeau) brings up his daughter Julyvonne (Bilodeau) alone, home-schooling her in between shifts doing maintenance at an isolated motel. However, vague and mysterious occurrences — a blood stain at the motel, frozen bodies in the snow — soon threaten their peaceful solitude.


Atmospheric and suspenseful, Curling is a beautiful blend of realism with a dash of Hitchcock, set in the icy stillness of rural Quebec.


Winner of the Best Director and Best Actor awards at the Locarno Film Festival.

Director

Denis Côté

Writer

Denis Côté

Cast

Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomène Bilodeau, Roc LaFortune, Sophie Desmarais

Producers

Denis Côté, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Mongrel Media

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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Kajutaijuq: The Spirit That Comes

Director Scott Brachmayer
Year 2014
Run Time 15min
Genre Drama, Thriller
Part Inuit legend, part thriller, an Arctic hunter tries to live by the traditional skills his grandfather taught him — but they are difficult for a modern man to apply, and the price of failure is high.

Director

Scott Brachmayer

Writer

Scott Brachmayer

Cast

Johnny Issaluk

Producer

Nyla Innuksuk (Inuk)

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

North Creative Films Inc.

The Silent Partner

Director Daryl Duke
Year 1978
Run Time 106min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A mild-mannered bank clerk (Eliott Gould) stows away some cash during a holdup by a man dressed as Santa Claus (Christopher Plummer), but the thief discovers the deception and comes after him. Also featuring John Candy.

Director

Daryl Duke

Writer

Curtis Hanson

Cast

Elliott Gould, Christopher Plummer, Susannah York

Producers

Garth H. Drabinsky, Stephen Young, Joel B. Michaels

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

Classics, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Pan-Canadian Film Distributors

The Captive

Director Atom Egoyan
Year 2014
Run Time 112min
Genre Drama, Thriller
In this acclaimed thriller from Atom Egoyan, Matthew (Reynolds) spends years searching for his daughter Cassandra, who was abducted from his car in a parking lot under his watch. Spanning the eight years since her disappearance, this twisting and turning narrative follows Matthew’s story, along with those of his estranged wife, the detectives assigned to the case, and Cassandra herself.

Anchored by Ryan Reynolds’ Canadian Screen Award nominated performance, The Captive is an edge-of-your-seat mystery that will keep you guessing until the very end.

Director

Atom Egoyan

Egoyan received the Governor General’s award in 2015 for Lifetime Artistic Achievement. He was the first-ever Canadian director to earn two Oscar nominations (for The Sweet Hereafter). His award-winning films include Exotica, Ararat and The Captive. His most recent film, Guest of Honour, premiered at TIFF 2019.

Writer

Atom Egoyan

Cast

Ryan Reynolds

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne/Criterion

ARQ

Director Tony Elliott
Year 2016
Run Time 88min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director

Tony Elliott

Writer

Tony Elliott

Cast

Rachael Taylor, Robbie Amell, Shaun Benson

Producers

Mason Novick, John Finemore, Kyle Franke

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Netflix

Jusqu’au déclin (The Decline)

Director Patrice Laliberté
Year 2020
Run Time 83min
Genre Thriller
A survivalist expert recruits a group of ordinary people united by fears of an impending societal collapse, and trains them at his remote lodge in the woods. When one of their training activities leads to a fatal accident, the group is divided about what to do and the tensions soon turn violent. Divided into opposing factions each with a full arsenal, they enter into a true fight for survival, one far greater than what they’d trained for.

"A first feature for director Patrice Laliberté and several of his principal collaborators, The Decline is lean, credible and well-crafted” - Dennis Harvey, Variety

Director

Patrice Laliberté

Writer

Patrice Laliberté

Cast

Guillaume Laurin, Marie-Evelyne Lessard, Réal Bossé, Guillaume Laurin, Nicolas Krief

Producer

Julie Groleau

Genre

Thriller

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

Netflix

Tom à la ferme (Tom at the Farm)

Director Xavier Dolan
Year 2013
Run Time 102min
Genre Drama, Thriller
A grieving man (Xavier Dolan) travels to a rural farm for his boyfriend’s funeral, where he finds a less than warm welcome from the family, particularly Francis (Pierre-Yves Cardinal), his boyfriend’s brother, whose sadistic and threatening behaviour begins to escalate to dangerous levels.

Director

Xavier Dolan

Cast

Xavier Dolan, Pierre-Yves Cardinal, Lise Roy

Producers

Xavier Dolan, Nathanaël Karmitz, Charles Gillibert

Genres

Drama, Thriller

Interests

LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

Les Films Seville

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