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Reviving the Roost

Director Vivek Shraya
Year 2019
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Documentary
Using neon-light animation, Shraya presents an ode to a gay bar in Edmonton that was important to her journey of self-acceptance. Content Note: Coarse Language and Mature Subject Matter

Director

Vivek Shraya

Writer

Vivek Shraya

Producer

Justine Pimlott

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Female Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

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Village Of Idiots

Directors Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove
Year 1999
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation, Drama
Based on a Jewish folk tale adapted by playwright John Lazarus, this animated short tells the story of Shmendrik, a simpleton living in a small Polish village. Weary of daily life in his native Chelm, Shmendrik sets out on a quest for knowledge that brings him to a new Chelm, a place eerily reminiscent of his old Chelm. An amusing take on our tendency to romanticize what we don't have.

Directors

Eugene Fedorenko, Rose Newlove

Writer

John Lazarus

Producers

Michael Scott, David Verrall

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Classics, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Language Versions

FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Very Nice, Very Nice

Director Arthur Lipsett
Year 1961
Run Time 7min
Genre Experimental

An avant-garde collage of photography and sound that looks behind the business-as-usual face we put on in life, showing anxieties we’d rather forget.

Director

Arthur Lipsett

Producers

Colin Low, Tom Daly

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Super Duper Alice Cooper

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema
Year 2014
Run Time 98min
Genre Documentary

In this found-footage Dr. Jekyll–and–Mr. Hyde tale, the former is revealed as Vincent Furnier, a preacher’s son from Detroit, Michigan, who transforms into Alice Cooper, a veritable rock-and-roll legend.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Reginald Harkema

Writers

Sam Dunn, Reginald Harkema, Scot McFadyen

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Nails

Director Phillip Borsos
Year 1979
Run Time 13min
Genre Documentary
This documentary explores the manufacturing of nails and the gulf between the skilled labour of traditional tradespeople and modern mechanization.

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.

Producer

John Taylor

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Enfants de choeur! (The Choir Boys)

Director Magnus Isacsson
Year 1999
Run Time 76min
Genre Documentary, Drama
A documentary focusing on the relationships between a choir of homeless men in Montreal and their founder and choirmaster, Pierre.

Director

Magnus Isacsson

Genres

Documentary, Drama

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Home Cooked Music

Director Mike Maryniuk
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
Is there anything more Canadian than a moose-antler electric guitar? After having a near-death experience, a retired machinist finds meaning by making whimsical stringed instruments from strange objects.

Director

Mike Maryniuk

Writer

Mike Maryniuk

Producer

Brendon Sawatzky

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Gloria Victoria

Director Theodore Ushev
Year 2012
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental

Recycling elements of surrealism and cubism, this Genie-nominated animation explores relationships between art and war. Content Note: Violence

Director

Theodore Ushev

Producer

Marc Bertrand

Genre

Experimental

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Indigo

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Experimental
Inspired by Indigenous stories and vividly-realized through stop-motion animation, a woman trapped in a cluttered space is freed by "Grandmother Spider," who still has some important webs to weave.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writer

Daniel T. Fischer

Producers

Luke Sargent, Brett Long, Amanda Strong (Michif)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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InukShop

Director Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)
Year 2009
Run Time 2min
Genre Documentary
What is the state of Inuit culture on screen? Inuk filmmaker Weetaluktuk mixes archival reels with new footage to make this commentary on cultural appropriation.

Director

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Writer

Jobie Weetaluktuk (Inuk)

Producers

Kat Baulu, Joe MacDonald, Vanessa Loewen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Anirniq (Breath)

Director RJ Sauer
Year 2011
Run Time 5min
Genre Drama
A beautiful exploration of the Inuit belief that when someone dies, their spirit goes into the living creatures around them.

Director

RJ Sauer

Writer

RJ Sauer

Producers

RJ Sauer, Amy Jones

Genre

Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Brüdder Productions

The Danish Poet

Director Torill Kove
Year 2006
Run Time 14min
Genre Animation, Drama

In this Oscar-winning short, a young woman tells the story of how the Danish poet Kasper Jørgensen found inspiration and ultimately caused her parents to find one another.

Director

Torill Kove

Writer

Torill Kove

Producers

Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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The Magical Life of Long Tack Sam

Director Ann Marie Fleming
Year 2003
Run Time 90min
Genre Documentary

A loving and entertaining portrait of the director’s greatgrandfather, a brilliant Chinese magician and acrobat.

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

Producers

Ann Marie Fleming, Svend-Erik Eriksen

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey

Directors Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise
Year 2005
Run Time 96min
Genre Documentary

A lifelong heavy metal fan, Canadian anthropologist Dunn travels around the world to explore the origins of the genre as well as the controversy that sometimes accompanies the culture of the music and its fans.

Directors

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Writers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen, Jessica Joy Wise

Producers

Sam Dunn, Scot McFadyen

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Starlight and Other Sounds

Director Josephine Anderson
Year 2021
Run Time 5min
Genre Documentary

Governor General Award-winning composer Alexina Louie shares her process for creating her engaging and often eclectic works.

Director

Josephine Anderson

Writer

Josephine Anderson

Producer

Shirley Vercruysse

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Bundle

Director Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)
Year 2020
Run Time 4min
Genre Experimental
 A look at the Anishinaabeg tradition of carrying a small bundle at all times containing items that are essential to maintaining spiritual and emotional wellbeing.

Director

Jamie Whitecrow (Anishinaabe)

Genre

Experimental

Interests

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

Original Language

English

Fit to be Tied

Directors James Cooper, Jess Hayes
Year 2018
Run Time 13min
Genre Documentary
This quirky and fun short doc follows a team of professional balloon twisters as they represent Canada and compete for international glory at the World Balloon Convention in San Diego.

Directors

James Cooper, Jess Hayes

Writer

James Cooper

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Arts and Culture

Original Language

English

Turning Tables

Director Chrisann Hessing
Year 2018
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
Anishinaabe music producer Joshua DePerry, aka Classic Roots, uses his platform as an award-winning DJ to empower the youth in his community and examine what it means to be both urban and Indigenous.

Director

Chrisann Hessing

Producers

Chrisann Hessing, Tanya Hoshi

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

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Origin of the Dream Catcher

Director Donavan Vollant (Innu)
Year 2018
Run Time 4min
Genre Animation, Drama
In this beautiful animated short film we learn about the creation of the very first dreamcatcher.

Director

Donavan Vollant (Innu)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, History, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Version

EN Subtitles

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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