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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

The Street

Director Caroline Leaf
Year 1976
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

An award-winning adaptation of a story by Canadian author Mordecai Richler about how families deal with older relatives, and the emotions surrounding a grandmother’s death.

Director

Caroline Leaf

Writer

Mordecai Richler

Producer

Guy Glover

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Classics, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Sand Castle

Director Co Hoedeman
Year 1977
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation

A man made of sand makes other sand creatures in this inventive, Oscar-winning stop-motion film.

Director

Co Hoedeman

Producer

Gaston Sarault

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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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

The Great Toy Robbery

Director Jeff Hale
Year 1963
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation
On his annual Christmas journey, Santa Claus is stopped in the wild west by robbers looking to keep the toys for themselves.

Director

Jeff Hale

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

English

Hunger

Director Peter Foldès
Year 1973
Run Time 11min
Genre Animation, Drama

Rapidly dissolving images form a satire of self-indulgence in a world plagued by hunger and poverty in this Oscar-nominated film, among the first to use computer animation technology.

Director

Peter Foldès

Producers

Peter Foldès, René Jodoin

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Cosmic Zoom

Director Robert Verrall
Year 1968
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Documentary
A visually stunning exploration of the infinity of space and the ultimate minuteness of matter. 

Director

Robert Verrall

Producers

Robert Verrall, Joseph Koenig

Genres

Animation, Documentary

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Pour la suite du monde (For Those Who Will Follow)

Directors Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault
Year 1963
Run Time 105min
Genre Documentary
For centuries, the villagers of Île aux Coudres, a small island in the St. Lawrence River, hunted beluga whales by creating a sort of “fence” of saplings in shallow, muddy waters, trapping the mammals in low tide as they swim by.

In 1962, Michel Brault and a team of filmmakers travelled to the island to document the resumption of the practice decades after it had been abandoned, shedding light and wit on this “resourceful” tradition.

A balance of grace, humour, and up-close observation, Pour la suite du monde is known as a landmark achievement in documentary filmmaking and was screened at the Cannes film festival.

Directors

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Writers

Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault

Producers

Jacques Bobet, Fernand Dansereau

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Classics, Environment, History

Original Language

French

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

Walking

Director Ryan Larkin
Year 1968
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation
In this classic NFB short, animator Ryan Larkin uses an artist's sensibility to illustrate the way people walk. He employs a variety of techniques--line drawing, colour wash, etc.--to catch and reproduce the motion of people afoot. The springing gait of youth, the mincing step of the high-heeled female, the doddering amble of the elderly--all are registered with humour and individuality, to the accompaniment of special sound.

Director

Ryan Larkin

Producer

Ryan Larkin

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

A Married Couple

Director Allan King
Year 1969
Run Time 97min
Genre Documentary

In 1969, Allan King crafted one of the most intimate portraits of domestic life ever captured on film with A Married Couple. Billy and Antoinette Edwards are experiencing some marital crises: Power struggles and gender politics have come between them, and their relationship is in deep, deep trouble.


Inviting the cameras into their home, the Edwards allow King to film their life over 10 weeks in Toronto, which — like the film itself — is intense and hectic, frightening and funny. It’s a cinéma verité documentary unlike any other. Throwing the conflict and intimacy of the bonds of marriage into a spotlight that is at once both harsh and tender.

Director

Allan King

Writer

Allan King

Producer

Allan King

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Classics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion Collection

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Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance

Director Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 1993
Run Time 119min
Genre Documentary
In July of 1990, the Oka Crisis was a critical moment in contemporary Canadian history and a turning point for Indigenous affairs. That summer, as the small Quebec community was thrust into the international spotlight, master filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin spent 78 nail-biting days filming the armed stand-off between the Mohawks of Kanehsatake, Quebec, the Quebec police and the Canadian army.

This powerful documentary takes you right to the heart of the action, painting a sensitive and deeply affecting portrait of the people behind the barricades.

Winner of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Best Canadian Feature Film prize.

Director

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Legendary Abenaki filmmaker Obomsawin has made over 50 documentaries on issues affecting Indigenous peoples in Canada, including Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Trick or Treaty?, Is the Crown at War with Us?, Our People Will Be Healed and Jordan River Anderson, The Messenger. Her most recent film is the short documentary Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair. Next, she is set to appear in an episode of Marie Clements’ Bones of Crows: The Series.

Writer

Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Producers

Wolf Koenig, Colin Neale, Alanis Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Classics, Environment, Female Filmmaker, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles, FR CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

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

Tales from the Gimli Hospital

Director Guy Maddin
Year 1988
Run Time 72min
Genre Drama, Experimental
In his first feature film, Guy Maddin spins a faux-Icelandic saga set during the smallpox epidemic in “a Gimli we no longer know.” Shot in black & white and structured as an extended flashback told by an ailing woman in a Gimli, Manitoba hospital, the film recounts the tale of Einar the Lonely and his hospital roommate Gunnar. As the two compete for the affection of the nurses, what begins as a friendly rivalry soon spirals into jealousy and madness. 

Nominated for a genie award for Best Screenplay, Gimli Hospital is a cult classic bearing many of the surreal hallmarks that would make Maddin one of Canada’s most singular filmmaking voices.     

Director

Guy Maddin

Writer

Guy Maddin

Cast

Kyle McCulloch, Angela Heck, Michael Gottli

Producers

Guy Maddin, Stephen Snyder, Greg Klymkiw

Genres

Drama, Experimental

Interests

Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Criterion

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 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

Neighbours

Director Norman McLaren
Year 1952
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama
A groundbreaking - and Oscar-winning - short that uses live actors as stop-motion subjects to tell the tale of a destructive feud over a flower. 

Director

Norman McLaren

Writer

Norman McLaren

Cast

Jean Paul Ladouceur, Grant Munro

Producer

Norman McLaren

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Classics, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

The Log Driver’s Waltz

Director John Weldon
Year 1979
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation
Canadian folk icons Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the animated tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a dancing log driver over her more well-to-do suitors. 

Director

John Weldon

Cast

Kate McGarrigle, Anna McGarrigle

Producer

David Verrall

Genre

Animation

Interest

Classics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Hockey Night

Director Paul Shapiro
Year 1984
Run Time 74min
Genre Drama, Family
Cathy (Follows), an avid youth hockey player, moves with her mother to Parry Sound and finds no leagues for girls her age. After securing a spot in the lineup of an all-boys team, she finds that regardless of how well she plays on the ice, she continues to face opposition from a major sponsor who insists he doesn’t want her on the team. As the team nears a major final, she has to rely on the support of her teammates, and particularly its star player (Bisson) to let her achieve her hockey dreams.

A Canadian sports classic, Hockey Night features the on-screen debut of Yannick Bisson (Murdoch Mysteries) and memorable performances from Rick Moranis and Megan Follows (Anne of Green Gables).

Director

Paul Shapiro

Writers

Jack Blum, Paul Shapiro

Cast

Megan Follows, Rick Moranis, Gail Youngs

Producer

Martin Harbury

Genres

Drama, Family

Interests

Classics, Discrimination, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

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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