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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

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

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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

Weirdos

Director Bruce McDonald
Year 2016
Run Time 84min
Genre Drama
In a small Nova Scotian town in 1976, 15-year-old Kit (Authors) and his girlfriend Alice (Stone) decide to shake up their go-nowhere existence by hitchhiking to the big city of Sydney to visit Kit's glamorous but unstable mother (Parker). It becomes a journey of self discovery that opens them up to new possibilities for their futures. 

Beautifully shot and featuring a killer '70s soundtrack, the new film from Canadian master Bruce McDonald and playwright and screenwriter Daniel MacIvor shakes up the coming-of-age road-movie concept with wit, charm and a lot of heart. 

"What's not to love about Canuck hipster Bruce McDonald's return to a genre he's a master of – the indie road movie with a distinctly Canadian flavour and endearingly peculiar characters." – Michelle Reid, Victoria Times Colonist
 

Director

Bruce McDonald

McDonald directed the cult hits Highway 61, Roadkill, Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments, starring Elliot Page, Pontypool, and the award-winning series Twitch City, episodes of Degrassi and Heartland. His recent films include Trigger, The Husband, Hellions, Weirdos and Dreamland. He recently directed the series Creeped Out and Malory Towers and is currently working on the films Switched at Death and I Have a Bad Feeling About This.

Writer

Daniel MacIvor

Cast

Dylan Authors, Rhys Bevan-John

Producers

Marc Almon, Mike MacMillan

Genre

Drama

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships, LGBTQ2S+, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Films We Like

The Bitter Ash

Director Larry Kent
Year 1963
Run Time 80min
Genre Drama
A man's views on marriage and children offend his girlfriend.

Director

Larry Kent

Writer

Larry Kent

Cast

Alan Scarfe, Lynn Stewart, Philip Brown

Producer

Larry Kent

Genre

Drama

Interests

Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

CineClix Distribution

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

Defendor

Director Peter Stebbings
Year 2009
Run Time 101min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama
By day, Arthur Poppington (Harrelson) works at a construction site; by night, he is the mighty Defendor, a costumed vigilante who keeps Hamilton safe from his arch nemesis, Captain Industry.

Outfitted in a homemade costume, Defendor may not have special powers, but he is nonetheless dedicated to protecting the streets and fighting crime. He battles a corrupt cop (Koteas), befriends the tough and streetwise Kat (Dennings) and schemes to bring down a local mob boss, all while a court-appointed psychiatrist (Oh) tries to get to the bottom of his conviction that he is, in fact, a superhero.

Turning the superhero genre on its head, Defendor is a bittersweet and emotionally affecting take on our comic book–obsessed culture.

Director

Peter Stebbings

Stebbings’ directorial debut was Defendor, and his second film, Empire of Dirt, was nominated for five CSAs. As an actor, his numerous credits include Citizen Duane, The Borgias, Bates Motel, Counting for Thunder and his newest film Percy Vs Goliath. He recently directed The Disappearance, which garnered four CSAs, and episodes of Frankie Drake Mysteries, The Sounds, and Killjoys. He is currently writing and directing the feature Running with Monsters.

Writer

Peter Stebbings

Cast

Woody Harrelson, Kat Dennings, Sandra Oh, Elias Koteas

Producer

Nicholas Tabarrok

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub

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

Fubar II

Director Michael Dowse
Year 2010
Run Time 85min
Genre Comedy
Years after the original Fubar, best friends and headbangers Terry (Spence) and Dean (Lawrence) are tired of barely scraping by. When they hear of the lucrative opportunity to head up north to Fort McMurray to find jobs in the oil industry, the mullet-sporting buds jump at the chance to strike it rich.

But life in “Fort Mac” is more complicated than the duo anticipated. While they’re blowing their earnings at the pub, Terry meets a woman and is soon reorganizing his life’s priorities, but risks leaving his best friend Dean behind.

What will become of Night Seeker, the duo’s band (that Dean is confident will make the big time)? And what will happen to this legendary friendship? If you’re ready to give’r once again, Fubar II will shock and delight with its comic hijinks and surprising emotional depth.

Director

Michael Dowse

Dowse’s credits include the cult classics Fubar, Fubar II and It’s All Gone Pete Tong. His film Goon was a huge critical and box-office success. The F Word won the CSA for Best Adapted Screenplay. Dowse also directed episodes of Man Seeking Woman, starring Jay Baruchel, the feature film Stuber, 8 Bit Christmas, and Coffee and Kareem. He is currently set to direct the film adaptation of the video game Just Cause and is developing a series about the late Toronto mayor Rob Ford.

Writers

Michael Dowse, David Lawrence, Paul Spence

Cast

David Lawrence, Terra Hazelton, Paul Spence

Producers

George Baptist, Michael Dowse, Jennifer Wilson, Shirley Vercruysse

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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

Highway 61

Director Bruce McDonald
Year 1991
Run Time 102min
Genre Comedy, Drama
Inspired by Bob Dylan’s classic song and the fact that Highway 61 actually starts in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Bruce McDonald and Don McKellar joined forces to create this acclaimed rock ’n’ roll road movie.

When naïve barber Pokey Jones (McKellar) meets Jackie Bangs (Buhagiar), a flamboyant roadie on the run, it doesn’t take her long to persuade him to leave Thunder Bay for New Orleans. Jones f inds himself taking not only Jackie, but also a frozen corpse he found in his backyard, which she claims is her brother. Meanwhile, in hot pursuit of the fleeing couple is Mr. Skin (Pastko), a bizarre and deluded character who thinks of himself as the Devil. As the three travel south, sparks fly and romance blooms between Pokey and Jackie.

“The triumphant return of two talents firing on all cylinders.” — Festival of Festivals

Director

Bruce McDonald

McDonald directed the cult hits Highway 61, Roadkill, Hard Core Logo, The Tracey Fragments, starring Elliot Page, Pontypool, and the award-winning series Twitch City, episodes of Degrassi and Heartland. His recent films include Trigger, The Husband, Hellions, Weirdos and Dreamland. He recently directed the series Creeped Out and Malory Towers and is currently working on the films Switched at Death and I Have a Bad Feeling About This.

Writers

Allan Magee, Bruce McDonald, Don McKellar

Cast

Valerie Buhagiar, Earl Pastko, Don McKellar

Producers

Colin Brunton, Bruce McDonald

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne

waydowntown

Director Gary Burns
Year 2000
Run Time 87min
Genre Comedy
In the maze-like downtown core of Calgary, four young office workers inhabit a world full of interconnected skywalks between offices, apartment buildings, food courts and malls – making it possible, or perhaps even easy, to never go outside.

But when the pals decide to make a bet about who can stay indoors the longest, they each start reaching their breaking points in increasingly funny and unexpected ways.

As the bet unravels, the desire for a breath of fresh air brings loyalties, values and relationships under highly comic scrutiny.

Waydowntown won Best Canadian Film at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival and was nominated for four Canadian Comedy Awards.

“A smart, sardonic satire.” – Stephen Holden, The New York Times

Director

Gary Burns

Calgary-born writer and director Burns’ film credits include Kitchen Party, featuring Scott Speedman in his first starring role, The Suburbanators and Radiant City, which won the Genie Award for Best Documentary. Burns co-directed The Future is Now!, and most recently wrote and directed Man Running, and produced Circle of Steel.

Writers

Gary Burns, James Martin

Cast

Fab Filippo, Don McKellar, Mayra Delver, Gordon Currie

Producers

Gary Burns, Shirley Vercruysse

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Language Version

EN CC

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy

Director Kelly Makin
Year 1996
Run Time 89min
Genre Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The hilarious tale of a pharmaceutical firm’s rise and fall after executives pressure a scientist (McDonald) to release a hastily tested antidepressant. The drug makes people remember their happiest moments, but has some rather unfortunate and unintended side effects!

The film stars and was written by The Kids in the Hall, one of Canada’s best loved and most internationally acclaimed comedy troupes. Made on the heels of their successful five-season TV show, Brain Candy is an uproarious social satire of both Big Business and modern science.

An off-beat, oddball combination of cerebral humour and belly laughs, Brain Candy is sure to delight any Kids in the Hall fan.

Director

Kelly Makin

Writers

Norm Hiscock, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney

Cast

Dave Foley, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, Mark McKinney, Scott Thompson

Producers

Lorne Michaels, Tom Rosenberg, Sigurjon Sighvatsson, David Steinberg

Genres

Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Paramount Pictures

Vinyl

Director Alan Zweig
Year 2000
Run Time 110min
Genre Documentary
Alan Zweig’s cult favourite documentary mines the comedy and tragedy of obsessive record collecting, assembling an all-star lineup of audiophiles, store clerks, DJs, Elvis fanatics and hot jazz enthusiasts. A hard-core collector himself, Zweig uses mirror confessionals to excoriate his anti-social compulsion, while approaching his interview subjects with open-hearted compassion.

With this film, Zweig established his voice as a documentarian who is not content to be merely a fly on the wall in the lives of his subjects. Instead, he deploys the camera as a tool for engagement, rooting around in the margins of contemporary society to explore themes of beauty, addiction, love and longing in a profound and unique way.

Director

Alan Zweig

Writer

Alan Zweig

Cast

Alan Zweig, Harvey Pekar, Alan Williams, Don McKellar

Producers

Alan Zweig, Greg Klymkiw, Bruce McDonald, David McCallum

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

The Asylum

Tu dors Nicole (You’re Sleeping Nicole)

Director Stéphane Lafleur
Year 2014
Run Time 93min
Genre Comedy, Drama

A critical hit at the Cannes film festival, Stéphane Lafleur’s third feature is an indie comedy that showcases his trademark absurdist and deadpan humour.

Nicole (Côté) is adrift after college graduation, working a dead-end summer job in her hometown and hanging out with her best pal, Véronique. When her older brother Remi (Grondin) unexpectedly returns with bandmates in tow to record a new album, it becomes clear to Nicole that her summer must — and will — change.

Shot in black-and-white, Tu dors Nicole is a funny, wry and charming snapshot of the fleeting, in-between moments between childhood and the grown-up world.

Director

Stéphane Lafleur

Writer

Stéphane Lafleur

Cast

Julianne Côté, Catherine St-Laurent, Marc-André Grondin, Francis La Haye

Producers

Luc Déry, Kim McCraw

Genres

Comedy, Drama

Interests

Arts and Culture, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributors

Christal Films, eOne

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.

My Winnipeg

Director Guy Maddin
Year 2007
Run Time 80min
Genre Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
The geographical centre of North America and the birthplace of director Guy Maddin, Winnipeg is the frosty and mysterious star of this (self-described) “docu-fantasia.” A hypnotic love letter to his hometown, My Winnipeg is equal parts historical chronicle and personal portrait, seamlessly weaving real facts with wild fiction.

What is real and what is fantasy is left up to the viewer to sort out, but don’t be fooled by Maddin’s fantastical approach — some of the most shocking stories in My Winnipeg are the true ones! Shot in Maddin’s signature black-and-white style and narrated by the director, the film is funny, touching and mesmerizing.

If you’ve never had the pleasure of watching a Guy Maddin film, this delightfully strange ode to a surprisingly fascinating Canadian city is a great place to start.

My Winnipeg won the Toronto International Film Festival’s award for Best Canadian Feature and the Toronto Film Critics’ Association Award for Best Canadian Film.

Director

Guy Maddin

Writers

Guy Maddin, George Toles

Cast

Darcy Fehr, Ann Savage, Louis Negin

Producers

Michael Burns, Phyllis Laing, Guy Maddin, Jody Shapiro

Genres

Comedy, Documentary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne