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Lessons Injustice

Director Karen Chapman
Year 2017
Run Time 9min
Genre Documentary
A Black father prepares to have a tough conversation with his son about what it means to be a Black man in society, and reflects on why he needs to have this conversation in the first place.

Director

Karen Chapman

Producer

Paul Moyer

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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

Strange Invaders

Director Cordell Barker
Year 2001
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Drama

Roger and Doris get more than they bargained for when a peculiar child appears at their doorstep. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Cordell Barker

Writer

Cordell Barker

Producers

Jennifer Torrance, Cordell Barker

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Me And My Moulton

Director Torill Kove
Year 2014
Run Time 13min
Genre Animation
In this Oscar-nominated short, a seven-year-old girl asks for a bicycle, knowing that her loving yet unconventional parents have other ideas. 

Director

Torill Kove

Writer

Torill Kove

Producers

Lise Fearnley, Marcy Page, David Verrall

Genre

Animation

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Wapawekka

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2010
Run Time 16min
Genre Drama
Josh and his father visit their family cabin in Saskatchewan for the last time, confronting the generational differences between their Cree heritage and Josh's urban lifestyle.

Director

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Danis Goulet is an award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. Her latest projects include the TV series Reservation Dogs, and the upcoming feature film Ivy

Writer

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Christine Kleckner, Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN Subtitles, Other Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Hardwood

Director Hubert Davis
Year 2002
Run Time 27min
Genre Documentary
Mel Davis, a member of the legendary Harlem Globetrotters, had two families — one in Chicago and one in Vancouver. His Canadian son, Hubert, takes a personal look at his father’s life. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Hubert Davis

Davis’s first film, Hardwood, was nominated for an Oscar for Best Short Documentary. He received the Don Haig award at the Hot Docs festival for Invisible City, and has directed numerous award winning commercials, as well as the short film Aruba and the 2016 feature doc Giants of Africa. His 2017 short, Rivolta, won a Cannes Film Lion. his most recent feature doc Black Ice, premiered at TIFF 2022. Next, he is working on the series The Count.

Writer

Hubert Davis

Producers

Erin Faith Young, Peter Starr

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Sports

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Flux

Director Christopher Hinton
Year 2002
Run Time 8min
Genre Animation, Drama
A whimsical piece that plays with both the significant and mundane events in the lives of a large family.

Director

Christopher Hinton

Writer

Christopher Hinton

Producer

David Verrall

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

Family Relationships, Global Experiences

Original Languages

English, French

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

Dimanche (Sunday)

Director Patrick Doyon
Year 2011
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Drama

A young boy is bored during a visit to his grandparents’ house in small-town Quebec, so he goes outside in search of adventure. Nominated for an Oscar.

Director

Patrick Doyon

Writer

Patrick Doyon

Producers

Marc Bertrand, Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

No Dialogue

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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

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Not Just a MMIW

Director Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)
Year 2019
Run Time 4min
Genre Documentary
In this moving doc, Uviluk reflects on the circumstances and impact of her mother’s death and reminds us of the importance of remembering the names and lives of missing and murdered Indigenous women, rather than just the statistics.

Director

Ulivia Uviluk (Inuk)

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

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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

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Empty

Director Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)
Year 2009
Run Time 5min
Genre Animation, Documentary, Drama
Set to a song by Little Hawk, this animated story is a daughter's starkly honest tribute to her estranged mother.

Director

Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)

Writer

Jackie Traverse (Anishinaabe)

Producer

Joe MacDonald

Genres

Animation, Documentary, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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Amaqqut Nunaat: The Country of Wolves

Director Neil Christopher (Inuk)
Year 2011
Run Time 12min
Genre Animation, Drama
It begins as a hunting trip out on the ice for two Inuit hunters. However, soon they find themselves lost and the only safe haven to be found for miles is a mysterious village filled with the sounds of drum dancing and revelry. Unfortunately, this village turns out to be even more dangerous than the frigid ocean as the men realize that in this strange land, men can change into wolves.
 

Director

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Writer

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Producers

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Inuktitut

Language Versions

EN Dub, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributors

Inhabit Media, Taqqut Productions

The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin

Director Janet Perlman
Year 1981
Run Time 10min
Genre Animation, Comedy

The classic Cinderella fairytale is given an endearing twist, presented by a cast of penguins!

Director

Janet Perlman

Genres

Animation, Comedy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

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No Crying at the Dinner Table

Director Carol Nguyen
Year 2019
Run Time 16min
Genre Documentary
Director Carol Nguyen reflects on a family tragedy through a series of interviews, exposing how trauma and grief can remain in the shadows for too long.
 

Director

Carol Nguyen

Producers

Carol Nguyen, Aziz Zoromba

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Biography, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Mariages (Marriages)

Director Catherine Martin
Year 2001
Run Time 95min
Genre Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Quebec filmmaker Catherine Martin made her feature debut with this film about a 19th century woman struggling against oppressive Victorian social norms. 20-year-old Yvonne (Marie-Ève Bertrand) is a free spirit whose prudish, strict older sister Héleène (Guylaine Tremblay) struggles to contain her.

Helene intends to send her sister to a convent, and when Yvonne falls in love with the rakish Charles (David Boutin), Hélène concocts a scheme to keep them apart by arranging for him to marry her own teenage daughter. Unwilling to give up her passionate desires, Yvonne heads to the woods to find her own solution.

This finely crafted historical drama was awarded Best Feature by the Quebec Association of Film Critics in 2001.

Director

Catherine Martin

Writer

Catherine Martin

Cast

Marie-Ève Bertrand, Guylaine Tremblay, Hélène Loiselle

Producer

Lorraine Dufour

Genres

Drama, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, History

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Film Tonic

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Wildfire

Director Bretten Hannam (L'nu)
Year 2019
Run Time 12min
Genre Drama
On the run from their abusive father, two Mi’kmaq brothers befriend a hitchhiker who helps them connect to their identities.

Director

Bretten Hannam (L'nu)

Writer

Bretten Hannam (L'nu)

Cast

Guillermo Knockwood, Bobby Pierro

Producers

Bretten Hannam (L'nu), Gharrett Patrick Paon

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

Drinkwater

Director Stephen Campanelli
Year 2021
Run Time 117min
Genre Comedy
Mike Drinkwater (Doheny) isn’t like the other kids in his small town. They all have dreams, goals – and normal families. His awkward attempts to fit in are constantly thwarted by his delusional father (McCormack) who has devoted his life to maintaining the appearance of a long healed injury for the insurance. Mike’s rudderless existence is upended when his new neighbour Wallace (Tronco) gives him the push he needs to try to win the heart of the girl of his dreams, and to get rid of his personal demons along the way.

Drinkwater is a fun coming of age comedy that will have you laughing and rooting for the likable cast of quirky misfits.

“…quite possibly the most Canadian film ever made.” – Chris Knight, The National Post
 

Director

Stephen Campanelli

Director and cinematographer Campanelli got his start as a camera operator, working on many of Hollywood legend Clint Eastwood’s features, including Million Dollar Baby, Mystic River, Grand Torino, and others. His directing credits include Momentum, Indian Horse, Grand Isle, and most recently, Drinkwater. Next, he is set to direct The Outlaws.

Writers

Edward McDonald, Luke Fraser

Cast

Eric McCormack, Daniel Doheny, Louriza Tronco

Producers

Graham Fraser, Dennis Swartman

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

LevelFILM