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Overburden

Directors Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur
Year 2009
Run Time 15min
Genre Documentary
Indigenous communities in Alberta defend the environment, their health and way of life in the face of a destructive oil recovery enterprise.

Directors

Warren Cariou (Métis), Neil McArthur

Genre

Documentary

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Environment

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Winnipeg Film Group

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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Assini

Director Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)
Year 2015
Run Time 13min
Genre Drama
Seven-year-old Assini and her friends often play Cowboys and Indians. But when Assini discovers that she herself is an "Indian," the game takes a new turn.

Director

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producers

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis), Melanie Bray

Genre

Drama

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Vtape

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Little Thunder

Directors Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Comedy
Inspired by the Mi'kmaq legend "The Stone Canoe," this coming-of-age story follows a boy who reluctantly sets out on a canoe trip by himself, as a rite of passage into adulthood.

Directors

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Writers

Alan Syliboy (Mi’qmaw), Nance Ackerman

Producer

Annette Clarke

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Meltdown

Director Carrie Mombourquette
Year 2012
Run Time 1min
Genre Animation, Family
In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament. 
 

Director

Carrie Mombourquette

Writer

Carrie Mombourquette

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Environment

Original Languages

English, French

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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Taqwacore: The Birth of Punk in Islam

Director Omar Majeed
Year 2009
Run Time 82min
Genre Documentary
The word “taqwacore” is taken from a novel by Michael Muhammad Knight, The Taqwacores, combining “taqwa,” an Arabic word for God-consciousness, with “hardcore”. His book, about a group of young Islamic punk rockers, inspired the creation of an actual Muslim punk scene.

The first half of Omar Majeed’s documentary deals with this burgeoning scene as a group of bands travel together touring the American countryside. Young, disaffected and secular, these musicians are caught between two worlds: the Islamic culture from which they come, and the Western culture in which they are coming of age.

In the second half, the setting moves to Pakistan, where the bands have travelled to perform. Author Knight is along for the ride to observe and comment on the reality his writing has created.
 

Director

Omar Majeed

Writer

Omar Majeed

Producer

Mila Aung-Thwin

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, Global Experiences, Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

KinoSmith

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Walk-in-the-Forest

Director Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Animation, Family
This whimsical animation, reminiscent of NFB classics, follows a medicine man called Walk-in-the-forest on a walk in the woods that leads to the discovery of an intriguing secret world.
 

Director

Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Writer

Diane Obomsawin (Abenaki)

Producer

Michael Fukushima

Genres

Animation, Family

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

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We Went Out

Director Ian Kamau
Year 2022
Run Time 12min
Genre Documentary

Poet Ian Kamau reflects on the ways he and his friends claimed urban spaces in Toronto to form a community in the 1990s.


Director

Ian Kamau

Writer

Ian Kamau

Cast

Mia-Skye Sagara, Ian Kamau, Danilo McCallum, Paul Sackichand

Producers

Dian Marie Bridge, Pip Bradford

Genre

Documentary

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

I Met the Walrus

Director Josh Raskin
Year 2007
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Drama
In 1969, a 14-year-old Beatle fan sneaks into John Lennon's Toronto hotel room and convinces him to do an interview for his school paper. This clever animation illustrates the audio recording of that conversation.  

Director

Josh Raskin

Writer

Josh Raskin

Cast

John Lennon, Jerry Levitan

Producer

Jerry Levitan

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

History

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Madame Tutli-Putli

Directors Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski
Year 2007
Run Time 17min
Genre Animation, Drama
Madame Tutli-Putli boards a night train for a mysterious and suspenseful journey in this stunning stop-motion short. Nominated for an Oscar.

Directors

Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Writers

Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski

Cast

Laurie Maher

Producer

Marcy Page

Genres

Animation, Drama

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Man V. Minivan

Director Spencer Maybee
Year 2009
Run Time 17min
Genre Comedy
On the brink of getting married, Shane receives a minivan from his future in-laws, which leads to a comedic case of cold feet.

Director

Spencer Maybee

Writers

Spencer Maybee, Dane Clark

Cast

Marc Bendavid

Producer

Jordan Gross

Genre

Comedy

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre

Grocery Store Action Movie

Director Matthew Campbell
Year 2016
Run Time 14min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy

A hapless every-man is in the express checkout lane at the grocery store when he realizes with horror that he has forgotten the all-important crackers. With his dinner guests already on their way over, he must risk life and limb to achieve the impossible: locate the salty snacks before losing his place in line. A hilarious send-up of action movie clichés created by and starring three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch duo Peter n' Chris.

Director

Matthew Campbell

Writers

Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson

Cast

Chris Wilson, Peter Carlone

Producers

David Kaye, Jameson Parker, Ryan Silva

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

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Green Door

Director Semi Chellas
Year 2008
Run Time 13min
Genre Comedy
A case of mistaken identity drives this comedic tale of apartment living and unrequited love. 

Director

Semi Chellas

Writer

Barbara Gowdy

Cast

Tracy Wright, Don McKellar, Sabrina Grdevich

Producers

Sonia Hosko, Stephanie Markowitz

Genre

Comedy

Interest

Female Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

I Have Seen The Future

Director Cam Christiansen
Year 2007
Run Time 6min
Genre Animation, Experimental

An animated music video about a father-son tennis game set on a hot summer day in the suburbs. Content Note: Coarse language

Director

Cam Christiansen

Writer

Kris Demeanor

Cast

Cam Christiansen

Producers

Cam Christiansen, Maureen Hodgan

Genres

Animation, Experimental

Interests

Arts and Culture, Family Relationships, Sports

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

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Frost

Director Jeremy Ball
Year 2012
Run Time 14min
Genre Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Young Arctic hunter Naya embarks on a search for food outside her ancestral hunting grounds. There she discovers an unfamiliar new world and a dangerous predator.

Director

Jeremy Ball

Writer

Jeremy Ball

Cast

Emily Piggford, Lara Daans, Oscar Hsu

Producer

Lauren Grant

Genres

Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, History

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre

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The Orphan and the Polar Bear

Directors Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)
Year 2014
Run Time 9min
Genre Animation, Drama

In this adaptation of an Inuit legend, an orphan is adopted by a polar bear elder who teaches him the skills he needs to survive.

Directors

Neil Christopher (Inuk), Louise Flaherty (Inuk)

Writer

Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Cast

Johnny Issaluk

Producers

Louise Flaherty (Inuk), Neil Christopher (Inuk)

Genres

Animation, Drama

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Taqqut Productions

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Wave a Red Flag

Director Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)
Year 2009
Run Time 3min
Genre Experimental
A whimsical, wordless exploration of Indigenous identity, community and culture.

Director

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Writer

Adam Garnet Jones (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Lisa Cromarty, Monique Mojica

Producer

Lea Marin

Genre

Experimental

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

No Dialogue

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

NFB

Koneline: Our Land Beautiful

Director Nettie Wild
Year 2016
Run Time 96min
Genre Documentary
Set deep in the traditional territory of the Tahltan First Nation, this love letter to northwestern British Columbia captures beauty and complexity as one of Canada’s vast wildernesses undergoes irrevocable change. Won Best Canadian Documentary at Hot Docs.
 

Director

Nettie Wild

Writer

Nettie Wild

Cast

Oscar Dennis, Jake Giguere, Heidi Gutfrucht

Producer

Betsy Carson

Genre

Documentary

Interest

Environment

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

Canada Wild Productions

Jacob Two Two Meets the Hooded Fang

Director George Bloomfield
Year 1999
Run Time 96min
Genre Family

After a shopping trip gone wrong, Jacob Two Two goes on an adventure to liberate a terrible prison run by a crazy wrestler. Based on the classic Mordecai Richler novel.

Director

George Bloomfield

Writer

Tim Burns

Cast

Gary Busey, Mark McKinney, Miranda Richardson, Max Morrow, Ice- T

Producers

Greg Dummett, Christina Jennings

Genre

Family

Interests

Arts and Culture, Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Don’t Talk to Irene

Director Pat Mills
Year 2017
Run Time 82min
Genre Comedy

When overweight would-be cheerleader Irene (Michelle McLeod) gets suspended from school, she must endure two weeks of community service at a retirement home. Spurred on by the hilarious and young-at-heart Ruth (Deborah Grover), she signs the residents up for a dance-themed reality show to prove that you don’t have to be perfect to be great!

Director

Pat Mills

Writer

Pat Mills

Cast

Michelle McLeod, Deborah Grover

Producers

Mike MacMillan, Alyson Richards

Genre

Comedy

Interests

Arts and Culture, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

Canadian Distributor

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