‘Tidal Waves’ is a short film about a young dancer’s struggle with scoliosis. After undergoing a surgery to correct her spine, Riley - a once triumphant and passionate dancer must now come to terms with the fact that she can no longer dance.
Kristina Wong is a Toronto-based writer/director who is an advocate for diversity and gender equality. Her short films have been featured in the Victoria film festival, Toronto Urban film festival and Philadelphia Asian American film festival. She has won several awards in addition to being featured in local press/media outlets.
Orlloon and I - Ghazal Tahernia
‘Orlloon and I’ is the story of a lonely boy trapped on a deserted island simply looking for friends to play with.
Director Bio: Ghazal Tahernia’s colourful short stop motions take the viewer to a warm, vibrant world of clay, sand, and silicon. Her stories are inspired by her own childhood experiences, and told through the purposeful positioned camera and subtle movements of the silicon puppets. You can visit her website for more of her creations.
Pollyanna - Roman Gubin
Roman Gubin tells a moving short story set in the underground “Lower Bay” station of Toronto. In ‘Pollyanna’:
A young girl's internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.
GO TO HELL! - Charlie Tyrell
‘GO TO HELL!’ follows the triplet Leibowitz brothers as they return to their childhood home after the death of their parents. Angus, Berkley, and Calvin reminisce over their former childhood glory despite their ongoing, daily embarrassment at the fact that they never fulfilled their potential.
Charlie Tyrell's latest project, ‘I Thought I Told You To Shut Up!’ premiered at SXSW 2015 with subsequent screenings at Hot Docs, the Nashville Film Festival, and DOXA, to name a few. The film won "Best Short" at the Palm Beach Film Festival and "Best Documentary Short" at the Arizona International Film Festival. It also earned Tyrell a Vimeo Staff Pick and was named Short of the Week.
Vivid - Francis Luta
Francis is an emerging Canadian filmmaker with works ranging from fiction and non-fiction. ‘Vivid’ was produced by Canon Canada for their launch of the EOS C700 cinema camera lensed by award winning cinematographer Jeremy Benning (The Expanse, Killing Lincoln):
The story is a haunting commentary on mental illness about Viv, a beautiful young corporate climber who falls into the depths of fear as she is stalked by a mysterious shadowy figure.
Foxhole Conversations - Pranay Noel
One of the many shorts made under his production company, Basement Juice, is ‘Foxhole Conversations’:
Lauchlin is fresh off a divorce and barely sees his daughter. Now regressed to living in his dead parents' home with his unemployed younger brother, he finds himself void of direction in life and on the cusp of one of the most significant experiences he'll ever go through.
Payphone - Minsoo Koh
As a result of growing up in two different cultures, director Minsoo Koh mixes a Western style of cinema with a Korean style of a cinema to produce unique and entertaining films. In ‘Payphone’:
Jack finds a mysterious payphone in the middle of the night...
No Hentai - Richard Dang
A reclusive manga writer must overcome his anime porn addiction or lose a chance for an intimate relationship. He does this by disconnecting himself from technology, but learns that love requires more than just the removal of things, it requires one's ability to step out and connect with others.
Bubba'$ Thumb - Jimmy Keegan
A gang of co-conspirators plan to get their hands on some big money hidden in the safe of a dead man - but a mob boss is standing between them and their jackpot.
Hunger - Mara Goldbloom
We all get cravings sometimes.
A pushy, asymmetrical horror narrative exploring the pain and loss of love between two lovers.
Director Bio: Goldbloom is an artist, activist, and film maker. Currently studying at Ryerson University for film studies with a specialization in Integrated Digital, their art and film has been featured across Toronto in Loud, Intimate Art Show 2016, and Women in Art Ryerson Art Show 2016-2017. Their acting career was also recently featured at the 2016 TIFF festival in Martin Edralin's short, Emma. As working crew member for many TV, Film, and Student productions around Toronto, you might even spot them - keep an eye out.
Tangerine Crossandra - Kathryn McIntosh
On the day of her most important college exam, Anna receives a letter from her estranged father, Dmitry. Anna hasn't seen her father in 6 years, but refuses to read the letter until after the exam. She had no reason to assume it was urgent. It's everything she's ever wanted to hear, but it might be a day too late for apologies.
Kathryn McIntosh was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 15, 1995. She's a student at the University of Toronto, in her final year studying engineering.
Kathryn broke into directing as an assistant director on the short film 'The Hallway'. After that, she collaborated with writer Robert Misovic and was chosen to direct her first film, Tangerine Crossandra. Kathryn is currently working on writing her first feature script, focusing on Alzheimers and mental illness.
An Offwhite Flag - Eli Speigel
While coming to terms with his father’s terminal illness, Francis encounters an emotionally sadistic woman in a park. Either the universe is pulling in for a close-up on Francis, or he is simply pulling back.
Skate - Diane Shaher
There is no narrative or linear story, just a fun and cool skateboarding music video - enjoy!
Christmas with the Cultists - Umair Malik & Caelan Cox
Christmas with the Cultists - Umair Malik & Caelan Cox
All this community of terrifying monster worshiping cultists want for Christmas this year is to have the sacrifices go off without a hitch, but things don't go as planned when someone steals a chocolate from the Calendar of Advent.
On est déjà passé par là - Matthew Antonino
The streets of Paris serve as the stage for the falling out between two lovers, played by Cannelle Marichal and Elie Kaempfen.
Shot entirely in real time with a skeleton crew, the film truthfully captures the time and place of the improvised scene detailing this couple's final goodbye.
Matthew Antonino has always had a passion for cinema. Nothing makes him happier than having a camera in his hands. He previously studied directing at Chapman University before taking time off to work at a production company in Paris.