We can’t say it enough, Canadian film rocks. And as far as we’re concerned, the more you can watch, the better – which makes tightly packed Canadian short films a smorgasbord of movie fun.
Whether you’re in the mood for romance, gore, endearing characters or the witty banter of a smart comedy, our selection of over 60 Canadian shorts won’t disappoint. Canadian filmmakers carry their national pride and classic humility on their sleeves, creating shorts that are subtly beautiful and as diverse as our population. Stories come together effortlessly, but their impact is huge.
Among this year’s collection of Canadian shorts are several films from the National Film Board of Canada (NFB). The Christopher Plummer-narrated Kali the Little Vampire, Canadian-Swiss made Romance and introspective Edmond Was a Donkey come to us from this program, offering unique stories with even more creative animation.
Also hailing from the NFB is Big Mouth. With its inventive animation and touching story, every girl watching feels special as it reminds us that what we see as our most obnoxious traits may also be what makes us special. This short, along with others Canadian treats like Exode and What a Young Girl Should Not Know come together in Official Selection: Iron Ladies to paint a beautiful picture of what it means to be a girl. Many of the WSFF staff can’t stop talking about how relatable these flicks are.
Far from being short on talent, our Francophone filmmakers represent Canada with a collection of the most realistic, poignant and subtle films our staff have seen in a long time. Sex of Others (Le Cul des Autres) reminds us of how awkward (and exciting!) running into an ex can be. Anne Émond, who impressed us all with her début feature Nuit #1 returns to shorts with Nothing Else (Plus Rien Ne Vouloir).
Canada is awesome, and so are our shorts! We’ve just skimmed the surface of the great stories you can find at this year’s festival. Pick up a program book and flip to page 85 to see all 66 Canadian shorts screening at this year’s CFC Worldwide Short Film Festival. And don’t forget tickets are available to purchase online!