The Short(s) List

(Various Countries, 99 mins)


A collection of some of the best International and Canadian short films from the 2013 Vancouver International Film Festival selected by programmers Sandy Gow and Curtis Woloschuk. The selections will be finalized and available Wednesday, October 9 afternoon.

Dear Susan

DIR Susumu Kimura / USA, 2013, 8 min.

On a hospital deathbed, while the line between internal monologue and reality blurs, a man composes a love letter to his wife.

December 25

DIR Wendy Dent / Australia, 2012, 1 min.

A poignant Christmas message that demonstrates the power of words.

The End of Pinky

DIR Claire Blanchet / QC, 2013, 9 min.

A noir-tinged journey into Montreal’s red light district, where a score is about to be settled in a cut-rate strip club.

For the Birds

DIR Tara Atashgah / USA, 2013, 14 min.

A young woman is brought to the main square of a small town in modern day Iran to be hanged for adultery. Horrified, the townspeople look away. She begs for help and, at the last minute, her appeal seem to be answered by young man. Inspired by a true story.

Gaspe Copper

DIR Alexis Fortier Gauthier / QC, 2013, 14 min.

Before a family can pack up and move from their mining town, the kids are assigned a particularly unenviable chore.

In the Light of Day

DIR Stephen Graziano / USA, 2013, 11 min.

In a fancy restaurant, Jane is confronted by a young, disturbed woman who wants to apologize for a traumatic incident that tragically altered both their lives six years ago.

The Lamp

DIR Trevor Juras / ON, 2013, 16 min.

The perils of online dating become readily apparent when a disastrous first encounter segues from awkwardness to anarchy.

Liebe (Love)

DIR Cameron Macgowan / AB, 2013, 4 min.

A man, a maid and a monster… Love triangles are seldom this bizarre.

On Your Lips

DIR Joonas Rutanen / Finland, 2013, 9 min.

What to do when your single father sticks you with his date’s teenaged daughter at the amusement park? An evening full of suspicion, awkward relations and sexual tension.

Portrait as a Random Act of Violence

DIR Randall Okita / ON, 2012, 5 min.

Sculpture and kinetic performance collide to breathtaking effect in this explosive piece exploring the art of destruction.

Virtuoso Virtual

DIR Thomas Stellmach, Maja Oschmann / Germany, 2013, 8 min.

Exciting and poetic by turns, Thomas Stellmach and Maja Oschmann animation uses the music of Louis Spohr’s opera The Alchymist to fuel a colourful fantasia of sight and sound.