VIFF Short Forum: Programme 3

Short Forum | ALT
Country of Origin: Canada
97 min.

Programme 3 investigates the limits of our ability to not just change but transform ourselves completely with the results running the gamut from absurd to extraordinary. Featured shorts: As Spring Comes (dir. Marie-Ève Juste) + The Great Malaise (dir. Catherine Lepage) + Moon (dir. Zoé Pelchat) + A New Leash on Life (dir. Daniel Jeffery) + Nuxalk Radio (dir. Banchi Hanuse) + Rag Doll (dir. Leon Lee) + Strong Son (dir. Ian Bawa) + Succor (dir. Hannah Cheesman) + Uu?uu~tah (dir. Chad Charlie)


Includes an interview with Directors: Ian Bawa (Strong Son), Chad Charlie (Uu?uu~tah), Hannah Cheesman (Succor), Daniel Jeffery (A New Leash on Life), Marie-Ève Juste (As Spring Comes), Catherine Lepage (The Great Malaise), Producer: Jessica Hallenbeck (Nuxalk Radio)

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As Spring Comes THUMBNAIL

As Spring Comes

Director: Marie-Ève Juste / QC, 2020, 14 min.

Suffering from a strange disease that transforms her into plants, a woman inhabit her lover’s ice fishing cabin. more...

The Great Malaise THUMBNAIL

The Great Malaise

Director: Catherine Lepage / QC, 2019, 6 min.

An initially favourable self-portrait slowly reveals the burden of anxiety carried by a competitive overachiever striving for happiness. more...



Director: Zoé Pelchat / QC, 2020, 15 min.

A lonely ex-convict works as a cook in a brunch restaurant. Encouraged by a colleague, she musters the courage to ask an attractive customer on a date. It might be the beginning of redemption. more...

A New Leash on Life THUMBNAIL

A New Leash on Life

Director: Daniel Jeffery / BC, 2020, 12 min.

After one too many rage-filled outbursts, a magical talking dog named Basketball must talk his owner, Frank, out of having him put down. more...

Nuxalk Radio THUMBNAIL

Nuxalk Radio

Director: Banchi Hanuse / BC, 2019, 4 min.

A day in the life of 91.1, Nuxalk Radio, a radio station built to help keep the Nuxalkmc language alive while broadcasting the laws of the lands and waters. more...


Rag Doll

Director: Leon Lee / BC, 2020, 19 min.

Amidst a deadly persecution, a determined orphan tries to bring her mother back to life through the power of art. more...


Strong Son

Director: Ian Bawa / MB, 2020, 4 min.

Watching carefully (and offering occasional coaching) as his musclebound son pursues physical perfection, an elderly father worries about what his boy might be missing out on. more...



Director: Hannah Cheesman / ON, 2020, 12 min.

Heartbroken after a bad breakup, Angie finds comfort in her best friend Abigail, who helps her sign up for a dating app. Angie’s new online suitor, however, is not what he seems. more...



Director: Chad Charlie / BC, 2019, 11 min.

As a village faces starvation, a young chief prepares to hunt the one thing that can feed them all. more...


Please note that VIFF 2020 online films can be viewed in British Columbia only.