VIFF Short Forum: Programme 4

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

Programme 4 explores the ideas of of family, heritage and home, finding drama in everyday trials and sharing experiences both deeply personal and undeniably universal. Featured shorts: Bad Omen (dir. Salar Pashtoonyar) + Benny's Best Birthday (dir. Benjamin Scheutze) + Boredom (dir. Mashie Alam) + Cosmic (dir. Meredith Hama-Brown) + êmîcêtôcêt-Many Bloodlines (dir. Theola Ross) + Every Day's Like This (dir. Lev Lewis) + The Fake Calendar (dir. Meky Ottawa) + Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird (dir. Qiuli Wu) + The Trip (dir. Mikizi Migona Papatie)


Includes an interview with Directors: Meredith Hama-Brown (Cosmic), Lev Lewis (Every Day's Like This), Salar Pashtoonyar (Bad Omen), Theola Ross (êmîcêtôcêt-Many Bloodlines), Benjamin Schuetze (Benny's Best Birthday), Qiuli Wu (Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird)

Presented by

Bad Omen

Director: Salar Pashtoonyar / ON, 2020, 19 min.

Kabul, Afghanistan. Pari, an in-house tailor, must find the means to purchase her prescription glasses in order to save her job. more...

Benny's Best Birthday THUMBNAIL

Benny's Best Birthday

Director: Benjamin Schuetze / BC, 2020, 18 min.

A man returns to his childhood home after a nervous breakdown to be taken care of by his younger brother. more...



Director: Mashie Alam / ON, 2020, 3 min.

A girl is stuck at home and unequivocally bored of literally everything in this boring movie that exemplifies the magic of being bored. more...



Director: Meredith Hama-Brown / BC, 2019, 13 min.

A woman and man in their early sixties try to cure their loneliness on a second date that sees them sneaking into an abandoned bowling alley. more...

êmîcêtôcêt-Many Bloodlines THUMBNAIL

êmîcêtôcêt-Many Bloodlines

Director: Theola Ross / ON, 2020, 11 min.

Two women in a bi-racial, queer relationship decide that the white partner will carry her partner’s Indigenous child. more...

Every Day's Like This THUMBNAIL

Every Day's Like This

Director: Lev Lewis / ON, 2020, 11 min.

A delicate portrait of a family coping with the ongoing health decline of a loved one. more...

The Fake Calendar THUMBNAIL

The Fake Calendar

Director: Meky Ottawa / QC, 2019, 1 min.

A neon glimpse into a personal journey from FOMO to JOMO as social functions are forsaken in favour of private space. more...

Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird THUMBNAIL

Sunken Cave and a Migrating Bird

Director: Qiuli Wu / BC, 2020, 11 min.

Out of boredom, two siblings decide to steal a fish from a zoo’s artificial lake. Wandering about, they gradually realize that their surroundings are a mysterious echo of another place. more...


The Trip

Director: Mikizi Migona Papatie / QC, 2019, 5 min.

Mikizi Migona Papatie talks about his reality living through drug addiction in the Anishinaabe community of Kitcisakik. more...


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