VIFF Short Forum: Program 6
Cinematic form is given to life’s big mysteries: luck and fate, love and loss, and the spiritual supernatural.
Q&A Oct 6 & Oct 9
This short film program includes the following films:
The Flying Sailor
Amanda Forbis, Wendy Tilby, AB (8 min)
Based on the true events of the Halifax Explosion in 1917, a sailor soars above the blast towards the great unknown.
Meeting With Robert Dole
François Harvey, QC (16 min)
Dialectical in form and content, this documentary explores the connection between schizophrenia and theology through the life of Robert Dole.
Asia Youngman, BC (17 min)
New to town, Zaraya befriends her next-door neighbour, who invites her to go on a search for the legendary lake monster, N’xaxaitkw—known to settlers as Ogopogo.
Julien Falardeau, QC (12 min)
A sun worshipper’s commitment grows desperate when he catches a sunflower turning towards him.
Meran Ismailsoy, Anya Chirkova, ON (14 min)
All hell breaks loose when a depressed father calls in his son to help mediate an argument with the landlord.
Grown in Darkness
Devin Shears, NL (17 min)
Emmanuel pays his longtime friend, Henry, a visit on his rhubarb farm during harvest. Through the next few days, the two examine the nature of their relationship.
La Plage aux êtres
Kendra McLaughlin, ON (20 min)
Time, memory, and grief are explored in this close look at the preservation of an unidentified creature.
Community Broadcast Partner
Various with English subtitles
Open to youth!
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Someone Lives Here
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Toronto has seen a catastrophic increase in homelessness. Sick of seeing his city unable to care for its unhoused people, Khaleel Seivwright quit his job as a full-time carpenter and dedicated himself to building insulated shelters--called 'tiny shelters.'
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".
Big Fight in Little Chinatown
Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses, and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
The Invisible Fight
Fans of Black Sabbath, kung fu, and/or wacky comedy won't want to miss The Invisible Fight. This gonzo Estonian martial arts movie is an unholy cross between Aki Kaurismaki and Edgar Wright; a true one-off.
Manufacturing the Threat
Shining a light into the murky world of police infiltration, incitement, and agent provocateurs, Manufacturing The Threat shows how Canada’s policing and national security agencies, granted additional powers after 9/11, routinely break laws with little to no accountability or oversight.