National Film Board of Canada Shorts
Canada, 98 Minute Running Time
Closing Night Presentation, Sunday, August 11th, 7:00pm
Directors: Amanada Forbis and Wendy Tilby
Canada / 2011 / 13 min.
This short tells the story of a dapper young remittance man who is sent from England to Alberta to attempt ranching in 1909. However, his affection for badminton, bird watching and liquor leaves him little time for wrangling cattle. A film about the beauty of the prairie, the pangs of homesickness and the folly of living dangerously out of context.
Director: Patrick Doyon
Canada / 2011 / 10 min.
This Oscar®-nominated animated short is a magical tale about life as seen through the eyes of a child. In keeping with their Sunday tradition, after mass a family flocks to grandma and grandpa’s house, where the chaotic discussion soon begins to resemble a raucous gathering of crows on power lines.
Directors: Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski
Canada / 2007 / 17 min.
This stop-motion animated film takes viewers on an exhilarating existential journey into the fully imagined, tactile world of Madame Tutli-Putli. As she travels alone on the night train, weighed down with all her earthly possessions and the ghosts of her past, she faces both the kindness and menace of strangers.
Director: Chris Landreth
Canada / 2004 / 14 min.
This Oscar®-winning animated short from Chris Landreth is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. Ryan is living every artist's worst nightmare - succumbing to addiction and panhandling on the streets to make ends meet.
The Danish Poet
Director: Toril Kove
Canada / 2006 / 15 min.
Can we trace the chain of events that leads to our own birth? Is our existence just coincidence? Do little things matter? The narrator of The Danish Poet considers these questions as we follow Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer, Sigrid Undset.
Director: Theodore Ushev
Canada / 2010 / 14 min.
This animated short by Theodore Ushev depicts the maelstrom of anguish that tormented Arthur Lipsett, a famed Canadian experimental filmmaker who died at the age of 49. His descent into depression and madness is explored through a series of images as well as sounds taken from Lipsett's own work.
Edmond Was A Donkey
Director: Franck Dion
Canada / 2012 / 15 min.
This short about social conformity tells the story of Edmond - a very "different" sort of guy. When his co-workers jokingly crown him with a pair of donkey ears, Edmond suddenly discovers his true identity. And while he enjoys his newfound self, the ears create an ever-widening gap between himself and others.