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NOT SO DISTANT FUTURE

SHORT FILMS & WEB-SERIES

Spanning across different genres and themes to be a mirrored reflection and collective response to our current times. Some characters use the magic of music and movement to overcome, while others use technology to inform their desire with each other as they navigate romance and heartbreak. Here and Now speaks to the yearning to connect, whether it’s understood, seen or not.

This year, we will be screening shorts from Here & Now  at Paradise Cinemas, 1006 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1M2. Screenings will be held on Sunday, October 24th at 8:30PM (59 Minutes).
Following the screening will be a 30 Minute Q&A.

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Followers

Gavin Seal
HORROR, COMEDY, THRILLER | 3 MINS | ENGLISH | Q.C. | WORLD PREMIERE

An ancient demon from the past teaches a social media junkie a brutal lesson about being present.

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Free Money

MJ Asuza
COMEDY | 13 MINS | ENGLISH | O.N. | WORLD PREMIERE

A sci-fi/comedy set in a future Toronto, where a Universal Basic Income means people no longer need to work for a living. JT, a washed-up engineer, begins to suspect that his smarthome ARI is stealing from his monthly cheque. Along with his twin brother Rory, he sets off to get to the bottom of this conspiracy.

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Old News is So Exciting

Anthony Kit Lee
DRAMA | 11 MINS | ENGLISH | B.C. | WORLD PREMIERE

There is a genetic disease in the Mori Family - everyone vanishes into thin air when they turn 30-year-old. To cope with this misfortune, the family created a celebration where family members would attend their own funeral before they vanish. Kali and Canary discover the family secret hidden by the immune elder, Yussi, and decides to disrupt the traditions during the course of the funeral in order to stay alive.

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Oneironautic

Vanessa Magic
EXPERIMENTAL | 5 MINS | ENGLISH | O.N. | WORLD PREMIERE

Oneironautic: the ability to travel within a dream on a conscious basis. This afro-surrealist film asks the question of where do you go when you dream at night? As a dream warrior questions her path as she faces herself in her mind.

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Perfect Daughter

Jasleen Kaur
SCI-FI, DRAMA | 13 MINS | ENGLISH | O.N. | TORONTO PREMIERE

When the Sandhu family moves into the neighbourhood, Kira grows suspicious of her new neighbours' seemingly flawless daughter. As chaotic as the Sainis may appear, a glimpse into the Sandhu family's past shows a very different image from the one they are presenting, and raises more questions than answers when the true nature of their daughter, Rani, is revealed.

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The Right Swipe

Omorose Osagie
SCI-FI, DRAMA | 10 MINS | ENGLISH | B.C. | WORLD PREMIERE

After a breakup with her ex-boyfriend, a lonely romance writer joins a VR dating app to escape reality but ends up addicted to the app.

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Victim

Yongjia Huang, Yeni Chen
DRAMA | 5 MINS | CHINESE| O.N. | TORONTO PREMIERE

An innocent lady was framed in an unthinkable way after she had been stolen by a thief. Everything happened in three minutes only.

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