SHORT FILMS

ACTRA Shorts Program

SUNDAY OCTOBER 15TH | 1PM | FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADA SQUARE

This program features six short films made by members of ACTRA’s Young Emerging Actors Assembly (YEAA) – a chapter of creators and screen actors between the ages of 17-30.

Reelworld Shorts Program

SATURDAY OCTOBER 13TH | 2PM | FAMOUS PLAYERS CANADA SQUARE

 

Enjoy an eclectic mix of short narrative, documentary, and music video from around the world by filmmakers with important voices.  Our shorts program takes you deep into the heart of "what matters is what we do today..." the theme of this year's program.

Accidentals

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

An estranged father and daughter come to terms with their frayed relationship during a tense road trip as they each limp towards the realization that neither of them is doing okay on their own.

Esmerelda’s Castle

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Set in the 1970’s, Lydia’s days are mostly the same. She spends her afternoons at the office workin’ for the man. But this afternoon’s smoke break takes a turn for the mysterious when this secretary and her shoe shining companion enter the alternative world of Esmerelda’s Castle, a dingy dive for Queen’s that Drag and Dream.

FANTASSÚT / Rain on the borders

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

11,000 refugees have been stranded for months in the Idomeni refugee camp on the Greek/Macedonian border. This short documentary is a glimpse of their lives in a forgotten twilight zone, as they wait for the European borders to open.

Fowl Play

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

After a successful tour, the members of world-renowned boy band, 4Play, hit the studio to begin work on their new album.  But before they jump into the recording booth, the boys realize they have bigger fish (or chicken) to fry. Snare, Dubbz and Phil have to confront fellow member Riff about his dangerous addiction to chicken, before it tears the group apart.

Her Story No. 2: Hush Little Baby

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

In this unfolding of a strained father-daughter relationship, Lacey, a young mother, visits her father Richard in a maximum-security penitentiary where he’s serving a sentence for luring and attempting to sexually assault a child. Lacey maintains a strong front until she finds herself with questions about her father’s past.

How to Fall

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

When Gia is depressed about the fantasy life everyone on social media seems to be living except for her, she decides to take a chance and meets a man off of a dating app. The film takes place over one magical dream-like night that pushes them out of their comfort zones and changes everything they believed about falling in love.

Lessons Injustice

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Danardo jones sets out on a car ride with his teenage son in hopes of having a conversation that some parents dread and others are unaware of.

As a lawyer, Jones is well aware that the law can do little to protect his son against the anti-racism and discrimination that has become a part of his complicated Canadian identity.

Man Eater

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

A privileged young woman matches with a an eligible bachelor on a dating app thinking she's met her match but abruptly discovers that her dream guy isn't at all who she hoped he was.

Meeting Mommy

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Zoe can only see her Mom once a year on her birthday. On the day that she turns six, Zoe has some hard questions for her father to answer.

No Reservations

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No Reservations is a political satire inspired by the true-life events of the Dakota Access Pipeline construction. It challenges it’s viewer from the perspective of both First Nations and Caucasian cultures. The film presents a unique point of view in its statement, and a voice of accountability to the Indigenous people of North America.

Residue

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Residue is a film that follows a woman's journey in over-coming her PTSD, after witnessing her fiance's murder by a police officer. This narrative acts as a "How-To guide" for people dealing with losing a loved one to police brutality. By following Valerie's life after the incident, we see the lingering issues that remain long after the hashtag has stopped trending.

Roj Means Sun

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Rojin, a Kurdish-Canadian girl battles both her mother and her mother tongue, as she grieves the recent death of her father, killed in a battle in the Shingal Mountains, Iraqi Kurdistan.

Sorry, I Drowned

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

The world has catastrophically failed millions of people fleeing war, persecution and despair. Calculating politics won out over moral and legal obligations to offer protection and assistance to those in need. Like a contagious disease, walls, fences and restrictive border measures rampantly spread causing countless thousands of people to die on land or at sea.

Stateless

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

In a case that may set a global precedent, “Stateless” illustrates the life of Canadian-born Deepan Budlakoti as he faces deportation to India – a country he has never set foot in. Stateless is an examination of citizenship, identity, and belonging – if being born and bred in one place for an entire lifetime is not enough, then what is?

The Constant Refugee

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

From the escape of the Armenian Genocide by Saifan's Grandfather, to Saifan's own displacement due to the Iraq War and the Syrian Civil War, to his harrowing experience with Turkey's current refugee crisis, it would seem that Saifan's family legacy is that of discrimination, war, and flight.

The Last Supper

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

After weeks of kooky money-making schemes in the big bad city, with hopes of saving their struggling convent dwindling, two small-town nuns, Bird and Celeste have finally caught a break. However, the characters must grapple with the possible consequences of a life-altering decision.

The Witness Box

ACTRA SHORTS PROGRAM

The Witness Box is a film that centres around the cross-examination of a young woman during the trial of the man who sexually assaulted her. The battle of wills between her and the defence lawyer is symbolized in a boxing match between the two of them that is intercut with the courtroom scenes.

Yara's Home

REELWORD SHORTS PROGRAM

 

Forced to leave Syria in 2011, Yara longs for her country, destroyed by war. Time passing raises the fear of forgetting the familiar places of her life, left hanging. In her Munich apartment, Yara starts to understand she will have to build a new home.

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