Get excited and root for your favorite short films!
The Best of Shorts Awards will be presented at the Calgary International Film Festival's Awards Party, after the screening of jury-selected shorts.
Awards will be presented in the following categories – $2,500 cash prize each
Best Alberta Short
Best Overall Short (Live Action or Animated)
Best Documentary Short
The winner of the Best Overall Short Film will qualify for Academy Award consideration, as the festival is now an Oscar-accredited festival for short films in the Animated and Narrative categories. The jurors will also select and present the award for the Best Short Documentary and Best Alberta.
Best of Shorts finalists:
AFTER LIFE - New Zealand - 15 min - Prisca Bouchet and Nick Mayow
WINNER OF THE BEST DOCUMENTARY SHORT AWARD - $2,500
A compelling glimpse inside a New Zealand funeral home - a place where the daily work deals with our deepest fear.
DEKALB ELEMENTARY - United States - 20 min - Reed Van Dyk
This multiple award-winner was inspired by a 911 call placed during a school shooting incident in Atlanta, Georgia.
THE LEGEND OF THE BUNNY PHANTOM - Canada - 5 min - Simon Chan / Vinson Chan
In a race against time to save his city from imminent destruction, the Bunny Phantom must face his greatest challenge, Turtler.
BREATHING THROUGH A STRAW - Canada - 18 min - Leigh Rivenbark
WINNER OF THE BEST ALBERTA SHORT AWARD - $2,500
A closeted gay man discovers an internet craze that might provide relief to his despair. A surprising text message puts him on a path of reflection, discovery and redemption.
SKIN FOR SKIN - Canada - 15 min - Kevin D.A. Kurytnik and Carol Beecher
WINNER OF BEST OVERALL SHORT (LIVE ACTION OR ANIMATED) - $2,500 AND OSCAR QUALIFICATION STATUS
WINNER OF AUDIENCE AWARD, ALBERTA SHORT
A visually stunning dark allegory of greed and spiritual reckoning, set during the early days of the fur trade. In man's brutal world of profit and loss, animals are slaughtered to the brink of extinction, until the forces of nature exact their own terrible price.
STATE OF EMERGENCY MOTHERFUCKER! - Belgium - 5 min - Sébastien Petretti
In a society where police violence has become routine and banal, two young men focus on what's really important - screwing on Valentine's Day.
FIX AND RELEASE - Canada - 15 min - Scott Dobson
An Ontario turtle trauma centre fights for the survival of turtles facing habitat loss and motorized vehicles. This visually stunning film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before, and how the centre is working to save the world one turtle at a time.