The darkest hour is before the dawn but sometimes when you think a situation cannot get any worse, it does. These films capture people as they approach low points and follow where they go from there.
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.
MORNING HAS BROKEN (Kobieta Budzi Sie Rano) - Poland - 15 min - Olga Chajdas
The morning after a woman stabs her husband and drowns her daughter, she starts her daily routine.
CANCEL THE F---ING INTERNET - Canada - 12 min - Ryan Kayet
Gerald is a ruthless retention agent at an internet provider who does not hesitate to leverage his knowledge of Dan's browsing history to meet his quotas.
CONSUME - Canada - 18 min - Michael Peterson
A residential school survivor struggles to feed his family and protect his ancestral land as he fights against the evil impulses of the wendigo spirit that wants to bring about his destruction.
THE CEILING (Katto) - Finland - 14 min - Teppo Airaksinen
A middle-aged man on the brink of divorce finds the ceiling of his cabin is becoming as restrictive as his mental state. An old friend may have the solution in this recipient of Special Jury Distinction at Cannes 2017.
INDIAN GIVER - Canada - 10 min - Trevor Solway
After a 15 year absence, a deadbeat dad goes on a journey to win back his lady's heart, with a prized jingle dress.
RETOUCH - Iran - 19 min - Kaveh Mazaheri
When an accident puts Maryam's husband between life and death she must make a decision that will forever alter her reality.