Life goes fast. These documentary shorts are portraits of people that capture moments, celebrate memories, live as who they are and face that someday everyone will die.
SEVEN DATES WITH DEATH - United States - 11 min - Mike Holland
The story of Moreese Bickham, the oldest living survivor of Death Row in the United States. Committed to Death Row for the murders of two clansmen, Bickham’s story is one of justice, that captures a humble man’s inspirational view on life following almost four decades in prison.
THE COLLECTION - United States - 11 min - Adam Roffman
A joyous portrait of two women who discovered a unique collection of movie memorabilia, comprised of over 40,000 printer blocks and 20,000 printer plates used to create the original newspaper advertisements for virtually every movie released in the United States from the silent period through 1984.
LOST HORIZONS: THE PHOTOGRAPHY OF GEORGE WEBBER - Canada - 18 min - Laura O'Grady
Internationally renowned Canadian photographer George Webber delves into the little-known lives and stories of vanishing Western prairie towns. Returning to the same areas over several decades, Webber has created a remarkable black and white archive of Canada's changing landscapes.
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.
UMBRELLA - United States - 15 min - Rhys Ernst
Four transgender individuals share their struggles for identity, validity and equality. Whether serving their country’s military, building successful businesses or advocating for policy advancements, they push for representation.
VOICES OF KIDNAPPING (Voces Del Secuestro) - Canada - 14 min - Ryan McKenna
Family members of kidnapping victims being held deep in the Amazon jungle attempt to reach them by submitting messages to a radio program that has served this purpose for more than 20 years.
STATE OF (THE) ART - Canada - 20 min - Chris Dowsett
WINNER OF THE AUDIENCE AWARD, DOCUMENTARY SHORT
Four Calgary-based artists (Mandy Stobo, Curtis Van Charles, Katie Green and Daniel J. Kirk), share their outlook on emerging technology and how it influences the creation of art, finding a balance between an analog mind and a digital skillset.