These shorts serve up satisfaction on a small scale, with films that remind us that sometimes you just have to savour a win when it comes. You'll be compelled to cheer on the protagonists in their small moments of respite, no matter how fleeting.
BIRD - Canada - 11 min - Molly Parker
When Sam, a woman mired in regret, goes to visit her aged parents, the disappearance of her mother’s pet bird threatens to unravel her tenuous hold on life. The nuanced and poetic directorial debut of Canadian actress Molly Parker (HOUSE OF CARDS).
GLAMOROUS GLADYS - Canada - 11 min - Michal Lavi and Berkley Brady
93-year-old Gladys has an unfailing passion for music, and her life has been a consummate performance. An eternal optimist, her story is a testament to the indefatigable spirit of life.
FACING MECCA - Switzerland - 25 min - Jan-Eric Mack
In this poetic, multiple award winner from Palm Springs ShortsFest, a retiree comes to a Syrian refugee's assistance when he is faced with the burial of his wife. Together they navigate bureaucracy and misconceptions in their small Swiss town.
CALGARY "UGLY" - Canada - 13 min - Guillaume Carlier
Calgary painter Chris Flodberg sees beauty in banality. Paintings of the often ugly city he calls home feature landscapes of pavement, desolation, and abstract inspiration.
40 WINTERS - Canada - 11 min - Simon Donato / Drew Goldsack
In this exquisite Alberta short set in the iconic landscape of Banff National Park, three adventurers attempt to post the fastest time for a traverse of 11 peaks on Mt. Rundle's ridge in a single winter's day. It features interviews from mountain legends like Chic Scott, Charlie Lock, Will Gadd and Jack Firth, and breathtaking landscapes from our own backyard.
RUBY FULL OF SHIT (Ruby Pleine De Marde) - Canada - 18 min - Jean-Guillaume Bastien
Denis finds himself spending Christmas dinner with his lover Carl's fiercely Catholic and traditional family. The family is completely unaware of their relationship, except for Ruby - a spoiled six-year-old.
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.