Thursday, Oct 20, 2022 (7-9pm)
This screening session features 12 short films. All films are in English and/or have English subtitles.
2236 Queen St E,
Toronto, ON M4E 1G2,
Reserve your seats for this screening HERE.
Unsure whether you can make it? Don't worry, more free tickets will be available at the box office just before the screening!
Closing drink (9-10pm):
To conclude this year's festival, we are hosting a closing drink after the last screening. All guests with a ticket to SCREENING#4 are welcome to join us for a free drink at Outrigger (2232 Queen St E, Toronto), near the cinema!
Once There Was III (USA) by Nina Mcneely
Synopsis: 3 women bound to a shared soul oscillating between the throes of brutality and piety. A visceral display of true sisterhood- they suffer together, thrive together and bleed together. Running time: 00:06:34.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF (Best Music Video), Brussels Independent FF, Super Shorts NY, Amsterdam Independent FF, and more.
Cabin Ban (Norway) by Finn Walther
Synopsis: To battle the Covid-19 outbreak the Norwegian government bans people from traveling to their countryside cabins. This gives a burglar the perfect opportunity. Running time: 00:01:09.
Selections/awards: South London FF (Winner Covid-19-inspired Short), Night of Comedy Shorts (Best Comedy), Boston Short FF, Verona IFF, and more.
Losing It (Austria) by Sascha Vernik
Synopsis: After losing the tool he relies on most, a fraud information worker decides to go back in time to prevent it. Running time: 00:09:30.
Selections/awards: Venice Film Week, Boston Short FF (Best Animated Short), Amsterdam Independent FF, Super Shorts NY, and more.
Emoticon (USA) by Padrick S Ritch
Synopsis: 16mm and Super 8 film Running time: 00:02:11.
Selections/awards: Ann Arbor FF, Twin Rivers Media Fest, New Jersey IFF.
Window (Sweden) by Sara Kadefors
Synopsis: A middle-aged woman begins to watch a young man in a window across the street. The drama that takes place there makes her remember her own life as a young woman, a time that was both fantastic, and which she realizes, as the man's life becomes complicated, difficult, and painful. One day she is interrupted in her thoughts, and her life takes an unexpected turn. Running time: 00:11:40.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF, Venice Film Week, Amsterdam Independent FF, and more.
Concertina (Mexico) by Gabriel Gonzalez Acosta
Synopsis: Concertina is an interlocking narrative film that jumps between parallel realities as two sets of brothers discuss their dreams of one another. The film explores themes of ecology, family, and labor using magical realism as a narrative device to create dark, ethereal worlds that offer a glimpse into the power of the physical realm over our collective psyche. Running time: 00:12:42.
Selections/awards: Clermont-Ferrand International Short FF, Norwegian Short FF, Bucharest ShortCut CineFest, NYC Independent FF, HollyShorts FF, Bogota Experimental FF / CineAutopsia, Thess International Short FF, and more.
Ute (Poland) by Maciej Pisarek
Synopsis: Desert, voices, mystery... Music video from a debut, independent album "Now The Grass Grows Through My Skin" by Anchey. Running time: 00:03:59.
Selections/awards: Parai Musical International Awards, Super Shorts New York FF.
I Won’t Remain Alone (Iran) by Yaser Talebi
Synopsis: An old disabled couple living in a small village in the northern part of Iran, face an unfathomable tragedy when their youngest son falls into a coma after an accident. Defying the Islamic traditions of burial, overcoming problems of red tape, and turning devastation into hope, the parents agree to donate their son’s organs. Five years after their brave decision, a film crew visits them and records their slow path of reconciliation with death – or rather, their acquaintance with eternal life. Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Tehran Int Short FF, Mammoth Lakes FF, Thessaloniki Documentary Festival, and more.
Journey (UK) by Sean Sevestre
Synopsis: “A short animated film that I unintentionally started making in July 2020 as I moved back to Scotland in the midst of pandemic happenings. I started making more work based on small but beautiful moments of day to day life. It seemed to be a lot of those in between moments of traveling that caught my attention and the themes of the journey, destination and the transition I felt in my own life started to arise. The project became the playground for my experiments in these strange times. Combining 3d and animation with my paintings in new ways in an effort to unlock new potential to bring my work to life. The culmination of this organic play being Journey.” Running time: 00:01:06.
Mamma (Norway) by Aslak Danbolt
Synopsis: It’s Christmas Eve, and Synnøve is searching for her drug-addicted daughter Michelle in an almost desolated city. (Synnøve and Michelle are mother and daughter in real life and play versions of themselves in a story that is very close to their own lives.) Running time: 00:15:00.
Selections/awards: Aesthetica Short FF, Brussels Independent FF, Norwegian Short FF, Ankara Accessible FF (Best Film Award, Best Director Award), Bergen IFF, Hong Kong Arthouse FF, and more.
October Eleventh (USA) by Damian Gonzalez, Jeremy Weinstein
Synopsis: Our home turned to ice one bitter cold night, winter rattling the door before we knew it. Running time: 00:00:57.
I Love You Don't Leave Me (USA) by Alex Leombruno
Synopsis: An absurdist drama following the endless torment experienced by a young woman dealing with an eating disorder. As she tries to cope with obsessive tendencies and routines, Ghillie, a looming swamp monster, follows close behind. Ghillie is the most prominent thing in Morgan’s life — that is, until she meets a strange neighbor while out jogging and invites her over for dinner. What ensues is a stressful encounter for Morgan as she tries to fight past the thoughts of Ghillie. Running time: 00:15:41.
Selections/awards: Boston Short FF, Super Shorts NY, and more.