TAFF Toronto Arthouse Film Festival

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 (7-9PM)

Fox Theatre

2236 Queen St E,

Toronto, ON M4E 1G2,


This screening session features 12 short films.

All films are English spoken and/or English subtitled.

Tickets will become available in September 2021.

Fragile Machines (United States) by Derek Johnson, Luke Smithers


Fragile Machines is an independent art film which tells the story of a married couple and the affairs that make their relationship irreparable. The film follows a non-linear, gestural narrative—shifting between seasons, homes, oceans and embraces fluidly and rapidly. The movement direction follows a form of contemporary dance: contact improvisation.


Duration: 00:06:07

Keywords: short, drama, fashion, experimental

Dream of Life (Canada) by Inanna Cusi


A being's journey through dimensions beginning with the first, a dot. It travels from birth into adulthood with all the challenges that can come when innocence guides the way into the unknown without looking back at where one came from.


Duration: 00:08:11

Keywords: animation, experimental, student, short

Magic Kingdom (United States/Hong Kong) by Nelson Ng Chak Hei


The story is set in 1997 against the backdrop of the looming handover. Kit, a middle-aged single parent, brings his son from Hong Kong to California under the pretense of visiting Disneyland. The son, Chun, comes to realize the real intention of the trip is his own adoption.


Duration: 00:15:00 / Trailer

Keywords: narrative, short, drama

Krump Antidote (Canada) by Fatty Soprano & Shutterr


The short film is about Toronto Krump dance movement Marcus " Ademe " Parish Johnson and how discovering Krump saved him from depression. Marcus uses Krumping as therapy, which helped him deal with the death of his father.


Duration: 00:03:27

Keywords: documentary, short, dance

Adam & Eve Mk II (United Kingdom) by Sebastian Kuder


In a post-apocalyptic future, human memories from the now-extinct species homo sapiens are loaded into the artificial brain of a robot.


Duration: 00:04:13

Keywords:  animation, student, short, sci-fi

The Chef (United States) by Hao Zheng


In the near future, when labor workers are being replaced by humanoids, Chinese chef Pu is ordered to pass on his cooking skill to humanoid robot William and teach him Chinese cooking. Designed to satisfy his owner, William tries to follow Pu’s every instruction, but his robotic demand for precision and perfection is essentially contradictory to Chinese cooking. At the same time, protests against AI replacing human labor become more intense. Qiang, Pu’s apprentice, is one of the protestors. As Qiang disappoints Pu time and time again with his cooking, Pu starts to get closer to William, which pushes him away from human beings. Pu becomes at a loss in this dilemma.


Duration: 00:19:50 / Trailer

Keywords:  student, short, drama, sci-fi

Forever Jung (Canada) by John D. Watson


A model talks about shadows.


Duration: 00:01:00

Keywords: experimental, short

Wisemen, God, and Wednesday (Canada) by Sam Luk


Samwise and Stevie grew up with homelessness in BC and Nova Scotia. Ianos is a gender-queer Greek. Kwaku is a single father who came from extreme poverty and famine.


Duration: 00:07:00 / Trailer

Keywords:  documentary, experimental, short

Last Call On Queen West (Canada) by Iris Johnston


A musical moment at a downtown Toronto bar.


Duration: 00:00:59

Keywords: short

Quince: Fifteen (United Kingdom) by Peiman Zekavat


A private video of Maria goes viral during a volleyball class in a high school in Lima, Peru. 'Fifteen' takes a look at cyberbullying and the culture of victim blaming.


Duration: 00:10:00 / Trailer

Keywords: narrative, short, drama

On (Australia) by Jelena Sinik


In our age of attention scarcity, ‘On’ explores just where our gaze is falling. Take a curious and playful glimpse into both the connectedness and enduring loneliness of the modern condition, through this intimate and unexamined lens.


Duration: 00:02:05

Keywords: animation, experimental, student, short

Zeen? (Canada) by Calyx Passailaigue


Chad is a pretentious white Jamaican film director. With his ragtag Caribbean cast and crew, he aims to shoot a highbrow social drama called "Brothers in Babylon."


Duration: 00:30:56 / Trailer

Keywords: short, mockumentary