7th NFB Short film Online Contest

Vote for your favorite short film by May 18th

The NFB at Cannes

Short Films

A BEAR'S LIFE by Daniel S. Ferraz

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A decidedly unusual couple try to salvage their relationship by visiting a therapist. But some problems remain well beyond the reach of counselling, especially when they involve differences so immense that they prompt open gawking in the supermarket aisle. This comedic short tells the tale of a love that struggles to overcome a seemingly insurmountable obstacle.

Biography

Daniel S. Ferraz is a Brazilian/Danish student filmmaker who currently lives in Aarhus, Denmark, where he attends the Potemkin Film College Masterclass. He is dedicated to making short films and devotes most of his time to producing various film projects.

ART DEPOT by Sebastian Piras

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Max, a young artist, faces the puzzling complexities of the insular New York art world. After an encounter with an art dealer and his beautiful daughter, Max’s already confused life seems to become unmanageable in the span of just a few days—or is this all just happening inside his head?

Biography

Sebastian Piras is New York based photographer and filmmaker. His main photographic subject matter has been portraiture. "Artists Exposed", published in 1996, is a partial collection of captivating portraits of known and unknown artists and players in the international arts scene, including Andy Warhol and Roy Liechtenstein. As a filmmaker, he has worked as a producer of promos and opening title sequences for such prime time shows as Martha Stewart’s Martha, The Apprentice with Donald Trump, The Cut and The Restaurant. He has made two documentaries—on Life photographer Richard Stack and on Warhol’s movie star Taylor Mead.

BLACKCHAPEL by Pierre Fernandez

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The murders of a series of prostitutes are spreading terror in the neighbourhood of Blackchapel! While Scotland Black’s investigation flounders, Jack the Ripper’s violent justice rules the streets... and Sherlock Holmes and Watson are called in to investigate.

Biography

After studying cinematography and art, Pierre Fernandez began his film career storyboarding, and has worked as an assistant director, designer, caricaturist and sculptor. In 2004, he directed Débil Dead, a short stop-motion animated film produced by Faux Raccord that was a hit on the Web and in film festivals around the world. Pierre subsequently began to develop the creative concept for Débil Starz, a series of short stop-motion films produced by Ankama Animations.

CHOKE by Michelle Latimer

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When Jimmy leaves his Fist Nation’s reservation, drawn by the lures of city life, he finds himself confronting a world he could never have imagined. In his encounters with the city’s lost souls, he is reminded that no matter how far you travel, you cannot escape who you are. Inspired by the life of the late, teenaged artist Kyle Morrisseau, Choke uses stop-motion animation to explore themes of urban isolation and the individual search for identity in modern society.

Biography

Michelle is a filmmaker and festival programmer. She recently produced the documentary Jackpot (2009 Hot Docs International Documentary Festival; Golden Sheaf Award: Best POV Doc at the Yorkton Film Festival). Her short film Choke premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and received a Special Jury Honourable Mention for Best International Short Film. In 2009, she participated in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab where she mentored under filmmakers Danny Boyle and Miranda July. She is currently developing the feature documentary Alias, and co-creating a dramatic series with HBO Canada. Aside from making films, Michelle also programs for both the Hot Docs and imagineNATIVE film festivals.

CLOCHETTE'S VIOLENCE by Yannick Bandali-Renard

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A day in the life of Alexis, a young man caught up in a life of violence and frustration but who is trying to find a way to survive and live up to his responsibilities. A portrait of lost youth on the slippery slope to perdition.

Biography

Born in Brussels in 1986, Yannick Bandali-Renard began acting at age 18 before moving to Paris to study theatre with Robert Cordier. In 2009, he made his first short film, Beautiful C., and began writing a second one, entitled La violence de Clochette. While still in editing, he contacted different producers about developing more short films. He completed post-production of La violence de Clochette in 2011 and is currently writing his first feature film, while also developing stories for his other shorts with the assistance of French and Belgian production companies.

I AM LONELY by Phil Haine and Jonathan Brown

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I Am Lonely is about learning to live with yourself—a necessity for anyone, and especially the last man alive. But what if the last man alive isn’t Will Smith but just a guy named Chris, a bit of a loser who has no idea how to cope? And what would you say to your best friend if he only had moments to live before becoming one of the undead? Written by Jonathan Brown (adapted from his Tin Can Podcast series) and directed by Phil Haine (Stalker, 2010 Raindance Film Festival).

Biography

Phil Haine has directed numerous short films over the last twelve years, including Stalker (2010), which screened in competition at the Raindance and Sea Breeze film festivals. He has worked in various areas of the film and television industry and has also directed theatre productions. Phil intends to direct his debut feature film in 2012.

Jonathan has written three shorts (Home from Home, Impossible Feet and I Am Lonely) and is a founding member of Tin Can Podcast. He won the award for Best Show in the LOST Five Minute Theatre Festival, was a finalist in the Off Cut Theatre Festival and won Best Audio at the Fringe Report Awards. He has also produced plays for the Camden Fringe.

KLÁS by Ragnar Snorrason

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Klaus wanders into an apartment complex dressed as Santa Claus, fully intending to jump off a balcony. But he wasn’t counting on meeting a young girl who still happens to believe in Saint Nick . . . Klás poses the question: Can innocence save a lost soul?

Biography

Ragnar Snorrason was born in Reykjavik, Iceland. He has worked on several feature films in a range of positions, including Production Assistant and Line Producer. Ragnar studied cinema at the University of Iceland and recently graduated from the Icelandic Film School, where he completed the short Svefnrof (Heads on Sticks) as his final assignment.

MOKHTAR by Halima Ouardiri

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Based on a true story, Mokhtar recounts the tale of a young boy who lives with his family of goatherds in a remote Moroccan village. One day, the boy finds a fallen owl and decides to keep it, despite the fact that the owl is considered a bad omen. Mokhtar’s new pet becomes a symbol of rebellion against his family and an icon of his fledgling independence. Notions of kinship, religion and spirituality are all confronted in Mokhtar, a film that celebrates both inner and outer strength.

Biography

Born in Geneva to a Swiss mother and a Moroccan father, Halima moved to Montreal in 1998 to study political science and film production at Concordia University. She joined EyeSteelFilm in 2005 and rapidly gained all sorts of indie filmmaking credits, including Guerrilla Event Co-ordinator (Rip! A Remix Manifesto, 2008), Chief Political Strategist (Punk the Vote, 2006) and Producer (Les Tickets, 2010). The only credit eluding her was the coveted “Writer/Director.” So in 2008, she entered and won a scriptwriting contest, which allowed her to write, produce and direct her first film, Mokhtar, an award-winning short that travelled to more than 40 international film festivals including Toronto, Berlin, Rotterdam and SXSW . Halima is currently writing her first feature.

SUGAR by Jeroen Annokkée

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Bert’s scantily dressed neighbour downstairs, Klaasje, comes by to borrow a cup of sugar, the old clichéd situation with a quite possibly sexual outcome. When she lets the cup slip from her hands and they both try to catch it, destiny strikes.

Biography

Since graduating from The Netherlands Film and Television Academy in 2000, Jeroen Annokkeé has directed commercials, shorts and comedy television series at companies such as Motel Films, IJswater Films, CCCP and CZAR. In 2002, he directed the short film Roadkill, which won the 2003 Silver Méliès, the Grand Prize of European Fantasy Short Film in Silver and the Golden Film Award at the 2003 Netherlands Film Festival. His commercials have won several prizes, including the 2005 Gouden Loekie and several ADCN (Art Directors Club Nederland) awards.

WHERE WERE YOU? by Victor Lindgren

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This poetic coming of age film explores that difficult phase in life when we must forge our identity, doing our best to fit in while still trying to be true to ourselves. This is the second film by Victor Lindgren, whose first short Class Mates was well received by both critics and audiences, winning awards at several international film festivals.

Biography

Never having studied film or drama, Victor Lindgren began his film career directing shorts as a hobby while he was a construction worker. He is most passionate about telling the stories of young people who are on the verge of adulthood and facing contemporary social problems.