The Shortest Day

The Shortest Day

The NFB joins the Shortest Day Short Film Celebration with this selection of ultra-short films for your viewing pleasure. Don`t blink or you will miss them!

  • Meltdown

    In this short animation, a polar bear must try his luck finding a job in the big city when the last of his Arctic ice environment disappears. It’s hard fitting into the human world, however, so this bear finds a more creative solution to his predicament.

    This film was made as part of the 8th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • Ashes of Doom
    1970|1 min

    This short film was produced for The Department of National Health and Welfare to warn against the dangers of cigarette smoking. Set against the backdrop of a typical '60s-era horror movie, a young woman is seen lighting up cigarette after cigarette. When a vampire appears at the stroke of midnight, she faints from sheer terror. But when the vampire closes in for the kill, he is hit with a nasty surprise...

  • Missed Connection
    2011|1 min

    In this animated short, a delusional young man spots the girl of his dreams in his favourite café and weaves a self-indulgent fantasy story of their imagined life together. Missed Connection examines our universal desire to connect in a world of beautiful strangers.

    This film was made as part of the 7th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • Canada Vignettes: Emergency Numbers
    1984|2 min

    This short animation from Oscar® winner John Weldon is a hilarious "cat and dog fight" film that also reminds us to keep emergency numbers close to our telephones.

  • Orange
    2009|1 min

    This animated short poses some interesting questions: what if buildings pulsed, trees tapped out beats, or shadows could whistle a tune? Through the creative interpretation and animation of the city's natural rhythms, Orange orchestrates a contagious urban dance.

    This film was made as part of the 5th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.

  • Canada Vignettes: Catapult Canada
    1985|1 min

    This short stop-motion animation takes a humorous look at the theme of transportation. Forget trains and planes—the best way to get across the country is by catapult!

  • Wiggles and Giggles
    2009|1 min

    In this animated short, a playful group is dancing when they become aware they're being watched by a huge, menacing head. When the head interrupts their good time, they take action in an unexpected way, forcing the giant head to undergo an altered state of mind.

    This film was made as part of the 5th edition of the NFB's Hothouse apprenticeship.