TIFF 2022 announces boundary-breaking Short Cuts lineup, presented by TikTok, showcasing international & homegrown talent from TIFF alumni and newcomers

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August 17, 2022

TIFF 2022 announces boundary-breaking Short Cuts lineup, presented by TikTok, showcasing international & homegrown talent from TIFF alumni and newcomers

TORONTO — TIFF is delighted to announce this year’s Short Cuts lineup, presented by TikTok, which showcases 39 live-action narrative, documentary, and animated shorts by a groundbreaking group of filmmakers representing 18 countries. With thought-provoking works from emerging Canadian and international talent, the lineup also includes new films by TIFF alumni such as Alice Rohrwacher, Sarah McCarthy, Mbithi Masya, Matthew Rankin, Carol Nguyen, Karen Chapman, and Sophy Romvari.

The diverse lineup of shorts includes 21 World Premieres and 15 North American Premieres presented in 20 different languages, with a breadth of new and unique perspectives. Among this group of storytellers are 21 filmmakers from countries such as Portugal, China, Colombia, Mongolia, Kenya, Ukraine, the US, and the UK, as well as 18 filmmaking teams from across Canada.

“We’re thrilled to be returning with one of our strongest ever selections of short films by directors from all over the world,” says Jason Anderson, International Programmer for Short Cuts. “We’re always amazed by the breadth, depth, and diversity of the talents working in short-form cinema, whether they’re filmmakers who we’ve already had the privilege of presenting at TIFF or emerging storytellers who we can’t wait to introduce to our audiences. And however different these new works may be, what they share is an incredible sense of clarity and economy – these are films that don’t waste a second no matter what they’re out to achieve.”

That description applies to the wide array of cinematic visions contained within the Short Cuts programme. Festival favourite Rohrwacher returns with Le Pupille, a holiday tale set in Italy during the Second World War that stars Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and was co-produced by Alfonso Cuarón. More new live-action shorts with performers familiar to Festival audiences include Hazel McKibbin’s She Always Wins, starring Honor Swinton Byrne of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, and Asia Youngman’s N’xaxaitkw, featuring Kiawentiio of Tracey Deer’s TIFF 2020 award-winner Beans.

Among the standout animations in this year’s Short Cuts are The Flying Sailor, a National Film Board of Canada production by the Oscar-nominated team of Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, and Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez, recent winner of Leitz Cine Discovery prize for best short film at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. The lineup also features extraordinary documentaries such as Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles by Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Anastasia by Sarah McCarthy of the U.K., and Quiet Minds Silent Streets by Toronto’s Karen Chapman.

Films programmed in this year’s Short Cuts selection are eligible for three jury-selected IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards (Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman) as well as the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award.

The first programme to showcase films at the Festival by such directors as Sarah Polley and Clement Virgo, Short Cuts has a long tradition of introducing astounding new talents to Toronto audiences. The Short Cuts alumni directors bringing first features to the Festival this year are Kelly Fyffe-Marshall, Carolina Markowicz, Charlotte Wells, Saim Sadiq, Luis De Filippis, Chandler Levack, Andrés Ramírez Pulido, Joseph Amenta, Sheila Pye, Graham Foy, and Sophie Jarvis.

In addition to the films included in Short Cuts lineup, there are 11 films in the Wavelengths shorts programme, previously announced on August 4.


Presented by TikTok

À la vie à l'amor
Emilie Mannering | Canada
World Premiere

Against Reality
Olivia Peace | United States of America
World Premiere

Thanasis Neofotistos | Greece
North American Premiere

All-inclusive (Todo incluido)
Duván Duque Vargas | Colombia, France
World Premiere

Anastasia (Анастасия)
Sarah McCarthy | UK
Canadian Premiere

Mbithi Masya | Kenya
World Premiere

Nikita Diakur | Germany, France
North American Premiere

Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault | Canada
North American Premiere

Tyler Mckenzie Evans | Canada
World Premiere

Gary Screams For You
Cody McGlashan, Nolan Sordyl | United States of America
World Premiere

Hills and Mountains (Koha wa Tapaha)
Salar Pashtoonyar | Afghanistan, Canada
World Premiere

I'm On Fire
Michael Spiccia | United States of America, Australia
World Premiere

Ice Merchants
João Gonzalez | Portugal, France, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

It's What Each Person Needs
Sophy Romvari | Canada
World Premiere

Lay Me by the Shore
David Findlay | Canada
North American Premiere

Le Pupille
Alice Rohrwacher | Italy, United States of America
Canadian Premiere

Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles (Літургія протитанкових перешкод)
Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk | Ukraine, United States of America
North American Premiere

Mirror Mirror
Sandulela Asanda | South Africa
World Premiere

Municipal Relaxation Module
Matthew Rankin | Canada
World Premiere

Asia Youngman | Canada
World Premiere

Carol Nguyen | Canada
World Premiere

No Ghost in the Morgue (Pas de fantôme à la morgue)
Marilyn Cooke | Canada
Canadian Premiere

Pleasure Garden
Rita Ferrando | Canada
World Premiere

Quiet Minds Silent Streets
Karen Chapman | Canada
World Premiere

Rest Stop
Crystal Kayiza | United States of America
World Premiere

Same Old Lloyd
Lee Choi | United States of America, Canada
North American Premiere

Scaring Women At Night
Karimah Zakia Issa | Canada
World Premiere

Shadow of the Butterflies (خيال الفراشات)
Sofia El Khyari | France, Qatar, Portugal
North American Premiere

She Always Wins
Hazel McKibbin | United States of America, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Simo (سيمو)
Aziz Zoromba | Canada
World Premiere

Snow in September (9-р Сарын Цас) Lkhagvadulam (Dulmaa)
Purev-Ochir | Mongolia, France
North American Premiere

The Chase
Gurjeet Kaur Bassi | Canada
World Premiere

The Flying Sailor
Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis | Canada
North American Premiere

The Garbage Man (O Homem do Lixo)
Laura Gonçalves | Portugal
North American Premiere

The Melting Creatures (Las criaturas que se derriten bajo el sol)
Diego Céspedes | Chile, France
International Premiere

The Pass
Pepi Ginsberg | United States of America
North American Premiere

The Water Murmurs (海边升起一座悬崖 HAI BIAN SHENG QI YI ZUO XUAN YA)
Jianying (Story) Chen | China
North American Premiere

Tremor (Beben)
Rudolf Fitzgerald Leonard | Germany
North American Premiere

Untold Hours
Daniel Warth | Canada
World Premiere

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TIFF is a not-for-profit cultural organization with a mission to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival® in September; TIFF Lightbox, which features five cinemas, learning and entertainment facilities; and the innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $200 million CAD. TIFF Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel, and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation, and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

TIFF is generously supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors RBC, Visa, and BVLGARI®, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

TIFF is grateful for the generous support of the 2022 festival from the Government of Canada through FedDev Ontario and Telefilm Canada.

The Short Cuts programme is supported by the Ontario Arts Council.

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