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#SeeTheNorth While You Eat: Lunchtime Shorts

Catch a brilliant Canadian film. Chow down.

Jan 13, 2017

Thanks for joining us for the 2017 edition of Canada's Top Ten Film Festival Lunchtime Shorts! We hope you enjoyed our delectable selection of short films, and many thanks to the brilliant filmmakers who shared them with us so we could share them with you. See you next year!

Her Friend Adam

Friday, January 13

Directed by Ben Petrie

A boyfriend’s insecurities spark an argument that spirals into a full-on emotional meltdown, in this powerful single-take drama featuring a Sundance Special Jury Award–winning performance by 2016 TIFF Rising Star Grace Glowicki.


Monday, January 16

Directed by Sarah Kieley

Beautifully captured through vibrant stop-motion animation, Feathers is a story of love and acceptance in which a mother and daughter struggle to cope with an unusual change.


Tuesday, January 17

Directed by Heather Young

In this devastating portrait from Nova Scotia filmmaker Heather Young, a woman struggles with raising her three infant children while still clinging to a fading relationship.


Wednesday, January 18

Directed by Thyrone Tommy

Mariner is a taut and unsettling drama about an ambitious marine navigation cadet on the verge of cracking during his final exams. The recruit is haunted by an incident from his past — and fights to find a way to turn his personal demons into a source of strength.

My Invisible Mother

Thursday, January 19

Directed by Pascal Huynh

In a creative mix of stop-motion animation and live-action documentary, a man recalls the social realities that forced his mother to put him up for adoption.

Ceci n'est pas une animation

Friday, January 20

Directed by Federico Kempke

A group of pretentious animators with radically conflicting artistic visions attempt to complete a joint project, in this amusing animated mockumentary.

Bumby the Barely-Witch

Monday, January 23

Directed by Jessica Tai

In this playful hand-drawn animation from director Jessica Tai, a dejected student witch summons the courage to face a particularly difficult challenge and cast her spells — with unexpected results.


Tuesday, January 24

Directed by Ella Mikkola

Director Ella Mikkola’s debut film skillfully blends film, photos, and archival childhood footage to create a mesmerizing experimental video collage that explores escape and preserving memory.


Wednesday, January 25

Directed by Lee Filipovski

Boris and his family are preparing to leave his hypochondriac parents and their impossibly tiny Belgrade flat for a long-awaited new life in Canada. However, his 10-year-old daughter Ljubica has entered a contest that is about to subvert everyone’s plans.

Les Beiges

Thursday, January 26

Directed by Étienne Lacelle

Shifting between striking close-ups, intimate details, and cars spinning around a race track, Les Beiges delicately captures the world occupied by a group of car enthusiasts in St-Eustache, Québec.