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You Can Now Stream 11 of Canada's Best Short Films from 2017

Running January 15 to 19, #SeeTheNorth from your couch with a free digital showcase of the best short films in the country

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Jan 16, 2018

Last night, the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival shorts programmes (1 & 2!) screened at TIFF Bell Lightbox, complete with filmmaker intros and Q&As. The festival's shorts selections offer a wide range of perspectives and approaches — ranging from genre-bending mystery to startling documentaries that showcase courage and resilience in the face of unique challenges. Subjects and characters, both brave and vulnerable, challenge expectations and push boundaries in these profoundly moving and original explorations of identity and belonging.

Did you miss seeing the year's best shorts (and their directors) at TIFF Bell Lightbox? Well, don't feel bad: You've got a second chance to see the films.

Be a part of the Canada's Top Ten Film Festival from the comfort of your own chesterfield with Canada's Top Ten Digital Shorts! From January 15–19, watch the best homegrown short films online — right here, right now.

The Botanist

Directed by Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis

This startling documentary by Montreal-based Maude Plante-Husaruk and Maxime Lacoste-Lebuis draws us deep into Tajikstan, where a delightfully iconoclastic botanist uses everything and anything around him to make life for his family a little less difficult.

The Crying Conch (Le cri du lambi)

Vincent Toi

The true history of the leader of an 18th century slave rebellion in Haiti is transformed into the stuff of myth and ritual in a visually sumptuous effort by Canada’s Vincent Toi, connecting the brutality of our colonial past with the resilience of the present.


Directed by Amanda Strong

Using the intricate stop-motion animation style that's swiftly become her signature, Amanda Strong has crafted a richly visual film that explores the impact of colonization on Canada's Indigenous peoples in a manner that's both beautifully simple and profoundly moving.

Student Shorts

Away Home

Directed by Jana Stackhouse

A man and his siblings return home to say goodbye to their terminally ill mother, in this quietly moving family drama.


Directed by Flytrap Productions

In this delightfully playful animation, two thieves' crafty skills are put to the test when the unassuming homeowner unexpectedly returns.

Hold My Hand

Directed by Alexandre Lefebvre

This intimate, inspiring, award-winning documentary follows the daily lives of Chloe (age 11), Alex (17), and Salma (21), all of whom are partially or completely blind.

If You Fall

Directed by Tisha Deb Pillai

A cautious eight-year-old Lila struggles to find her balance while riding her bicycle, in this endearing, brightly-coloured animation about family love and support.


Directed by Ted Sakowsky

This compelling and heart-wrenching drama offers a unique glimpse into the quiet life of Sam, a lonely young gamer, who is forced to face her insecurities and fear of losing her online friends.

Mustard Seed

Directed by Lina Roessler

Visiting a peaceful, flower-covered field, an old man relives the landscape's violent history and his traumatic childhood memories of war, in this affecting and visually arresting work.


Directed by Ali Kellner

This sentimental and surprisingly optimistic animated documentary identifies resilience and humanity in the face of atrocity as it deftly realizes the harrowing personal story of a Holocaust survivor.


Directed by FIG House

In this amusing animation, tenants in a run-down apartment complex are forced to leave their quarters — only to discover unwanted details about their annoying neighbours.

Waiting for Lou

Directed by Katerine Martineau

With assured direction and a stellar lead performance, Waiting for Lou explores the complex relationship between 16-year-old Jess and her eccentric grandmother — and their against-the-odds dream of road-tripping to California.

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