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Paris 1919 - Negotiating Peace After WWI
For six months in 1919, Paris was the capital of the world. The last shots had just been fired in the most devastating war of all time - and the old global order lay in tatters. Delegations from over 30…
Mon Oncle Antoine
Claude Jutra's sweeping portrait of village life in 1940's Quebec has been called one of the greatest Canadian films of all time. Recalling a time when the local general store was the crossroads of life, the film illustrates the way…
The Necktie - Le noeud cravate
A mixture of puppet and hand-drawn animation, THE NECKTIE is the story of Valentin and his quest to find meaning in his life. Stuck in a dead-end job, he has forgotten all about the things that used to bring him…
The Cat Came Back
This hilarious Oscar-nominated animated short is based on the century-old folk song of the same name. Old Mr. Johnson makes increasingly manic attempts to rid himself of a little yellow cat that just won't stay away... Nominated for Best Short…
The Sand Castle
An Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film, THE SAND CASTLE features the sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. These lively creatures build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by…
Life With Murder - The Evolving Relationships of a Family Faced with a Devastating Crime
When their son is accused of murdering his sister, a mother and father face perhaps the most awful decision any parent could have to make: whether to break with their son or accept him back into the family. With astonishing…
Men for Sale - Male Prostitutes Speak Out
In this documentary, 11 male sex-trade workers from Montreal are followed over the course of a year. They share their struggles to survive alcohol and drug-related addictions, abuse and stigmatization - but most of all, their troubled pasts.
Glasses
Milo is always losing his lunchbox, screwing up in class and humiliating himself on the playground. He'd like to be invincible like his comic book hero Captain Cosmo, but for a shy near-sighted kid, the humiliations of Grade One know…
Evolution
This short animated film about the evolution of life on Earth would make Darwin himself chuckle. It's funnier than any learned treatise, and yet it's all here - from the single-celled amoeba romping about the ocean depths, to the first…
RIP: A Remix Manifesto - Mash-Ups, Copyright and Culture Creation
Join filmmaker Brett Gaylor and mashup artist Girl Talk as they explore copyright and content creation in the digital age. In the process they dissect the media landscape of the 21st century and shatter the wall between users and producers.…
When the Day Breaks
After witnessing the accidental death of a stranger, Ruby seeks affirmation in the city around her, and finds it in surprising places. With deft humour and finely rendered detail, WHEN THE DAY BREAKS illuminates the links which connect our urban…
The Tender Tale of Cinderella Penguin
This short animation is a zany version of the classic fairy tale, with the leading role played by a mistreated, romantic penguin, with hilarious results. Cinderella Penguin loses her magic flipper as she runs to meet her midnight deadline, but…
Big Mouth
Filmmaker Andrea Dorfman has a way with words. In BIG MOUTH, she explores the experiences of a bright-minded, quick-witted child, questioning what it means to speak the truth, and coming to understand how our differences make us unique. Hand-drawn puppets…
Hunger
In this Oscar -nominated animated short film, director Peter Foldes depicts one man's descent into greed and gluttony. Rapidly dissolving and ever-evolving images create a contrast between abundance and want. One of the first films to use computer animation, this…
Sunrise Over Tiananmen Square - The Visual Autobiography of Artist Shui-Bo Wang
A visual autobiography of Shui-Bo Wang, an artist who grew up in China during the historic upheavals of the '60s, '70s and '80s. A rich collage of original artwork and family and archival photos presents a personal perspective on the…
Every Child
This Oscar-winning short film was at the invitation of the United Nations Organization to celebrate UNICEF's Declaration of Children's Rights. EVERY CHILD illustrates one of the ten principles of the Declaration, namely that every child is entitled to a name…
Invasion of the Space Lobsters
An advanced race of giant lobsters from outer space land on Earth "sunny side up," but no one knows why. An utter failure of communication with these galactic crustaceans catapults the world towards Armageddon bisque! World peace is at stake!…
Cactus Swing
Based on a song by the Great Western Orchestra, this musical animation tells of the surprise that Pete the North West Mounted Police officer feels as he is awakened in the badlands by a varmint band and observes cacti line…
Becoming 13 - Teenage Girls Attempt to Navigate Adolesence
Avi spends a lot of time in her room studying, or trying to. She is expected to achieve nothing less than academic perfection - an admirable but impossible goal. In some ways Avi is more comfortable with the camera and…
They Chose China - The POWs Who Remained in China After the Korean War
It is January 1954. The Korean War is over. Captured UN soldiers held in POW camps are free to return home. Those who refuse repatriation to their homeland are transferred to a neutral zone and given 90 days to reconsider…