15 Canadian shorts curated for Cannes market showcase

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Once again this year, some awesome Canadian shorts will be front and centre at Cannes’ Short Film Corner, which takes place from May 20 to 23, 2019 at the Marché du Film market that runs during the Cannes Film Festival.

As part of Telefilm’s curated Canada: Not Short on Talent market showcase, if you’re registered at the market, don’t miss our 15 short films. This selection of recent homegrown shorts was curated by programmer Danny Lennon as part of Telefilm’s call for entries process. This year, seven of the 15 flicks are from Quebec, with others hailing from seven of the country’s provinces (Yukon, Northwest Territories, British Columbia, Ontario, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia) and showcasing the diversity of our emerging Canadian talent —  not only geographically but also in terms of the stories they tell.

From drama to romance, we’ve got it all! There are haunting horror tales such as False Light, which screened at the FIN Atlantic International Film Festival in Halifax and at the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival. Other shorts explore technology and relationships, like Little Grey Bubbles, about a girl who travels to the funeral of her best friend — who she knew only online (it screened at the 2019 South by Southwest Film Festival, Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival, and Aspen Shortsfest). Based on a children’s book, Shin-chi’s Canoe is about an Indigenous boy who receives a gift from his father that helps him get through his first year of Residential School (it screened at the 2018 ImagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival and New York Independent Film Festival).

And that’s just a taste. Our complete Not Short on Talent showcase sits proud in the Short Film Corner library of 1000 shorts from all over the world. Even after the Market ends, you can still view the films: for five months after the event, the films will remain accessible on the Cinando private screening platform.

Let’s take a look at Canada’s Not Short on Talent 2019 cohort:

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