Canada’s short and sweet sides are on display at this year’s Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival (which kicks off February 1, 2019 in the French city of the same name, and wraps up February 9), As the Invited Country: O Canada, Quebec and First Nations! Canada’s got a bounty of fantastic shorts!

From five films in the festival’s International competition to curated screenings, retrospectives, panels, and networking events, Canada’s talent is on full display.

Picking up where we left off when we first brought you the news about this exciting honour, the five Canadian shorts in the festival’s International competition are: Meryam Joobeur’s Brotherhood, Jeremy Compte’s Oscar-nominated Fauve, Joseph Amenta’s Haus, Elizabeth Hobbs’s I’m OK (Je suis OK), and Alex Boya’s Turbine. In the Labo competition, we’ve also got Patrick Bouchard’s The Subject (Le sujet), and Acadiana by Guillaume Fournier, Samuel Matteau, and Yannick Nolin. Plus, in the Young Audience program, Chantale Boulianne’s Sur la ligne de crête (On The Ridge Line), and Florence Lafond’s Meute (Herd).

Plus, with a big presence at the fest’s always-bustling Short Film Market (including a Market Screenings program), Canada’s making the most of our Clermont-Ferrand spotlight including a  special Not Short On Talent selection. This Telefilm Canada initiative brings you ten awesome Canadian shorts curated by Prends ça court!

O Canada Retrospective

Which brings us to the O Canada Retrospective! Jean-Marc Vallée, Guy Maddin, Denis Villeneuve, Xavier Dolan and David Cronenberg are just some of the filmmakers featured in the Canadian retrospective of 25 short films from the past 15 years. Programmed by the festival, all have screened previously at Clermont-Ferrand.

In addition, six films by Phillip Barker will be part of a special 73-minute retrospective curated by filmmaker Mike Hoolboom, along with a book launch event for the book he edited, The Films of Phillip Barker: Strange Machines.

Telefilm Canada, SODEC, and the Marché du Film Court will be hosting a round-table panel and have invited a trio of Canuck filmmakers — Yan Giroux, Ian Lagarde, and Caroline Monnet (who is also a member of this year’s International Competition Jury) to talk about journeying from shorts to features.

We’ve also got a can’t-miss masterclass by two of our finest animated filmmakers: Jutra-winning Patrick Bouchard and Oscar-nominated Theodore Ushev.

And for dessert, putting a new twist on the First Nations traditional sugar shack experience, bring your sweet tooth to try taffy on snow at our networking activity, located at the Market entrance.