Short Films from Around the World showcases short documentaries from across the globe, giving us a first-hand look at life and cultures near and far.


DIRECTOR: JUSTIN SIMMS CANADA | 2016 | 13 Min

DIRECTOR: JUSTIN SIMMS
CANADA | 2016 | 13 Min

HAND. LINE. COD.

Set in the coldest waters surrounding Newfoundland’s rugged Fogo Island, Justin Simms’ short film HAND.LINE.COD follows a group of “people of the fish”—traditional fishers who catch cod live by hand, by hook and line, one at a time. Their secret mission? To drive up the price of fish. After a 20-year moratorium on North Atlantic cod, the stocks are returning. These fishers are leading a revolution in sustainability, taking their premium product directly to the commercial market for the first time.


DIRECTOR: JAVIER RODES SPAIN | 2016 | 1 MIN

DIRECTOR: JAVIER RODES
SPAIN | 2016 | 1 MIN

THE SAD SEA

*Canadian Premiere*

A natural and sober description of one of the most inspiring and enigmatic landscapes of the Earth. The sea becomes a symbol of the absolute, a dubious reality located on the threshold of reality and fantasy, between the conscious and the unconscious.


DIRECTOR: FRAMED NAIN BROWN & JENN BROWN CANADA | 2015 | 7 Min

DIRECTOR: FRAMED NAIN BROWN & JENN BROWN
CANADA | 2015 | 7 Min

KATATJANIK UTIPPALIANINGA (THE RETURN OF THROAT SINGING)

The community of Nain is rich with breathtaking landscapes and people with a strong storytelling history. In partnership with the Nunavut Government, Framed worked with local participants to create a short documentary on throat singing- a special talent and traditional game between women for both fun and public entertainment, which was nearly destroyed but has since been revived.


DIRECTOR: MARY GERRETSEN USA | 2016 | 6 MIN

DIRECTOR: MARY GERRETSEN
USA | 2016 | 6 MIN

THE ART OF A LOST TRADE

The Art of a Lost Trade is an inside look at the lives of clockmakers standing stalwart against the rising tide of consumerism in a trade that is almost extinct.


DIRECTOR: TERESA MACINNES CANADA | 2016 | 4 MIN

DIRECTOR: TERESA MACINNES
CANADA | 2016 | 4 MIN

TIME GOES BY

Fabric artist Laurie Swim creates her largest commission to date. A nine month process presented in 3.5 minutes.


DIRECTOR: NIAMH HEERY IRELAND | 2015 | 15 Min

DIRECTOR: NIAMH HEERY
IRELAND | 2015 | 15 Min

DISPLACED

A film about people who have lost their place in life and how they try to connect with what they have lost. It features refugees, emigrants, farmers and travelers, all of whom try hard to keep a grasp on the feeling of what is gone from their lives.


DIRECTOR: LYNN MATHESON CANADA | 2015 | 1 MIN

DIRECTOR: LYNN MATHESON
CANADA | 2015 | 1 MIN

WHEN WE WERE POOR

When We Were Poor was a scholarship project made with the support of Halifax's Centre for Art Tapes. It explores what is left behind when someone dies.


DIRECTOR: PIOTR PIASTA POLAND | 2015 | 7 Min

DIRECTOR: PIOTR PIASTA
POLAND | 2015 | 7 Min

THELMA

THELMA comes from The Realm of Forgotten Existence series that portrays elderly people who live in a rural area on the Scottish-English border. While the images in the film reveal a landscape that often seems unchanged, the narrative reveals fragments of forgotten stories and traditions, skills and working lives no longer of value in today's society.


DIRECTOR: LOUISE LALONDE CANADA | 2016 | 10 MIN

DIRECTOR: LOUISE LALONDE
CANADA | 2016 | 10 MIN

FOOD FOR VICTORY

A look at the challenges and innovations behind feeding people both at home and on the battle front during World Wars I and II.


DIRECTOR: CÉSAR MARTINEZ USA | 2016 | 4 MIN

DIRECTOR: CÉSAR MARTINEZ
USA | 2016 | 4 MIN

SEEING TWICE

*World Premiere*

This documentary focuses on the creative processes of Bruce Hall, a legally blind photographer, exploring how images created by light can come from ‘sightlessness'.


DIRECTOR: FU BO CHINA | 2016 | 3 MIN

DIRECTOR: FU BO
CHINA | 2016 | 3 MIN

THE NIDAO

NiDao is a Spring festival with over a thousand years’ of traditions. Wanderers come back home for family togetherness. They perform rituals to worship ancestors and report on conducts of the family. They bid farewell to the past and look ahead to the flames of carnival.


DIRECTOR: SPENCER ELLIOT AUSTRALIA | 2015 | 13 Min

DIRECTOR: SPENCER ELLIOT
AUSTRALIA | 2015 | 13 Min

MAROVO CARVER

*Atlantic Premiere*

Tasiro is a wood carver who expertly creates traditional sculptures, which represent Solomon Island culture and reflect the natural beauty of the environment that surrounds him.  Dedicated to his craft Tasiro uses carving as a means of supporting his fam
ily.