A-Z Short Films 2024
When war suddenly breaks out, a 14-year-old boy is faced with making an urgent decision that could save his family. With no time to think, he embarks on a treacherous 250 kilometer journey toward safety.
Stop-motion animation tells an accelerated story in black, white and red about a money machine, a poor man, and… cat food.
Combining a variety of touch-related art mediums to convey a harmless game of cards, a young gay boy is confronted with the thrill of accidentally touching the hand of his "straight crush."
Collage materials, made from collected paper waste, animate a mindscape full of wonder, and mushrooms pop up like reminders or (oh no!) bad moods.
Just like every summer, 13-year-old Gaby spends her holiday with her father in the Magdalen Islands (a small archipelago in the Gulf of Saint Lawrence). Thrilled to be back near the sea, close to her childhood friends, and the warm joy of her dad's home, something is different: puberty has left its mark on her and now life will never be the same.
Told through the eyes of a younger brother with an overflowing imagination, Harvey is a poetic, luminous look at bereavement and coping with the loss of a parent.
For the first time, a young man finds himself scantily clad with a new companion of the opposite sex. Unfortunately, he now faces the biggest challenge of his existence... figuring out how to undo a bra.
Drifting into adolescence, Danny’s interest in girls is growing, but he has no idea how to talk to them. At home, his parents are in constant conflict, sometimes it goes beyond yelling. Set over the course of a single week, "I'm on Fire" tells the story of a toxic marriage through the lens of a 12-year-old, and the critical steps he takes to confront the difficult path toward adulthood.
Split between two cultures, a young Srilankan-Italian girl falls into an imaginary jungle to escape her daily life. Guided by a droplet, she finds herself in front of her roots and realizes her heritage will forever be an important part of her identity.
Jean is the prodigy of his rugby club. While defending their title, the bonds of brotherhood are put to the test when Jean develops feelings for Ayoub, an Arabic player from the opposing team. His teammates turn out to be a lot more fragile than he could have ever thought.
Trying to send a signal to your beach crush can only go so far when your annoying little brother is around to cramp your style.
Those who do not know the Sahara think that in the desert there is only sand. But here there are children who play and draw and make movies, and who would like not to have to think about war. The last European colony in Africa, an occupied country and disputed land called Western Sahara, there are thousands of Sahrawi refugees living a life of certain dependance in exile. Little Sahara is a 30-minute animated doc told in the words and perspective of the children of this solidary and resilient people, who grow up and thrive in the Hamada, where everything struggles to grow.
Firey and introverted, Esra's life has been turned upside down. Her father is now disabled after a recent motorcycle accident. At a new school, she tells a lie to avoid her shame and surprisingly it results in supportive attention. Unfortunately she is unable to anticipate the negative consequences of her actions.
Trapped in a neglectful family situation, a protective older brother takes care of his younger sibling and confronts their absent mother, leading to a rash decision.
An awe-inspiring stop-motion rendering of the late Elder Ida Smith telling her grandson the 'Nakwax'daxw legend of the Mink. Beautifully rendered, with deep respect and wonder for the natural world, the story is spoken in the Bak̓wa̱mk̓ala language.
Edgar’s ordinary life is disrupted by a newborn calf he meets on a tourist trip to a slaughterhouse.
For Edouard Kaltush, the Innu culture is a remedy that must be practiced and preserved. To pass on his traditional skills, he teaches three children in his community how to weave snowshoes and fish for lobster at low tide. A documentary that captures the resilience of cultural practice and value of intergenerational knowledge sharing.
The Spring Festival is a traditional Chinese event with thousands of years of history. This frantic and bold animation captures the happiness of the festivities.
This boy isn't your common gardener: he plants water drops and grows clouds. After accidentally injuring the sun, he must find a way to make friends before it’s too late.
Forced to rethink his entire attitude towards life, Mr. Grump learns a lesson for the next one: Karma isn't always a relaxing thought.
Childhood ends abruptly when Ethel’s mother unexpectedly turns into a bird and flies away, leaving her alone to care for an isolated homestead and her younger siblings. As a merciless winter descends upon them, Ethel must decide whether to resign herself to fate or seek something more.
Two kids play in the sandbox while they discuss an unexpected question.
Created from watercolours, fluid acrylic paintings, and digital imagery, this dreamy sojourn features the local fish, birds, and animals traversing the night-time landscape of the Yukon.
When her father visits and commandeers the kitchen, Linh, a single mother, is faced with the intergenerational tension generated between their traditional Vietnamese cuisine vs. the American food her son is used to.
A young Sakha boy seeks apprenticeship under his reluctant grandfather. Together they build an ice sculpture: the Bull of Cold, But something goes wrong when the boy takes the project into his own hands.
A vibrant ode to the peculiar and distinctive sights, sounds and people of Montreal, this young girl's metro journey proves to be quite the wild ride.
An Iranian boy befriends an elderly Japanese woman at a graveyard in Tokyo. The ghost of her son is ever-present as mixed forms of animation depict a world of childhood curiosity, only now pieced together as an adult.
A glimpse at the fleeting nature of a strong and impactful connection. This may be the shortest relationship in the world.
Inspired by ancient Armenian symbols, the inventions of this ethereal existence become a reflection on friendship between a father and a daughter, a teacher and a student, an adult and a child, and the path that can make the impossible possible.
Watching Kurdish-language television in Turkey is forbidden by the military. A little Kurdish girl tries to put a smile back on her mute grandmother’s face after the disappearance of their television, their only window into the wider world, and the only one her grandma understands.
Nakwaxda'xw elder Colleen Hemphill shares the story of her life as a young carefree girl, growing up on a float house. The stunning stop-motion animation captures the lull of summer magic and family care.
Shimmering clay-on-glass animation combines with personal archives in this documentary to form an intimate, experimental, animated love letter to motherhood, parenting on the spectrum, and little two headed monsters everywhere.
Chinese-American pre-teen Rosie embarks on a skateboarding escapade through the streets of New York with her crush and his best friend. In her distraction she risks abandoning her little sister and her responsibilities.
Couples kissing on the mouth are gross. And the worst is, you can’t miss them: when people are about to kiss, their lips become all pink and shiny. Yuck!
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