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Animated Shorts

Animated Shorts

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Animated Shorts
  • Laberinto de Luz / Lightbyrinth

    Directed by Eugenio Polgovsky • Documentary • 2016 • 7 minutes

    In Lightbyrinth 21st-century digital technology meets 19th-century animation in homage to eminent physicist James C. Maxwell. Filmed in Cambridge using his original zoetrope, the film conjures a sense of wonder at early image-making ...

  • The Sand Castle

    Directed by Co Hoedeman • Animation • 1977 • 13 minutes

    A fable of great humour and appeal, The Sand Castle is the story of the Sandman and the creatures he sculpts out of sand. Under his direction, they build a castle and celebrate the completion of their new home, only to be interrupted by an ...

  • Bob’s Birthday

    Directed by David Fine and Alison Snowdon • Animation • 1993 • 12 minutes

    Surprise birthday parties can be risky. Especially when the guest of honour is turning 40! When Margaret plans a celebration for her husband, Bob, she underestimates the sudden impact of middle age on his mood. A witty, of...

  • The Danish Poet

    Directed by Torill Kove • Animation • With Liv Ullmann • 2006 • 14 minutes

    This Oscar®-winning short animation follows Kasper, a poet whose creative well has run dry, on a holiday to Norway to meet the famous writer Sigrid Undset. Kasper attempts to answer some pretty big questions: can we trace...

  • Special Delivery

    Directed by John Weldon and Eunice Macaulay • Animation • 1978 • 7 minutes

    The first big mistake Ralph makes is not clearing the snow from the front walk, and his life goes downhill from that point on. By the end of the story, the mailman has fatally slipped on his job, Alice, his wife, doesn't ...

  • Ryan

    Directed by Chris Landreth • Animation • 2004 • 14 minutes

    Ryan is based on the life of Ryan Larkin, a Canadian animator who, 30 years ago, produced some of the most influential animated films of his time. In the film, we hear the voices of prominent animators and artists discussing Ryan's work,...

  • Neighbours

    Directed by Norman McLaren • Animation • 1952 • 8 minutes

    Two neighbours live side by side in harmony until a flower grows on the dividing line between their properties. Who does it belong to? The argument that follows ends up with both neighbours in their graves. The most famous of Norman McLar...

  • Every Child

    Directed by Eugene Fedorenko • Animation • 1979 • 6 minutes

    Produced at the invitation of the United Nations Organization to celebrate UNICEF's Declaration of Children's Rights, this film is the Canadian contribution to the hour-long feature film consisting of ten six-minute segments in celebrat...

  • Flamenco at 5:15

    Directed by Cynthia Scott • Documentary • 1983 • 5 minutes

    This Oscar-winning film is a visual and emotional thriller. It is an impressionistic record of a flamenco dance class given to senior students of the National Ballet School of Canada by two great teachers from Spain, Susana and Antonio R...

  • Chaval

    Directed by Mario Ruspoli • Documentary • 1971 • 16 minutes

    A tribute to Ruspoli’s longtime friend, the humorist and cartoonist Chaval, made after his suicide in 1968.

  • The Great Malaise

    Directed by Catherine Lepage • Animation • 2019 • 5 minutes

    In the voiceover for this animated short, a young woman attempts to describe herself, casting her life in the ideal light that society expects. The film’s imagery, however, tells a different story, poignantly illustrating the intense an...

  • Balakrishna

    Directed by Colin MacKenzie & Aparna Kapur • Animation • 2019 • 15 minutes

    When an extraordinary new resident – Balakrishna, an Indian elephant – arrived in the town of East River, Nova Scotia, in 1967, no one was more in awe of the creature than young Winton Cook, who became inseparable from hi...

  • Marx for Beginners

    Directed by Bob Godfrey • Animation • 1978 • 6 minutes

    How many people have actually read the work of Karl Marx? Based on the book by the Mexican cartoonist Rius, MARX FOR BEGINNERS is a hilarious animated film that highlights Marx's most influential ideas, and places them into the context of we...

  • Reflection

    Directed by Sylvie Trouvé • Animation • 2012 • 5 minutes

    Reflection is an exploration of Montreal through an abstract lens. Director Sylvie Trouvé examines how reflected images pervade our surroundings, how our senses filter out these ghost images and, finally, how the camera can capture emotion...

  • The Mountain of SGaana

    Directed by Christopher Auchter • Animation • 2017 • 10 minutes

    The Mountain of SGaana spins a magical tale of a young man who is stolen away to the spirit world, and the young woman who rescues him. Haida filmmaker Christopher Auchter's dream-like gem brilliantly entwines traditional animation ...

  • Impromptu

    Directed by Bruce Alcock • Animation • 2013 • 10 minutes

    Impromptu takes a look at the redemptive power of food, wine, music and love through the eyes of a modern man. Chuck is in his element, cooking and listening to Chopin with his baby daughter, imagining what he will say to his wife Sylvie o...

  • The End of Pinky

    Directed by Claire Blanchet • Animation • 2013 • 8 minutes

    The End of Pinky revolves around three fallen angels seeking companionship and humanity in the shadows of the red-light district, in a mythic, magically realized Montreal. The survivor of traumatic childhood experiences recounted in hear...

  • Drux Flux

    Directed by Theodore Ushev • Animation • 2008 • 5 minutes

    Partly figurative, partly abstract, Drux Flux is an animation film of fast-flowing images showing modern people crushed by industry. Inspired by One-Dimensional Man by the philosopher Herbert Marcuse, the filmmaker deconstructs industrial...

  • Divine Fate

    Directed by Ishu Patel • Animation • 1993 • 10 minutes

    This colorful animation tells the tale of a mythical universe whose existence is threatened by the arrival of unthinking and uncaring visitors. From Oscar®-nominated animator Ishu Patel comes a thought-provoking metaphor for our times: a cau...

  • Coda

    Directed by Martine Époque & Denis Poulin • Animation • 2014 • 11 minutes

    This short animation draws on advanced digital technologies to offer a new vision of dance in cinema. With motion capture (MoCap) and particle processing, designers Denis Poulin and Martine Époque create virtual dancers fr...

  • The Basketball Game

    Directed by Hart Snider • Animation • 2011 • 5 minutes

    In 1983, nine-year-old Hart attends Jewish summer camp for the first time, while in a nearby Alberta town a social studies teacher makes headlines after it's discovered he's been teaching anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. In the aftermath,...

  • Pilots on the Way Home

    Directed by Olga Pärn & Priit Pärn • Animation • 2014 • 16 minutes

    Having suffered the loss of their plane, three pilots inexplicably find themselves stranded in the middle of the desert. While following the perilous and unpredictable course that will ultimately lead them home, they fall prey to...

  • No Fish Where to Go

    Directed by Nicola Lemay & Janice Nadeau • Animation • 2014 • 12 minutes

    "Our planet—inhabited by people with different languages and customs." A friendship unites two little girls from opposing clans in a village where tensions are mounting. The Red Shoes have taken control of one side of the m...

  • Nadine

    Directed by Patrick Péris • Animation • 2017 • 5 minutes

    Sam is studying quietly in the library when he's suddenly distracted by the most beautiful girl in the world. When she takes a seat right in front of him, he is immediately bewitched. Who is she? And how should he go about approaching her?...