A companion to our Animated Features, this collection of animated short films ranges from playful comedies to imaginative fables and experimental manifestos. The Exquisite Short Films of Kihachiro Kawamoto showcases works from one of the world’s greatest stop-motion animators. Shorts such as Mary & Myself, The Girl with a Rivet Gun, and The Great Malaise employ inventive animation to explore womanhood from a distinctly feminist perspective.
Dizzying digital animation techniques can be found in the experimental works Coda and CMYK, while dreams and fantasy meet in poignant narratives like Mystery of the Secret Room and The Mountain of SGaana. Frequently blending traditional animation, avant-garde experimentation, and political expression, these shorts showcase the full range and creative possibilities of the medium.
In addition, 8 of these short films won Academy Awards.
Directed by Koji Yamamura • Animation • 2011 • 13 minutes
Can time be made to stand still? Can it be reversed? Koji Yamamura's Muybridge's Strings is a meditation on this theme, contrasting the worlds of the photographer Eadweard Muybridge-who in 1878 successfully photographed consecutive phases...
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 ...
I Don't Feel Anything Anymore
Directed by Noémie Marsily & Carl Roosens • Animation • 2016 • 9 minutes
He’s a magician. She’s a firefighter. Isolating themselves from the chaos of a world in turmoil, the two lovers live in a crane basket high in the sky, where they go about their daily business. Their challenge: keep their h...
Directed by Theodore Ushev • Animation • 2012 • 7 minutes
Third part of a trilogy on the relationship between art and power, Gloria Victoria is the work of a gifted filmmaker and visual artist, a virtuoso of collage and recycling that summons surrealism as much as Dracula, Cubists of the horror ...
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...
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...
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...
Directed by Marv Newland • Animation • 2011 • 7 minutes
CMYK is a dizzying celebration of sound, colour and movement. Director Marv Newland and animator Kunal Sen meticulously assembled multitudes of CMYK symbols, pulled off flaps of common printed materials like cereal boxes. Freed from their w...
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,...
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...
The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer
Directed by Randall Lloyd Okita • Animation • 2014 • 10 minutes
The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer is a visually haunting animated short film about two brothers who share the scars, though not the memories, of an untold history that has driven them to existential extremes. Combining high-speed c...
Directed by Les Drew • Animation • 1996 • 9 minutes
This animated short is a parody of the Frankenstein story. Dr. Frankenstein creates a monster only to find out that his creation is too shy to go out and frighten anyone. The good doctor and his malevolent assistant Trevor try to find ways of h...
Directed by Chris Landreth • Animation • 2013 • 11 minutes
In the middle of a crowded bar, Charles finds himself feeling increasingly desperate. The cause of his misery is an old friend he's just run into; his old friend... you know... what's-his-name...Directed by Chris Landreth, the filmmaker ...
A Sea Turtle Story
Directed by Kathy Shultz • Animation • 2012 • 10 minutes
Under the cover of night, a sea turtle secretly digs a hole on a tropical beach and lays her eggs in the sand before returning to the ocean. With each tide, the hatchlings grow until they are strong enough to emerge, climb to the surface a...
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...
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...
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?...
Mary & Myself
Directed by Sam Decoste • Animation • 2014 • 7 minutes
Mary & Myself is a story within a story, a meta-narrative about two Chinese Canadian women making their theatrical debut playing "comfort women" in The Vagina Monologues.
Fusing activism and performance, this short animated documentary hono...
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...
I Am Here
Directed by Eoin Duffy • Animation • 2016 • 5 minutes
A mysterious traveller journeys across space and time in search of the origin of the universe, life, and God. Eventually finding himself alone in the dying light of an aging cosmos, he arrives at a devastating realization. Yet the world conti...
Directed by Michelle Kranot & Uri Kranot • Animation • 2013 • 14 minutes
Searchlights sweep the silent towers. Deep inside one of the buildings, a hand extends through a pipe and appears in a neighbouring apartment, where Solomon is struggling to fix the plumbing. He stares at the hand, then rea...
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...