6PM SHORTS PROGRAMME - true North!
A collection of short films selected from across Canada
1. Girl in the Hallway – director Valerie Barnhart (Canada) In Competition | Durham Première
Why does Little Red Riding hood give Jamie nightmares? It’s been 15 years, and the girl in the
hallway haunts him still. This is a testament to locked doors. A lullaby sung by wolves with duct
tape and polaroids. Not all children make it out of the forest. Some stories children shouldn’t
2. Giltrude’s Dwelling – director Jeremy Lutter (Canada) In Competition | Ontario Première
Orphaned at the age of eleven, Giltrude, an interdimensional shut-in, has waited fifteen years
for her parents to come home. When a life or death dilemma comes knocking, Giltrude must
look beyond her front door and learn to face the outside universe. The film stars Kacey Rohl
(Hannibal, The Magicians) and Liam Hughes (Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, The Flash)
3. Affannato – director Alexa Tremblay-Francoeur (Canada) Ontario Première
Living in surreal universe, Mathilde, a young girl who is studying the violin in a peculiar school, finds her everyday life changed when her hands fuse with her instrument. Panicking, she will attempt by all means to flee her classroom, get rid of her instrument and find an exit
4. Oracle – director Aaron Poole (Canada) In Competition | Durham Première
As home renovations surround a child, the chaos of construction and his parents’ preoccupation are internalized, precipitating a fever dream that catapults his consciousness into adult realms of obsession and dread.
5. I Am In The World As Free And Slender As A Deer On A Plain – director Sofia Banzhaf (Canada) In Competition | Durham Première
A young woman explores her autonomy, identity, and power through a series of dates in the age of social media.
6. Ice Breaker – director Sandi Rankaduwa (Canada) Ontario Première
Josh Crooks is a promising teen hockey star in a sport where Black players like him are chronically underrepresented. Ice Breakers reveals the buried history of a pioneering Black hockey league in Atlantic Canada, as Crooks discovers that his unshakable passion is tied to a rich and remarkable heritage.
7. Gun Killers – director Jason Young (Canada) Ontario Première
Written and directed by Jason Young (Animals, Inside Time), Gun Killers takes us into the rural, secluded paradise that retired blacksmiths John and Nancy Little call home. As the tranquil light of a typical day of harvesting vegetables descends into night, we experience the secret work that John and Nancy are sometimes called upon to undertake for the RCMP.
8. Foyer (Hearth) – director Sophie B Jacques (Canada) In Competition | Ontario Première
When Emillie returns home after renting her house to strangers, we witness what actually happened during her absence.