Short Cuts Programme 01 (2021)

  • Short Cuts, Animation, Comedy, Directed by Women, Documentary
  • 1h 46m
  • Canada, Czech Republic, Lebanon, Nigeria, Serbia, Slovakia, United Kingdom, United States of America

Short films are eligible for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards.

Playing as part of this programme:


Starring in and directing their own razor-sharp script, the Toronto team of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah and Araya Mengesha play twins trying to navigate their own, and each other’s, complex responses to both the lockdown and the fight for racial justice during the long hot summer of 2020.

Love, Dad

The complex relationship and painful history of a father and daughter becomes the basis for Diana Cam Van Nguyen’s uncommonly vivid, emotionally raw merger of form-bending animation and heart-rending memoir.


Already reeling from a breakup, a woman contends with further disruptions when her mother makes an unexpected visit. Captured with great sensitivity and warmth by Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers and Carmine Pierre-Dufour, these characters’ time together is a precious opportunity to truly connect.

Angakusajaujuq - The Shaman’s Apprentice

Zacharias Kunuk boldly brings his unparalleled storytelling skills and cinematic prowess into a new medium with his first animated work, an astonishingly intricate and mesmerizing stop-motion marvel about a young shaman facing her most daunting test.


In this astutely played and beautifully shot drama by Isabelle Mecattaf, a look at an anxious day in a wealthy Beirut household becomes a moving rumination on the pain felt by parents of grown children seeking better lives far from home.


For the couple driving along a Serbian mountainside in Lee Filipovski’s deftly written and deftly played relationship comedy, navigating the road’s sharpest curves may be less challenging than finding the means to genuinely communicate.

Egúngún (Masquerade)

In this captivating and stylish drama by Olive Nwosu, a woman returns to her hometown of Lagos in search of healing. What she discovers instead is a path that takes her into her past and toward a new understanding of the people and experiences that shaped her.

Director - DEFUND

Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah

Director - DEFUND

Araya Mengesha

Director - LOVE, DAD

Diana Cam Van Nguyen

Director - FANMI

Sandrine Brodeur-Desrosiers

Director - FANMI

Carmine Pierre-Dufour


Zacharias Kunuk

Director - BEITY

Isabelle Mecattaf

Director - ZERO

Lee Filipovski


Olive Nwosu


Haitian Creole, Arabic, English, Inuktitut, French, Czech, Serbian, Yoruba



Supported by
Ontario Arts Council