Short films are eligible for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards.
Content advisory: references to racial violence
Playing as part of this programme:
In Vancouver-based director Andrea Nirmala Widjajanto’s spellbinding retelling of an Indonesian myth, a young woman defies conventions to carry on the puppetry traditions of her late father.
The Future Isn’t What It Used To Be
Set in the year 2080, with the Earth ravaged by climate change, director Adeyemi Michael’s stark and powerful science-fiction drama tells the story of a desperate nomad who makes a discovery that leads to an unexpected mission and a chance for solace.
Motorcyclist’s Happiness Won’t Fit Into His Suit
A young man’s devotion to his motorbike provides an opportunity to deliver an overdue comeuppance to colonial conquerors, in Gabriel Herrera’s playful commentary on the dynamics between man and machine, reality and representation, and past and present.
A disquieting tale of a humble rooster facing the great questions of existence, this sly animation could only be the product of the highly singular mind of Nova Scotia maverick Seth A Smith.
In this bold horror satire by Mariama Diallo and Benjamin Dickinson, a Black woman’s quarantine experience takes a disturbing turn when the dynamic she has with her white partner is impacted by events happening outside their cosy brownstone.
Trumpets in the Sky
What begins as a typically demanding day for a Syrian girl working in Lebanon’s potato fields becomes one that alters her life’s direction, in this richly detailed and continually surprising drama by director Rakan Mayasi.
An unconventional and visually stunning study of the polar bears who draw tourists to Churchill, Manitoba, Jack Weisman and Gabriela Osio Vanden’s documentary highlights the increasingly narrow and treacherous boundary between human and animal realms.
Albert Shin demonstrates all his directorial prowess and knack for creating stark yet vivid characters with this remarkable drama about two strangers who convene at a seaside motel in South Korea with very particular intentions in mind.
Spanish, No dialogue, English, Korean, Indonesian