Spring has sprung in the Canadian Short Film scene with an abundance of our country's best work getting noticed in more corners that this little blogger can cover.
Loyal readers already know about the upcoming CBC Short Film FaceOff and our films selected for Cannes, not to mention the showcase Canada has invested in at the Cannes Marketplace.
Now, Seattle International Film Festival has revealed their program and includes a number of Canadian short films, including a Shorts Report favorite, A Paris Quintet in Practice Makes Perfect. Other SIFF highlights from their selections include, Tyler Funk's hilarious FTW.
Josh Levy's The Immigrant has a stellar comedy cast; Scott Thompson, Dave Foley, Michael Cera, Margaret Cho, Will Forte.
Certainly not one to be missed, and this is just a taste of SIFF's schedule.
I make a point of attending their ShortsFest program every year. Last year, I was honored to get to be on the jury. This year, I'll return to enjoy their weekend long celebration of the best in short films. Can't wait!
Right here in BC, the Leo Awards announced their nominees this week. The Leo's (BC's cinematic achievement awards) have struggled for legitimacy for years and it seems they might be finally starting to get some headway.
Perhaps this is due to a higher quality of jury who have better taste? Anyway, whatever they've done to change things this year, they've done it right.
Nominees in the Shorts category include popular Joanna Makes a Friend (most nominated short film and seemingly on everyone's list lately!) as well as Shorts Report favorites Alchemy & Other Perfections, The Provider and At Lunchtime; A Story of Love.
Seems no doubt to me now that the world of Short Films in Canada is beyond exploding. It is thrilling to witness this expansion in the last three years. More to come as the year unfolds. Keep up the good work everyone!