MONTREAL, Dec. 5, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Three partner organizations, the
National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Telefilm Canada and Quebec's
Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), have
joined their efforts so that audiences across Canada can take part this
year in The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration, an event started by the Centre national du cinéma et de l'image (CNC) in France that has now spread to some 20 other countries. This
free event, dedicated to the promotion and screening of short films, is
a first for North America and is presented with the support of the CNC.
It offers an entertaining way of welcoming the winter solstice—the
shortest day of the year—on December 21.
The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration will feature screenings of more than 30 Canadian shorts organized into
four thematic programs: Kids, Family, Comedy/Dark Humour and Festival
Films. These films reflect the diversity of this very contemporary art
form, a genre that is becoming more and more popular in this era of
Facebook, YouTube and smartphones.
Screenings across the country
List of screening locations by province and territory. From Newfoundland and Labrador to Yukon, more than 60 participating
venues—mainly movie theatres, cultural centres, associations, festivals
and libraries—will join the event and hold screenings of one or several
of the four thematic programs. It's an opportunity to discover films
and filmmakers close to home—whether you like going to the movies
alone, with family or with friends.
"With support from Telefilm Canada and SODEC, and with our networks, The
Shortest Day is one more way of letting people learn about our creative
talents and providing access to their accomplished, amazing and often
avant-garde works," added Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson.
"Telefilm Canada is very pleased that this event is taking short films
to larger audiences across the country," said Michel Roy, Chair of Telefilm Canada. Through initiatives such as The Shortest Day and Not Short on Talent, Telefilm promotes Canadian talent around the world. On December 21,
we'll have the opportunity to discover some of tomorrow's leading
filmmakers, given that many of those who direct short films at the
start of their careers go on to become feature-film directors."
"From Baie-Comeau to Alma, by way of Rimouski and Sherbrooke, movie
lovers of all ages will have the chance to discover a variety of
creative and fascinating movie worlds during The Shortest Day," said Doris Girard, Chair of SODEC. "We are particularly pleased by the extraordinary
response to the initiative from movie theatres across Quebec. They have
shown a keen interest in short films by including this day dedicated to
short film in their programming. SODEC appreciates the support that
exhibitors are giving to short films and thanks them for their
To learn more about The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration
For a preview of what promises to be a day of discovery and wonder, watch the event trailer and visit the microsite, which provides a list of the films in the program, along with a
synopsis of each, and details concerning screening venues.
On the menu, a bold and interesting line-up of films in all genres,
premieres and award-winners, all worth seeing—or seeing again. These
Gloria Victoria, by Theodore Ushev, and Subconscious Password, by Chris Landreth, two works produced by the National Film Board of
Canada and both award-winners at the Festival d'Annecy and on the
shortlist of 10 shorts in the running for a 2014 Oscar nomination;
Chef de meute (Herd Leader), by Chloé Robichaud, in competition at the Festival de Cannes, 2012;
Joanna Makes a Friend, by Jeremy Lutter, Audience Choice Award, TIFF Kids International Film
Life Doesn't Frighten Me, by Stephen Dunn, winner of the CBC's Short Film Face Off, 2013;
Mémorable moi (Remember Me), by Jean-François Asselin, Télé-Québec Audience Award at the Festival
du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 2013;
Merci mon chien (It's a Dog's Life), by Julie Rembauville and Nicolas Bianco-Levrin, a France-Canada
coproduction, Audience Award, Festival de cinéma pour enfants de Québec
(FCEQ), 2013; and
Seconds, by Jordan Canning, winner of the RBC Emerging Filmmakers Competition,
Toronto International Film Festival, 2012.
Shorts from Canada in France
At the same time The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration unfolds in
Canada, six homegrown short films will be shown in France during its
event on December 21, under the title Je suis reject. A wonderful opportunity for audiences abroad to discover talented
Canadian filmmakers who have been honoured at the Oscars and in Berlin,
Cannes, Toronto and Annecy.
SOURCE: Telefilm Canada
For further information:
Lily Robert, Director of Corporate Communications, National Film Board of Canada
514-283-3838 or 514 296-8261, email@example.com
Douglas Chow, Manager, External Communications Telefilm Canada
514-283-0838, ext. 2225 or 1-800-567-0890, firstname.lastname@example.org
Isabelle Melançon, Director of Communications and Institutional Affairs, SODEC
514-841-2200 or 1-800-363-0401, email@example.com