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Darkside
Canada / Sci-Fi / 11 minutes

Director/Writer: Spencer Zimmerman

Producer: Braiden Van Grootel

Cast: Blakely David, Siobhan Connors

After a devastating tragedy, an astronaut struggles to complete his interstellar mission to rescue a lost crew.

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Frimas
Canada / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Marianne Farley

Producer: Charlotte Beaudoin-Poisson, Sophie Ricard-Harvey

Cast: Karine Gonthier-Hyndman, Chantal Baril

In the near future, following the adoption of an anti-abortion law, Kara (35 years old) has no other choice but to end her pregnancy, using an illegal abortion clinic.

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Jeff
Canada / Drama / 6 minutes

Director: Walter Joesph Woodman

Writer: Walter Joesph Woodman, Patrick Cederberg

Producer: Sidney Leeder, Trey Terpeluk, Drake Pierre

Cast: Mia Burke, Kiera Burke

A delivery drone named JEFF muses on the monotony of life, before finishing one last delivery.

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Late Bloomer
Canada / Drama / 20 minutes

Director/Writer: Nathan Bergs

Producer: Nathan Bergs, Will Rogers, Gemma Eva

Cast: Tim Maitland, Kiera Publicover, Tracey Atin, Joel Lewsaw

In a last last-minute effort to show Raisa how much he truly cares about her, Henry hurries to find the perfect bouquet of roses on Valentine’s Day. Upon doing so he is met by Florence, a mysterious florist who is secretly ill and in search of a protege to take over her pristine shop. She offers Henry the opportunity to work with her in exchange for showing him the way out of the thoughtlessness now apparent in gifting flowers. By the time Henry begins to see what flowers people really are, his opportunity to grow with both Florence and Raisa may be too late this time around.

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Monkey Paw
Canada / Comedy / 13 minutes

Director/Writer: Nicholas Martin, Simon Gadke

Producer: Emma Fox

Cast: Nicholas Martin, Simon Gadke

On the day Sam takes possession of his new cottage, Derek, the son of the former owner, shows up to tell him the cottage still belongs to his family because of a wish he made on a monkey paw. Tensions escalate and things get violent, bringing Derek’s wish to its awful conclusion: that his family would own the cottage until the day he died.

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The Lottery Ticket
Canada / Comedy / 6 minutes

Director/Writer: Tamara Bick, Drew Antzis

Producer: Rob Viscardis, Pawel Dwulit

Cast: Drew Antzis, Tamara Bick, Natasha Bick-Kelso

A lottery ticket exposes this married couple’s hidden desires.

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Wilfrid
Canada / Drama/ 10 minutes

Director/Writer: Samuel G. Davey

Producer: Samuel G. Davey

Cast: Ashton Cressman, Marion Adler, David Collins, Seana McKenna

Wilfrid is based on the best selling book Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge written by Mem Fox. This film touches on the universal theme of dementia, a story so familiar but rarely represented in film. It also focuses in on the relationship between children and the elderly, a connection that many have struggled to maintain throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.