BC's Best Shorts

Resisting the Inevitable

Revenge. Evolution. Death. Saying goodbye. Sometimes it's hard to accept the truth of what is to be. From dramatic ending of friendships to discovering new facets of ourselves, this shorts screening takes us on the emotional roller coaster ride of resisting and accepting the inevitable.

Cruel & Unusual | The Virtual Stage | 9:10

Bound and gagged in a dingy dungeon, undercover officer Sawatzky finds himself at the mercy of his tormentors. They taunt their captive with sick and demented new techniques to make him talk; these seasoned veterans in the art of torture know no limits. Just as their boss gives them the green light to unleash a living hell upon their captive, their prisoner is rescued. Traumatized by the event, and armed with the knowledge of unconventional torture techniques he never could have dreamed up on his own, Sawatzky embarks upon an unorthodox campaign of pressure tactics the likes of which his precinct has never seen. Evocative, a 1960s era action film, and stylized in the genre of James Bond, Cruel & Unusual is a comedic examination of the bizarre workings of the male-type mind.

Wait for Rain | Motion 58 Entertainment | 13:53

A warming planet has made water scarce, food a rarity, and wearing plants like jewelry fashionable. James, a hapless office worker, becomes obsessed with nurturing his plant in order to obtain the respect of his peers and risks everything to not Wait for Rain.

Wait for Rain is a futuristic comedy about James the pitiful office worker who must sacrifice himself to get the attention of the girl he desires.

Goodbye | 3:00

Joel was always the cautious one — watching his brother Chris takes the risks. When Chris gets sick, the brothers plan a road trip to experience the best things in life together one last time, forcing Joel to reassess how he looks at the world.

Behind the Curtain | Vancouver Film School | 12:01

Behind the Curtain is a short documentary exploring the art of circus in west coast Canada shot with a vintage aesthetic, and explores the psychology of the performer and the audience. The documentary uses 3D motion graphics and match-moving to help enhance the aesthetic of the film and help push the story forward.

The Vessel | Crazy 8s/Awkward Moment Productions/Capri Studios | 11:55

A mysterious operative lets nothing stand in his way as he uses a unique device to manipulate anyone getting between him and his main objective. It soon becomes apparent these encounters are anything but random, each leading him closer to the high-tech facility where his target is being detained.

Liz | University of British Columbia | 9:15

When ten-year-old Kevin learns that his best friend, Liz, is moving away, he decides to run away with her so that they can be together. However, during the course of the night, Kevin slowly realizes that a life on the run is not what he wants for the girl he cares so much about.

Progress Parade | Simon Fraser University | 6:20

Progress Parade was created using found footage from educational films that were released from the 1930s to the 1960s in North America. States and private corporations commissioned these films with the intention of promoting their vision of progress through technological innovation and capitalist enterprise. Each segment of footage used in Progress Parade is conceptually linked to the one that precedes it and the one that follows. This Eisensteinian montage technique is intended to illustrate how those living at different moments in time maintain similarly illusory notions of progress; notions that are intended to rationalize actions, which might otherwise seem absurd.

Think Brilliance | Vancouver Film School | 0:57

An idea who wants to be brilliant, but...

Peach Juice | Public Ritual | 7:45

While on vacation at the seaside, a young boy becomes attracted to his aunt.

Why Does God Hate Me? | Capilano University | 15:00

A coming-of-age comedy about Matthew, a 14-year-old boy living in a very religious town, whose best friend Ester tries to "cure" him of being gay. But a trip to San Francisco shows Matthew that he might not be the one who needs curing.