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©Toronto Shorts International Film Festival

Program 5

Saturday, November 16, 4:55 pm

Monsters In The Dark

Director/Writer: Apollonia Thomaier

Producer: Apollonia Thomaier, Aizen Chiu 

Cast: Christine Gillian, Mary G. Nguyen

USA / Animation / 6mins
A young boy haunted by his abused past fears the love of his new family and runs away into a dark forest where he meets a monster that will change his life forever.
Kicking Stones

Director: Tim Lopers

Writer: Kathleen Fobert

Producer: Justin B. Noble

Cast: Doug Leoni, Nick Dolan, Redd Ochoa

Canada / Drama / 13mins
Dante is a young adult living on the street and surviving the only way he knows how; music. Years of cold winters and long nights have made him jaded against any change in his environment. A new face, Aaron, with little experience of what it takes to survive on the streets, but a common interest in music, will need his help if they are both to make it out alive.
The 'S' Word

Director: Mireille Sylvester

Writer: Neeti Jain

Producer: Amanda McKelvey

Canada / Documentary / 10mins
"The ‘S’ Word” is a character-based short documentary that follows 3 unmarried women from different generations, cities, and backgrounds who are without a partner for vastly different reasons.
Wenonah

Director/Writer: Deanna Armenti

Producer: Deanna Armenti, Rob Andino

Cast: Melodie Hudder, Sean C Dwyer, D'Pharaoh Woon-a-Tai

Canada  / Drama / 9mins
When Wenonah and Luc’s mother dies they must live with their overbearing father on his fur trade expedition and find a way to stand up to him to stop Wenonah’s arranged marriage.
Hazel's Origami

Director/Writer: Tatsuya Endo

Producer: Arason Navaranjan

Cast: Etienne Medard, Sarah Zorzoman, Rebekah Johnson

Canada / Drama / 7mins
A lonely, white-dressed man sees a woman that reminds him of a little girl who once called him a friend.
Professional Bride

Director/Writer: Liza Korotka

Writer: Emily Lubbers

Producer: Danielle Robitaille

Cast: Masha Mezenina, Simon McCamus

Canada / Drama / 20mins
In an effort to support her family, a young Ukranian woman arrives in Toronto to scam men who hope she's their dream Slavic bride. When one of her grooms falls through, she decides not to give up and approach him as a completely different woman.
Tripping Over Life

Director/Writer: William Morgan

Producer: William Morgan

Cast: Alec Jordan, Morningstar Desrosiers, Sean Mittelhölzer

Canada / Drama / 6mins
Tripping Over Life is a short dramatic film that puts a spotlight on Ethan, a young man who struggles with his mental health. Today is his birthday and his friends have put together a party for him. Ethan hopes to have a good time with his girlfriend Layla, and his best friend Dylan. Ethan has to navigate through his relationships both personal and romantic all while getting too caught up in the party atmosphere.
The Day Off

Director: Carter Zhao

Writer: Edward Howarth

Producer: Eric Moots

Cast: Haosong Yang, Bruce Yang

USA / Drama / 15mins
Two illegal immigrants want to enjoy themselves in a day off, but nothing works for them.