Not Short on Talent in Cannes

(Via CNW): Telefilm Canada has released its list of  the 39 short films that will screen at Cannes’ Marché du Film market from May 16 to May 19 as part of Not Short on Talent. You can see the entire selection here, but Telefilm has shared some background on four of the films — all of them involving some degree of tension between immediate family members. Hmm . . .

Cody Brown’s Wool (BC) follows Alexander, a migraine sufferer living with his parents after not making it in the big city. Halima Elkhatabi’s Nina (Quebec) has a 16-year-old protagonist with a baby who won’t stop crying. Sarah Galea-Davis’ An Apartment is the story of Paul, a middle aged man forced to move in with his brother and take seasonal work. Ryan O’Toole’s Pop (New Brunswick) presents a singer’s identity crisis, set off by a visit from her younger brother, the front man of a critically acclaimed punk group.

The 39 films were curated by Danny Lennon, founder of short film series Prends ça court. They were selected from over 350 submissions, and Telefilm says they ” represent the freshest voices emerging from Canada.”

There’s a lot of exposure lined up for the films, and their creators, in Cannes. Five 105-minute programs will be screened at the Marché du Film and also available on 50 viewing stations at the Short Film Corner. Telefilm reports, “In addition to the screenings, filmmakers will participate in a “speed-dating” session on Saturday, May 16 at the Canadian Pavilion where they will have the opportunity to meet with esteemed industry delegates from the Sundance, Berlin and Rotterdam festivals.”

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