Canada’s Top Ten Student Shorts 2016

Feathers ● Beautifully captured through vibrant stop-motion animation, Feathersis a story of love and acceptance in which a mother and daughter struggle to cope with an unusual change. Sarah Kieley/Sheridan College, ON. 6 min.

Land of NodWith assured direction and a clear visual style, Ivan Ramin Radnik’s drama portrays a young man tormented by classmates, haunted by the dead, and consumed by the question of whether he is anything like his violent absent father. Ivan Ramin Radnik/Humber College, ON. 16 min.

My Invisible Mother ● In a creative mix of stop-motion animation and live-action documentary, a man recalls the social realities that forced his mother to put him up for adoption. Pascal Huynh/Concordia University, QC. 3 min.

Nothing Grows HereThis delightfully charming and original story about friendship and healing concerns young Rachel, who, having discovered she no longer has a heartbeat, receives little help from adults but is aided by her eager classmate Charlie. Lauren Belanger/Ryerson University, ON. 16 min.

Bumby the Barely-WitchIn this playful hand-drawn animation from director Jessica Tai, a dejected student witch summons the courage to face a particularly difficult challenge and cast her spells — with unexpected results. Jessica Tai/Emily Carr University of Art + Design, BC. 3 min.

This is Not an Animation | Ceci n’est pas une animationA group of pretentious animators with radically conflicting artistic visions attempt to complete a joint project, in this amusing animated mockumentary. Federico Kempke/Sheridan College, ON. 5 min.

Island | SaariDirector Ella Mikkola’s debut film skillfully blends film, photos, and archival childhood footage to create a mesmerizing experimental video collage that explores escape and preserving memory. Ella Mikkola/University of Regina, SK. 6 min.

DrifterA bounty hunter seeks revenge on a dangerous man after narrowly escaping death, in director Olivia Lindgren’s dark, ambitious, and action-filled western. Olivia Lindgren/Langara College, BC. 10 min.

Les BeigesShifting between striking close-ups, intimate details, and cars spinning around a race track, Les Beiges delicately captures the world occupied by a group of car enthusiasts in St-Eustache, Québec. Étienne Lacelle/Concordia University, QC. 11 min.

Boys Will BeReeling from the death of his father, a rebellious 18-year-old struggles with a troublesome new family dynamic. Director Teryl Brouillette emerges as a bold new voice, in this compelling drama with standout performances from Nick Serino (Sleeping Giant) and Steve McCarthy (Picture Day). Teryl Brouillette/Ryerson University, ON. 19 min.

— TIFF