Canada’s Top Ten Student Shorts 2017

Waiting for Lou (En attendant Lou) With assured direction and a stellar lead performance, Waiting for Lou explores the complex relationship between 16-year-old Jess and her eccentric grandmother — and their against-the-odds dream of road-tripping to California. Katerine Martineau, Concordia University, QC. 15 min.

Nana This sentimental and surprisingly optimistic animated documentary identifies resilience and humanity in the face of atrocity as it deftly realizes the harrowing personal story of a Holocaust survivor. Ali Kellner, Sheridan College, ON. 5 min.

Away Home A man and his siblings return home to say goodbye to their terminally ill mother, in this quietly-moving family drama from director Jana Stackhouse. Jana Stackhouse, Ryerson University, ON. 21 min.

If You Fall A cautious eight-year-old Lila struggles to find her balance while riding her bicycle, in this endearing, brightly-coloured animation about family love and support. Tisha Deb Pillai, Emily Carr University of Art + Design, BC. 6 min.

Meddy This compelling and heart-wrenching drama offers a unique glimpse into the quiet life of Sam, a lonely young gamer, who is forced to face her insecurities and fear of losing her online friends. Ted Sakowsky, York University, ON. 26 min.

Quarters In this amusing animation, tenants in a run-down apartment complex are forced to leave their quarters — only to discover unwanted details about their annoying neighbours. Virginia Findlay, Tiya Zhong, Emily Millard, Brad Flowers, Karliegh Ivens, Maude Ashby, Una di Gallo, Yingqi Wu, Airin Budiman, Sheridan College, ON. 5 min.

Mustard Seed Visiting a peaceful, flower-covered field, an old man relives the landscape's violent history and his traumatic childhood memories of war, in this affecting and visually arresting work. Lina Roessler, York University, ON. 8 min.

Leila A careful combination of restrained storytelling and striking visuals marks this stylish and suspenseful coming-of-age drama about a Muslim teen's rebellion against the rules set out by her parents. Aziz Zoromba, Concordia University, QC. 11 min.

Blindsided In this delightfully playful animation, two thieves' crafty skills are put to the test when the unassuming homeowner unexpectedly returns. Antonio Caggiano, Jay Yoo, Christine Chung, Sarah Park, Zarah Nguyen, Paul Kennedy, Eleanor Martins, Russell Denny, Michelle Castro, Sheridan College, ON. 5 min.

Hold My Hand (Prends ma main) This intimate, inspiring, award-winning documentary follows the daily lives of Chloe (age 11), Alex (17), and Salma (21), all of whom are partially or completely blind. Alexandre Lefebvre, Université du Québec à Montréal, QC. 22 min.