Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
A mother bird tries to teach her little one how to find food by herself. In the process, she encounters a traumatic experience that she must overcome in order to survive.
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
A weathered Sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, Pearl follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It's a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love. And finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
From the moment she was born, Vaysha was a very special girl. With her left eye she can only see into the past, and with her right she can only see the future. The past is familiar and safe, the future is sinister and threatening. The present is a blind spot.
ADDITIONAL SHORT FILMS:
The Head Vanishes – 9 minutes
Jacqueline has lost her mind a bit, but whatever, for her trip to the seaside, she has decided to take the train by herself, like a big girl!
Asteria – 5 minutes
Following a painter who's been commissioned by earth to fly across the seven galaxies in a spaceship and paint the wonders of the universe.
Happy End – 6 minutes
All dogs chase their tails, but one succeeds in catching it, which changes his life as he finds his best friend in it.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
The brutally honest story of Robert's turbulent relationship with a self-destructive, yet charismatic friend from childhood, who cries out for help from a military hospital in China and sets Rob on a wild ride to get him home to Vancouver.
*PEAR CIDER AND CIGARETTES, one of the five nominees, will be the last film in the program. An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children. We’ll have a Parental Guidance warning prior to this short, so that parents and caregivers can usher children out of the theater if they’d like. Other than PEAR BRANDY AND CIGARETTES, the program is acceptable for kids.