2014 Canadian Film Fest: Short Films – Part 1

The Prince - 2014 Canadian Film FestThe Prince

Director: Francesco Giannini
Writer: Francesco Giannini
Cast: Vince Benvenuto, Nick Sita, Suzie Etesonne, Lesley Bernardi, Michael McNally
Runtime: 5mins

When a son visits his ill father’s bed in the hospital, he has more on his mind than praying for his wellbeing. Everything about the short The Prince is quite simple. Crisp and clear cinematography conventionally frames the characters. An unremarkable protagonist carries most of the film’s weight on his shoulders, and there is a seemingly dramatic story with a quaint little twist in the end. Due to its very short duration, there is not much to be explored in The Prince without giving the plot away. This is not to say that the film is uninteresting, however. It could best be described as a palate cleanser; a breath of fresh air to make the spectator smile in remembrance of the comedy to be found in our mundane existence.

Rating: 8/10

Uncommon Enemies - 2014 Canadian Film FestUncommon Enemies

Director & Writer: Alex Hatz
Cast: Michael Cram, Melanie Scrofano, James Gangl, AJ Vaage
Runtime: 10mins

Do you have a fancy for vampire stories set in the second world war? Well, if you belong to this select group of individuals, then the short Uncommon Enemies is for you. Set in a barn, the story follows a German soldier and an American soldier, who, after a strange turn of events, must fight together in order to defeat a sensuous French vampire. The short has its merits in the sense that although it is not terrifically acted, it is still quite fun, and it is interesting to see a more lighthearted take on the goings on of the malevolent war. The short is also full of well known talent, including Game of Thrones visual FX artist Kirk Brillon.

Rating: 7/10

Peter and Jane Know Some of the Same People - 2014 Canadian Film FestPeter and Jane Know Some of the Same People

Director & Writer: Chris Remerowski
Cast: John Goodrich, Laura Burns
Runtime: 10mins

In Peter and Jane Know Some of the Same People, Peter and Jane go out on a date after meeting online. Although they get off to an awkward start, they soon find out that their most protected secrets are those that make them most compatible. As with any form of dating, however, not everyone is who they claim to be. Despite its interesting premise, the acting in this short is cringe-worthy, and the story is not very well explained. These flaws could all be attributed to the script, which is a bit disorganized and contains very awkward lines. It seems as though the short could have used a bit more time to explain the clearly complex characters that it depicts. Regardless, there is no harm in giving it a shot, and adding one’s own interpretation to the mix.

Rating: 4/10

The Last Supper - 2014 Canadian Film FestThe Last Supper

Director: Jonathan Eagan
Writer: Anna Morrissey Wyse
Cast: Karan Oberoi, Ashleigh Rains, Brendan Wall, Kate Lavender
Runtime: 8mins

The Last Supper could be called a less exaggerated, more bourgeois version of Final Destination. Four friends have supper and find themselves talking about rapture. Little do they know that their actual demise is right around the corner. Full of uncomplicated yet exciting special effects, The Last Supper reminds me of one of those projects that you plan out with your friends thinking, “It would be hilarious to put this up on screen.” The result is a fun short that is thoroughly entertaining throughout its short duration, and that has enough content to make the spectator think about matters of the apocalypse.

Rating: 7/10

Snapshots - 2014 Canadian Film FestSnapshots

Director & Writer: Brian Stockton
Cast: Brian Stockton
Runtime: 11mins

The short film Snapshots allows the spectator to peak into a life through pictures. Over the course of more than twenty-five years, director Brian Stockton has documented his existence with photographs. Ranging from artistic to simple representations of everyday life, the photographs are part of his identity, and something very personal to share with the public. Through its eleven minute duration, the spectator is able to witness Stockton’s life swiftly, while also receiving insight into some events that have shaped him. Although the film can get a tad monotonous, it is very interesting to take a peek into a stranger’s life in such an intimate manner. This short is highly recommended for those who enjoy a glimpse into other’s lives.

Rating: 6/10