Next Festival Event: Tuesday July 21st. 8pm. (Virtual)

Yonge-Dundas Square’s (YDS) annual outdoor movie series City Cinema is moving online this summer for the brand-new Virtual City Cinema, featuring short films from WILDsound Festival!

Virtual City Cinema presented by YDS in association with WILDsound Festival will begin on June 30 and last 10 weeks. Throughout the summer, the series will feature roughly 10 independent short films each week. These films have been curated by WILDsound Festival, an international film festival that showcases the best of short films from around the world and has previously had weekly screenings at Carlton Cinemas here in Toronto.

Virtual City Cinema is completely free! Simply click here to register for the date(s) of your choice to receive a private YouTube link to screen the films, sent directly to your email the day of the screening. The films will premiere at 8PM EST every Tuesday. After watching, you will be sent a survey to provide feedback to the filmmakers and be entered for a chance to win a Downtown Yonge Experience prize pack!

Here is the full program of the 3rd festival.

If you like to obtain seats in advance and pick them up on the day of the event (come for FREE, or make a donation), please email us at toronto@documentaryshortfilmfestival.com and we’ll reserve seats for you.

 

PEAKS AND VALLEYS: THE SEARCH FOR RYAN SHTUKA, 20min. , Canada

Directed by Russell Walton & Jared Featherstone

20-year-old Ryan Shtuka vanished from a BC alpine resort town in February 2018. This is the story of the the mystery surrounding his disappearance and the people who relentlessly search for him.

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KING OF THE ROAD, 25min., USA

Directed by Cate Celso

Rick Torres is a tractor trailer driver and 20 year Elvis Presley Tribute Artist whose passion is legendary.

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GUARDIANS OF THE GRASSLANDS, 12min., Canada

Directed by Sarah Wray & Ben Wilson

Canada’s native grasslands are disappearing at an alarming rate – in fact, they are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Guardians of the Grasslands is a collaboration between dedicated conservationists and local ranchers, which seeks to showcase how cattle continue to create hope on what’s left of these iconic landscapes for the plant and animal species that call them home.

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HAYAT, 14min., Australia

Directed by Rendah Haj

HAYAT documents the lives of Rahma, an Eritrean migrant and her four young children living in Melbourne, Australia.
The family begins to celebrate the month of Ramadan with their mother, who encourages her children to maintain a strong sense of family, faith and cultural identity. This inevitably is contrasted with the difficulties and disconnect she faces as a migrant and Muslim.

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NOOR – QUEEN OF RANTHAMBORE, 7min., Mumbia

Directed by Porus Khareghat

NOOR is a short film on the life of a mother Tigress with three female cubs . It is a tribute to her skills of motherhood , loving & caring at the same time a perfect assasin to provide food for four. It shows the true nature of the jungle , survival of the fittest .

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TUMBLING TOWARDS HOME, 14min., Ireland

Directed by Imelda O’Reilly

An Irish immigrant moves to New York in 1989 to study acting. He works through the grief from the loss of his mother’s passing and of his friend Philip Seymour Hoffman.

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THE MAN OF THE TREES, 19min., Italy

Directed by Andrea Trivero

Daniel Balima is a senior horticulturist from Tenkodogo, a small Sub-Saharan African town in Burkina Faso, where he lives with his large family and has worked since he was born 67 years ago. Daniel as a child falls ill with polio and, although growing without the use of his legs, he is able to follow his father in the family nursery, walking on his hands.

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