Toronto Festival Event

Thursday Aug. 20th Event. 7pm. Carlton Cinemas.

Continuing to showcase the best of short films from around the world, while maintaining our audience feedback format moderated by Matthew Toffolo. Showcasing a festival three times a month in Toronto.

Tickets for 2020 are FREE or PAY WHAT YOU LIKE.

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.

You can always make a tiny donation to the festival to guarantee your seats and skip the lines:

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You can pick up the tickets on the day of the event at the cinema. Tickets are first come, first serve. This festival has sold out 76 out of its last 78 events!

You will be able to buy alcohol (beer, wine, liquor), popcorn, candy, and refreshments before the show.

Here is the full program of films. Festival starts at 7pm sharp!

LA PLUME & LE PAPIER, 4min., USA

Directed by Jacob Patrick

Alexis “Bust” Stephens is a street artist and dancer out of Paris, France who’s motivation is to tap into the energy vibrations of all who view his work. This is a small glimpse into his brilliance.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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THE SCROLL OF THE PROPHET ISAIAH, 3min, Canada

Directed by Jake Kovnat

One day, in May of 2018 as I was driving through Niagara Falls, NY, I passed a home unlike anything I had ever seen before. I slammed on the brakes and reversed to take some pictures of this stunning and unusual work of art tucked away in an otherwise unremarkable neighborhood. As I finished, a man who was sitting across the street called me over to talk. His name was Isaiah and the conversation that began on that day culminated in this short film. Maybe our encounter was meant to be. In honor of Isaiah, I hope you enjoy it.

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SAVANNAH WOMEN OF VISION: ETCHED IN HISTORY, 21min., USA

Directed by Clay Haskell

Etched in History, narrated by actor Phylicia Rashad, chronicles the inspiring stories of each of the Savannah Women of Vision, an investiture created by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace. This video sheds light on women who helped shape Savannah’s history as Rashad guides viewers through interviews with some of these Savannah pioneers and many of their friends and relatives.

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THE MOUNTAIN & THE MAIDEN, 32min., India

Directed by Shmuel Hoffman & Anton von Heiseler

This is the story of a day in the life of Aspiya. A 10-year-old girl living with her younger brother, older sister and parents in a one-room-shack in New Delhi near Asia’s biggest landfill.

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LEGAL LENS – FIVE SHORT FILMS, 30min., USA

Directed by Various

Harvard Law School scholars, law students, and Boston area filmmakers collaborate to produce five short documentary films on issues of human rights, Gentrification, Pregnancy Discrimination, Immigration, Climate Change, and Criminal Justice.
The films were designed as video Op-eds and were published by The Boston Globe.

CLICK HERE – and see full info and more pics of the film!

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REPEAT, 9min., USA

Directed by Ly Bolia

We are all met by a single destiny how we face it is up to us. A man struggles with his mother’s independence and strong will as he tries help her through the early stages of dementia.

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THE SCHOOL IN THE CLOUDS, 14min., Ukraine

Directed by Steven Brese, Stefka Lytwyn

How does a school in the remote mountains of Ukraine survive harsh winters, crumbling infrastructure, and a lack of government investment? The School in the Clouds tells the story of a rural school in Bukovets, Ukraine and follows a young student, principal, chef and teacher. Children hike some 7km down from the mountains to reach this school and despite difficult conditions, the staff continue to find ways to teach traditional ways of life and equip their students for success in the future.

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50 LITTLE BIRDS, 9min., USA

Directed by Hannah Lindgren

Indiana folk artist Geoff Davis reflects on his childhood, career, mental health, and how he found peace through reconnecting with his life’s purpose.

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