Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival


The best of 2016 in Canadian features, shorts, and student shorts.

The year’s best Canadian films are in the spotlight in The Cinematheque’s annual presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Established in 2001 by the Toronto International Film Festival, this celebration of excellence in our national cinema showcases Canadian achievements in feature-length films, short films, and student short films.

The festival’s feature, short, and student short selections are each chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals from across Canada. To be eligible, films must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident and have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada.



6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of Window Horses


6:30pm - Doors
7:30pm - Introduction & Screening of Hello Destroyer


Window Horses (Ann Marie Fleming)
Angry Inuk (Alethea Arnaquq-Baril)
Maliglutit (Searchers) (Zacharias Kunuk)
Old Stone (Johnny Ma)
Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves (Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie)
Mean Dreams (Nathan Morlando)
It’s Only the End of the World (Xavier Dolan)
Werewolf (Ashley McKenzie)
Hello Destroyer (Kevan Funk)
Nelly (Anne Émond)

Blind Vaysha (Theodore Ushev)
Frame 394 (Rich Williamson)
Emma (Martin Edralin)
Her Friend Adam (Benjamin Petrie)
Fluffy (Lee Filipovski)
Mariner (Thyrone Tommy)
SNIP (Terril Calder)
Mutants (Alexandre Dostie)
Fish (Heather Young)
A Funeral for Lightning (Emily Kai Bock)

Boys Will Be (Teryl Brouillette)
Bumby the Barely-Witch (Jessica Tai)
Drifter (Olivia Lindgren)
Feathers (Sarah Kieley)
Island (Ella Mikkola)
Land of Nod (Ivan Ramin Radnik)
Les Beiges (Étienne Lacelle)
My Invisible Mother (Pascal Huynh)
Nothing Grows Here (Lauren Belanger)
This is Not an Animation (Federico Kempke)

Acknowledgments: The Cinematheque is grateful to the Toronto International Film Festival for making this Vancouver presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival possible. Special thanks to Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Festival Programming, TIFF; and Lisa Haller, Senior Programming Associate, Festival Programming, TIFF, for their kind assistance.

Program notes adapted from texts provided by TIFF.


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Celebrate the best in Canadian short films from around the country.
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