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Popular Canadian Short Films of 2014

We’re seeing new talent emerge in this industry year after year. The short film industry has been growing at quite a fast rate due to many factors: producers are taking advantage of more funding and support opportunities, film technology is constantly advancing and allowing producers and directors to create better work, and much more.

Throughout the next few sections we’re going to tell you about some of the popular Canadian short films of 2014. There are 7 film festivals in Canada — notably, the Toronto International Film Festival, Worldwide Short Film Festival, and the Vancouver International Film Festival — so let’s see what they’ve had to offer for the year of 2014.


One of the most unique aspects of Cutaway is the point-of-view techniques used in the filming. The film is told completely through the means of close-ups, and the director really uses this technique to his advantage. It adds a lot of depth to the storyline.

The film follows a handyman who cuts himself whilst working; as the film develops we see the handyman being faced with extremely important life choices. The run-time is only 7 minutes, and it’s surprising to see how much the film accomplishes in this short time period.

Kazik Radwanski is the director of Cutaway. He has directed several successful short films, most notably Princess Margaret Blvd. and Tower.


The title of this short film might have the believe that it’s focused around prison inmates on life sentences, but many people would say it’s completely the opposite. Lifers outlines the story of a young adult male working in a kitchen, mainly washing dishes. We get into his mind and share his views of culinary life.

This is definitely a touching short film because it clearly demonstrates the struggle that many young people are currently going through: underpaid, overworked, and confused about the future. Surely the vast majority of viewers will be able to relate.

Lifers is directed by Joel Salaysay. His other popular works include Stranger Things (2012) and BF Nowhere (2013).


Backroads is a hard-hitting and powerful documentary testimonial given by Camillia Stonechild. She tells us about her upbringing and overall childhood which took place on a Saskatchewan reserve. This is such a powerful short film because Stonechild tells us about the family abuse that occurred during her upbringing.

With a run-time of just 15 minutes, this short film really does make use of every second. Candy Fox is the director of Backroads. She specializes in short film documentaries and has many works including Being Two-Spirited and Brown Rock Woman.

Closing Notes

As you can see, there are some great Canadian short films that blessed the industry in the year of 2014. We have detailed three of the popular short films, but you can rest assured that there are many more.

If you want to stay updated with new short film releases, make sure to regularly take a look at the Canadian film festivals and the Worldwide Short Film Festival.

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