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Shortest Day short film festival makes a stop in Kamloops

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December 09, 2014 - 10:52 AM

KAMLOOPS - The city of Kamloops will be one of the stops for a travelling short film festival featuring work by Canada's best.

The Shortest Day will present free screenings of new, classic and award-winning all-Canadian shorts in cities across western Canada and the Yukon. This second annual event was planned to take place in the weeks surrounding the winter solstace, December 21, the shortest day of the year.

There are 27 films in three categories to enjoy. The Kids Under Eight category will string 56 minutes worth of short movies together. The films will be shown at the Kamloops Art Gallery 101-465 Victoria Street December 19 between 10 a.m. and 5 p.m. It'll also be shown at the Civic Centre, 300-465 Victoria Street December 19 at 2 p.m.

The Family category has 88 minutes of film ready for the reel and will be shown on the 4th floor at the Civic Centre at a yet to be announced time.

Among the shorts from B.C-based filmmakers being screened at The Shortest Day this year is Godhead (Family program) from Victoria filmmaker Connor Gaston, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2014. The film also just received the ShortWork Student Award, presented by the Capilano University Film Centre, at the Whistler Film Festival.

"I'm thrilled be a part of The Shortest Day program," said Gaston. "It's a privilege to have your work shown on the big screen, let alone big screens across the country. And in a country of such talent, it's an honour to be included."

Gaston's first short, Bardo Light, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in 2012, and his short 'Til Death screened as part of Telefilm's Not Short on Talent market screenings at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year. Gaston recently graduated with an MFA in screenwriting from the University of Victoria and is currently working on his first feature film as a recipient of Telefilm's Micro-Budget Production Program.

The following works from B.C.-based filmmakers are also being presented during The Shortest Day:

The Magic Ferret (Family program), Vancouver director and producer Alison Parker's award-winning film about six-year-old orphan Sam and his pet ferret, has been selected for 21 film festivals to date, including the 2014 TIFF Kids International Film Festival in Toronto.

Pour retourner (Comedy program; English with French subtitles), from Vancouver-based filmmaker Scooter Corkle, tells the story of a respected prison chef who struggles to find his place in the outside world. The film recently won the Best Short Drama prize at the 2014 Devour! The Food Film Fest in Wolfville, Nova Scotia.

To contact a reporter for this story, email Jennifer Stahn at or call 250-819-3723. To contact an editor, email or call 250-718-2724.


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