CBC Short Docs

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CBC Short Docs is a mainstay of CBC’s digital programming and the go-to destination for Canadians looking for engaging, character-driven, short (under 30 minutes) documentary content by emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada.

CBC Short Docs has already made a significant mark on the Canadian documentary landscape in its first year. Frame 394 was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, This River (NFB) won the Canadian Screen Award for Best Short Documentary, and many other Short Docs had their world premieres and won awards at festivals worldwide including Hot Docs, IDFA, ImagineNative, RIDM, Sheffield and TIFF.

The 2017-18 programming season has a whole new slate of CBC Short Docs, which will be rolling out across CBC.ca/watch, CBC.ca/shortdocs, CBC Indigenous and CBC Arts.

** Watch the CBC Short Docs trailer here** 

Highlights for the 2017-18 season include:

ALGO, POLLY & TURCOT - A film by Alexandre Sheldon

A documentary fable about two peregrine falcons, Algo and Polly, whose lives have been disrupted by the demolition of the Turcot freeway interchange in Montreal.

BABE I HATE TO GO - A film by Andrew Moir and Sherien Barsoum

A Jamaican migrant worker, who for three decades has spent six months of every year working in Canada, decides to keep the news of his terminal illness from his family, leaving him to cope alone. BABE I HATE TO GO had its world premiere at Hot Docs 2017.

CALL ME OLLY - A film by Jordan Molaro and Tyson Anderson

CALL ME OLLY captures the power that a name can hold over an individual striving to be truly uninhibited. With a name change, Kenneth (now Olly) takes his first step towards embracing his two-spiritedness, embracing his culture and introducing his new self to his ailing mother.

DECLUTTER - A film by Madison Thomas  

DECLUTTER explores writer/director Madison Thomas’s revelation about her mother and why she always does what she is most likely to be found doing cleaning.

EXPOSED NERVES - A film by Madison Thomas

Through a provocative contemporary dance piece, viewers see the different ways that a young woman deals with her bipolar reality. EXPOSED NERVES made its world premiere at ImagineNative 2016.

FINDING MY BALANCE - A film by Alicia Mollen

This poetic short doc by 17-year-old Innu filmmaker Alicia Mollen - in collaboration with Wapikoni Mobile - shows how a young bullied girl has recovered to build herself a healthy life of which she is proud.

FISK: UNTITLED - A film by Alejandro Alvarez

Having been dropped by his art dealer, Canadian photorealistic painter William Fisk risks everything to take his career to the next level and seek representation by a world-renowned international dealer.

FOLLOW THE ROCK - A film by Jamaine Campbell

This short doc follows rising basketball star Jacob Thom as he navigates the interplay between tradition and sport in the leadup to the 2017 All Native Basketball tournament in Prince Rupert.

HARD LEARNING - A film by Daniel Fortin

To have any chance of an education, a young Oji-Cree girl from a remote Northern Ontario community must adjust to an urban life alone attending high school in Thunder Bay, 600 kilometers from her home.  

LITTLE BIG LEAF - A film by David Fabrega

As a little person, Phu Dinh Van has struggled to get an education in Vietnam. After learning English on his own, he hopes to study in Canada so that he might return to Vietnam and open a school for little people and the disabled.

LITTLE HARD KNOX - A film by Roxann Whitebean

LITTLE HARD KNOX follows Shatekaienthokwen, a 10-year-old boxing star from the Kahnawake Mohawk Territory as he prepares for his next big fight.

NIGHT STRIKE - A film by Ian Barbour and Darren Heroux

NIGHT STRIKE is the extraordinary story of Johnny Tai, a totally blind and partially deaf crisis counsellor and martial artist. For Johnny, a life that may appear simple and ordinary is in fact a triumph, not only for the obstacles presented by his blindness but for his courage in overcoming a legacy of family violence.  

NIISOTEWAK: TWO BODIES ONE HEART - A film by Jules Koostachin

Through the eyes of spirited twin 10-year-old Inninewak (Cree) boys, Tapwewin (Speaking Truth) and Pawaken (Totem), whose ancestry is rooted in Attawapiskat First Nation in the Moshkekowok territory, we learn about Indigenous teachings regarding the sacredness of niisotewak (twins). Conversations between the twins along with their mother, their father and their older brothers reveal a family committed to honouring their roots.  


Indigenous elders who ran with the 1967 Pan Am Games torch from Minnesota to Winnipeg reminisce on their life-affirming journey and the shocking moment when their victory was taken from them.

THE UNMOVEABLE HARVEY SYKES - A film by Kelton Stepanowich

Harvey Sykes is a Métis traditionalist fighting to keep his life-long homestead in the middle of rapidly changing Fort McMurray, Alberta. Hanging on to his family’s land has become even more of a challenge since the devastating fire of 2016.   

TWILIGHT DANCERS - A film by Theola Ross and Paola Marino  

Driven by a lack of community resources, young people from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to cope with the youth suicide epidemic in their community. They are determined to commemorate the loss of their band members and friends by winning the annual square dance competition.

VIKA - A film by Christian Borys and Marta Iwanek

VIKA follows a 17-year-old Ukrainian orphan named Viktoria ‘Vika’ as she embarks on her first year alone after life in Ukraine’s orphanage system. It’s during this first year that the lure of crime, drugs and alcohol are at their greatest. Vika’s only hope of escaping this dark future rests with one Canadian family.



Premieres Thursday, June 15 and 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT) on CBC

THROUGH OUR EYES: INDIGENOUS SHORT DOCS is a two-part compilation of CBC Short Docs by Indigenous documentary filmmakers.

Over the past year, CBC Short Docs has been working closely with some of the best emerging Indigenous storytellers from across the country. Their documentaries are character-driven, immersive and intimate stories. They focus on a few of the many Indigenous people who are challenging the past to define their futures — those who will stop at nothing to have their voices heard, to create positive and lasting change for future generations.  

Part One  - Thursday, June 15 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

From the First Nations-owned railway TSHIUETIN (Caroline Monnet), to the story of volunteers who drag Winnipeg’s Red River for the missing or murdered in THIS RIVER (Katherena Vermette and the NFB), to FOUR FACES OF THE MOON (Amanda Strong), the stunning stop-motion animation story of a filmmaker’s ancestors, THROUGH OUR EYES showcases short documentaries by Indigenous storytellers.

Part Two  - Thursday, June 22 at 9 p.m. (9:30 NT)

A filmmaker recreates a portrait of her grandfather by donning a headdress for a photo shoot in HEADDRESS (JJ Neepin and Justina Neepin), a filmmaker looks at the parallels between herself and her mother in DECLUTTER (Madison Thomas), a small community bands together around a Mohawk immersion school in KARIHWANORON: PRECIOUS THINGS (Roxann Whitebean), and Cree twins talk about their shared experience in NIISOTEWAK (Jules Koostachin).

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CBC, Canada’s public broadcaster and the number-one media brand in Canada*, today announced its 2017-18 programming lineup showcasing a wide-ranging, uniquely Canadian slate of new and returning original drama, comedy, factual, arts, kids, sports, news and documentary content from the country's leading artists, creators and commentators across television, radio and digital platforms. Read More »

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