Short Film Face Off
3 NIGHTS. 9 FILMS. 1 WINNER. YOU DECIDE.
Short Film Face Off opens August 17 for another season.
CBC Television is pleased to announce another season of Short Film Face Off. The program is Canada's only television magazine program which features short films from across the country. The critically acclaimed show has already enjoyed five successful seasons and has brought a new mainstream audience for short films and increased profile for filmmakers.
Here is the lineup of films and directors who will be featured this season on Short Film Face Off.
Newfoundland and Labrador: Life Doesn't Frighten Me - Stephen Dunn
Newfoundland and Labrador: The Pamplemousse - Jonathan Watton
Maritimes: Room Service - Glen Matthews
Quebec: The Man Who Lived On His Bike - Guillaume Blanchet
Ontario: Perfect - Karim Ayari
Toronto: Frost - Jeremy Ball
Toronto: The Beard - Yaz Rabadi
Alberta: Skeleton Girl - Leo Wieser
British Columbia: OMG - Siobhan Devine
Be part of our studio audience! Reserve your free tickets today.
Short Film Face Off shoots May 14, 15, 16 and 17 at the CBC studios on Bell Road in Halifax. Join host Steve Patterson, a panel of experts, and the episode's featured directors for a screening and discussion of the films. Our live audience members vote for their favourite film (episodes 1-3), and the top picks advance to the final episode to battle it out for the grand prize—$30,000 in cash, courtesy of Telefilm Canada, and $10,000 in services from PS Production Services. Don't miss your chance to impact the outcome of the Short Film Face Off! To reserve free tickets, call 902-420-4752 or email email@example.com.
CBC TV Building
1840 Bell Road
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Doors open at 6:30pm
Taping begins at 7:00pm. Show runs approx. 2 hrs.
The winning director of Short Film Face Off will receive a production deal worth $40,000 towards their next film.
In the interest of supporting emerging talent Telefilm Canada has created the Telefilm Canada Short Film Face Off Award. It is a cash award of $30,000. Telefilm is dedicated to promote emerging Canadian talent from coast to coast.
In addition we also have from PS Production Services, a proud sponsor of the film and television community, a $10,000 film equipment rental package for the winner.
That's a grand prize of $40,000 toward the winning director's next film.
Get to know Short Film Face Off's host and panelists.
Steve Patterson Host
There are few Canadian comedians working today with a more familiar face and voice than Steve Patterson. Best known to more than half-a-million weekly listeners as the host of CBC Radio One's "The Debaters", (which also now appears on CBC television) Steve has been a professional headliner since 1997 and has taped numerous television specials in the past decade. He has earned multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominations such as best male stand-up in 2007 and 2008.
He is also a published humour writer with articles appearing in the Globe & Mail, Toronto Star and The Irish Independent among many other publications.
But live on stage is where Steve is at his best, incorporating timeless stories, current events, original songs and audience members into a one-of-a-kind performance every time.
Michelle Latimer Panelist
Michelle is a filmmaker, actor, and festival programmer. Most recently she directed and produced the short animated film Choke (2012 Genie Nomination: Best Animated Short Film). Choke premiered at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival and received the Sundance Special Jury Honorable Mention for Best International Short Film before going on to screen at such festivals as Cannes, Rotterdam Intl, and Oberhausen. Choke was awarded an American Pixie Award for Outstanding Achievement in Animation, and was named by the Toronto Film Festival as one of Canada’s Top Ten films of 2011.
Michelle produced the documentary Jackpot (2011 Gemini Nomination: Donald Britton Award for Best Social/Political Documentary), and is currently collaborating with acclaimed filmmaker Peter Mettler, to develop a hybrid-genre feature film about Canada’s only female, dangerous offender. In 2009/10 she participated in the Toronto International Film Festival’s Talent Lab where she mentored under filmmakers, Danny Boyle, Don McKellar and Miranda July.
Michelle is the recipient of a Yorkton Festival: Golden Sheaf Award for Outstanding Emerging Filmmaker. She is the senior programmer for the ImagineNATIVE Film & Media Arts Festival, and also programs for the Hot Docs International Documentary Film Festival and is a programming advisor for Winnipeg Film Group’s Cinematheque. As an actor Michelle has performed in various award-winning theatrical and film/tv productions. In 2011 she starred in Theatrefront’s theatrical repertory production The Mill that went on to win 4 Dora Awards, including one for Best Independent Production. Most recently Michelle is playing a recurring role on Season 2 of APTN’s critically acclaimed drama Blackstone.
Mohit Rajhans Panelist
Film Critic Mohit Rajhans has been covering everything about movies for the last 10 years. From red carpets to film festivals to brushes with Bollywood to personally hosting film premieres, Mohit is considered a man about town in the Toronto scene.
Mohit co-founded the Toronto South Asian Film Festival, Filmi! which will celebrate its 10th anniversary in OCT of 2009. He has various producing/directing credits and has consulted for many international film festivals. He has contributed to publications including; Inside Entertainment, Sweetmama, The Goose Insider and The National Post.
Mohit began his career with stops at The Director's Guild, CBC National Radio, Tech-TV and currently also reviews films on CBC Toronto for Metro Morning and Omni TV. Catch up with him at mohitsmovies.com or on Twitter @mohitsmovies.
Kellie Ann Benz Panelist
Short Film Face Off welcomes Kellie Ann as the program's newest panelist. She is an experienced writer and director and an avid short film blogger.
In 1997, Kellie Ann wrote and directed her first film, a 13 minute blasphemous comedy entitled THE SECOND COMING. She was promptly commissioned by The Comedy Network to develop original television, which she did from 1998 until 2001, with the little scene series SKULLDUGGERY, THE UNPROFESSIONALS and ROCKPOINT PD. Returning to her roots, Kellie Ann won a Directors Guild of Canada/Telefilm grant in 2001 to make her second short film, the 6 minute comedy CINDERELLA; SINGLE AGAIN. Between 2002 and 2008, Kellie Ann worked quietly behind the scenes as a feature film script doctor, most notably on the kids action comedy hit FINN ON THE FLY. In 2009, Kellie Ann wrote and directed her third short film, AWKWARD, this one a 7 minute potty-mouthed comedy about proper etiquette. Awkward’s festival journey was a lively one enjoying more than 45 invitations to prestigious competitions. The film eventually earned Kellie Ann her first writing award from the Writers Guild of Canada award, was picked up for distribution by NY’s AtomFilms, and the UK’s Propeller Films.
The whirlwind that was Awkward’s festival journey inspired Kellie Ann to create an online resource for short films – allowing everyone to be better prepared for short film success in the international marketplace. Today, Kellie Ann is the publisher/editor of The Shorts Report, also a regular columnist for The National Screen Institute, a contributor to Canadian Screenwriter Magazine and Canada’s Actors Equity Magazine and the Vancouver Sun. Currently, Kellie Ann is in post-production on her first feature film, NAKED BIKE RIDE, as both Writer and Director. You can follow Kellie Ann’s short film resource at @shortsreport.
Episode One - August 17 Watch complete episode
Perfect - Karim Ayari, Ottawa
One man's attempt to free himself of any flaws, only to learn that perfection can mean many things.
The Beard - Yaz Rabadi, Toronto
Victimized as a result of his appearance, an elderly man attempts to deal with his given circumstance.
The Pamplemousse, Jonathan Watton, Newfoundland and Labrador
An introverted young female artist and a suicidal Frenchman cross paths at a Quebec City museum.
Episode Two - August 24 Watch complete episode
Frost - Jeremy Ball, Toronto
A young arctic hunter uncovers a strange world while on the search for food outside of her ancestral hunting grounds.
Room Service - Glen Matthews, Maritimes
A woman confronts her husband's mistress in a motel room
with unexpected results.
OMG - Siobhan Devine, British Columbia
A comedy about a teenager, a grandma and a cellphone.
Episode Three - August 31Watch complete episode
Life Doesn't Frighten Me - Stephen Dunn, Newfoundland and Labrador
The Man Who Lived On His Bike - Guillaume Blanchet, Quebec
Skeleton Girl - Leo Weiser, Alberta
Episode Four - September 7Watch the final episode
Life Doesn't Frighten Me - Stephen Dunn, Newfoundland and Labrador
Click on any directors' name to learn more about them.
Jonathan Watton – "The Pamplemousse"
Jonathan Watton is an actor and director from Corner Brook, Newfoundland. He received a Fine Arts degree in theatre from Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, MUN. As an actor he has worked with Canada’s leading theatre companies and has an established career in Canadian and US film and television. His work as a filmmaker began with the short, LAST OF THE SNOW, which premiered at the 31st Atlantic Film Festival and was officially selected for International Competition at the 2012 CFC: World Wide Short Film Festival. It recently garnered BEST PERFORMANCE AWARD and EMERGING FILMMAKER AWARD at The Nickel Film Festival in St. John’s. His short doc, Faces:Women of Rumrol , filmed in South Sudan, was part of the Short-Sighted Festival at The Rooms. His latest film, THE PAMPLEMOUSSE, supported by Bravofact, the NFB and Tele-Quebec, premiered at Palm Springs International ShortFest this June and was selected for the BEST OF THE FEST live action program. It recently was awarded First Prize for BEST COMEDY SHORT at Rhode Island International Film Festival and next appears at the Valladolid International Film Festival, Spain. Jonathan currently lives and works in Toronto.
Karim Ayari – "Perfect"
Karim Ayari is a young Canadian filmmaker born in Ottawa, Canada. He has degrees in both Communications (University of Ottawa) and radio-broadcasting (La Cité collégiale). In recent years, he travelled around the globe to pursue his passion for filmmaking. His documentary “Lost Rails: Into the Kingdom”, in which he follows three Canadian travelers in search for Cambodia’s legendary Bamboo Express, was his latest project acquired by CBC Television. In another recent documentary, Karim traveled to the slums of India to expose the serious problem of forced prostitution and human trafficking. In 2012, Karim wrote and directed his first feature film, “Thirteen Downs”, which opened the Ottawa International Film Festival to a standing ovation. He then took on the role of cinematographer for the short film “Algebra”, which won the “Best Technical Quality” award at Ottawa’s Digi60 Short Film Festival. Karim plans on directing his second feature film at this end of this year.
Jeremy Ball – "Frost"
Born in Victoria, BC, Jeremy has spent the past eight years working in production and visual effects on such productions as The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, and The Forbidden Kingdom. His skills as an illustrator, graphic designer, and compositor enable a distinctive, creative vision. Jeremy holds a MA in Film Studies from the Beijing Film Academy and a BA in Pacific and Asian Studies from University of Victoria. He is a graduate of the CFC’s Cineplex Entertainment Film Program’s Directors’ Lab (’11).
Guillaume Blanchet – "The Man Who Lived on His Bike"
Guillaume is a French director who left his homeland to settle down in Montréal, Canada in 2003. Along the past decade he has spent working in advertising as a copywriter, he came up with his own projects, without any client, any deadline and often any budget. He has developed a passion for stop motion animations and short films, using his writing skills to enhance his images. Through his work, Guillaume tries to bring emotions through images that people can relate to, for they understand how it's made.
Siobhan Devine – "OMG"
Born and raised in the UK, Siobhan moved to Canada with her family. She has both undergraduate and graduate degrees in theatre and began her working life as a researcher in the biggest theatre of all, the House of Commons. Siobhan then went on to work for a number of non-profits including, Children’s Aid and Covenant House. Alongside her day jobs, Siobhan made short films including: festival favourite, Breakfast with Gus; award winning Rape; and the CBC documentary, My Tango With Porn.
After moving to Vancouver, Siobhan attended into the WIDC (Women in the Director’s Chair) and then landed a dream job working as a camera coordinator on the YTV multi camera sitcom Mr. Young. This led to her actually moving into the director’s chair and last season she directed several episodes of Mr. Young.
Stephen Dunn – "Life Doesn’t Frighten Me"
Stephen Dunn is an award-winning filmmaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland, and graduate of Norman Jewison’s Canadian Film Centre and Ryerson University’s Film Program. His thesis film, LIFE DOESN’T FRIGHTEN ME (2012), starring Gordon Pinsent, recently won BEST LIVE ACTION FILM at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival's (TIFF) Student Showcase, the ARTE FILM AWARD at the Munich Film Festival, and has been celebrated at TIFF, Tribeca and the American Film Institute Film Festival and more. In 2009 Dunn attended the Cannes Film Festival - Short Film Corner with his film, THE HALL (2009), where film critic Roger Ebert highlighted Dunn as an upcoming filmmaker to watch.
GLEN MATTHEWS – "Room Service"
Glen Matthews has been making no-budget films with his friends for the past ten years. Focusing instead on his career as a professional actor (he has appeared in HOBO WITH A SHOTGUN, THE CORRIDOR and HAVEN to name a few), Matthews’ ambitions as a filmmaker fell to the back-burner. Over the past seven years, collaborating with some of this region’s brightest ﬁlmmakers served as a catalyst for his desire to pursue his original passion: writing and directing his very own ﬁlms. ROOM SERVICE is Glen’s professional writing and directorial debut.
YAZ RABADI – "The Beard"
Being drawn to the medium of film at a very young age, Yaz began his career as a filmmaker by honing his craft as a writer and director while studying at Ryerson University’s School of Image Arts in Toronto. Graduating with honors and several shorts films under his belt, Yaz was later selected amongst various other Canadian filmmakers to take part in The Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television’s National Apprenticeship Training Program, where he apprenticed and worked alongside Canadian filmmakers such as Atom Egoyan and John Greyson. Shortly thereafter, Yaz wrote and directed several other short films including Inside, X+Y, Pellicle & The Beard, all of which delved in to his exploration and study of the human condition.
LEO WIESER – "Skeleton Girl"
Leo is the founder, president and CEO of Bleeding Art Industries, an award-winning entertainment production company that had its roots as a special effects provider. He has a BFA and MFA and designed costumes, sets, and lighting for arts companies across Canada before starting Bleeding Art. His foray into pyrotechnics and special effects led him into the film industry, where has been working for over 15 years with special effects credits including Terry Gilliam’s Tideland, Exit Wounds, K-19: The Widowmaker, Ginger Snaps, Shanghai Noon, Knockaround Guys, Duct Tape Forever, CBC’s Heartland, and many other films, commercials, special events, military training simulations, and more.