Every year for the past five years, the Canadian Film Centre's The Reel Challenge short film contest has inspired work from some of the brightest emerging filmmakers in the country. This year's winners were announced today, and, as usual, they're pretty great.
The contest is for films no more than 60 seconds in length. The winning film takes home a prize of $10,000, while second place gets $5,000. This year, the theme of the contest was "Movies Matter — The Big Picture," showcasing the integral role the film and television industries play in Canada's economy.
The winning film this year was Christian Macklam’s clever short film "The Date." You can watch it here.
And second prize went to Paul Leli’s claymation piece "Dream," which you can watch here.
As it happened, a few members of the George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight team also submitted a film. They didn't win (we applaud the professionalism and integrity of the judges but...come on!), though their short is pretty great anyway. It's called "The Lonely Monster," and you can watch the it in all its minute-long glory here: