Short Docs

Available on CBC Gem Koto: The Last Service After nearly 40 years, the family-run Koto Japanese Restaurant in Campbell River, B.C. is closing. Over the course of its last day, the community says goodbye. More »


features I was so ashamed my dad was the school janitor. How do I say sorry now that he’s gone? Self-taught animator Anne Koizumi spent over three years making the short 'In the Shadow of the Pines' More »
features A family-run B.C. sushi restaurant closed after 39 years. The whole community came out to say goodbye. Documentary ‘Koto: The Last Service’ shares the restaurant’s final days. For Director Joella Cabalu, making the film made her realize the importance of telling people how much they mean to you. More »
features How I became friends with a teenage girl in Afghanistan — and what happened to her when the Taliban arrived The documentary ‘Fatima in Kabul’ shows a young woman living through the Taliban’s return to power More »
features How this artist’s dream — and art — ended up in a film, totally by accident KC Oster is a comic artist and illustrator, as well as an interpreter at a historic site. Those two worlds collided when they were asked to animate a segment of the the documentary 'Stories From The Land: Kay-Nah-Chi-Wah-Nung.' More »
features My grandparents met at a nudist club. I got naked to learn more about their lifestyle Danny Berish bares all in the documentary Nude to Me, now streaming on CBC Gem. More »
features What it takes to make a documentary during a pandemic COVID-19 didn't stop documentary filmmakers - but they did have to rethink everything about how they work. What one base camp looked like during the production of "Stories from the Land." More »
features How to make traditional corn soup This traditional corn soup recipe is knowledge that has been passed down through multiple generations of the Six Nations of the Grand River in Ontario. More »
features No freezer? No problem. How traditional fishermen use ice houses in 2021 Take a tour of a typical ice house near Rainy Lake, Ontario. More »
features ‘It’s like opening a bottle you’ve worked hard to close for a long time.’ Filmmaker Victoria Anderson-Gardner on making a documentary about the trauma of the Sixties Scoop More »
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About Short Docs

CBC Short Docs is the go-to destination for Canadians looking for engaging, character-driven, short (under 30 minutes) documentary content by emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada.