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2017 MCAP SHORT Shorts

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Waterloo Region



Mike Gallant (Toronto)


3:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“A woman, in the midst of a deteriorating and tumultuous relationship, volunteers to test out a new neuro drug called “Narcoproxen.”

Narcoproxen gives its patients the ability to “drift”, ending a stream of memorable consciousness and then picking it up later on in life and avoiding potential trauma or other unwanted memories.

The more this woman needs Narcoproxen the more her relationship crumbles into darkness. Will she discover she should live her life and deal with the problems she faces, or continue to hide from her choices until the day she dies?”


Happy Face Hill

Samantha Chalmers (Cambridge)


1:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“True Canadian Andrew Sitler was born, raised, and lives on a farm in Cambridge, Ontario.

His peaceful rural lifestyle came to a halt when the city of Cambridge approached the Sitler’s about building what is now known today as Hespeler Road, into their land.

This construction divided their property and rendered a portion of their land unusable. However, one thing that everyone knows about Andrew Sitler is that with him, nothing goes to waste. Thus Happy Face Hill.

As we reflect on Andrew Sitler’s experiences, we come to comprehend that happiness can be much more than just a happy face.”




Final Exam

Philippe Gosselin (Toronto)


Wednesday, October 25, 7:00pm @ Shopify, Waterloo

“Zaid, a university student, lingers after class to ask his philosophy professor some questions about death. At first she suspects that he’s merely cramming for the final exam, but it soon becomes clear that his need for answers is much more urgent.”

“Final Exam takes a philosophical look at identity, fear of death and how we proceed through life given our own mortality.”

“Final Exam is entirely philosophical in nature it does not provide any conclusive answers. My intention is that viewers will be entertained and maintain their position regarding death or be open to new possibilities.” 


Break Room

 Andy Hourahine (Paris)


7:00pm Saturday, October 28 University of Waterloo School of Architecture, Cambridge

“An ambitious, young teacher, trying hide a rough past, is offered her dream job at a prestigious, private school but finds the unique staff has something more in mind than hitting the books on her first day.”




Salar Pashtoonyar (Toronto)


Friday, October 27, 7:00pm @ Communitech, Kitchener

“Sahil, a young Afghan immigrant struggles to sustain a romantic relationship with his lover due to his overbearing Afghan father. “

“Sahil is a film about one’s inability to communicate with their elders due to respecting family values. Being an Afghan-Canadian, throughout my teenage and young adult life, I haven’t been able to share some of my happiest and saddest moments with my loved ones because it will hurt their values and sentiments. This film comes from those moments that I want to speak out but can’t.”


What About Shelley

Kyle Reaume (Toronto)


Thursday, October 26, 6:00pm @ THEMUSEUM, Kitchener

“Billy and Shelley are best friends, but their friendship is greatly tested when Shelley’s boyfriend, Adam, secretly comes out to Billy – the only other gay man he knows.”


André the Anti-Giant

Kim Saltarski (Toronto)


Thursday, October 26, 7:30pm @ Galaxy Cinemas, Cambridge

“A 3-foot-something actor/comedian/disability advocate strives to retake the stage following a life-endangering diagnosis.”

“The world needs more human beacons to show us how to live. Andre H. Arruda is one such beacon. Being a fly on the wall in his wondrous world was a fantastic experience that I know will affect many different people in many ways. Enjoy!




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