Milton Film Festival Unveils Short Film Lineup

The Suitcase is one the short films chosen for the MFF Image credit: Milton Film Festival

Independent local filmmakers from Halton, Peel, and across southern Ontario will once again have their work shown alongside some of the most acclaimed feature films of the year at the fourth annual Milton Film Festival, taking place January 26-28, 2018 at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton.

The Festival’s selection committee, which includes Milton author and former Toronto Star film critic Ron Base, received over 40 short films submitted by professional, amateur, and student filmmakers. These were then shortlisted by Programming Chair and Short Film Coordinator Katherine Pearce, who remarked on the extraordinary calibre of this year’s contenders.

“With more submissions than we’ve ever had, it was difficult to pick just seven!” said Pearce. “If this is any indication of what we can expect in the future, I look forward to sharing even more spectacular shorts – these films don’t always get the traction feature films do and they deserve to be seen by audiences all over. This year’s short films are by turns funny, dramatic, bold, and creative. Enjoy!”

  • Pollyanna – directed by Roman Gubin (Toronto)
    A young girl’s internal struggle is expressed through a contemporary dance.
    (shown with Breathe, Friday Jan 26 8:30 pm)
  • Such Devoted Sisters – directed by Sean Travis Ramsay (Mississauga)
    Heather and Shelley are sisters, neighbours, and celebrity tribute artists. This is their story.
    (shown with Lucky, Saturday Jan 27 11:00 am)
  • It’s All In Your Head – directed by Greg Jeffs (Oakville)
    A bedtime story about the monster in the closet.
    (shown with Brigsby Bear, Saturday Jan 27 2:00 pm)
  • The Talk – directed by Tyler Boyco (Peterborough –  Sheridan Collage graduate)
    A couple tries to come up with the perfect way to have ‘The Talk’ with their teenaged daughter.
    (shown with Don’t Talk to Irene, Saturday Jan 27 4:30 pm)
  • The Suitcase – directed by Philip Leung
    A mother from rural China must calm her daughter as she is smuggled to Canada in a suitcase.
    (shown with Loving Vincent, Sunday Jan 28 11:00 am)
  • Fix and Release – directed by Scott Dobson (Toronto)
    A small turtle trauma centre fights to even the odds for survival for freshwater turtles.
    (shown with Only 78, Sunday Jan 28 2:00 pm)
  • 45 – directed by Danny Hamilton
    A man’s life unravels when he finds something south of his hairline.
    (shown with C’est La Vie, Sunday Jan 28 5:00 pm)

Most of the filmmakers will be attending the Festival to introduce their films.

All short films are eligible for the KKP Audience Choice Award for Best Short Film. Audience members will receive a ballot at each screening that includes a short film, and will be asked to rate it with one to five stars. The winner will be announced the week after the Festival.

The Milton Film Festival is produced in association with the TIFF Film Circuit Program, with support from the Milton Community Fund, media sponsors Milton Villager Magazine, COGECO TV, and Intrigue Media; Director Level Sponsors KKP Printing, Sean James Consulting and Design, and Crozier Consulting Engineers, as well as all its Silver Screen and Crew Level Sponsors.

More information about the Festival’s film program is available on the Milton Film Festival website at Tickets and passes are available through the Festival website or at the FirstOntario Arts Centre Milton box office.