Shorts: Show Stopper

When faced with situations such as an embarrassing moment gone viral, learning to drive as an adult, or a pizza delivery mistakenly sent to your ex, it’s essential to dig deep and find humour in it all. This program accomplishes just that, uncovering the laughter in some of life’s most trying times.

Guests: Taylor James, Kanoa Goo, Bente Engelstoft, Andrew Chappelle, Emmie Lichtenberg, Alex Song-Xia

This program has 8 films.

May 26, 2024 4:30 pm
TIFF Lightbox 3
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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The Mountain

Will Mayo

Will Mayo

Director

Ian Scott McGregor

Ian Scott McGregor

Director

Successful news anchor Melanie Abraxas is blindsided by her husband on the same day the teleprompters fail, leading to a very public embarrassment.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Coming Out, Gay

Dinner Party Dictator

Bente Engelstoft

Bente Engelstoft

Director

A group of friends get together for a cozy dinner party, but their fun and fellowship is interrupted by a time-traveling soldier from the future.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Gay, Lesbian, RE:Focus, Trans

The Burden

Tish Arana

Tish Arana

Director

In 2044, immediately following the election of another racist president, a group of wealthy Black people start an exclusive new colony.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Black, BOLD, RE:Focus, Sci-Fi

No, YOU'RE amazing!

Kate Pinchuck

Kate Pinchuck

Director

A girls’ night turns into a bar fight when two women refuse to accept each other’s compliments.

Country

South Africa

Year

2023

Duration

4 mins

Interests

RE:Focus

Really Good Driver

Alex Song-Xia

Alex Song-Xia

Director

An Asian-American mom teaches her grown-up child how to drive, forcing both to confront parts of the car, and themselves, they never have before.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

8 mins

Interests

Asian, Family, Non-Binary, RE:Focus

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Complicated Order

Emmie Lichtenberg

Emmie Lichtenberg

Director

Remy, a depressed 20-something who’s just been dumped, accidentally places a food delivery order to her estranged girlfriend’s house.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

15 mins

Interests

Lesbian, RE:Focus

Fanatic

Taran Killam

Taran Killam

Director

Desperate for cash, Charlie and Gerald reunite their failed 2000s boy band for a competition that could remedy all of their financial woes.

Country

United States

Year

2023

Duration

16 mins

Interests

Gay

ILY, BYE

Taylor James

Taylor James

Director

When socially anxious mess Siobhan’s call to schedule a job interview goes to voicemail, she panics and leaves a series of unhinged messages.

Country

United States

Year

2024

Duration

13 mins

Interests

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