In this quirky and sweet tale, HUGO, a socially awkward hermit, tries to break free from his loneliness by following the advice of a failed 90s self-help guru and stumbles his way towards connection. Brought to you by first-time director Elizabeth Fraser (Spinning Out, Tiny Pretty Things) and Executive Producer Sandra Cunningham (Kim's Convenience), The Help Desk is a nod to Nick Hornby-style nice-core, and a balm for complicated times.
Canadian Short Film
Canboulay-fantastical experimental dance film that uses elements of Caribbean folk culture to draw parallels between the Canboulay Riots of the 1800s in Trinidad & Tobago and today’s modern use of the artforms, which were at the heart of the 1800 rebellion. As emancipated Trinidadians prepared to defy the ruling class, they called upon their ancestors to guide them. Similar defiant acts/demonstrations continue today as Black communities around the world fight oppression. They too shall rise.
Fraser is a shy and introverted only child, but he speaks volumes on the court through his passion for basketball. Fraser has a chance to prove himself when the coach catches him practicing after school hours.
1979, Linh and Hung, a young refugee couple, are sponsored into Vancouver, Canada, after the war in Vietnam. Looking to the future, they do everything they can to build a new life for their budding family. A neighbouring indigenous family, recognizing their struggles, extends their hand in friendship and acceptance. When Linh and Hung have a baby girl, they ask their new friends to give their daughter a Canadian
In 1830s Newfoundland, an adulteress’ life hangs in the balance as a court weighs her guilt for the crime of murder.
Carla, aged 26 (but FEELS more like 25) is ready to get back out into the world, after a harrowing breakup with a man named Carl. Through trials and tribulations, and the occasional calming ASMR video, she manages to find a strategy in tackling the curveballs that come with modern heartbreak.