Animated Documentary Shorts

ADMISSION: $10 / $8 members
* Also included in the GST Delegate Pass or the Animated Documentary Series Pass – both available for advance online purchase


Flawed (2010, 12 mins), by Andrea Dorfman – Personal musings on self-esteem and a long-distance relationship with a plastic surgeon are punctuated by Andrea Dorfman’s animated illustrations.

McLaren Negatives (2006, 10 mins), by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre – This intimate, animated documentary about Norman McLaren provides a sensitive and enlightening glimpse into the life and creative imagination of the legendary Canadian animator.

Passages (2008, 25 mins), by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre – Blurring the line between documentary and drama, Passages is a poignant animated autobiographical film that recounts the expectant couple’s horrific experience dealing with an inadequate medical system.

The SAPPORO PROJECT (2010, 5 mins), by Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre – This poetic homage to acclaimed calligrapher Gazanbou Higuchi utilizes Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre’s signature animation style of to illustrate the craft of Japanese shodo.

Grasshopper (2004, 14 mins), by Bob Sabiston – In this vivid verité documentary, park-bench philosopher AJ Vadehra expounds on astrology and more productive avenues of contemplation.

Snack and Drink (1999, 3 mins), by Bob Sabiston – A familiar trip to the local 7-11 for a big gulp and some candy is rendered in vibrant hues in this animated short.

Fourth Obstruction (Perfect Human: Cartoon) (2003, 5 mins), by Bob Sabiston – A reinterpretation of Jorgen Let’s 1967 short “The Perfect Human” this animated section is the fourth of five remakes in the Lars Von Trier/Jorgen Leth film The Five Obstructions.

Suckerfish (2004, 8 mins), by Lisa Jackson – Sifting through her memories and her mother’s letters, director Lisa Jackson constructs a portrait of a mother whose drive to love her daughter triumphed over her demons of addiction and trauma.

The Visit (2009, 4 mins), by Lisa Jackson – A retelling of a true story of a Cree family’s strange encounter one winter night, results in a conversation beyond words.