November 7th 2017 07:00 PM - November 7th 2017 08:30 PM

Cana-Doc Shorts

27 Dundurn Street North, Hamilton, ON, Canada

Cana-Doc Shorts


Cana-Doc Shorts is a collection of Canadian Documentary short films. (93m)

A Spark in the Dark: Tinder Users in the North 

(Christopher Healey / James Healey / Documentary / Canada  15m)

A Spark in the Dark: Tinder Users in the North explores love & technology in a small, remote town during the dark and freezing sub-arctic winter. This short doc follows the stories of four Tinder users who share their perspective about Dawson City's unique relationship with dating apps.


Micro plastics in the Great Lakes

(Brett Rogers / Doc / 10m)


Handmade Film

(Christina Ienna / Canada / 5m)

Handmade film is a rarely practiced craft in today's film industry. Lindsay McIntyre spends three days making the film emulsion she shoots on than develops herself.

Whyte Snuff

(Johnathan Benny / Canada / 27m)

Whyte Snuff chronicles the final day of business for Edmonton shop owner Mark Frost who, after 30 years, has been forced to shut his doors for good. Through his story and that of the people around him, we witness the changing face of Whyte Avenue and the sinister presence that in the eyes of some, is slowly killing it.

Tomato Town

(Nathan Black / Canada / 12m)

Tomato Town is the story of Leamington, Ontario and its struggles with unemployment and identity following the closure of the century old Heinz processing plant. Local farmers, ex-employees and residents tell their personal stories, and explain how Canada’s tomato capital fought the dying demand for tomatoes.


(Andy Reid / Canada / 3m)

A look into the Westdale Cinema and its significance to Hamilton culture, narrated by Aidan Johnson.


(Amar Wala / Canada / 16m)

In a case that may set a global precedent, “Stateless” illustrates the life of Canadian-born Deepan Budlakoti as he faces deportation to India – a country he has never set foot in. Victim to a turbulent childhood and stigmatization for his criminal past, Deepan not only faces the legal repercussions of being stateless, but he also deals with the severe internal struggle that comes with having one’s birthright to home revoked. Ultimately, Stateless is an examination of citizenship, identity, and belonging – if being born and bred in one place for an entire lifetime is not enough, then what is?

About Employment

(Lindsay Fitzgerald / Canada / 5m)

About Employment is a portrait of a fierce woman and her search for work in a world she cannot see. Yin Brown began to lose her sight in her early twenties and has since struggled with finding a stable job. With a strong voice, Yin takes us through each step of the arduous job hunting process from crossing the street to arriving at an interview. Throughout the course of the film, difficult questions are raised about the perception of people with disabilities in the job market and the ethics about making a film about a subject who inevitably will not be able to see.




Hamilton Film Festival

“This fest is sure to become the next TIFF it is keeps up this caliber of cinema heaven.” - John Nicol / Filmmaker The 12th Annual Hamilton Film Festival continues to be one of Canada’s most important up-and-coming film festivals. This year’s festival will feature over $25,000 in prize value, plus the opportunity to network with, and pitch your films, scripts and projects. Distributors actively look to the Hamilton Film Festival for titles and we will be releasing a list of films acquired during the 2016 festival. Guests have included Academy Award® winner Colin Chilvers, Daniel Baldwin, Michael Pare (Eddie and the Cruisers), Tony Rosato (SCTV), Marc Blucas (Buffy the Vampire Slayer), Robert Miano (Donny Brasco), Frank D’Angelo (Red Maple Leaf), Fred Fuchs (Godfather III Executive Producer, Milton's Secret) Art Hindle (Black Christmas), Doug McGrath (Goin’ Down the Road), Lynne Griffin (Curtains), Julian Richings (Superman: Man of Steel), Kirsten Bodenstedt (COO and Co-Owner of Peregrine Labs) Academy Award® winner Colin Doncaster, Bob Munro (VFX Supervisor), Sean Sullivan (Wayne’s World, Back to the Future III) Lisa Langlois (Class of 1984) and many, many more! Filmmakers and producers attended from Italy, Germany, Austria, France, the USA and all across Canada. We have 14 prize categories, including Jury, Feature, Short, Doc, Actor, Actress, Editing, Cinematography, Screenplay (x2), Music, Student, Truly Independent local award and the legendary Sparquie the Squirrel award! As a “Truly Independent” festival, we are not run by a Board of Directors and we don’t pre-program or pick themes and genres. We let YOUR submissions and selections dictate what we show each year as we accept all genres and lengths! The festival is as diverse as our alumni, who come from over 50 countries around the world. Filmmakers globally are looking to the Hamilton Film Festival as an accessible event with multiple chances to screen, win awards and gain post-festival promotion as our Alumni is our family and your movie never has a shelf life with us. In 2016, we screened 175 films out of 700 submissions so if you have a great film, your chances are very good! We are a festival that is very proud of screening films made by female filmmakers. Last year we screen 45 films by female directors! We are proud to offer, for the second year, the Canadian Film Market which runs the final weekend of the festival and will include Industry Development events, quality networking, pitches and private screenings for industry. Over 25 countries participated in 2016. Hamilton, Ontario, Canada is a major destination for film and television productions. Films like Spotlight, Crimson Peak, Suicide Squad, The Hulk and Robocop are just a few films that have taken advantage of Hamilton’s many incredible locations. Producers love the additional tax credits, Directors love the “anywhere is here” look of the city, and people love seeing it on screen! Filmmakers around the world are choosing the Hamilton Film Festival as a required stop, and we want YOU to be a part of this growing scene that is on the verge of expanding into a not-so-hidden gem! See you and your film in Hamilton this November!