Bravo!FACT-Funded short films receive international recognition

CTV is proud to announce that several Bravo!FACT (Foundation to Assist Canadian Talent) short films have garnered recent attention within the international film community, with screenings just announced for major North American film festivals.

Various Bravo!FACT shorts are screening as part of the The Sundance Film Festival, Lincoln Center’s Dance On Camera Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival’s (TIFF) Canada’s Top Ten.

“I am delighted by the prestigious recognition that Bravo!FACT-funded shorts continue to receive” said Judy Gladstone, Executive Director, Bravo!FACT. “Being in the national and international spotlight is a wonderful recognition of the filmmakers’ work and highlights Canadians’ mastery of the short film genre.”

The 2011 Sundance Film Festival welcomes both The Legend of Beaver Dam, a clever horror-musical set in a summer camp, and Choke, a stop-motion animated story inspired by the contemporary art of First Nations youth, to screen in competition.  

The Legend of Beaver Dam, co-written by director/co-producer Jerome Sable and co-producer Eli Batalion, sees an unlikely adolescent hero’s worst fears realised when a campfire song performed by the camp counsellor, played by Seán Cullen, summons the deadly Stumpy Sam.

Choke is a compelling short by Métis filmmaker, actor and human rights activist Michelle Latimer. Using stop-motion animation, this dynamic short revolves around lead character Jimmy, who leaves his reservation for the big city, hoping for a better life.

The Legend of Beaver Dam screens alongside feature film Hobo With a Shot Gun and Choke screens as part of the Indigenous Shorts program. For screening locations and times at Sundance, which runs between Thursday, January 20 and Sunday, January 30, see The Legend of Beaver Dam or Choke for more information.

The Lincoln Center in New York City honours Bravo!FACT’s 15th anniversary with multiple screenings in a retrospective of dance shorts. The Lincoln Center’s Dance On Camera Film Festival takes place between Tuesday, January 25 and Tuesday, February 1. Each of the short films in the retrospective are dance-inspired and were produced with grants awarded by CTV’s Bravo!FACT during the past 15 years. The Bravo!FACT retrospective will play on The Big Screen Project’s platform, the festival’s massive HD screen set in a public plaza visible from 29th and 30th Streets at the intersection of Avenue of the Americas (6th Avenue) in Manhattan. The retrospective also screens at the Lincoln Center’s Walter Reade Theater Gallery.

Four 2010 Bravo!FACT dance shorts are screening separately in the Dance on Camera festival: Ase (by Nicole Brooks, Ontario), Melt (by Noémi Lafrance, Quebec), Hoop (by Marites Carino, Quebec) and Slow Dance (Joe Cobden, Ontario), which recently won an award at the prestigious dance on film festival, Cinedans, in Amsterdam.

The following Bravo!FACT dance shorts are included in the retrospective: the Tré Armstrong choreographed Baba (Jonathan Lawley, 2006, Ontario), Horses Never Lie (Kathi Prosser, 2010, Ontario), A Day At The Office: The Runner (Robert DeLeskie, 2006, Ontario), Coldspot (Naomi Stikeman, 2005, Ontario), Drop Till You Shop: Library Rats (Frédérick Pelletier, 2008, Quebec), Roastbeef (François Bégin and Miryam Bouchard, 2005, Quebec), In The Groove (Clarence Ford, 2006, Ontario), Athletes In Motion: Fight for Flight (Nicole Mion, 2010, Alberta), Sigh (Ben Steiger-Levine and Joe Cobden, 2007, Quebec), The Cinnamon Peeler (Veronica Tennant, 2004, Ontario), The Greater the Weight (Marlene Millar, 2007, Quebec), The Golden City (Moze Mossanen, 1998, Ontario),  Zummel (Allen Kaeja, Mark Adam, 1999, Ontario), Nomad (Sarah Willinsky, 1996, Ontario), Tongue Bully (Annie Bradley, 2004, Ontario), Auto Erotica  (Kenneth Sherman, 2006, British Columbia), Pretty Big Dig (Anne Troake, 2003, Newfoundland) and Belly Boat Hustle (Sandra Sawatzky, 1998, Alberta).

For more information on the repeat screenings of the Bravo!FACT retrospective please visit

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