The Shortest Day Festival

October, 2014

The Hall, or more precisely Helen Tyson has been contacted by Telefilm Canada to explore the possibility of participating in an event, new to Canada last year, which celebrates short films and short film makers.
Well done Helen for not only dreaming of and inspiring the Parrsboro Film Festival but for this further recognition of the 'little festival that could'.

For the moment there are no details however the following is some background information on the event, drawn from the Telefilm website
"Three partner organizations, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), Telefilm Canada and Quebec’s Société de développement des entreprises culturelles (SODEC), have joined their efforts so that audiences across Canada can take part this year in The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration, an event started by the Centre national du cinema et de l'image (CNC) in France that has now spread to some 20 other countries. This free event, dedicated to the promotion and screening of short films, is a first for North America and is presented with the support of the CNC. It offers an entertaining way of welcoming the winter solstice—the shortest day of the year—on December 21.
The Shortest Day Short Film Celebration will feature screenings of more than 30 Canadian shorts organized into four thematic programs: Kids, Family, Comedy/Dark Humour and Festival Films. These films reflect the diversity of this very contemporary art form, a genre that is becoming more and more popular in this era of Facebook, YouTube and smartphones.
From Newfoundland and Labrador to Yukon, more than 60 participating venues—mainly movie theatres, cultural centres, associations, festivals and libraries—will join the event and hold screenings of one or several of the four thematic programs. It’s an opportunity to discover films and filmmakers close to home—whether you like going to the movies alone, with family or with friends.
“With support from Telefilm Canada and SODEC, and with our networks, The Shortest Day is one more way of letting people learn about our creative talents and providing access to their accomplished, amazing and often avant-garde works,” added Tom Perlmutter, Government Film Commissioner and NFB Chairperson."