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The Pass directed by Pepi Ginsberg
The Pass directed by Pepi Ginsberg

Toronto International Film Festival 2022 announced this year’s Short Cuts lineup, presented by TikTok, showcasing 39 live-action narrative, documentary, and animated shorts by a groundbreaking group of filmmakers representing 18 countries.

With thought-provoking works from emerging Canadian and international talent, the lineup also includes new films by TIFF alumni such as Alice Rohrwacher, Sarah McCarthy, Mbithi Masya, Matthew Rankin, Carol Nguyen, Karen Chapman, and Sophy Romvari.

Alice Rohrwacher returns with Le Pupille, a holiday tale set in Italy during the Second World War that stars Alba Rohrwacher and Valeria Bruni Tedeschi and was co-produced by Alfonso Cuarón. More new live-action shorts with performers familiar to Festival audiences include Hazel McKibbin’s She Always Wins, starring Honor Swinton Byrne of Joanna Hogg’s The Souvenir, and Asia Youngman’s N’xaxaitkw, featuring Kiawentiio of Tracey Deer’s TIFF 2020 award-winner Beans.

Among the standout animations in this year’s Short Cuts are The Flying Sailor, a National Film Board of Canada production by the Oscar-nominated team of Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis, and Ice Merchants by João Gonzalez, recent winner of Leitz Cine Discovery prize for best short film at the Semaine de la Critique at Cannes. The lineup also features extraordinary documentaries such as Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles by Ukrainian director Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk, Anastasia by Sarah McCarthy of the U.K., and Quiet Minds Silent Streets by Toronto’s Karen Chapman.

Films programmed in this year’s Short Cuts selection are eligible for three jury-selected IMDbPro Short Cuts Awards (Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award for best film by a woman) as well as the Shawn Mendes Foundation Changemaker Award.

SHORT CUTS
Presented by TikTok

À la vie à l’amor 
Emilie Mannering | Canada
World Premiere

Against Reality 
Olivia Peace | United States of America
World Premiere

Airhostess-737 
Thanasis Neofotistos | Greece
North American Premiere

All-inclusive (Todo incluido) 
Duván Duque Vargas | Colombia, France
World Premiere

Anastasia (Анастасия) 
Sarah McCarthy | UK
Canadian Premiere

Baba 
Mbithi Masya | Kenya
World Premiere

backflip 
Nikita Diakur | Germany, France
North American Premiere

CANARY 
Pierre-Hugues Dallaire, Benoit Therriault | Canada
North American Premiere

Diaspora 
Tyler Mckenzie Evans | Canada
World Premiere

Gary Screams For You 
Cody McGlashan, Nolan Sordyl | United States of America
World Premiere

Hills and Mountains (Koha wa Tapaha) 
Salar Pashtoonyar | Afghanistan, Canada
World Premiere

I’m On Fire 
Michael Spiccia | United States of America, Australia
World Premiere

Ice Merchants 
João Gonzalez | Portugal, France, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

It’s What Each Person Needs 
Sophy Romvari | Canada
World Premiere

Lay Me by the Shore 
David Findlay | Canada
North American Premiere

Le Pupille 
Alice Rohrwacher | Italy, United States of America
Canadian Premiere

Liturgy of Anti-Tank Obstacles (Літургія протитанкових перешкод) 
Dmytro Sukholytkyy-Sobchuk | Ukraine, United States of America
North American Premiere

Mirror Mirror 
Sandulela Asanda | South Africa
World Premiere

Municipal Relaxation Module 
Matthew Rankin | Canada
World Premiere

N’xaxaitkw 
Asia Youngman | Canada
World Premiere

Nanitic 
Carol Nguyen | Canada
World Premiere

No Ghost in the Morgue (Pas de fantôme à la morgue) 
Marilyn Cooke | Canada
Canadian Premiere

Pleasure Garden 
Rita Ferrando | Canada
World Premiere

Quiet Minds Silent Streets 
Karen Chapman | Canada
World Premiere

Rest Stop 
Crystal Kayiza | United States of America
World Premiere

Same Old Lloyd
Lee Choi | United States of America, Canada
North American Premiere

Scaring Women At Night 
Karimah Zakia Issa | Canada
World Premiere

Shadow of the Butterflies (خيال الفراشات) 
Sofia El Khyari | France, Qatar, Portugal
North American Premiere

She Always Wins 
Hazel McKibbin | United States of America, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Simo (سيمو) 
Aziz Zoromba | Canada
World Premiere

Snow in September (9-р Сарын Цас) 
Lkhagvadulam (Dulmaa) Purev-Ochir | Mongolia, France
North American Premiere

The Chase Gurjeet
Kaur Bassi | Canada
World Premiere

The Flying Sailor 
Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis | Canada
North American Premiere

The Garbage Man (O Homem do Lixo) 
Laura Gonçalves | Portugal
North American Premiere

The Melting Creatures (Las criaturas que se derriten bajo el sol) 
Diego Céspedes | Chile, France
International Premiere

The Pass 
Pepi Ginsberg | United States of America
North American Premiere

The Water Murmurs (海边升起一座悬崖 HAI BIAN SHENG QI YI ZUO XUAN YA) 
Jianying (Story) Chen | China
North American Premiere

Tremor (Beben) 
Rudolf Fitzgerald Leonard | Germany
North American Premiere

Untold Hours 
Daniel Warth | Canada
World Premiere

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