2022 TIFF Short Cut Award Winners

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IMDbPro, celebrating it's 20th anniversary, presents the 2022 TIFF Short Cut Awards for Best Film, Best Canadian Film, and the Share Her Journey Award. Each winning film will receive a bursary of $10,000 CAD and a one-year membership to IMDbPro.

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1. Nanitic (2022)

14 min | Short | Completed

Connects three generations of an immigrant family.

Director: Carol Nguyen

Winner: Share Her Journey Award

TIFF Jury's statement: “With skill, precision, and sensitivity, this film stood out for its delicate and assured portrayal of love and sacrifice within a multi-generational household. The jury is thrilled to give the IMDbPro Short Cuts Share Her Journey Award to Carol Nguyen for Nanitic.”

2. Simo (2022)

23 min | Short, Drama

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Simo and Emad's brotherhood is filled with competition and jealousy. In a desire to prove his popularity and his capabilities to his older brother, Simo sneakily takes over Emad's online ... See full summary »

Director: Aziz Zoromba | Stars: Basel El Rayes, Seif El Rayes, Aladeen Tawfeek

Winner: Best Canadian Short Award

TIFF Jury’s statement: “Featuring convincing, natural performances and tight direction, the film astutely plays off of narrative conventions to deliver an unexpectedly tender take on growing up in an all-male immigrant family. The jury is delighted to give the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Short to Aziz Zoromba for Simo.”

3. Same Old (2022)

15 min | Short, Drama

7.4
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One bad night for a New York City delivery driver.

Director: Lloyd Lee Choi | Stars: Limin Wang, Mingjie Li, Lei Han

Votes: 18

Honorable Mention: Best Canadian Short Award

TIFF Jury's statement: For its intensely taut and pulsating tale following an aging delivery driver’s movement through a gritty, desperate night in the city, the jury is pleased to present an honourable mention for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Canadian Film to Same Old by director Lloyd Lee Choi.

4. Snow in September (2022)

20 min | Short

6.5
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Davka lives in Ulaanbaatar. With his classmate, Anuka, they talk about manga and tease each other about sex. When Davka encounters an older woman, his ideas about intimacy and his view of relationships are forced to change.

Director: Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir | Stars: Sukhbat Munkhbaatar, Nomin-Erdene Ariunbyamba, Enkhgerel Baasjanav, Odgerel Bat-Orshikh

Votes: 20

Winner: Best Short Award

TIFF Jury's statement: “Told through a bold and sophisticated lens, this tense yet poignant portrayal follows a young man’s shift from wide-eyed boy to yearning pursuer. The jury is pleased to present the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film to Snow in September directed by Mongolia’s Lkhagvadulam (Dulmaa) Purev-Ochir.

5. AirHostess-737 (2022)

16 min | Short, Drama

8.2
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A troublesome new set of orthodontics is just one of the factors that provoke a midair crisis for a flight attendant.

Director: Thanasis Neofotistos | Stars: Haris Alexiou, Konstantina Koutsonasiou, Lena Papaligoura

Votes: 109

Honorable Mention: Best Short Award

TIFF Jury's statement: For its wildly entertaining and incredibly realized portrait of a flight attendant’s personal crisis, the jury is very pleased to present an honourable mention for the IMDbPro Short Cuts Award for Best Short Film to Airhostess-737 by director Thanasis Neofotistos. Centred on Lena Papaligoura’s impressive performance, the film is an unhinged, compelling, and memorable tragicomedy.




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