Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2017 Short Cuts Directors to Watch, Part 2: Lucas/Bresnan, Corbine, Chikaura, Bahr, Walgenwitz/Paronnaud

In part 2 of our series on TIFF ShortCuts Directors to Watch, we profile emerging filmmakers Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas, Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, Kei Chikaura, Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Denis Walgenwitz and Vincent Paronnaud.

To read Part 1, click here.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept. 7-17.

TIFF Shortcuts 2017
Directors, from top left Niki Lindroth von Bahr, Ivete Lucas, Patrick Bresnan, Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr, Vincent Paronnaud, Denis Walgenwitz, Kei Chikaura

Patrick Bresnan, Ivete Lucas / Roadside Attraction

Country: Canada
Synopsis: Palm Beach International Airport’s newest snowbird has become one of the fastest growing roadside attractions in the United States.

About the filmmaker
– Ivete Lucas and Patrick Bresnan direct, produce and edit film and video art projects
– The couple are marred and live in Austin, Texas. They met and fell in love in Mexico ten years ago and have been making short films together ever since. The duo were named among Filmmaker Magazine’s 25 New Faces of Independent Film in 2016
– Patrick was born in 1976, in Pennsylvania, he holds a masters degree in sustainability from the University of Texas at Austin
– He received his formal education working for notable Mission School artists Clare Rojas and Barry McGee
– Patrick is a self-taught photographer, video artist, affordable housing activist and builder
– He had been taking photographs throughout Central Florida for the past 10 years as part of an art project
– Ivete was born in Sao Pãulo, Brazil in 1983, and raised in Mexico, she holds an MFA in Film Production from the University of Texas at Austin
– She grew up speaking Portuguese, Spanish and English
– She worked as a filmmaker in Mexico, and also engages with video art
– “We enjoy learning about people and volunteering,” says Patrick. “A lot of our filmmaking has come from an interest in doing disaster relief, rebuilding projects or volunteer trips. We have an interest in telling stories about social conditions”
– Patrick’s short documentary The Rabbit Hunt (2017) won SXSW Grand Jury Award at SXSW Film Festival and was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival; it also won the Sheffield Short Doc Award at Sheffield International Documentary Festival; the Golden Gate Award at the San Francisco International Film Festival and Grand Jury Award at Florida Film Festival; it was nominated for Golden Berlin Bear at Berlin International Film Festival and won Special Mention at Art Film Festival all in 2017
– The short documentary The Send-Off (2016) from both Ivete and Patrick won the SXSW Grand Jury Award at SXSW Film Festival and was nominated for Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival; it won Golden Gate Award for Documentary Short and for Best Documentary Short at San Francisco International Film Festival; it was nominated for Short Film Award at London Film Festival; it was nominated for Grand Jury Prize for Live Action Short Film and won Grand Jury Prize – Special Mention for Live Action Short Special Mention at AFI Fest, all in 2016

See their portfolio on Vimeo or follow Ivete on Twitter.

Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr / Shinaab

Country: USA
Synopsis:An Anishinaabe man is restless and isolated in the city of Minneapolis, haunted by an ominous sense that he doesn’t belong. A portrayal of Indigenous people’s dislocation and alienation on their own land.

About the filmmaker
– Lyle Mitchell Corbine Jr. was born in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1989
– He is an enrolled citizen of the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Tribe in Wisconsin
– After living in many towns and reservations throughout Minnesota and Wisconsin, he settled in Minneapolis, Minnesota
– He studied at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities and presided over the university’s largest film club
– He has written and directed 10 short films and written two feature-length screenplays
Additionally, Lyle has written several short films, which were made by other directors in the Minneapolis area
– His short film Shinaab won Special Mention for Best Narrative Short at Austin International Film Festival of the Americas in 2017

Follow Lyle on Facebook or view his portfolio on Vimeo.

Kei Chikaura / Signature

Country: Switzerland

Synopsis: An innocent young man from China is anxiously memorizing “his hope” in the middle of the noisy crowd in Shibuya.

About the filmmaker

– Kei Chikaura was born in 1977 in Japan, spent his youth Germany before returning to Japan as a young man
– He studied economics and cinema at Osaka University
– In 2006 Chikaura founded Creatps Inc, a media production based in Tokyo, and in 2012, started directing films
– Kei has directed music documentaries and live concert films, working with some of the most prominent musicians in Japan
Signature was nominated for Short Cuts Award at Toronto International Film Festival and for the Golden Pardino – Leopards of Tomorrow at the Locarno International Film Festival in 2017
– The short The Lasting Persimmon (2015) won the Bronze Award at WorldFest Houston and was nominated for the Short Film Award at Seattle International Film Festival; it was nominated for the Grand Prix at the Sapporo International Short Film Festival and Market, for Best Short Film at Las Palmas Film Festival as well as for Short Film Grand Prize at IndieLisboa International Independent Film Festival and for the Festival Award at Festival International du Film d’environnement, Paris; it was also nominated for the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand International Short Film Festival and for Small Golden Camera 300 Award at the Brothers Manaki International Film Festival; it was nominated for Festival Prize at Aesthetica Short Film Festival, all in 2016
His previous short Empty House (2013) was nominated for the Festival Prize at Kaohsiung Film Festival in 2013 and for a Grand Prize at Cinefiesta Puerto Rico International Short Film Festival in 2014

Follow Kei on Instagram or view his portfolio on Vimeo

Niki Lindroth von Bahr / The Burden

Country: Sweden

Synopsis: An animated musical with apocalyptic undertones. The story is divided into four episodes which takes place in a supermarket, a long term hotel, a call center and a hamburger restaurant. The theme is invisible modern day labor for wages and existential anxiety. The atmosphere spans from cheerful tap routines to nightmarish black.’

– Niki Lindroth von Bahr was born in 1984 in Stockholm, Sweden
– She is an artist and animation director based in Stockholm
– She studied set design/prop making at Nordiska Scenografiskolan in Skelleftea, animation and experimental film at Diagonalakademin in Stockholm and received her masters degree in fine art at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm
– Niki works as a freelancing prop maker, puppet maker and animator, she has her own studio in Stockholm
– Along with making her own films, Niki also works with sculpture and costume design
– She and Nicklas Nilsson designed and made the costumes for David Bowie’s music video Blackstar, which was directed by Johan Renck
– Her short animation, comedy Min börda (2017) won the Grand Prize at Vila do Conde International Short Film Festival and the Short Film Award at Göteborg Film Festival; it was nominated for the Illy Prize at Cannes Film Festival and won Cristal at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2017
– Her short animated comedy Bath House (2014) was nominated for Short Film Award at Göteborg Film Festival, Gold Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival and Grand Jury Prize at AFI Fest, all in 2014; it was nominated for Short Film Grand Jury Prize at Sundance Film Festival in 2015
– Her short animated drama Tord och Tord (2011) was nominated for Gold Hugo at Chicago International Film Festival and for The Annecy Cristal at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2010; it was nominated for Short Filmmaking Award at Sundance Film Festival in 2011

See Niki’s portfolio on Vimeo.

Denis Walgenwitz, Vincent Paronnaud / The Death, Dad & Son

Country: Canada

Synopsis: Death is re-imagined as a devoted family man whose son doesn’t entirely understand his family’s role in the grand scheme of things. As Dad tends to his duties, the boy performs a series of well-meaning acts with hilariously disastrous consequences.

About the filmmakers

– Vincent Paronnaud was born 1970 in La Rochelle
– He is a French comics artist and filmmaker
– He is one of the major players in the independent French comic strip, his trash version of Pinocchio earned him the best album Of the festival d’Angoulême 2009.
– The feature comedy/drama Chicken with Plums (2011), which he co-directed with Marjane Satrapi, was nominated for Golden Lion at Venice Film Festival, for Grand Prix at Ghent International Film Festival and it won Audience Award at São Paulo International Film Festival
– The animated feature Persepolj (2007), which he co-directed with Marjane Satrapi, was nominated for EDA Award for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Writing, Adapted Screenplay and won EDA Special Mention Award as well as EDA Female Focus Award at Alliance of Women Film Journalists in 2007; it was nominated for ACCA for Best Foreign Language Film and Best Animated Feature Film at Awards Circuit Community Awards in 2007; it won Sutherland Trophy at British Film Institute Awards in 2007; it was nominated for Palme d’Or and Golden Camera and won Palm Dog Prize (best performance by a canine) at Cannes Film Festival in 2007; it was nominated for CFCA Award at Chicago Film Critics Association Awards in 2007; it won the NYFCC Award at New York Film Critics Circle Awards at New York Film Critics Circle Awards and NYFCO Award for Top Films of the Year, Best Animated Feature and Best Foreign Language Film at New York Film Critics as well as the Audience Award at São Paulo International Film Festival and the Most Popular Film award at Vancouver International Film Festival; it was nominated for Independent Spirit Award at Film Independent Spirit Awards, for César for Best Sound (Meilleur son), Best Music Written for a Film, Best Editing (Meilleur montage) and Best Film (Meilleur film); it won César for Best First Film (Meilleur premier film) and for Best Adapted Screenplay (Meilleure adaptation) at César Awards, France; it was nominated for British Independent Film Award at British Independent Film Awards; it was nominated for Annie for Best Writing in an Animated Feature Production, Best Music in an Animated Feature Production, Best Directing in an Animated Feature Production and for Best Animated Feature at Annie Awards; it was nominated for Golden Globe at Golden Globes, USA and for Oscar at Academy Awards, USA all in 2008; it was nominated for BAFTA Film Award for Best Animated Film and for Best Non-English Language Film at BAFTA Awards
– His short animation Raging Blues (2004) co-directed with Lyonnel Mathieu and Stephane Roche was nominated for The Annecy Cristal at Annecy International Animated Film Festival in 2004 and won Unreal Award and Grand Prize at Corta! – Porto International Short Film Festival in 2005.

– Denis Walgenwitz was born in 1968, based in Paris, France
He is director, script writer and animator, he finished Section Art-Cinema at the Institut d’Arts Visuels d’Orléans, DNSEP
– In 1991, Denis Walgenwitz was awarded the national diploma of plastic expression (film option) at the Orléans Visual Arts Institute
– Currently he is First assistant director at NAIA Productions, Paris, France
He has founded in 2000, and directed until 2005, the French stop-motion animation studio “Studio Image Image”, in Château-Renault.
He is the president of the French Animation Film Association (AFCA) since 2005

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