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Cinéfest ‘Short Circuit’ lineup to feature Northern Ont. films

Several films shot in Sudbury and North Bay to be included 
The Late Set, filmed in Sudbury and North Bay, will screen at Cinéfest Sudbury this September.

Cinéfest Sudbury is thrilled to announce the 2023 Short Circuit film lineup for the 35th anniversary edition of Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 16-24.

Official Selections for Short Circuit I, II, and III features award-winning films from around the world, as well as a diverse mix of animation, comedy, documentary, and drama — offering something unique for every genre preference.

Several Official Selections in this year’s Short Circuit lineup were filmed in Northern Ontario.

The 2023 Short Circuit film lineup includes:

Short Circuit I: Stages of Life 

  • À mort le bikini! (Death to the Bikini!) [Justine Gauthier, Canada, 2023]
  • Invincible [Vincent René-Lortie, Canada, 2022]
  • The Late Set [Bren Patrick Burke, Canada, 2022]
  • Our Males and Females [Ahmad Alyaseer, Jordan, 2022]
  • Waiter’s Room [Austin Lindsay, Canada, 2023]

Short Circuit II: Love, Pain, Suffering

  • Échos (Echoes) [Sophie B. Jacque, Canada, 2023]
  • Lingering Pieces [Jacqueline Lamb, Canada, 2023]
  • Mrs. Iran’s Husband [Marjan Khosravi, Iran, 2022]*
  • Portrait of a Cowboy [Devon Wycoff, USA, 2023]
  • The Riley Sisters [Julia Jackman, UK, 2023]

(*Mrs. Iran’s Husband screened at the Hot Docs Film Festival in 2023 where it won the Best International Short Documentary Award.)

Short Circuit III: Style and Substance

  • Awakening: The First Day [Jos Diaz Contreras & Santiago Carrasquilla, USA, 2023]
  • Bang Bang [Piotr Skowronski, Canada, 2023]
  • I Promise You Paradise (Paradis) [Morad Mostafa, France/Egypt/Qatar, 2023]*
  • Jusqu’à ce que tu meures (Until You Die) [Florence Lafond, Canada, 2023]
  • Retour à Hairy Hill (Return to Hairy Hill) [Daniel Gies, Canada, 2023] Yellow Dove Aftermath [Rony A. Abovitz, USA, 2022]

(*I Promise You Paradise (Paradis) screened at the Critics’ Week Cannes Film Festival in 2023 where it won both the Golden Rail Award and the Audience Award. It also screened at the Bucharest Short Film Festival in 2023 where it won the Special Jury Mention Award.)

Films in the 2023 Short Circuit film lineup with a connection to Northern Ontario include: 

  • The Late Set (North Bay and Sudbury)
  • Walter’s Room (North Bay)
  • Lingering Pieces (Sudbury)
  • Bang Bang (North Bay)
  • The full 2023 film lineup will be announced mid-August. Visit for further details.


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