Selection 2019

International Science-Fiction Short Film Showcase 2019

134 mins 9 films USA, Australia, Ukraine
Sat July 27, 2019
2:05 PM

Salle J.A. De Sève

Fantasia’s showcase of character-driven sci-fi shorts returns with nine compelling works of brilliance that will wrench emotions and captivate your imagination.

The Ukraine brings us gifted writer/director Anna Sobolevska’s award-winning ETERNITY (Canadian Premiere) in which humankind has effectively conquered death by digitizing souls of the dying, who go on to live in state-created digital worlds.

From the USA, a scientist diagnosed with Alzheimer’s builds a time machine to revisit memories of his deceased wife in Colin West’s poignant and haunting HERE & BEYOND (International Premiere).

In a future where humans have evolved beyond the need to procreate, one woman risks everything to explore motherhood in THE SLOWS (International Premiere), the acclaimed directorial debut of screenwriter Nicole Perlman (CAPTAIN MARVEL, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY).

Ursula Ellis’ darkly comic AVA IN THE END (World Premiere) depicts a young woman waking up in a virtual space to learn that she perished in an accident and is waiting for her cloud-hosted mind to be downloaded to a new body.

A businessman in mourning uses a special telephone booth to have a final talk with his departed wife in Shange Zhang’s heartbreaking THE FIVE MINUTES (International Premiere).

David Gidali & Einat Tubi's amusing FACE SWAP (Canadian Premiere) sees a couple utilizing innovative A.I. tech to spice up their love life… with decidedly mixed results.

A woman uses a device that allows her to have anonymous sex with distant strangers, facing an uncomfortable situation when a system crash forces her to have a conversation with her evening’s rather unscrupulous lover in Kit Zauhar’s phenomenal THE TERRESTRIALS (Canadian Premiere).

Brock Heasley’s unforgettable THE TWO HUNDRED FIFTH (World Premiere) introduces us to a “repeater” who relives her life over and over again, memories fully carried through, unable to alter the tragedies that she knows are coming.

Australia delivers Henry Boffin’s multi-award-winning LAVENDER (Canadian Premiere), set in a near-future world where much of the population has been ravaged by a brain-wasting disease amidst ever-growing food shortages. We’ll say no more. Count on wiping away tears. – Mitch Davis

Face Swap

Einat Tubi, David Gidali

A guy convinces his wife to try out a new A.I. technology to spice up their sex life, but ends up getting a bit more spice than he bargained for.

USA 5 mins

Ava in the End

Ursula Ellis

After tripping over her dog and dying, a young woman wakes up in a virtual purgatory and waits for her mind to be downloaded into a new body.

USA 10 mins

The Five Minutes

Shange Zhang

A grieving businessman uses a special phone booth to contact his dead wife in the past.

USA 9 mins

The Two Hundred Fifth

Brock Heasley

Maxine is a ‘Repeater’--a person who lives the same life over and over again, memories intact. When she finally reveals her secret to her best friend and college roommate Cat, a chain of terrible events is...

USA 19 mins

The Slows

Nicole Perlman

In an enlightened future where humans no longer need to procreate, one woman risks her life to investigate the mystery of motherhood.

USA 22 mins

The Terrestrials

Kit Zauhar

Lucy uses The Device to have random sex with faraway strangers. One night, The Device crashes while Lucy's in the simulation, leaving her stranded in a virtual sexpad. There, she's forced to have a convers...

USA 15 mins

Here & Beyond

Colin West

A scientist is diagnosed with dementia and, with the help of his angsty teenage neighbor, attempts to use a time machine to relive the memories of his deceased wife.

USA 17 mins


Henry Boffin

In the near future a brain deteriorating disease known only as the 'Hebedus virus' has swept the Earth, rendering vast swathes of the population into an incurable vegetative state.

Australia 13 mins


Anna Sobolevska

2058. Humanity has conquered death. It has happened that with the help of new technologies, corporations can digitize the souls of the dying and place them in the digital world beyond the grave forever.

Ukraine 23 mins


Sat July 27, 2019
2:05 PM

Salle J.A. De Sève