Get Leashed gives you the top animal-centred films at TIFF 2014
By Stefanie Gibson
TIFF madness has taken over Toronto and that means great movies, celebrity sightings and fabulous parties. For eleven days, the options in this city for having a good time are nearly endless. With so many possibilities and not enough time to explore them all, selecting your TIFF events can be a daunting task. We’re assuming you like animals (because you’re here), so we scoured the hundreds of films on offer to put together our top picks for you, our lovely Get Leashers.
The story of Noah’s Ark has been told countless times, but this time it’s a little different. This animated short film, which is part of the Short Cuts Canada Programme 5, is a dark comedy that tells the famous story from the animals’ perspectives. As they embark on their 40-day journey, the dark aspects of each species’ nature are revealed.
This film looks incredibly enchanting. It’s a hand-crafted, stop-motion film based on First Nations’ mythology. In the film, a woman is liberated by a grandmother spider who also unleashes a flood of memories so that the woman’s spirit can be set free.
Boogaloo and Graham
This charming short film tells the story of brothers Jamesy and Malachy – two young boys living in Northern Ireland who are given baby chicks to care for by their soft-hearted dad. This experience profoundly changes their relationship to animals, as the boys declare themselves vegetarian and vow to one day open a chicken farm. However, they’re in for a shock when big changes are announced in their family.
Another stop-motion film, this quirky story depicts a horse, Pineapple Calamari, who lives blissfully with two inseparable women. Pineapple Calamari dreams of being an award-winning race horse, but when tragedy strikes, he finds his dreams halted.