Young Offenders

(Canada, 2013, 111 mins)
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Taking their cues from the vagaries of youth, these capricious short films tackle those formative experiences that either shape our futures or simply leave us forever scarred.

Firecrackers

DIR Jasmin Mozaffari / ON, 2013, 15 min.

In a town where job prospects amount to turning tricks at the truck stop, two young women plan their escape.

Nathan

DIR Mathieu Arsenault / QC, 2013, 16 min.

After incurring the wrath of his neglected five-year-old son, a manchild finds himself at a crossroads. Will he prove he’s father material, or will he cut and run?

Cosmos Will Save the World

DIR Patrick Lapierre / QC, 2013, 7 min.

In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.

Gaspe Copper

DIR Alexis Fortier Gauthier / QC, 2013, 14 min.

Before a family can pack up and move from their mining town, the kids are assigned a particularly unenviable chore.

Beauty Mark

DIR Mark Ratzlaff / BC, 2013, 14 min.

Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.

Daybreak

DIR Ian Lagarde / QC, 2013, 11 min.

As a pack of kids pilot their bikes through suburban streets, idleness erupts into anarchy and they taste teenage rebellion for the first time.

Hannah

DIR Ashleigh Vaillancourt / BC, 2013, 11 min.

An intimate, ephemeral character study of a disaffected girl being shuttled between foster homes and taking refuge in her memories.

Inked

DIR Simon Lamontagne, David Tougas / QC, 2013, 7 min.

As a tattoo is being etched into his skin, a man loses himself in the fading memories of his youth.

Mimi & Me

DIR Marly Reed / BC, 2013, 16 min.

At a loss over how to get with the guy of her dreams, an introverted teen turns to her hard-drinking, ludomaniac grandma for bad advice.