The 2nd Shortest Day: Free Short Film Fest for Families and Comedy Movie Lovers

Local filmmaker Patrick Condon's much lauded short film, Infanticide!, among the movies playing at The Shortest Day

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The 2nd Shortest Day: Free Short Film Fest for Families and Comedy Movie Lovers
by Lauren Power

Free screenings of Canada’s best short films, including the award-winning comedy Infanticide! by St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, filmmaker G. Patrick Condon

Saturday, December 20, is the second shortest day of the year. It’s also the date of the second Shortest Day event in St. John’s.

The Shortest Day is a cinematic celebration of new, classic and award-winning shorts by some of Canada’s most talented filmmakers.

This year’s free event features 27 shorts organized into three thematic programs: Kids Under 8 (56 minutes), Family (88 minutes) and Comedy (13+, 99 minutes).

In St. John’s, Shortest Day programs will be screened at the Newfoundland Independent Filmmakers Co-operative (40 Kings Road).

In the comedy program, repping St. John’s, is G. Patrick Condon’s “Infanticide!”. Condon will be in attendance for the screening of his award-winning dark comedy.

“I’m extremely excited that Infanticide! is screening at this year’s Shortest Day,” says Condon. “I love that The Shortest Day is promoting the short film format: it’s the format that most filmmakers begin with, and the experience of seeing a program of eight short films is much different than going to see a single feature film. An event like this gets people out to feel the energy of different filmmakers played back-to-back and, in the case of the Comedy program, eight wildly different reasons to have a laugh.”

Condon’s comedy short won the Best Atlantic Short Award at the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival. It also screened at various other festivals and events, including the Los Angeles Comedy Festival in Los Angeles, Telefilm’s Not Short on Talent market screenings at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, the Nickel Independent Film Festival in St. John’s, where it won the award for Best

Newfoundland and Labrador Film, and at the Comedy Cluj International Film Festival in Cluj, Transylvania, Romania.

The Shortest Day will be held on December 20 at NIFCO (40 Kings Road). The Family program starts at 2:00 p.m., with Comedy following at 4:00 p.m.

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