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The CFC is kind of a big deal for Canadian artists and over the years has helped boost the profile of a number of projects and directors including the darkly humorous family drama, Siblings, Holly Dale's Blood & Donuts, Sara St. Onge's coming of age drama Molly Maxwell (review) and perhaps most notably to our readers, Vincenzo Natali's Cube.

The CFC doesn't only support feature film but also shorts and this year, they've produced a pair of really fantastic shorts which are both premiering at TIFF in the Short Cuts Canada program.

Anatomy of Assistance is the third short from Cory Bowles, likely better known to audiences as Cory from "The Trailer Park Boys." It's a very effective, slightly satirical look at the politics of education that features a strong headed teen named Talia who uses her assistance cheque to buy booze, a decision that sets off a chain of progressively more dire events. Great performances, particularly from newcomer Keeya King as Talia.

Anatomy of Assistance premieres tomorrow.

Director Stephen Dunn has been making shorts since 2008 and judging from his newest offering We Wanted More, he's more than ready to jump into the feature film pool.

His new film is a gorgeous psychological thriller about a singer who, on the eve of embarking on her first world tour, is suddenly struck by the inability to talk. Dunn's short is a thing of beauty but it's also dark, a little disturbing and one of the most effective manifestations of fear I have ever seen. Its really quite genius.

We Wanted More played in Short Cuts Canada and will also screen at VIFF in the Canadian Images lineup.

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