2022 Play the Fool Film Festival

Welcome to the 2022 Play the Fool Film Festival!

Two collections of 2-minute films for your viewing pleasure…

  1. INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILMS: Films from around the world. Scroll down on this page and watch on-demand.
  2. PLAY THE FOOL ORIGINAL FILMS: PtF commissioned works from 6 amiskwaciwâskahikan / Edmonton filmmakers. Watch them HERE!

International Short Films

Congratulations to our 20 International Short Film official selections and prize-winning 2-minute films.

We are thrilled to bring you this year’s film selections from our International Short Film category, selected by an independent, expert jury.

Larry’ll Learn Ya

Best in Canada Award Laurel

Candice Roberts | Canada | 2022 | 1:52 | General audiences

Larry gives some hot tips for a quick buck.


Best on Earth

Joey Chacon | United States | 2022 | 2:00 min | General audiences

Tuna Can Louie tries to defuse a bomb with the help of a co-worker.


Best in Alberta Laurel

Dayna Lea Hoffmann, Abby McDougall | Canada | 2022 | 2:00 | General audiences

Forks has trouble getting her breakfast to stay put.


The Emancipation Duel

Best Animation

Mia Elizabeth Incantalupo | United States | 2022 | 1:21 | PG13

A Stop Motion Animation retelling of the first all female duel. It was fought topless. ​​Mia Incantalupo is currently studying 2D Animation at The School of Visual Arts in NYC.

Collaborators: Zola Haber, Key Cast

Content warning: Cartoon nudity

The Remote

Jury's Choice Laurel

Byron Edwards | United Kingdom | 2018 | 1:20 | General audiences

A friendly creature finds some shells, then the creature smashes one of them and finds a remote. The remote can reverse time.

My name is Byron I am 13 and I have ADHD, which is my superpower and I am a creator, entertainer, magician, scientist and a Filmmaker.


Aldana Loiseau | Argentina | 2021 | 1:50 | General audiences

The world is going at an accelerated pace and Mother Earth cannot rest, only during the COVID-19 quarantine she will be able to do it and be regenerated. Made with mud of the Andes and modeled by hand in a continuous and agile way for each frame.

Director’s Statement: “En un mundo de plástico y ruido, quiero ser de barro y silencio”


Music: Juan Cruz Torres, Lucas Gordillo, Franco Fontanarrosa

Animation: Pablo Mar

aldanaloiseau.com | @aldi_loi


Aug Sits Still

Emily Hughes | Canada | 2021 | 2:00 | General audiences

Aug is an asparagus bug that lives in your garden. Here, he sits, listening to the rain.

Collaborators: Evan DeRushie, Design

emilyhughes.ca | @inverted.traveller



Matt Baum | United States | 2022 | 1:58 | General audiences

A clown plays chess with a jellyfish.

Collaborators: Peanut Butter the Jellyfish

Eyes Up Here

Emma Ryan | Edmonton, Canada | 2021 | 2:00 | General audiences

“Eyes Up Here” draws attention to women being objectified and sexualized in the workplace… or anywhere.

Jolly S

Riyaaz Roy | India | 2021 | 1:11 | General audiences

The animated short is a single take that follows Jolly, who is madly in love with his lady and goes crazy while riding his bicycle until something unexpected happens. The background score is the popular song ‘Ek Chatur Naar’ from the Bollywood musical comedy film ‘Padosan’. The animation is an ode to the 1960s Bollywood era.



Evan Michael William Dowling, Sarah Lorraine Dowling | Edmonton, Canada | 2022 | 2:00 | General audiences

It’s competition day! Everything likely would have gone just fine if the Quartet didn’t have to find a last minute replacement. Taking a classic “pop” song and giving it some twisted life, Twin Flames Theatrical Productions presents what can really go wrong in an acapella song.


Twin Flames Theatrical Productions, Producer; Sarah Lorraine Dowling, 

Mark Sonencgo, Terry Knickle, Evan M. W. Dowling, Key Cast



Nayana Fielkov | Vancouver, Canada | 2022 | 2:00 | General audiences

Little mans WORLD of Magic

Collaborator: Candice Roberts, Editing & Sound Design



Mr. Martino

Louis Frost | United Kingdom | 2021 | 1:37 | General audiences

A satire about the appalling state of the British social care system. ​​In Eastbourne this is what adult social care is like.

Collaborator: Grant Foxon, Writer


Outsider House

Yang Liu | China | 2022 | 1:00 | General audiences




Cameron Carr | United Kingdom | 2021 | 1:57 | General audiences

Regeneration is about a dystopian future in London; a horrific landscape where buildings grow arms, legs, and a keen eye for development; at the cost of humanity, the environment and historical buildings.

Rube Goldberg Lipstick Machine

Joanna Goldman | Canada | 2022 | 0:32 | General audiences

A whimsical 3D animation of a complicated Rube Goldberg machine used to apply makeup*

*Results may vary 😉

The Morning Routine

Carol Lee Lee Sirugo | United States | 2022 | 1:49 | General audiences

A morning ritual of getting ready for work is anything but smooth.



The Vending Machine (Máquina de Doces)

Caio Megrew Silva | Brazil | 2022 | 0:44 | General audiences

The misadventures of using a vending machine.


Serhii Samodolov | Ukraine | 2022 | 0:30 | General audiences

Mini comedy-horror movie about a frightening emptiness.

Trigger Finger

Connor Yarish | Canada | 2021 | 1:50 | PG13

A fresh take on a classic Spaghetti Western stand-off

Collaborator: Didrik Eriksson, Music




Views and opinions expressed in Play the Fool Festival Short Film Competition film entries do not necessarily reflect the opinion of Play the Fool Festival, Hit That Jive Productions, or Film Festival Jury members.

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