CBC Short Docs

CBC Short Docs is a mainstay of CBC’s digital programming and the go-to destination for Canadians looking for engaging, character-driven, short (under 30 minutes) documentary content by emerging documentary filmmakers from across Canada. CBC Short Docs has already made a significant mark on the Canadian documentary landscape. Frame 394 was shortlisted for an Oscar nomination, and many other Short Docs had their world premieres and won awards at festivals worldwide, including Hot Docs, IDFA, ImagineNative, RIDM, Sheffield and TIFF.

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Episodes

CBC Short Docs Vika

This film tells the story of Vika, a 17-year-old orphan in Eastern Ukraine, in her final year under state care before she ages out and is forced to leave behind the only support she's ever known. It’s also the story of the bond she fights to maintain with her 10-year-old sister, Arina. Arina was adopted by a family in Toronto ...
  • 2017
  • 00:25:33
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2018

CBC Short Docs Home No More

In the aftermath of the terrorist attack on a Quebec City mosque, three Muslim women contemplate leaving the place they call home. Home No More explores what it’s like living as a Muslim woman in Quebec City, one year after one of Canada’s worst terrorist attacks — the deadly shooting at the Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec (CCIQ) on January ...
  • 2018
  • 00:19:15
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/14/2018

CBC Short Docs Fourth Period Burnout

Three teens document how they’re overwhelmed by high expectations and pressure to succeed. High school students today have to balance heavy workloads at school with increasing pressure to succeed. Fourth Period Burnout pools the creative energies of three youth — Juliette (16), Daniel (18) and Theresa (15) — and their mentor, Madison Thomas, to create a short documentary about their ...
  • 2018
  • 00:14:57
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 08/13/2018

CBC Short Docs Run as One: The Journey of the Front Runners

In 1967, Winnipeg hosted the fifth Pan American Games. 10 young Indigenous athletes from First Nations across Manitoba were selected to run the Pan Am torch from Minneapolis to Winnipeg — an 800 km, once-in-a-lifetime journey. But just before the athletes arrived at the opening ceremonies, the torch was taken from them and handed to a non-Indigenous athlete, who carried ...
  • 2018
  • 00:19:12
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 08/13/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Short Docs Freedom Summer

At this summer camp in Toronto, Black youth learn about self-love and Black liberation. Moon is a 13-year-old discovering what it means to take responsibility as a leader. Rihanna is a seven-year-old learning to love the skin she’s in. Freedom Summer follows them as they learn about themselves and others at Black Lives Matter Toronto’s Freedom School — a summer camp where ...
  • 2018
  • 00:11:50
  • 9-12
  • Added on: 02/12/2018

Teacher Guide(s)

  • How to Use Video Effectively in the Classroom [.pdf]

CBC Short Docs Declutter

Reflecting on the long-term impact the residential school experience has had on her family, filmmaker Madison Thomas begins to understand why her mother is always cleaning. This short film gives insight into not only intergenerational trauma, but also intergenerational strength.
  • 2017
  • 00:04:42
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 01/16/2018

CBC Short Docs The Secret Path: Freedom to Speak

A group of inmates at Toronto South Detention Centre are studying Secret Path, Gord Downie and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel about Chanie Wenjack. Chanie was a young Anishinaabe boy who died while running away from residential school in 1966 — simply because he wanted to go home. Many themes in Chanie’s story resonate with these inmates: isolation, identity, fear, anger, the ...
  • 2017
  • 00:08:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/12/2017

CBC Short Docs Night Strike

Night Strike is the extraordinary story of Johnny Tai, a totally blind and partially deaf crisis counsellor and martial artist living in Richmond, B.C. For Johnny, a life that may appear simple and ordinary is in fact a triumph, not only for the obstacles presented by his blindness but for his courage in overcoming a legacy of family violence.
  • 2017
  • 00:12:38
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 12/04/2017

CBC Short Docs Twilight Dancers

A group of Indigenous teenagers from Pimicikamak Cree Nation use square dancing to help heal from the trauma of a suicide epidemic in their remote Manitoba community.
  • 2017
  • 00:16:36
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/27/2017

CBC Short Docs Lucky Moose

Find out how a headline-grabbing plant theft in Toronto’s Chinatown changed Canada’s citizen’s arrest laws. When David Chen detained a thief at the Lucky Moose Food Market in Chinatown, the Toronto shopkeeper did not expect to be the one arrested. In May 2009, Chen performed a citizen’s arrest on a brazen thief who had repeatedly stolen plants from local shops. ...
  • 2017
  • 00:11:18
  • 13-14
  • Added on: 11/21/2017