A FILM BY PHILLIP THOMAS
Short Film – Canada – 2020 – 15 min
Color | English with French subtitles | 1.85 | 5.1
Cameron wakes on the morning of his five-year sobriety cake day after relapsing the night before. With his celebration rapidly approaching, he emotionally deteriorates while contemplating the consequences of being honest.
Cameron Crosby, Steven Roberts, Diana Lepine-Thomas, Joe Buffalo
DIRECTOR : Phillip Thomas
PRODUCER : Phillip Thomas & Spencer Foley (Superfan Pictures)
CINEMATOGRAPHY : Liam Mitchell
SOUND : Eugenio Battaglia
MUSIC : Jeremy Wallace Mclean
EDITING: Phillip Thomas
“DEEP, EMOTIONAL, TENSE, TRUE”
— SHORT IS WORTH
“BEAUTIFULLY SHOT… A HAUNTING SCORE”
“LEAVES A PROFOUND MARK”
— CLOSE-UP CULTURE
Substance abuse and addiction is an issue that is easy to overlook. It presents itself in many forms and the root cause isn’t singular. Like other mental health disorders, it doesn’t present itself openly and obviously; it can be challenging for people to empathize with those afflicted because it’s an internal conflict.
Filmmakers, more often than not, glorify substance abuse on screen and present only the most extreme cases, which is an unrealistic and harmful portrayal of those affected by this disorder. In reality, one in eight adults in the western world struggles with substance abuse. One in eight. Everyone knows someone who is struggling with this disorder, whether they are aware of it or not.
This is a timeless issue that deserves continued attention and resources.
When I set out to make Cake Day I had two goals in mind: Create an authentic experience in which non-addicts can empathize and relate to the struggles of those affected by this insidious disorder, and to encourage those in recovery who have relapsed to continue to live with dignity and honesty.
Phillip Thomas is a Canadian Screen Award nominated writer, director, and producer. His debut feature film When the Ocean Met the Sky premiered at the 2015 Montreal World Film Festival and was selected by the Toronto International Film Festival film circuit before entering an 18 month festival run accumulating 16 awards internationally.
Phillip’s latest release, The Fish & The Sea, premiered at the 2018 Palm Springs Int’l ShortFest and went on to play in festivals all over the world. The film was nominated for a 2019 Canadian Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Drama.
WHEN THE OCEAN MET THE SKY
2015 | Fiction | 90 min | Canada
Toronto International Film Festival, 2015 | NOMINATED – TIFF Film Circuit Peoples Choice Award
Anchorage International Film Festival 2015
Breckenridge Film Festival 2015 | WINNER – Audience Award for Best Feature
Woods Hole Film Festival 2015 | WINNER – Jury Prize for Best Narrative Feature
Gasparilla International Film Festival 2015 | WINNER – Grand Jury Prize for Best Actor
Calgary International Film Festival 2014 | WINNER – Discovery Award, Best Canadian Film
THE FISH & THE SEA
2018 | Fiction | 20 min | Canada
Canadian Screen Awards, 2019 | NOMINATED – Best Live Action Short Film
Leo Awards, 2019 | WINNER – Best Short Drama, Best Direction, Best Male Performance
Palm Springs International ShortFest, 2018
Cork Film Festival, 2018
Festival de Cortos de Bogotá, 2018
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma, 2018
Yorkton Film Festival, 2018
Edmonton International Film Festival, 2018
- REGARD | Festival international du court métrage au Saguenay, 2020
- Not Short on Talent – Cannes, 2020
- Flickers’ Rhode Island International Short Film Festival, 2020
- Fantasia, 2020
- LA Shorts, 2020
- Woodstock Film Festival, 2020
- Cinemagic Belfast, 2020
- Vancouver International Film Festival, 2020 *Best BC Short
- Miami Short Film Festival, 2020
- Tacoma Film Festival, 2020
- Festival du Cinéma International en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, 2020
- Anchorage Film Festival, 2020
- Sao Paulo Film Festival, 2020
- Cinema on the Bayou, 2020