Vancouver actor, writer and director Kyle Rideout is representing BC as a finalist in the cross-country search for Canada's best short film on the CBC television series "Short Film Face Off". The critically acclaimed television series hosts a popular contest held each year, where Canada votes to determine their favourite film from 9 selected finalists. Kyle's episode, featuring his film "Hop the Twig", will air on June 23rd. The winner is determined by audience votes, and voting opens on June 30th for 24 hours.
Kyle’s entry in the contest is the the short film titled “Hop the Twig”, which he wrote, produced, directed, and acted in. The stellar cast of “Hop the Twig” also includes Emily Kozak and Kelly Metzger and is narrated by William Samples, with a cameo from Kathryn Shaw.
“Hop the Twig” is Kyle’s first film (shot on a $1,000 budget), and has played festivals worldwide, including Academy Award Qualifying festivals such as Canada’s Worldwide Short Film Festival, Cinequest, and Bristol’s Encounters Short Film Festival. The film was nominated for five Leo Awards and took home three for Best Production Design, Best Costume Design and Best VFX. The film also won ‘Best Dark and Comic Short’ at the Okanagan Film Festival, named ‘Film of the week’ by Exposure Films, and was nominated for ‘Best International Short’ at the Beloit International Film Festival.
The hopeful director is looking to get as much support as possible from his native province, so he can bring home the title of top prize and continue to invest his talent in the BC film industry.