The Colony

Short films are such elusive creations.

After hours and weeks and months of hard work, an amazing short film will get a festival run for a year or two and then many will just disappear. There are good reasons for this and I don’t want to get into a debate on the market and distribution available to short films. I just want to lament how difficult it is to pass along short film recommendations at times.

Which brings us to today’s post, The Colony by Jeff Barnaby. I saw the film in 2009 at a short film program ImagineNATIVE put together to screen in Calgary with Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Its a story of madness, self destruction, love triangles and chainsaws set in Quebec. Everything in the production is top shelf, Jeff Barnaby has amazing cinematic vision. I usually shy away from short films that are more than 12 minutes long but, at 24 minutes, The Colony uses every second of it’s runtime perfectly.

Below you can watch a trailer for the film. While I don’t believe the film is still appearing in any festivals, it is distributed by Vtape. I contacted Vtape to find out if copies are available to be purchased and you can indeed buy a copy of The Colony by emailing Unfortunately, the cost is $40 (CAD)! I do highly recommend this short film but you’ll have to make your own judgement call as to whether the price is right.

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