Vancouver Director Kyle Rideout BC's Finalist in CBC's "Short Film Face Off"
Local actor, writer and director Kyle Rideout is a finalist in the CBC Short Film Face Off Contest, which is airing its fourth season this month. The Short Film Face Off is a critically acclaimed show and is Canada's only television magazine program which features short films from across the country. Kyle’s short “Hop the Twig”, which he wrote, produced, directed, and acted in, will be featured on the show as a part of the intense competition to find the best short film in Canada. There are nine finalist films involved in the contest, with Kyle's episode, featuring "Hop the Twig", airing on June 23rd. The winner is determined by audience votes, and voting opens on June 30th for 24 hours.
"Hop the Twig" is a gothic look at a child's imagination. When little Audrey's potted plant dies, the tot's deepest fears take over her wildly growing imagination. Classic animation meets a classically told child's fable in this visual stunner. The stellar cast includes Emily Kozak and Kelly Metzger, with narration by William Samples and a cameo from Kathryn Shaw.
“Hop the Twig” is Kyle’s first film (shot on a $1000 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.
Trained at Vancouver’s prestigious Studio 58, the Vancouver native quickly established himself as a gifted performer, working alongside Canada’s top talent. With over 40 credits in theatre, film and voice-over work, Kyle works extensively across Canada with industry-leading companies. He is the recipient of two Jessie Richardson Awards and the Sam Payne Award for Outstanding Performance. Kyle is also an actor in ‘Bard on the Beach’, Western Canada’s largest Shakespeare festival.
Along with Stratford Festival actor Josh Epstein, Kyle is the recent creator of Motion 58 Entertainment, a production company which already has two features and a television series in development. Most recently, he directed a theatrical adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ The Great Divorce, which became Pacific Theatre’s highest grossing, sold-out show this season.
To see Kyle's episode, tune into CBC this Saturday.
Photo Credit: Emily Cooper