January 9, 2007


On Tuesday, January 9, 2007, the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television announced the nominees for the 2007 Genie Awards at their annual press conference in Toronto. The Genie Awards recognize the highest achievements in Canadian Cinema of the last year. We are pleased to announce that Hiro was among the five nominees for Best Live Action Short. The Awards ceremony will be held in Toronto on February 13th, 2007.

Hiro also picked up another festival award for Best Short – this time at the 2006 San Diego Asian Film Festival. It continues to play at festivals around the globe, with over 50 festival screenings to date. Recent dates include the Pargue / Karlovy Vary Short Film Festival, the Seagate Foyle Film Festival in Ireland, Exground in Germany, the Sidewalk Moving Pictures Festival, the St. Louis International Film Festival, and the Rhode Island International Film Festival.


May 16, 2006


On Friday, May 12, at the Leo Awards gala ceremony at the Westin Bayshore in Vancouver, Hiro was awarded a total of 5 Leo Awards, including the first ever Infinity Features Award, presented to Matthew Swanson as the Best Director of a Short Drama. The Leo Awards are a presentation of the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia, and are held annually to recognize excellence in filmmaking in the province of B.C.

Hiro received the following awards in the category of Short Drama:

Best Director – Matthew Swanson
Best Cinematography – Philip Lanyon
Best Picture Editing – Tony Dean Smith
Best Musical Score – Don MacDonald
Best Overall Sound – Brad Hillman

Hiro also continues to make its mark on the international festival circuit, with two more wins in the United States. At the Indianapolis International Film Festival, Hiro was given the American Independents Award for Best Short Film; and at Worldfest Houston, it received a Platinum Remi Award for excellence in the live action short category.

Hiro has also been invited to screen with DISTRICT B13, a new film written and produced by Luc Besson (The Professional, La Femme Nikkita) and directed by Pierre Morel. Hiro will precede the film at a series of special advance screenings in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, and Miami on May 24th. The screenings will be hosted by Gen Art, in partnership with the film’s distributor, Magnolia Pictures.

For screening times, locations, and other info please visit the Gen Art website.


April 5, 2006


It’s been a wild month for HIRO and its director, Matthew Swanson.

It started back on March 15th, when Hiro was awarded the Grand Jury Prize for Best Short Film at the South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. Singled out from more than 40 shorts at this year’s SXSW, the film’s writer and director Matthew Swanson couldn’t believe his ears when his name was announced. “There were just so many fantastic shorts in this year’s festival, I never imagined the jury would pick mine. It was a real honor.”

Less than two weeks later, on March 26th, Hiro took home the Best International Short Film award at the Cleveland International Film Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. This marked the third award for Hiro in two months, adding to its Audience Choice award at the Slamdance Film Festival in Park City this past January.

Then on April 4th, the Leo Award nominations were announced, with Hiro receiving 8 nods in the category of Short Drama. The Leo Awards are an annual even established by the Motion Picture Arts & Sciences Foundation of British Columbia to recognize excellence in filmmaking in the province of B.C. Hiro has been nominated in the following categories:

Best Short Drama
Best Direction
Best Screenwriting
Best Actor
Best Cinematography
Best Picture Editing
Best Musical Score
Best Overall Sound

The Leo Awards Film Festival will screen the nominated films between April 27-30, 2006, at the Pacific Cinematheque theatre in Vancouver. The awards ceremony will be held May 12-13, 2006. For more information please visit the Leo Awards Website.

There are many more screenings of Hiro scheduled in the coming months, so watch for it in your area. Upcoming screenings include:

The Sonoma Valley Film Festival - April 7 & 9
The Independent Film Festival of Boston - April 21 & 23
The Nashville Film Festival – April 21 & 23
Filmfest DC - April 22
The Calgary Underground Film Festival - April 22
The Arizona International Film Festival - April 23
Worldfest Houston - April 28

The Indianapolis International Film Festival - April 30, May 1 …And many more TBA!


March 1, 2006

HIRO will have its Texas premiere at the 2006 South By Southwest Film Festival in Austin, Texas. It is the only Canadian narrative short film selection at SXSW this year.

HIRO will screen at SXSW as part of the “Reel Shorts 3” program.
The screening times are:

SUN. MARCH 12TH  – 11:00 AM
TUES. MARCH 14TH – 2:15 PM
FRI. MARCH 17TH  –  11:00 AM

All screenings will be at the ALAMO S. LAMAR 1 THEATRE, 1120 S. Lamar, Austin, Texas.

To visit the HIRO page on the SXSW website please click here.


Jan. 30, 2006

On Friday, Jan. 27th, HIRO was awarded the “Spirit of Slamdance” Audience Award for Best Short Film at the 2006 Slamdance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. After a week of jam-packed screenings and positive press, director Matthew Swanson accepted the award at the Suede nightclub in Park City. “It was a real surprise - the festival has been such a great experience, and the response to the film here in Park City has been really overwhelming.”

The week started off well when HIRO was singled out by the Salt Lake City Weekly as one of the seven “must-see shorts” in Park City this year, picked from a roster of more than 130 shorts at both Sundance and Slamdance. The screenings of the film throughout the week drew large crowds of appreciative moviegoers, all of whom helped HIRO become the first Canadian film ever to win the audience award for shorts at Slamdance.

HIRO will screen in Salt Lake City, New York and Los Angeles as part of the “Best of Slamdance” award winners screening series. The Los Angeles screenings will take place at the American Cinematheque Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd., on Feb. 16th at 7:30pm. Screening dates in other cities are still TBD. 

To view the Slamdance press release, please click here.

To visit the American Cinematheque for more information, please click here.

Dozens more screenings of HIRO are scheduled across North America in the coming months. Upcoming fests include the Santa Barbara Film Festival, The Victoria Independent Film and Video Festival, Cinequest, and many more that have yet to announce their programs (hint: one of them is in Austin, Texas). Check back here for more information as it becomes available, and thanks for your support!


Dec. 7, 2005

HIRO has been selected to screen in competition at the 12th annual SLAMDANCE FILM FESTIVAL in Park City, Utah. One of five Canadian shorts selected by the festival, it will mark the film’s U.S. Premiere.

The complete Slamdance screening schedule is:

  1. Friday, Jan. 20th, 11am
  1. Monday, Jan. 23rd, 3pm
  1. Thursday, Jan. 26th, 1pm

All screenings will be at the TREASURE MOUNTAIN INN, 255 Main Street, Park City.

To visit the Slamdance website, please click here.

Sept. 19, 2005

HIRO will have its premiere at the 2005 VANCOUVER INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL as part of the Canadian Images program. The screening will take place on Sunday, October 9th at 7:00pm at the Pacific Cinematheque Theatre. A second screening, also at the Pacific Cinematheque, will take place on Tuesday, October 11th at 12:30pm.

For ticket and screening info, please click here.


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