One of my favorite times of the year is seeing what will pop on for Canada's Top Ten. Every year, Cinematheque Ontario releases the films they believe are the country's top 10 of the year, and tops off great selections with panel events with filmmakers and stars. It's the series that introduced me to Guy Maddin, while letting me relish quintessential Canadian talent like Sarah Polley and Calum Keith Rennie. Being outside of the big-studio system, the 10 are also pretty diverse, interesting, and challenging. In the last few years alone, they've screened the likes of Away from Her, C.R.A.Z.Y., Ryan, The Saddest Music in the World, Ararat, and Ginger Snaps.

Now it's time for this year's selections, and along with the features released yesterday in a press statement, the collection includes short films -- all of which will screen from January 25-February 5 at Cinematheque Ontario. Without further ado, here are the lucky films:

Features

L' Âge des ténèbres -- Denys Arcand
Amal -- Richie Mehta
Continental, un film sans fusil (Continental, a Film Without Guns) -- Stéphane LaFleur
Eastern Promises -- David Cronenberg | TIFF Review
Fugitive Pieces -- Jeremy Podeswa
My Winnipeg -- Guy Maddin | TIFF Review
A Promise to the Dead: The Exile Journey of Ariel Dorfman -- Peter Raymont | TIFF Review
The Tracey Fragments -- Bruce McDonald | Berlinale Review, Cannes Review
Up the Yangtze -- Yung Chang
Young People F*cking -- Marin Gero | TIFF Review

Shorts


Code 13 -- Mathieu L. Denis, The Colony -- Jeff Barnaby, Dust Bowl Ha! Ha! -- Sebastien Pilote, Farmer's Requiem -- Ramses Madina, Les Grands -- Chloe Leriche, I Have Seen the Future -- Cam Christiansen, I Met the Walrus -- Josh Raskin, Madame Tutli-Putli -- Chris Lavis, Maciek Szczerbowski, Pool -- Chris Chong Chan Fui, Terminus -- Trevor Cawood

Panels will include the likes of Bruce McDonald, Richie Mehta, Robert Lantos, David Weaver, and Jamie Travis.