The Archivists

Country: Canada
Language: English
Runtime: 14 minutes

Shooting Format: 16mm film / Colour
Exhibition Format:
DCP, Pro Res

Cast: Noah Reid, Bahia Watson, Maxwell McCabe-Lokos
Writer & Director:
Igor Drljaca

Producers: Ashley Shields-Muir, Connor Jessup, Albert Shin, Igor Drljaca
Director of Photography: Christopher Lew
Production Designer: Becca Blackwood
Editor: Rafi Spivak
Music: Casey MQ

Sales Agent: La Distributrice de films

Short Synopsis:
In a dystopian future, a trio of musicians discover a degraded vinyl record and attempt to reimagine one of its songs.

Director’s Statement:
Our society is at a crossroads, and The Archivists is a product of these uncertain times. I grew up in a country that no longer exists, Yugoslavia, and as a child, I witnessed how minor differences can be utilized to turn people against one another in the midst of a crisis. It was during this time, that the sharing of stories and music gave us all that little extra fuel to keep going.

Artistic creation is the ultimate expression of our interconnectedness, and that is what I sought to explore in this film. This is a story that celebrates the human capacity for love, empathy, and creation. In the dystopian world of The Archivists, artistic remnants of our world can still be found, and as long as there are those who seek them out - like the three musicians in The Archivists - they will help build a better world.


  • TIFF - Canada's Top 10 - 2020 Selection
  • Best Short Shot of Film Kodak Award - Holly Shorts, USA, 2021 -
  • Best Editing, Best Cinematography - Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest,

    Festival Screenings:

    • Toronto International Film Festival, Canada 2020
    • Vancouver International Film Festival, Canada 2020
    • TIFF Canada's Top 10 - 2020, Canada, 2021
    • Reel Canadian Film Festival, Canada, 2021
    • Ottawa International Film Festival, Canada, 2021
    • Dawson City Film Festival, Canada, 2021
    • Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival, Belgium, 2021
    • Festival Regard, Chicoutimi, Canada, 2021
    • Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival, South Korea, 2021
    • Gimli Film Festival, Canada, 2021
    • Indy Shorts International Film Festival, USA, 2021
    • Bucharest Shortcut Cinefest, Romania, 2021
    • Courts d'un soir, Canada, 2021
    • Fantastic Fest, USA, 2021
    • Holly Shorts, USA, 2021 - Best Short Shot of Film Kodak Award
    • Slash FilmFestival, Austria, 2021
    • Hellifax Horror Film Festival, Canada, 2021
    • Arthouse Bavaria, Germany, 2021
    • Festival du cinéma international en Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Canada, 2021
    • Chicago International Children's Film Festival, USA, 2021
    • Exground, Weisdaben, Germany, 2021
    • Kuki, Germany, 2021
    • POFF Shorts - Tallinn Black Nights Film Festival, Estonia, 2021
    • International Film Festival Sundevall, Sweden, 2021

      Canadian Broadcast - CBC - Canadian Reflections -  May 27, 2021
      Canada VOD - CBC Gem