A Present for Robert

Robert receives a very special present for his birthday.

Creative team

Writer/director/producer: Patrick Aubert

Filmmaker’s statement

Patrick Aubert says:

“I made this film in collaboration with Kino Montreal, a group of young filmmakers. Each month, they organize movie screenings and propose a new film challenge.

This one was called A Present for Robert. We were 13 filmmakers doing a film with the same title! We also had to pick two actors, drawing names from a hat. That’s how I met my two actors: Louis Courchesne and Patrick R. Lacharité. We met and talked about what we wanted to write. We shared ideas and personal stories about our families, especially our relationships with our fathers.

Two or three days later, I had a dream about a man opening a special gift for his birthday. I laughed loudly in the middle of the night (sorry, roommate) and wrote the film right away. Ten days later, I was shooting the film. I have to thank my actors and crew because they all worked for free on the film.

The film is a horror/fantasy comedy that deals with a father and son relationship. They are two strangers living in the same house; they are parts of two different realities. But they need each other in order to pursue their lives. At one point, they need to talk and accept each others’ differences. That’s the heart of the film.”

[Ed: see one of the other films produced during the same film challenge which was also programmed in the NSI Online Short Film Festival: Une Pensée pour Robert directed by Kevin Landry.]

About Patrick Aubert


Born in Quebec, Patrick Aubert made his studies in film production at Concordia University.

His student film Before Sunset has won awards for outstanding achievement in directing and editing. Since the end of his studies, he has written and directed nine independent short films as a Kino member.

His short film Robert & La Rouse (2010) won the award for best fiction at the Geneve Jet d’or Film Festival and the public choice award at the Shorty Film Festival in Alberta. His short film Jacqueline Ultimatum (2011) won the best comedy award at 22nd Annual Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival.

A Present for Robert won the public choice award at the Boucherville Film Festival in 2013 and has screened at more than 15 film festivals including the Seoul International Extreme Short Image & Film Festival, the San Diego Horrible Imaginings Film Festival, the Alberta Shorty Film Festival, the Ottawa International Film Festival and the Fantasia Film Festival in Montreal.

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