After a traumatic break up, Russ Kaufman is diagnosed with a rare disease known as Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS) and desperately tries to find a cure that will mend his broken heart before it’s too late.


Russ Kaufman lives a very stable and comfortable life teaching music to a group of young, precocious kids. Russ is finally ready to tie the knot, and plans to propose to his girlfriend, Carol, who he is madly in love with. But before Russ gets a chance to get down on one knee, Carol unexpectedly confesses that she’s unhappy and is leaving him. This literally breaks Russ’s heart.  His comfortable, stable world suddenly comes crashing down and everything in his life feels like it’s falling apart. It’s not long before Russ is diagnosed with a rare, life threatening disease called Takotsubo Cardiomyopathy – also known as: Broken Heart Syndrome (BHS). While trying to cope with his severe pain and distress, Russ desperately struggles to find a cure that will mend his broken heart before it's too late.


Writer, Director: Dusty Mancinelli

Producers: Harry Cherniak, Dusty Mancinelli,

S. Brent Martin

Director of Photography: Maya Bankovic

Production Designer: Jeannette Nguyen

Editor: Darby MacInnis

Composer: Tim Alberts

Sound Designer: Justin Long-Him Shum

Special Effects: Chris Nash

Costume Designer: Stephanie Atkinson

Production Manager: Shannon Fewster

First Assistant Director: Matt Greyson

Second Assistant Director: Cameron Tisi

Art Director: Yim Hung Kung

Hair & Makeup: Trason Fernandes

Re-Recording Mixer: Matt Chan

Storyboard Artist: Deena Pagliarello

Starring: Jim Annan, Joanna Douglas, Christian Lloyd, Allen Stewart-Coates,  Katherine Forrester, Richard Waugh

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Toronto International Film Festival

World Premiere

Short Cuts Canada Program # 3

Press & Industry Screenings:

Sept 10, 2012: 11:45am @ Bell Lightbox Cinema #4

Public Screenings:

Sept 10, 2012: 6:45pm @ Bell Lightbox Cinema #4

Sept 11, 2012: 12:15pm @ Bell Lightbox Cinema #4

Cinéfest Sudbury International Film Festival

Canadian Shorts 1

Sept 18, 2012: 2:00pm @ Silver City

Vancouver International Film Festival

Canadian Images

Oct 8, 2012: 9:30pm @ Empire Granville 7

Oct 9, 2012: 4:00pm @ Pacific Cinémathèque

Hamilton Film Festival

Shorts Program

Nov 10, 2012: 7:00pm @ Main Theatre

Victoria Film Festival

Shorts Program

Feb 4, 2013: 9:45pm @ Empire #5

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Broken Heart Syndrome 2012 ⎜16 min ⎜HD ⎜2:35.1

iShorts Film Festival

Czech Republic

March 27, 2013

April 7, 2013

Dallas International Film Festival

Shorts Program

April 6, 2013: 7:15pm @ Angelika #7

April 7, 2013: 5:00pm @ Angelika #7

Cannes Film Festival

Short Film Corner

May 15 - 26, 2013

Nickel Independent Film Festival

Closing Night Shorts

June 22, 2013: 8:00pm @ LSPU Hall

Air Canada In-Flight Entertainment

July - Dec, 2013

Badalona Film Festival

Barcelona, Spain

Nov 8 - 17, 2013


Canadian Reflections Program