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2014 Film Festival - Films

 

5 Ways 2 Die 

5 Ways 2 Die

Suicide attempts are challenging in this hilarious black comedy from sunny Cyprus. A man in his forties, disappointed by a loveless marriage comes up with creative ways to end his life. 

This film strikes an almost perfect balance between its storyline and the technical elements used to achieve it, right through to the closing credits.

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88 Miles to Moscow 

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15-year-old Niki tells her overprotective mother (in an excellent performance by Priscilla Barnes) all about a trip she took with her ex-con dad, but somehow fails to mention a few details –like getting off the train for a smoke, winding up stranded in the middle of nowhere, and having to find her way back with the help of a young Russian garbage man.

Like all journeys worth taking, Niki's cannot be measured in miles alone. This lighthearted, well-crafted dramedy has been collecting awards all over North America.

  • Run Time: 00:19:45
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: USA 
  • Website:http://www.88milestomoscow.com/
  • Social mediahttps://www.facebook.com/88milestomoscow
  • Credits:
    • Director: Karen Glienke
    • Producer: Karen Glienke, Priscilla Barnes
    • Writer: Karen Glienke
    • Cinematographer: Topher Osborn
    • Editor: Karen Glienke
    • Cast: Brynn Samms, Priscilla Barnes, Roman Marshanski
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A Little Elbow Room 

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Step outside of the Vancity Theatre, turn left on Davie Street and you’ll see The Elbow Room Café, a small breakfast joint where the rule of the coffee pot is “get your ass up,” and every customer regardless of age or gender is called “girl.”

Patrick Savoie and his partner Bryan Searle built this successful business on an unusual form of customer service: treating customers like crap. Part small business owner, part insult-comic, Savoie is known for slinging barbs as much as for slinging pancakes.

Mavreen David’s first documentary short is an intimate look at the history of this famously unique place, and the quirky man who has made it infamous. It’s not all caustic insults and rampant abuse - the diner has raised over $67,000 for AIDS charities.

This isn't just a story about the café, it's a story about love, commitment, and the evolution of Vancouver's LGBTQ2S community. This delightful short will tickle you, move you, enlighten you, and most certainly make you want to visit The Elbow Room for some eggs…with a side of snark.

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Afterparty 

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After a newlywed couple departs for their honeymoon, best man Charlie (Graham Coffeng) gathers his 30-something former high school friends for a late night party in their house, where he has been couch-surfing for weeks. While Charlie is dealing with his troubled marriage, his friends fight their own midlife demons: Tracy (Ali Liebert) tries to balance her life as a successful-but-lonely TV actress, and newly divorced loudmouth Bruce (Nicolas Carella) seeks to bed a 22-year-old. Bitter words exchanged between former jock Dave (David Milchard) and outsider wife Karen (Jodi Balfour) suggest trouble in paradise. Cheeses roll, tears flow, and new alliances are forged in this tragic-comedic roller coaster emotions. 

Afterparty is the first feature by Vancouver-based Sociable Films.

Produced under a UBCP Members Initiated Project (MIP) agreement, Afterparty is a rare cooperatively-produced film. Director Ouellet developed nine archetypal characters and 40 unscripted scenes with her actors, who improvised on set for six consecutive summer weekends in 2012.  

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Am I not Your Girl 

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The morning of her wedding day turns into a nightmare when Lena’s parents walk out on her, unhappy with the love of her life. Lena is heartbroken, but the young man on her side convinces her to move on. 

When it comes to marriage, not everyone has an open mind, as reflected in this entertaining family drama. 

  • Run Time: 00:07:47
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Germany
  • Social Media: www.facebook.com/xavery.robin 
  • Trailervimeo.com/xaveryrobin
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Elena O'Connor, Tonio Kellner
    • Director: Xavery Robin
    • Writer: Xavery Robin, Elena O'Connor, Tonio Kellner
    • Cinematographer: Tonio Kellner
    • Editor: Hannes Weiss
    • Composer: Max Clouth
    • Cast: Elena O'Connor, Korbinian Schlosser
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B12

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Eddie craves the good stuff in the school’s soda machine. Faking sickness provides him with a few unattended moments at the nurse’s office. Will there be enough time to quench his thirst before his mom swoops in and slaps the ‘no soda’ rule on him for good?

A refreshing comedy with a touch of film noir.

  • Run Time: 00:08:09 
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: USA
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Aleah Fisher
    • Director: Casey Murphy
    • Writer: Casey Murphy
    • Cinematographer: Pierre Habib
    • Editor: Talmage Williams
    • Cast: Alec Ybarra

                 

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Boneshaker 

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A Ghanaian family journeys to a Pentecostal church in the Louisiana delta hoping to cure their rebellious daughter (Quvenzhané Wallis, Beasts of the Southern Wild).

Bodomo, a Ghanaian filmmaker based in New York, wrote about how lost a person can feel without a sense of home, and how constant migration really tests the strength of a family.

  • Run Time: 00:12:58
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere  
  • Country of Production/Filming: USA 
  • Websitewww.boneshakerfilm.com
  • Social Mediawww.facebook.com/boneshakerfilm
  • Trailerhttp://boneshakerfilm.com/trailer/
  • Credits:
    • Director: Frances Bodomo
    • Writer: Frances Bodomo
    • Producer: Alana Pryor Ackerman, Frances Bodomo, Shruti Ganguly
    • Editor: John Woo 
    • Cast: Quvenzhané Wallis, Playshena Rose Thomas, Caroline Idakula, Moussa Koné, Dr. Stella God's Warrior Princess
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Chi 

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Anyone who knew Babz Chula—a talented, larger-than-life performer from Canada’s West Coast—could tell you that her life force, or chi, was incredibly strong. When Chula reconnected with director Anne Wheeler in 2009, they discovered a mutual interest: India.

Wheeler accompanies her friend Chula to Kerala, India, where she is to undergo treatment by a renowned Ayurvedic healer in an effort to manage her 6-year battle with cancer.

Showing the excruciating treatments in true vérité style, Wheeler and Chula are hopeful that the bare-bones clinic will deliver and indeed, the treatment seems to provide temporary improvement, before taking a turn for the worse. Amazingly, the irrepressible Chula invites Wheeler and her camera to continue bearing witness to her journey into the unknown.

Wheeler’s up close and personal narration, as well as Chula’s darkly humorous, blatantly honest video diary offer a highly meritorious film beyond Chula’s reputation. Expect to be entertained, astonished and moved.

  • Run Time: 00:59:00
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada/India 
  • Website: http://www.nfb.ca/film/chi_en 
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/nfb.ca
  • Credits:
    • Director: Anne Wheeler
    • Writer: Anne Wheeler
    • Producer: Yves J. Ma
    • Editor: Hart Snider, Janice Brown
    • Music: Stu Goldberg 
    • Cast: Babz Chula 
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Des(Pecho)Trucció

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A montage of paper cut-outs narrated by voice over, a young woman examines love and heartbreak.  Particularly candid and funny, the film is a trip to adolescence and first love. 

Narrada a través de recortes de papel, Des(pecho)truccion es la historia de una joven que nos habla del amor y el desamor. La película es un viaje divertido a la adolescencia, al primer amor. 

  • Run Time: 00:10:41
  • Premiere Status: North American Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Venezuela  
  • Credits:
    • Director: Maria Ruiz
    • Producer: Maria Ruiz
    • Writer: Maria Ruiz
    • Composer: Arturo Soto 
    • Cast: Gabriela Mesones, J. René Guerra 

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El Regreso (The Return)

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The Return is a narrative fiction that explores the tragic and true events of April 18, 2004 in the Wayuu community of Bahía Portete, at the Colombian Guajira, a territory split between Colombia and Venezuela.  

The cast consists of mainly non-actors from the area’s indigenous peoples whose moving performances are captured by Venezuelan debut filmmaker Patricia Ortega.

The story is told from the perspective of Shuliwala (Daniela González), a 10-year-old girl who is forced to flee her home for an unknown city. The film is a bold contribution to the fight against racism while portraying little-known images of the Wayuu indigenous community.

By focusing on a specific ethnic group, Ortega proposes a universal approach that vindicates the struggle for the rights of indigenous people.

Awarded Best Feature Film, Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, and Best Actress (Daniela González) at Festival entre Largos y Cortos de Oriente “ELCO 2013” in Venezuela.

The film was considered "one of the jewels of the IX edition of the Venezuelan Film Festival in Mérida.” - Correia, Alexis. El Nacional. 

El regreso es una pieza que explora los trágicos sucesos del 16 de abril de 2004 que afectaron a la comunidad wayuu de Bahía Portete, Alta Guajira colombiana. Opera prima de la realizadora venezolana Patricia Ortega, la película expone una realidad amarga a través de las conmovedoras interpretaciones de actores, en su mayoría indígenas, que en muchos casos son descubiertos por vez primera por el lente. La historia es contada desde la perspectiva de Shuliwala (Daniela González), una niña de 10 años que se ve forzada a huir a una ciudad para ella desconocida. El filme es un valiente aporte a la lucha contra el racismo, en tanto presenta imágenes poco conocidas de la comunidad indígena wayuu. Desde un cine regional, Ortega propone una mirada universal que hace justicia a la lucha reivindicativa de los derechos de los indígenas en la América toda, particularmente los de una etnia cuyo territorio y realidad se encuentran divididos entre Colombia y Venezuela. A tener en cuenta: se trata de una ópera prima de una mujer, que habla del drama de una niña indígena desplazada

Premio Mejor Largometraje Opera Prima, Mejor Dirección de Fotografía, Mejor Dirección de Arte, Mejor Actriz (Daniela González) - Festival entre Largos y Cortos de Oriente “ELCO 2013” en Venezuela.

“Una de las joyas del IX Festival del Cine Venezolano de Mérida” - Correia, Alexis. El Nacional. 

  • Run Time: 01:54:03
  • Country of Production/Filming: Venezuela 
  • Trailerhttp://vimeo.com/69397216
  • Interview with Patricia Ortegahttp://wp.me/p2asuH-mu
  • Credits:
    • Director: Patricia Ortega
    • Writer: Patricia Ortega
    • Producer: Sergio Gómez Antillano
    • Cinematographer: Mauricio Siso
    • Art Direction: María Gabriela Víclhez
    • Film Editor: Sergio Curiel
    • Music: Javier Pedraja
    • Sound: Josué Saavedra

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Evangeline 

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Karen Lam’s sophomore feature is not for the faint of heart. Inspired by Asian horror cinema and the tragedy of B.C.’s missing women, Lam proves once again she is an amazing storyteller with a jaw-dropping cinematic vision. 

College student Evangeline (Kat de Lieva) has barely recovered from a recent trauma when she meets an enigmatic, violent fraternity leader (Richard Harmon) at college. Beaten and left for dead in the woods, Evangeline finds herself trapped in a supernatural nightmare, where she must choose between vengeance and salvation.

This supernatural revenge fantasy explores the monsters within us, and what drives us to extremes. The film was partly shot on campus at UBC, a rather sobering coincidence considering the series of sexual assaults that occurred on campus in 2013.

Raised in Manitoba, Lam now lives and works in Vancouver. She was the recipient of the 2013 Women in Film Artistic Innovation Award. This award honours a woman who demonstrates vision, experimentation and innovation in the telling of women's stories in screen based media, and who has created a significant body of work in these forms. Karen Lam has been cited by the Horrorquest Film Festival as "having the balls to play" in the male-dominated world of horror filmmaking. Her short and feature films have been screened and lauded at festivals worldwide.

Evangeline premiered at the Blood in the Snow Canadian Film Festival and will celebrate its B.C. premiere at the Vancouver Women in Film Festival’s opening night.

  • Run Time: 01:25:00
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada  
  • Websitehttp://evangelinefilm.com/
  • Social mediahttps://www.facebook.com/evangelinemovie
  • Credits:
    • Writer: Karen Lam
    • Director: Karen Lam
    • Producers: Karen Lam, Karen Wong
    • Cinematographer: Michael Balfry
    • Editor: Jeanne Slater
    • Composer: Patric Caird
    • Cast: Kat De Lieva, Richard Harmon
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Extraños 

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A brief encounter between two strangers; the film shows that not everything is what it seems.

Official Selection IV International Short Film Festival in Caracas.

Un encuentro entre dos extraños en la misma ciudad. El filme nos muestra que no todo es lo que parece. 

Sección Oficial del IV Festival Internacional de Cortos de Caracas. 

  • Run Time: 00:06:08
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Venezuela 
  • Trailerhttp://vimeo.com/48175174
  • Credits:
    • Director: Valeria Bolivar
    • Producer: Jesús Hernández
    • Cast: Alexander Leterni, Johanna González

 

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Finsterworld 

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Who says Germans don’t have a sense of humour? This black comedy (“finster” means “dark” in German, and the title is a wordplay on the director’s last name), which Finsterwalder wrote with her husband, Swiss novelist Christian Kracht, is a daring, charmingly absurd reflection of the broken German soul 70 years after World War II. 

While a group of independent high school students has a gruesome experience at a former concentration camp, “furries”- people dressed up in costumes portraying anthropomorphic characters - gather together looking for acceptance. A well-to-do couple clinging to their youthful ideals speeds toward Paris in a rented, “no Nazi-autos, please” car, and an esthetician who despises German folk songs develops a peculiar taste for his elderly female clients. 

These tales of loss of national identity, and the search for love in this ensemble piece are elegantly filmed, and often surprisingly morbid – watch out for the optical illusion of a rotating Cadillac sign turning into a swastika – no SFX required.

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How A People Live 

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The Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations invited award-winning filmmaker Lisa Jackson and producers Catrina Longmuir and Sharon Bliss to trace the history of their nations’ forced relocation from traditional territories on the coast of British Columbia in 1964. Candid and moving interviews, striking archival films and photos dating back over 100 years, as well as a visit to their stunning ‘Homelands’ bring to life the story of a people known for their theatrical dances, their strong connection to the land, and the strength that has enabled them to overcome incredible hardships.

Following the rise of the Idle No More movement, this masterfully lensed and edited documentary emphasizes the importance of remembrance and reconciliation when meditating on Canadian history at large.

"In the film How a People Live we depict the land, we talk about what happened over a period of 150 years, and we demonstrate a strength of will and soul that is moving us toward a healthy and vibrant society once again.” (Colleen Hemphill, Chief Treaty Negotiator Gwa'sala-'Nakwaxda'xw Nations)

  • Run Time: 00:59:00
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Websitehttp://lisajackson.ca/How-a-People-Live
  • Festival Bloghttp://wp.me/p2asuH-nC
  • Credits:
    • Director: Lisa Jackson 
    • Producer: Catrina Longmuir
    • Writer: Lisa Jackson
    • Cinematographer: Clancy Dennehy, Gary Prendergast, Vince Arvidson
    • Editor: Brendan Woollard, Michael Vokins, Mike Jackson

For more information about this film, please visit Moving_Images

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I am Not a Weird Person 

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After a traumatizing encounter with a stranger, Emmy is trying to find the courage to leave the safety of her apartment and go back out into the world again... because she's in desperate need of toothpaste.

This playful touch on mental health shines with the brilliant leading actor and screenwriter Marni Van Dyk.

  • Run Time: 00:04:58 
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Websitehttp://notaweirdperson.tumblr.com
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/IAmNotAWeirdPerson
  • Twitter: @marnivandyk and @therealmollymcg 
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Marni Van Dyk, Molly McGlynn
    • Director: Molly McGlynn
    • Writer: Marni Van Dyk 
    • Cinematographer: Ian Macmillan 
    • Editor: Kyle Edward Wilson
    • Composer: Grant Peters, Ryan Freeman
    • Cast: Marni Van Dyk
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Ina Litovski 

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A young violinist, whose name no one can ever seem to remember, desperately attempts to impress her listless mother. 

  • Run Time: 00:10:42
  • Premiere  Status: Vancouver Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Website:http://inalitovski.wordpress.com
  • Trailerhttp://inalitovski.wordpress.com/medias/
  • Credits:
    • Director: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, André Turpin
    • Writer: Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette, André Turpin
    • Producer: Stéphanie Verrier 
    • Cast: Geneviève Alarie, Marine Johnson
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L'Autre Femme 

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From Senegal comes a bold film set in the mysterious world of polygamous households.

Kâ’s film hones in on the story of Madeleine as she and her husband’s new, young second wife develop a relationship far beyond conventional norms. The intimacy has the potential to blow apart a stable domestic situation, but it also has the potential to rewrite the story of both women's lives. A tender film, beautifully acted and sensitively filmed against the backdrop of colourful, beguiling Dakar.

  • Run Time: 00:12:49
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Senegal 
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/AfricanMetropolis
  • Twitter: @AfricanMet
  • Blog: http://ow.ly/umPeC
  • Credits:
    • Director: Marie Kâ
    • Producer: Marie Kâ
    • Executive Producer: Steven Markovitz
    • Writer: Marie Kâ
    • Cinematographer: Antoine Roch
    • Editor: Isabelle Manquillet
    • Cast: Awa Sene SARR, Khady Ndiaye Bijou

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Last Woman Standing 

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Last Woman Standing follows world champion boxers and former friends, Ariane Fortin and Mary Spencer, as they fight for an Olympic dream that can only belong to one.

In 2012, the Olympic Games included women’s boxing for the first time in history. But only three weight categories would be admitted – men have ten. To compete for their Olympic dream, Fortin and Spencer were forced to move into the same weight class to fight for a single spot to represent Canada, effectively ending their friendship and beginning a fierce rivalry. 

Juliet Lammers' and Lorraine Price's debut feature documentary film keeps you on the edge of your seat, and that’s not just because of the boxing matches. The behind-the-scenes access by the filmmakers ­- who are themselves boxers - over the course of several years, is remarkable. The dramatic tension in this real-life boxing saga between a boxing warrior queen and the defiant underdog is explosive and contagious, even if you don’t care about sports. In short: this film will knock you out.

  • Run Time: 01:23:32
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Websitehttp://prospectorfilms.ca/
  • Social Mediahttps://www.facebook.com/LastWomanStandingDocumentary
  • Credits:
    • Director: Lorraine Price, Juliet Lammers
    • Producer:
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    • Cinematographer: Julien Fontaine
    • Editor: Hannele Halm
    • Composer: Pietro Amato
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    • Cast: Mary Spencer, Ariane Fortin 
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Michelle Thrush 

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Adam Beach narrates the story of Michelle Thrush, a Gemini Award-winning Canadian actor who has starred alongside Johnny Depp, Benicio Del Toro, and many others in numerous feature films. She is one of the stars of APTN's Blackstone and CBC’s Arctic Air series, and is known for her role in Jim Jarmush's Dead Man.

A Cree from Calgary, Thrush has suffered poverty, was surrounded by addiction, and fought through stereotypes to become a strong, talented, and award-winning role model.

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Mimi & Me 

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A teenage wallflower gets sex advice from her gambling, alcoholic grandma before heading over to her first party to win over the guy of her dreams.

An anti-Gilmore Girls movie, this comedy provokes out-loud chuckles through Grandma Mimi’s (Patti Allan) grotesque love advice, and the sobering recognition that one’s “first time” is better to be soon forgotten.

  • Run Time: 00:15:12
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Websitehttp://www.mimiandmemovie.com/
  • Credits:
    • Director: Marly Reed
    • Producer: Marly Reed, Nancy Shaw
    • Writer: Marly Reed
    • Cinematographer: Lindsay George
    • Editor: Kelly Dale
    • Composer: Terry Frewer
    • Cast: Genevieve Buechner, Patti Allan
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Newcomers Swim, Every Friday 

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Aisha and her children arrive in a new country. To settle into this foreign world, Aisha must first learn to swim, or sink.

Legacy Award winning filmmaker Meghna Haldar returns with an allegorical, feel-good tale about learning to adjust to a new world through the act of swimming.

  • Run Time: 00:09:12
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Credits:
    • Director: Meghna Haldar
    • Producer: Meghna Haldar
    • Writer: Shana Myara
    • Editor: Jean-Denis Rouette
    • Cinematographer: Kirk Tougas
    • Composer: Jesse Zubot
    • Cast: Alison Kumar
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Night Shift 

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Airport custodian Salote works the night shift and gleans her survival from what others leave behind. No one spares her a second glance, except for Yury, who persists on a date.

Director Mandviwalla expands her view to people living on the periphery, and challenges our perception of others based upon their jobs, their appearances, and their actions.

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Noor

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Young, handsome Noor wants to be a man. He doesn’t belong to the Khusras, Pakistan’s eunuch and intersex community, anymore. After narrowly escaping a violent incident at the truck stop where he works, he heads off on a magical road trip across northern Pakistan hoping to find a woman who will accept him as he is.

Inspired by the lay actor’s true biography, the filmmakers embarked on a fascinating road movie through a Pakistan we don’t normally hear about—one with a stunning landscape, hopeful romantics, and entirely devoid of notions of terrorism and natural catastrophes. Most of the actors and extras play themselves, as the French-Turkish veteran documentary filmmakers take a vérité approach for their fictional debut. 

Beautifully framed in a wide screen format, the film premiered at the prestigious Cannes Film Festival, and has been collecting awards ever since. Eponymous lead actor Noor, who had never met western people before meeting the directors, is an astonishing talent who has captured the hearts of festivalgoers world wide.

  • Run Time: 01:18:00
  • Country of Production/Filming:France, Turkey, Pakistan 
  • Websitewidemanagement.com
  • Credits:
    • Director: Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti 
    • Writer: Çağla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti
    • Editor: Tristan Meunier 
    • Composer: Abaji 
    • Cast: Noor, Uzma Ali, Baba Muhammad, Gunga Saeen, Mithu Saeen
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Pink or Blue? 

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In this observational documentary, four-year-old Zac gets his wish to pick out an outfit for a Halloween party in his class. He insists on a pink princess gown… 

“Pink or Blue?” challenges our society’s rigid gender roles. Based on the belief that children have the right to explore their own gender identity, “Pink or Blue?” gives Zac the last word (Barbara Bedont, director).

  • Run Time: 00:07:16
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada
  • Social Mediahttp://www.facebook.com/PinkorBluemovie
  • Credits:
    • Director: Barbara Bedont
    • Producer: Barbara Bedont
    • Cinematographer: Laurent Pasquiet
    • Editor: Omar El Masri
    • Sound Editor: Enrique Molano
    • Composer: Marybelle Frappier
    • Cast: Zaccaria Olivier
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Pretty Bitch                                                         

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Being pretty is all a gangster’s sweetheart has to go on, until a younger woman comes along… 

Based on a true story, actor-producer Natasha Sparkes shines as the raw, remorseless young woman seeking revenge. 

Writer Carla Williams was awarded Best Screenplay at the VAN d’ORS 2013.

  • Run Time: 00:08:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: United Kingdom
  • Twitter: @beckycoley
  • Trailer: vimeo.com/71154158 
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Natasha Sparkes
    • Director: Rebecca Coley
    • Writer: Karla Williams
    • Cinematographer: Tom O'Keefe
    • Editor: Hephzibah Collins
    • Composer: Snakeyman, Kate Tempest
    • Cast: Natasha Sparkes, Dwane Walcott, Tamara Camacho
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Pretty Shy City 

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Vancouverites tell stories about the challenges of dating in "Lululemon Land." This ten minute, light-hearted documentary is certain to provoke comic relief and animated conversation in one of North America's more socially challenged cities.

Julia Larmour, owner of Spontaneous Productions, is a graduate of the Documentary Film Program at Capilano University. She is a native Vancouverite currently living and working in Vancouver

 

   
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Saba     

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Award-winning filmmaker Roqiye Tavakoli shot this beautifully-lensed story about one woman’s predicament in rural Iran: choosing between her heart and tradition.

  • Run Time: 00:15:00
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Iran
  • Credits:
    • Director: Roqiye Tavakoli
    • Producer: Roqiye Tavakoli
    • Writer: Roqiye Tavakoli
    • Cinematographer: Rouzbeh Raiga
    • Editor: Mohamadreza Hajigholami
    • Cast: Soheila Golestani, Jafar Deldelzade, Mahsa Mirjalili
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Stolen  

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A young girl awakens in a strange house being held captive by a mysterious couple. An award-winning script is the basis for this well-crafted and nerve-wrecking thriller in which things are not what they seem. 

        

  • Run Time: 00:11:26
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Ireland
  • Social media:www.facebook.com/Stolen2013
  • Credits:
    • Director: Yvonne Keane
    • Writer: Yvonne Keane
    • Producer: Chris Cullen
    • Cinematography: Justin MacCarthy
    • Editor: Justin MacCarthy
    • Composer: Julie Feeney
    • Cast: Lydia Punch, Trevor Sommers, Sinead O'Riordan, Maureen Prendergast, Sam Allman Walsh  

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Two Penny Road Kill 

Two Penny Road Kill

Lou works for the city cleaning up road kill. As a vegetarian, he takes pride in sending his furry comrades to the other side with grace and care.  Things begin to shift, however, when he finds a mysterious purple high heel under a raccoon. 

Award-winning quirky short with a remarkable sound design.                                                                                                 

  • Run Time: 00:06:46
  • Premiere Status: BC Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Social mediahttp://www.twitter.com/2pennyroadkill
  • Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nZm798JbrDA
  • Credits:
    • Director: Lisa Rose Snow
    • Producer: Lora Campbell
    • Writer: Lisa Rose Snow
    • Editor: Jeremy Harty
    • Composer: Jason Michael MacIsaac
    • Cinematographer: Jeff Wheaton
    • Cast: Daniel Lillford, Shelley Thompson
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The Meeting 

The Meeting

In a weekly support group, four serial killers confess their darkest sins, hoping to cure themselves of their homicidal tendencies. But all hell breaks loose when a blonde, female newcomer decides to join....

Vancouver’s queen of horror, Karen Lam, keeps on gathering awards all over the world with this well executed, sophisticated and funny gem that turns your expectations of serial killers upside down.                                                                     

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The Weather Girl  

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A former TV personality (Johannah Newmarch) has turned into an unhappy caregiver for her ailing father. When two unsuspecting evangelists knock on her door, she tricks them into watching the cantankerous old man, slipping out for a major overhaul.

This Crazy8s production won the Best Female Director and Best Female Actor awards at the 2013 Vancouver Short Film Festival.                                                                                                 

  • Run Time: 00:09:51
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Social Mediahttp://www.facebook.com/TheWeatherGirlMovie
  • Credits:
    • Director: Carleen Kyle
    • Producer: Nathalie De Los Santos
    • Writer: Carleen Kyle
    • Editor: David Grave
    • Cinematographer: Vince De Paula
    • Cast: Adam Beauchesne, Alec Burden, Johannah Newmarch, John Emmet Tracy, Raugi Yu, Tara Wilson
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When I Saw You 

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Seven stories of missed connections, fumbled opportunities, and unique moments intertwine and unfold in a day.  A playful riff on the value of human connection produced for the Crazy8s film competition with Afterparty producers Michelle Ouellet and Nicholas Carella. 

  • Run Time: 00:07:32
  • Premiere Status: Canadian Premiere 
  • Country of Production/Filming: Canada 
  • Twitter: @WhenISawYouFilm
  • Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA8O0CTqVPc
  • Credits:
    • Producer: Brie Lunn, Michelle Ouellet, Nicholas Carella
    • Director: Jane Hancock
    • Writer: Jane Hancock
    • Cinematographer: Dan Dumochel
    • Editor: Aaron May
    • Cast: Adam Boys, Alessandro Miro, Amatai Marmorstein, Brie Lunn, Clayton Chitty, Dianne Doan, Edward Ruttle, Gaalen Engen, Jamie Smail, Jenn MacLean-Angus, Kristine Cofsky, Meaghan Hewitt McDonald, Nicola Anderson, Paula Giroday, Steven Roberts

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Zu Dir?

Zu Dir

The wee hours of a Sunday morning in a club, Freya and Max have just met and danced the night away. Instead of spending their first night together, they swap their keys and addresses, and go separate ways to get closer.

A blind date turns topsy-turvy in this original take on intimacy and one-night stands.                                                                             

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