at the Vancity Theatre

Friday, March 4th - Sunday, March 6th, 2011

followed by the WIFTI Short Film Showcase screening
celebrating International Women's Day on Tuesday, March 8th

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Films and Screenings

Saturday, March 5th
1:00 pm | 3:30 pm | 7:00 pm | 9:30 pm

Sunday, March 6th
10:30 am | 1:00 pm | 3:30 pm | 6:00 pm | 8:00 pm

Consumer Protection BC

Sunday, March 6th

10:30 am - 12:30 pm


?E?ANX THE CAVE | Narrative | British Columbia | 10:41
Directed by Helen Haig-Brown
Set in 1961 in the Chilcotin Territory of Western Canada, ?E?ANX (THE CAVE) recounts the story of a bear hunter who discovers a secret portal to the spirit world. General: Nudity

IKW_1.jpg IKWÉ | Narrative | Manitoba | 04:45
Directed by Caroline Monnet
A film about a young Algonquin woman reconnected with her ancestral roots through language and dance. General

BUTTON BLANKET | Documentary | British Columbia | 04:00
Directed by Zoe Leigh Hopkins
This impressionist documentary follows the creation of a Button Blanket by integrating the performance of a traditional dance with the art of the West Coast’s Heiltsuk people. General 


WINTER'S WIND | Documentary | Québec | 06:13
Directed by Trisha Migwanas Hazelwood
A young woman discusses her fears about her early pregnancy and her relationship with her friends, her boyfriend and her doctor. General


TASHINA | Narrative | Manitoba | 04:40
Diriected by Caroline Monnet
A young Aboriginal girl's hopes and dreams are re-negotiated within the walls and tunnels of the institution of education. General

 The_road_forward.jpg THE ROAD FORWARD | Narrative | British Columbia |10:00
Directed by Marie Clements
This musical live performance recaptures the Aboriginal political and social movements of British Columbia and envisions a road forward where no one will be left behind. General

CRY ROCK | British Columbia | 28:43
Directed by Banchi Hanuse
The wild beauty of the Bella Coola Valley blends with vivid watercolor animation illuminating the role of the Nuxalk oral tradition and the intersection of story, place and culture. General

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Sunday, March 6th

NARRATIVE SHORTS with TALKBACK | 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
A series of narrative films looking at relationships in love and in families.


IMMATURE | Narrative | Bitish Columbia | 04:30
Directed by Siobhan Devine
After moving apartments, Paula and Sue are hitting a rough patch in their relationship. Sue, ever the fixer, decides that the way to make Paula happy is to get hitched, but Paula finds her own (more suitable) resolution. General

homesteadposter.png THE HOMESTEAD | Narrative | British Columbia | 08:50
Directed by Tracy D. Smith
A Gothic Western about a mail-order bride arriving at her new home to find a stranger with a gun pointed at her head and no husband in sight. With nowhere else to go, she finds herself defending not only her claim on the property but fighting for her life. Parental Guidance: Coarse Language
FLAWED.jpg FLAWED | Animation | Nova Scotia | 12:29
Directed by Andrea Dorfman
A beautiful gift from Andrea Dorfman’s vivid imagination, a charming little film about very big ideas. In FLAWED she deftly traces her encounter with a potential romantic partner, questioning her attraction and the uneasy possibility of love. But, ultimately, FLAWED is less about whether girl can get along with boy than whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all. General
 Four_Sisters FOUR SISTERS | Narrative | Ontario | 21:32
Directed by Rob Gray
While four sisters wait for the doctor to arrive to pronounce their mother dead, they fight over her pharmaceuticals, wrestle, hurl insults at each other, reminisce and desperately try to hold on to the last vestiges of childhood. Parental Guidance: Coarse Language
 Grandmere_small.jpg GRANDMERE | Narrative | British Columbia | 08:30
Directed by Chick Snipper
Her essence whispers from these walls. Different time periods poetically collide; the character of grandmère sensing the future, her granddaughter remembering the past. Using dance and physical gesture, GRANDMERE is a sensual journey honouring daily ritual and feminine beauty. General
TORA_1_small.jpg TORA | Narrative | British Columbia | 29:00
Directed by Wendy Ord and Glen Samuel
Starring David Suzuki in his first acting role, TORA follows a jaded city woman who inherits a property in BC's Interior and is haunted by a little ghost girl. Jenna discovers through dreams and flashbacks of her new neighbour (Suzuki) that her land was a Japanese Internment Camp during WWII. Parental Guidance: Drug Use

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Sunday, March 6th

NARRATIVE SHORTS with TALKBACK | 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
A series of narrative films looking at the journeys women take in life.

 nearsilence.jpg NEAR SILENCE | Narrative | British Columbia | 08:30
Directed by Ana de Lara
Roger, a former concert pianist debilitated by later stage Huntington's Disease, is cared for by his devastated but loving wife, Fay, who struggles to find meaning in their existence. General: Violence
 SIKAT_Stills4_small.jpg SIKAT |  Narrative |British Columbia | 09:45
Directed by Angelina Cantada
It's been many years since Sikat left the Philippines to come to Canada to care for other women’s children.  Now the day has finally arrived for her own son and husband to rejoin her. General

SOPHIE LAVOIE | Narrative |Québec | 08:42
Directed by Anne Emond
Sophie Lavoie has an appointment. Anxiety starts. General



HOW EUNICE GOT HER BABY | Narrative | Bristish Columbia | 15:55
Directed by Ana Valine
Florence, a small town cashier with big dreams, has every intention of getting out of town until Darryl Dean Chipman wanders into the store, holds her at gunpoint and steals her heart. Their unlikely love burns fast and hard, and leads to Flo’s sister, Eunice, inheriting the progeny of these star-crossed lovers. Parental Guidance: Sexually Suggestive Scene; Violence; Coarse Language


HER MAN PLAN | Narrative | Yukon | 04:38
Directed by Lulu Keating
For Stephanie, the time has come to find a man. The choices in Dawson City, Yukon are slim. When she sets out to fetch the man she's chosen, she's ambushed by another. Parental Guidance: Coarse Language

 Voodoo VOODOO | Narrative | British Columbia | 12:55
Directed by Mark Ratzlaff
Some marriages are cursed from the start - a fact Mr. Decker knows all too well. When his wife returns from her travels abroad and provokes yet another fight, the couple turn to an unusual solution. VOODOO is narrated by Colm Feore and stars David Nykl and Camille Sullivan. Set in 1944 and shot on black and white film, this dark and witty clash of the unhappily married Deckers captures a style and humor reminiscent of the very era it is set in. General

SMALL CURRENTS | Narrative | British Columbia | 19:00
Directed by Carolyn Combs
Caught between her upbringing and a desire for intimacy with Hassan, Tabitha turns to the insights of her six year old daughter to help determine their future. General


THE TRANSLATOR | Narrative | Ontario | 08:00
Directed by Sonya Di Rienzo
While riding the subway with her boyfriend a foreign film translator comes to an unexpected stop. General


EXPOSED | Narrative | British Columbia | 04:30
Directed by Mark Sawers
A photographer gets stuck in an elevator with an older woman. To pass the time he pulls out his camera and starts taking pictures... General

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Sunday, March 6th

FEATURE FILMS with TALKBACK | 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm


Documentary | British Columbia | 22:00
Directed by Tara Hungerford and Eric Hogan
General: Coarse Language

The profile of 12 BC-based artists, among them writer William Gibson, designer/sculptor Martha Sturdy, photographer Fred Herzog and singer/songwriter Sarah McLachlan. Visually bold and captivating, the film peers into the artists' inner world to uncover common truths about creativity, the artistic process and living and working as an artist in BC.


Documentary | British Columbia | 48:20           
Directed by Beth Freeman
Parental Guidance: Violence

SISTERS IN ARMS presents the untold stories of three remarkable women who have chosen the most difficult and dangerous military professions and are sent to fight in the war in Afghanistan.  For the first time in Canadian history, women are fighting in frontline combat.  Using video diaries filmed by the soldiers while on duty and intimate interviews at home, they share their deepest fears, darkest moments and unique perspectives, challenging stereotypes and shifting perceptions of what constitutes a soldier.

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Sunday, March 6th

FEATURE FILM & CLOSING AWARDS | 8:00 pm - 10:00 pm


Narrative | British Columbia | 80:00
Directed by Katrin Bowen
Parental Guidance: Coarse & Sexual Language; Drug Use

AMAZON FALLS tells the story of a faded B-movie actress, Jana, who refuses to give up her dream of being a star. But the clock is ticking.  She is on the cusp of forty and it's now or never. Despite her best efforts to live clean and expand her skills, Jana is ultimately overcome by the burden of a dream in a business that would seem to punish more for virtue than for vice.  Faced with perpetual futility and diminishing returns, when is it time to finally let the dream go?

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The WIDC Feature Film Award, administered by Creative Women Workshops Association, is a $100,000 in-kind award designed to encourage more feature films directed by women in British Columbia, and is supported by some of Western Canada’s most significant companies.  Award sponsors include:  William F White International, Deluxe Vancouver, North Shore Studios, Bridge Studios, Western Post, and presentation sponsor, Women In Film &Television Vancouver.  Read more about the 2010 WIDC Feature Film Award winner ...


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