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The perils of online dating become readily apparent when a disastrous first encounter segues from awkwardness to anarchy.

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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A nuclear family has everything they ever wanted… And domestic bliss has never looked so much like the Apocalypse…

Experimental & Avant Garde
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After incurring the wrath of his neglected five-year-old son, a manchild finds himself at a crossroads. Will he prove he’s father material, or will he cut and run?

Drama, Family Relations
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In Matt Johnson’s conceptually daring debut, a high school movie geek’s power fantasies about exacting revenge on his tormentors spill over into reality and spiral out of control. "The most empathetic and human portrait of bullying, and its deadly consequences, ever put on film.”—Huffington Post. Winner, Best Narrative Feature, Slamdance 2013.

Comedy, Crime, Drama, Filmmaking, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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In turns sensuous and sinister, Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas’ entrancing, atmospheric character study unfolds in an isolated, snowbound cabin within which a woman is plagued by grief, illness and a supernatural presence. "Viewers who are unafraid to venture into cinema’s darkest hinterlands will be impressed by what they discover here."—Grid

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Fantasy, Health (Mental & Physical)
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Anxiety over Vancouver real estate reaches operatic heights in this mischievous musical riff on an infamous local news story.

Animation, Comedy, Music & Dance, Women Directors
International Shorts

How can a community end homelessness?

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At a loss over how to get with the guy of her dreams, an introverted teen turns to her hard-drinking, ludomaniac grandma for bad advice.

Comedy, Family Relations, Sex & Eroticism, Women Directors
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Director Louise Archambault avoids the obvious traps in this thoughtful telling of the love between Gabrielle, a young woman affected by a neurodevelopmental disorder, and a boy she meets through her choir. With the stirring participation of famous Quebec singer Robert Charlebois, this is a crowd-pleaser with integrity. Winner, Audience Award, Locarno 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Music & Dance, Under 18 May Attend, Romance, Women Directors
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Taking us around the globe to examine national and ethnic attitudes, Vic Sarin’s documentary shines a light on skin colour—not race in itself—as a factor in shame and bigotry. The film starts from a personal position—Sarin’s insecurity about his colour—and becomes an act of catharsis for himself, for his subjects and, hopefully, for many in the audience.

Biography, Family Relations, Human Rights, Immigration
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Director Amy Miller (Carbon Rush, VIFF 2012) exposes the devastating human cost of agricultural land grabbing—the contentious issue of large-scale agricultural land acquisitions by domestic and transnational companies, governments and individuals.

Environment, Food, Farm & Garden, Women Directors
(Le courant faible de la rivière)
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A familiar river brings back old memories for a man. The last time he was there, it was with a girl. And they wanted very different things.

Animation, Romance
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Set to bombastic symphonics, and incorporating elements of surrealism and cubism, this bold piece explores the ties between art and war.

Animation, Fine Arts & Theatre, Experimental & Avant Garde, Music & Dance
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The paths of four troubled souls intersect inside an unassuming department store in Gia Milani’s romantic tragicomedy. Commanding fantastic performances from her stellar cast—Karine Vanasse, Emily Hampshire, Kevin Zegers and Cory Monteith in his final film role—Milani shows that there are right and wrong ways to love, and that learning the difference is a worthy struggle. Canadian Images Opening Film.

Comedy, Drama, Under 18 May Attend, Romance, Women Directors
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Danishka Esterhazy’s provocative and challenging film is a tale of survival against all odds, updating the story of Hansel and Gretel to reflect some grim contemporary realities: single parenthood, substance abuse, child neglect, pedophilia and serial murder. It’s a potent mix, and the performances are superb.

Adventures Outdoors, Family Relations, Fantasy, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors
Chi
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Losing her long battle with cancer, beloved Vancouver actress Babz Chula journeys to India to undergo ayurvedic healing. Anne Wheeler’s compassionate documentary keeps us at Babz’s side during her final months. "A hard, often unflinching look at ’the art of dying,’ Chi fully earns the tears you’ll likely be shedding."—Globe & Mail

Health (Mental & Physical), Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Women Directors
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In the blink of an eye, an unassuming stretch of Russian countryside becomes a historical site. And only a girl and her grandmother are there to witness it.

Animation, Family Relations, History

Canada, Mexico, Denmark, Philippines

Cinema of Our Time

A famous American filmmaker (The Color Wheel director Alex Ross Perry) travels to the Yucatán to scout locations for his last movie. The Mayan Apocalypse intercedes. Raya Martin (Independencia) and Mark Peranson (Waiting for Sancho) co-direct.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Comedy, Filmmaking, History, Religion, Spirituality & Myth, Western

Canada, France

(Tom à la ferme)
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Xavier Dolan (I Killed My Mother), one of Canada’s most provocative and boundary pushing filmmakers, dips his toes into the mainstream with this gripping psychological thriller. Dolan plays the grief-stricken Tom, who ventures into the bucolic Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral, only to become a pawn in a savage, sadistic game perpetrated by members of the grieving family. Winner, FIPRESCI International Critics Award, Venice 2013.

Drama, Family Relations, Mystery, Queer Interest, Action, Thrills & Suspense

USA, Canada, Hong Kong

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Arriving in Hong Kong with a 90-day tourist visa, a Chinese girl is led through seedy back alleys and into the world of underground prostitution.

Drama, Economics & Globalization, Sex & Eroticism

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