This mysterious and enchanting animated exploration of the myriad dimensions of existence seduces and repulses in turn.
Enduring episodes of spontaneous teleportation, an understandably disoriented man struggles to find his way back home.
In a town where job prospects amount to turning tricks at the truck stop, two young women plan their escape.
Backstage drama meets reality TV in this juicy mockumentary about a teen dance troupe. Think Canadian Idol or Step Up, but with a little more bite. Here we get to see the downside of things that movies usually glorify: beauty, ambition, competition, dedication. There are plenty of laughs, and some superb dance numbers to boot.
A series of irresistible short films that explore the idealized individuals, coveted items and beguiling ideas that elicit yearning and inspire everything from reveries to demented rampages.
The operations in the tar sands of Fort McMurray are certainly ripe for discussion. However, the subject is so polarizing that meaningful debate is rare. Charles Wilkinson’s documentary addresses the tension between work and worldliness in fluid interviews with a handful of workers who are also preparing for a karaoke contest.
Pushed past her breaking point by her overbearing mother, a pint-sized beauty queen is forced to take drastic measures to regain control of her young life.
What happens when you lose your guide before you find your way? Inspired by writer-director Ben Ratner’s long-time friendship with the iconic actress Babz Chula, and featuring an enviable ensemble cast, this is a charming film about mentorship, companionship, living life to the fullest and, ultimately, letting go. BC Spotlight Gala.
Some of us were born for the stage (or screen) while others have flop sweat in their veins. Will the characters in these short films rise to the occasion or go down in flames?
Curating a retrospective of her late father’s films, Grace embarks on a journey, but one without a clear destination. Terry Miles’ latest is strong on detail: every social situation and behavioural quirk rings true. And, as with the best realist films, there’s a foundation of mystery beneath the surface. Dedicated to the memory of film critic and VIFF friend Ian Caddell.
Just as the concept of dark matter leaves astrophysicists scratching their heads, the short films assembled here snub their noses at straightforward synopses by finding inventive takes on familiar tropes.
Taking their cues from the vagaries of youth, these capricious short films tackle those formative experiences that either shape our futures or simply leave us forever scarred.
The first fiction feature by Mathieu Roy (Surviving Progress) stars Marcel Sabourin as the increasingly erratic and forgetful father of a jet-setting reporter (Roy Dupuis) and an ambitious pilot in training (Émile Proulx-Cloutier). The two brothers must overcome their differences when they accompany their father to the enigmatic "other home" that he seeks. Winner, Most Popular Canadian Feature, Montreal 2013.
This quixotic quest film is directed by Jeremiah Chechik (Benny & Joon) and stars True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten as Leo Palamino, a failed writer who toils as a dishwasher. Leo is reluctantly famous thanks to a blog and book written by his ex-wife called "Why You Suck." But there’s light at the end of his tunnel vision…
Revenge is a rite of passage in Jeff Barnaby’s audacious, genre-bending debut. The reigning "weed princess" of Red Crow reserve, teenage Aila communes with spirits as she plots vengeance against the callous Indian Agent tormenting her community. Swirling fantasy and harrowing reality conspire in this riveting tale of a feminist, First Nations heroine for the ages.
A stop-motion cautionary tale about child labour and how parents often don’t have the faintest idea about how much their kids are suffering.
In Bruce Sweeney’s latest, the prickly, acerbic and chronically impulsive host of a sports talk show (Tom Scholte) faces two major catastrophes as an inappropriate series of tweets and an ironic injury leave his job hanging by a thread. It’s up to his veteran producer (Gabrielle Rose) to save both their livelihoods—by any means necessary…
Having just chickened out of a suicide attempt, malcontent Holloman turns his attention to the seemingly boundless happiness of Lawrence, a man of few morals and no brains. Matthew Kowalchuk’s film—adapted from Morris Panych’s play—works on many levels: as wacky sketch comedy, as absurdist fable and, most pungently, as a satire on the modern rat race.
When a giant inexplicably picks a fight with him, a young man must throw down with his oversized tormentor.
A small-time criminal kidnaps his estranged daughter and takes off on a road trip with ideas of starting a new life in Canada. Staring Dominic Fumusa (Kevin in Nurse Jackie).