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A personal documentary featuring 5,000 still photographs taken over a period of 25 years. A life flashing in front of your eyes in rapid, hypnotic fashion.

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A dancer conveys the horrors endured by homosexuals in Nazi concentration camps through bold contemporary movement.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Drama, Music & Dance, Queer Interest
International Shorts

"Gosh, why can’t we all just get along?"

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Sculpture and kinetic performance collide to breathtaking effect in this explosive piece exploring the art of destruction.

Experimental & Avant Garde, Music & Dance
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This mysterious and enchanting animated exploration of the myriad dimensions of existence seduces and repulses in turn.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Religion, Spirituality & Myth
International Shorts

Walter is an 89-year-old curmudgeon, and proud of it.

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Inside Crafty’s Art and Supply, a standoff ensues between a man in desperate need of the washroom and an employee diligently enforcing company policy.

Comedy, Action, Thrills & Suspense
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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.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Galas

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.

Fine Arts & Theatre, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Health (Mental & Physical), Jewish Interest, Music & Dance
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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.

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Sex & Eroticism
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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.

Drama, Family Relations, Filmmaking
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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?

Animation, Comedy, Music & Dance
International Shorts

How to get your video-addict friends to go camping.

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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.

Animation, Experimental & Avant Garde, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror
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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…

Comedy, Romance
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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.

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations
International Shorts

How can a community end homelessness?

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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.

Crime, Drama, Family Relations, Aboriginal First Nations, Mystery, Action, Thrills & Suspense

USA, Canada

International Shorts

Two lonely people jump off a building to end it all, and fall in love on the way down. A very brief romance.

Comedy, Romance
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When a giant inexplicably picks a fight with him, a young man must throw down with his oversized tormentor.

Comedy, Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

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