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Vancouver Lift-Off Festival: Shorts Program 1

Program Running Time 85 min.

Aug 01 01:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(2016, 85 mins)

Short films (including Axiomatic and Run by Vancouver filmmakers KS Kuperis and Elad Tzadok) in the first local presentation from the international Lift-Off Film Festival Global Network.

Lift-Off focuses on supporting emerging independent talent, providing platforms for new voices in an international exchange. LIft-Off Film Festivals take place in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Sydney, Amsterdam and London. This is inaugural Canadian festival.

Vancouver Lift-Off Festival: Shorts Programme 1

(2016, 85 mins)
Classification: 19+


Aug 01 01:00 pm

About Lift-Off:

Since its humble beginnings in 2011 the Lift-Off Film Festival Network has spread around the world, bringing new independent cinema to global audiences. Lift-Off’s motto is in its name. We focus on supporting emerging talent in independent cinema, providing platforms for new voices, a network for them to grow and the fuel to launch their careers.

The Lift-Off Network is a new kind of film festival, moving away from the traditional large yearly event, and replacing it with a network of global events that provide a platform for a global exchange of independent cinema. Lift-Off stages events in Hong Kong, Tokyo, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Singapore, Sydney, Amsterdam and London. This is their first visit to Canada.

Finding Beauty in the Rubble    
Japan  Short Documentary
Paul Nethercott
Winner Tokyo Lift-Off Best Documentary - Japanese woman creates a beautiful product line from the most unsuspecting debris.

Another Place
Ian Nsenga
After the death of her mother from cancer, Naomi struggles to move on. She discovers an object drifted on a beach that transports her into an alternate world, where a war is being fought between women and a scattered union of men resisting extinction. A surprise also awaits for her one that ultimately changes her life.

The Stream
USA   Short Narrative
Claudia Fucigna
When Blair, a young father who takes underground fights to support his family, learns of a brain condition that gives him supernatural visions, he questions his upcoming match against a Muay Thai champion.

Canada *Vancouver Local  Short Narrative
K.S. Kuperis
30 years in the future, nanotechnology exists that allows you to alter your beliefs for a predetermined period of time. 

Phil Moniz
Drained from a long day, a long career, Detective Becket finds the prospect of dealing with a frozen homeless corpse more appealing than that of his weekly dress-down by his ex-wife. Shirking a promise to his young daughter, Becket seeks escape in the routine of the crime scene but is forced instead to listen to the grating chatter of the young, brash Officer Gerard. As the younger man chips away at his patience, Becket learns that there are certainly worse places to be than in the company of his loving daughter, and that the choice to avoid responsibility can have sour consequences.

Remembering Claire
Evelyn Pollock
A man fights to hold on to his identity as his mind is ravaged by disease. From the tumble of recalled images forming his reality, a love story emerges.

The Outside In
UK Short Narrative
Tristan Shepherd
Winner Las Vegas Lift-Off - Norah is on the verge of womanhood and it’s not only her body that’s changing, but her perception to the world that she lives in, and the man that rules that world.


Vancouver Lift-Off Closing Film: Autumn Fall

(2015, 98 mins)
In Norweigan with English subtitles
CAST Helge Jordal, Ingeborg Sundrehagen Raustøl, Bjørn Sundquist, Hege Schøyen, Sverre Anker Ousdal
Classification: 19+


Aug 02 08:30 pm

Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo. Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can’t stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and utimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Ken Foster

(2016, 90 mins)
Classification: 19+


Aug 01 09:00 pm

Out of the shadowy world of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Ken Foster emerges as an enigmatic figure. A prolific artist, Foster is known as much for his beautifully distorted renditions of iconic cityscapes as he is for peddling them on the streets to support a serious crack habit and subdue a schizophrenic mind.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Black Mud

(2015, 98 mins)
CAST Ashley Tredenick, Jon Rhys, Ashley Dane Clark


Aug 01 07:00 pm

Black Mud is a coming of age story about two orphaned brothers who travel cross country to the Alberta oil sands in search of a new life. Along the way, they learn to depend on one another, but tensions grow as money gets tight. On the brink of giving up, Alex, the older brother, meets Flora, a young drifter, who insists on coming with them in exchange for a place to stay in Alberta.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Johnny Walker

(2016, 85 mins)
In English
CAST Hank Botwinik, Mike Daneels, Christelle Comill, Udo Kier
Classification: 19+


Aug 01 03:00 pm

A washed up Hollywood director is trapped in a remote castle by his own fears until the arrival of a mysterious woman offers him possible salvation. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s ’Notes from the Underground’, Johnny Walker attempts to answer the burning question: Is living a long life vulgar, immoral or just plain bad manners?

Johnny is an American filmmaker who was once very successful and respected. These days, however, he is well past his prime, and battling with depression.


He is married to Sharon, a famous actress, whom he met on the set of his last movie. Unfortunately for Johnny, she would rather spend her time on set than at home.

In contrast to his wife, Johnny doesn’t have any great expectations left of life. He is busy with a new project, but it seems doomed to fail. Cut off from reality, he lives in a castle somewhere in little European kingdom and is surrounded by staff that barely speak English.

One day an unknown pregnant woman shows up unexpectedly at Johnny’s door.

Their meeting heralds a new beginning for Johnny.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Shorts Programme 2

(2016, 85 mins)
Classification: 19+


Aug 01 05:00 pm

Line up includes award-winning short films from international Lift-Off festivals.

USA Short Narrative
Steve Parys
Winner Las Vegas Lift-Off Online - Lightheaded is a romantic comedy in which the lonely Nora discovers she has a very persistent guardian angel who is hell-bent on helping her find happiness again.

USA Short Narrative
Alexander Hankoff & Alexander Maxwell.
Winner Tokyo Lift-Off Online - A struggling small town race car driver wrestles with a dark proposition from a sponsor who takes an interest in the sport’s potential for carnage.

Father’s Day
Canada Short Narrative
Arizona O’Neill
A 13-year-old girl, conflicted about her sense of self, goes to meet her father for the first time before he goes to prison and finds the meeting humorous and cathartic .

Bikini Words
South Korea Short Documentary
Nils Clauss
Winner Liverpool Lift-Off Best Documentary - Factory workers in Korea tyalk about their lives on the conveyor belt.

A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky
France Short Narrative
You might think that Simon lives a monotonous life. You would be wrong… Contrary to appearances, he does not live alone among the ruins of an old farm. Between kidnapper and guardian angel, he never takes his eyes off his roommate. 

Further shorts TBC

Vancouver Lift-Off: Shorts Programme 3

(2016, 85 mins)


Aug 02 06:30 pm

Mexico Short Narrative
Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer
Winner Liverpool, Tokyo Lift-Off Best Narrative - Oscar Long Listed & Lift-Off Multi Award Winning Short. This is the story of a barber and a criminal underworld. Of pride beating greed.

USA  Short Narrative
Devereux Milburn
A maladroit bumbler pines after a co-worker in the vain hope of catching her eye over the advances of his superior.

Vancouver Local Short Narrative
Stefano Casadei
If you knew how many heartbeats you had in a lifetime, how would that change the way you choose to live it?

Last Base
Norway Short Narrative
Aslak Danbolt
Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Øyvind.