Directed by: Shannon Kohli & Michelle Brezinski, BC (10 min)
The black plague rolls across Europe, prompting desperate measures to stop the contagion. One woman refuses to abide by these laws, trying to prolong the last moments of her husband’s life. This film has been recognized for excellence in production values and its compelling story.
Directed by: Myrsini Aristidou, Cyprus (13 min) BC Premiere
Seeking attention, a little girl shows up at her father’s workplace. Barely speaking, they manage to convey a tenuous yet special and caring relationship. A selection at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the film has been recognized as “astutely observed, ultimately heart-rending.”
Directed by: Sandra-Jessica Koban, France (20 min) World Premiere
Five men in a halfway house are about to rejoin society after their periods of incarceration. With poignant sensitivity and strong performances, the film captures the almost insurmountable challenges they face, as they try to prove their readiness for the outside world.
Directed by: Jean-Christophe J. Lamontagne, Quebec (14 min)
Loïc is the newcomer in his gang of adolescent delinquents. What will he do when he discovers the house they are robbing is not completely empty? The film convincingly portrays a difficult social dynamic, while managing to find an up-beat ending.
Directed by: Una Gunjak, Croatia (15 min) Canadian Premiere
Selma decides to save the life of her birthday present, a chicken, by setting it free. In 1993, in Sarajevo, this naïve idealism may cost the 6-year-old Selma her life. Realistic, harsh and beautiful at the same time, the film portrays family bonding in extreme circumstances.
Directed by: Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, BC (14 min)
This is a moving, engaged, and unconventional documentary exploring the complex relationship between a father and daughter. Through animation, re-enactments, and archival photos, writer/director E. Tailfeathers (Blackfoot & Saami) delves into the dissolution of her parents’ mythic love story, showing how it has coloured her perception of love in her adult life.
Directed by: Stella Kyriakopoulos, Greece (11 min) Canadian Premiere
A mother and daughter spend the day travelling through the city. An emotionally powerful and heart wrenching film about love and choices, the film has won several awards, and was nominated for the Short Film Grand Jury Prize at the Sundance Film Festival.