VIFF Short Forum: Program 1
What kind of alchemy occurs to transform hardship into fortune? Here, the extraordinary burn brightly.
Q&A Oct 1 & Oct 3
This short film program includes the following films:
Municipal Relaxation Module
Matthew Rankin, QC (6 min)
Ken has a perfect spot for a city bench, and is calling the city to share his idea.
Amar Chebib, BC (17 min)
Darius Sam, a young man from the Lower Nicola First Nation, attempts to run a 100-mile ultramarathon in subzero temperatures to raise awareness for addiction and mental health in his community.
Scott Jones, NS (17 min)
Nearing the anniversary of a traumatic attack, a paraplegic writer navigates the many shades of trauma and healing.
Carol Nguyen, QC (15 min)
Using the metaphor of nanitic—a descriptor of the first worker ants produced by the queen using only the reserved nutrition of her body—this story follows a day in the life of two young girls Mai and Trang, their Aunt Útty, and Trang’s ailing grandmother.
John Greyson, Bongani Ndodana-Breen, ON (6 min)
An operatic cine-poem weaving together the stories of African-Canadian singer Portia White, South African chef Phelokazi Ndlwana, and the Free Gender activist group—a Black lesbian organization based in Khayelitsha, a township on the outskirts of Cape Town.
From Chile to Canada: Media Herstories
Sarah Shamash, Sonia Medel, BC (17 min)
Through feminist solidarities on unceded Coast Salish land, the contributions of Latinx women reveal an intergenerational network of media art genealogies.
I Thought the World of You
Kurt Walker, BC (17 min)
An enigmatic mosaic built on the lore existing around Canadian musician Lewis and his 1983 album, L’Amour.
Ashleigh Vaillancourt, BC (4 min)
At night, a woman’s mind wanders as she chops firewood.
Leah Johnston, NS (20 min)
Six-year-old Molly copes with her father’s alcoholic rage and mother’s worsening depression. One day, Molly and her mother discover a secret hidden underneath the floor grate.
Community Broadcast Partner
Various with English subtitles
Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence
Open to youth!
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Someone Lives Here
Throughout the COVID pandemic, Toronto has seen a catastrophic increase in homelessness. Sick of seeing his city unable to care for its unhoused people, Khaleel Seivwright quit his job as a full-time carpenter and dedicated himself to building insulated shelters--called 'tiny shelters.'
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Animation
The best animated shorts of the year, according to the Academy... films from Iran, Israel, France and the USA. This program will also feature a handful of "best runners-up".
Big Fight in Little Chinatown
Set against the backdrop of the COVID pandemic and an unprecedented rise in anti-Asian racism, the documentary takes us into the lives of residents, businesses, and community organizers whose neighborhoods are facing active erasure.
Oscar® Shorts 2024: Live Action
This year's nominees for Best Live Action Short Films include a mini-masterpiece from Wes Anderson and French Canadian entry, Invincible.
The Invisible Fight
Fans of Black Sabbath, kung fu, and/or wacky comedy won't want to miss The Invisible Fight. This gonzo Estonian martial arts movie is an unholy cross between Aki Kaurismaki and Edgar Wright; a true one-off.
Manufacturing the Threat
Shining a light into the murky world of police infiltration, incitement, and agent provocateurs, Manufacturing The Threat shows how Canada’s policing and national security agencies, granted additional powers after 9/11, routinely break laws with little to no accountability or oversight.