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Mamie

Mamie lives in Gaspésie, Québec, in a house that faces away from the sea. Her granddaughter wonders why it’s so difficult for her Mamie to show her affection. In this wondrous animation, filmmaker Janice Nadeau draws from her own childhood memories to share a personal and touching story about the break in ‘passing things on’ between her and her grandmother.

Mia'

A young Indigenous street artist paints scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. Lacking cultural resources, she paints these images from intuition and blood memory. She has not heard the stories from her Elders lips, but has found her own methods to rediscover them. Following a personal transformation via the vessel of a salmon, Mia struggles through polluted waters, witnessing the industrial impact on her home and nature.

Mia'

A young Indigenous street artist paints scenes rooted in the supernatural history of her people. Lacking cultural resources, she paints these images from intuition and blood memory. She has not heard the stories from her Elders lips, but has found her own methods to rediscover them. Following a personal transformation via the vessel of a salmon, Mia struggles through polluted waters, witnessing the industrial impact on her home and nature.

Mindfork

Incorporating the found sound of an English language lesson, Mindfork depicts a visual descent into confusion triggered by the effort to keep it all together when your brain is telling you one thing and your body is doing another.

Nothing About Moccasins

Rien sur les mocassins

In French and Atikamekw with English subtitles.

Telling a story that can't be told, Eden Mallina Awashish’s inventive documentary reveals the importance of a pair of familial moccasins, and offers a new dimension to understanding heritage. Awashish’s storytelling centers on the idea of cultural loss, and creates a record of the resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition.

Pumpers

Inspired by the found sound of baby noises, Pumpers takes a hard and humourous look at the bizarre behaviour of people working out in a gym.

Regalia: Pride in Two Spirits

Two Spirit people embody the strength of both female and male spirits, and they were revered by many First Nations. Under Canada's residential school program, Indigenous children were removed from their homes and severely punished for speaking their mother tongue. Subsequently, cultural knowledge and many cultural teachings were lost. Duane Stewart-Grant, from the X̌ à’islak’ala (Haisla) and nuučaan̓uł (Nuu-chah-nulth) First Nations, shares his experience of reclaiming culture and language which is a pivotal step in embracing his queer identity.

Sabaku

When Sabaku's best friend, the buffalo, passes away, he needs to find himself a new friend. He tries connecting with different species, but soon finds out it isn't as easy as it seems.

Stems

Stop-motion animation can be complex or simple, but it starts in the same place: your imagination. Director Ainslie Henderson builds a musical world of pure artistry from found objects. Stems won the prestigious McLaren Award for Best New Animation.

Steps

Enjambées

In French with English subtitles.

Ten-year-old Josephine has one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence. Astonishingly brilliant, and charming, she puts into words the changes happening inside her as well as around her: her body and her relationships. She reminds us of the joy of childhood freedom and imagination.

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