FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 7

Being and Nothingness

Drawing inspiration from Jean-Paul Sartre’s existential philosophy, and using the mesmeric repetitions of Philip Glass (Metamorphosis four), this exquisite short examines the nature of human identity. With choreography by Guillaume Côté, and featuring Greta Hodgkinson, the principal dancer of The National Ballet of Canada.

This short precedes the feature film POLINA.

Bright Spots

A poetic documentary/portrait of scientist Nick Holmes and his work preventing extinctions on islands.

Considering Love & Other Magic

In English. No subtitles.

WEST COAST PREMIERE

While trying to make sense of her home life since her brother’s abrupt passing, Jessie agrees to tutor young Tommy, a reclusive boy living in an anachronistic mansion with his elusive uncle, and a Pulitzer Prize winning novelist named Veronica Guest. Tommy is convinced he’s a work of fiction; a boy invented from the pages of a short story. Fact and fiction collide, and Jessie begins to think she may have bitten off more than she can chew. As the mansion’s hidden pathways reveal its dusty secrets, Jessie is convinced she can help Tommy.

Lucy

This animated documentary tells the life story of an unhappily domesticated chimpanzee named Lucy, and the extreme sacrifices one woman made to set her free.

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.

Play Your Gender

In English. No subtitles.

WEST COAST PREMIERE

Women account for less than 5% of producers and engineers, even though many of the most bankable stars in the industry are female. While celebrating women’s achievements, director Stephanie Clattenburg and musician Kinnie Starr take us on a quest to understand how it came to be that the gendered authorship gap exists. These candid and insightful discussions, with some of Canada’s best known artists, will have you drumming along in your seat and leave you inspired to follow your art.

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.

Sing

Mindenki

In Hungarian with English subtitles.

Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school, and singing in the school's famous choir is her only consolation. Zsofi eventually becomes friends with Liza, and they discover the secret to their choir's success. A pointed comment on the moral bankruptcy of winning at all costs, you’ll be cheering for Sing at the Oscars--it is short-listed for best live-action short!

Where Is Home?

Fourteen-year-old Asad fled from Afghanistan seeking the security he deserves. The flags of every country he has temporarily lived in as a migrant are peeled off of his body using stop-motion animation.