VIFF Showcases 42 Canadian Images Shorts and Offers Two Cash Awards
Recognizing the exceptional, innovative short form work being created in our country, the 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival showcases 42 outstanding Canadian short films, including 13 World Premieres and 3 Canadian Premieres.
WireService.ca Media Release (09/16/2015) Vancouver, BC – Each of these selections will be eligible for the Best Canadian Short Film award. Furthermore, emerging filmmakers will be eligible for the Most Promising Director of a Canadian Short Film award. Both of these juried awards include a $2,000 cash prize.
Selected from a record number of submissions, the short films featured at VIFF include the latest work from some of Canada’s most respected filmmakers, including Denis Côté (May We Sleep Soundly), experimental animator Theodore Ushev (The Sleepwalker and Blood Manifesto), Sundance alum Chelsea McMullan (The World Famous Gopher Hole Museum, co-directed by Douglas Nayler) and Oscar-nominated animator Cordell Barker (If I Was God).
British Columbia creators are once again well-represented with 17 local productions programmed. Amongst these are Balmoral Hotel, Leo Award-winner Wayne Wapeemukwa’s latest exploration of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, and Rock the Box, the directorial debut from film critic Katherine Monk, which profiles Vancouver native DJ Rhiannon, the world’s top female DJ. British Columbia plays itself in many of these films, with Will Ross and Devan Scott’s Lifeguard detailing an English Bay-set existential crisis, while Ryan Ermacora and Jessica Johnson’s Ocean Falls examines the fate of a once booming company town.
And, while not officially a British Columbia production, Ann Shin’s documentary My Enemy, My Brother features the incredible Vancouver-set story of two men who met each other on the battlefield during the Iran-Iraq War, shared a moment of humanity and then encountered each other again by chance in the Lower Mainland some 20 years later.
The 34th annual Vancouver International Film Festival runs September 24-October 9, 2015. Full details can be found at viff.org.
(Ashley McKenzie, Nova Scotia)
An overworked student is entangled in a wicked problem when trying to nurse a fledgling friendship with a troubled young drug addict.
At the Beach
(Jeremy Peter Allen, Quebec)
It’s not easy to brave the gaze of others at the beach when your body still bears the traces of a tragic event.
(Wayne Wapeemukwa, British Columbia)
The life story of a First Nations sex worker is conveyed via a ragged daytime dance through Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.
(Lucas Hrubizna, British Columbia)
A Christian rocker-turned-youth-pastor follows his favourite youth-group member to college in order to monitor his moral integrity.
(Jenna Hambrook, British Columbia)
The only thing standing between Micky and her first orgasm are some misguided ideas about healthy female sexuality.
(Theodore Ushev, Quebec)
Animated with the director’s own blood, this is a violent poem about ideals worth shedding blood for. Or not.
(JEAN-MARC E. ROY, PHILIPPE DAVID GAGNÉ, QUEBEC)
Directionless and homeless after a breakup, a sawmill worker pulls out his wrestling unitard and climbs back into the ring.
(Pascal Plante, Quebec)
When a Quebecois mother enters her four-year-old daughter in a Florida beauty pageant, a game of cat-and-mouse commences.
(Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, Ontario)
Tensions mount at a women’s beginner boxing class when Sheila must contend with a classmate’s oppressive concern.
(Lisa Birke, Ontario)
A humorous spectacle reveals the fallacy of the selfie while restoring the humanity of the stripped-down “calendar girl.”
(Alex Balkam, Nova Scotia)
When her camping trip is ruined by a storm, a woman takes refuge in an empty summer homeand finds what she’s been looking for.
Clouds of Autumn
(Trevor Mack, Matthew Taylor Blais, British Columbia)
Two siblings endure the impact a residential school has on their relationship with themselves, one another and nature itself.
(Aaron Mirkin, Ontario)
While housesitting for the parents of a friend who committed suicide, Beckett finds the world reflecting his inner turmoil.
(John Bolton, British Columbia)
An “intertidal artist” ambitiously crafts a memorial out of the marine debris from the great East Japan earthquake and tsunami that washes ashore in Tofino.
(Chad Galloway, Heather Benning, British Columbia)
For decades, The Dollhouse stood in a frozen field just off of a prairie highway. Then, a match was lit and it was lost forever.
(Katherine Grubb, British Columbia)
An animated depiction of the experiences of dealing with a body dysmorphic disorder, disordered eating and scoliosis.
(Harry Cepka, Ontario)
Rebecca visits her hippie mother. They dance and it’s mortifying. Rebecca visits her rapper brother. They do drugs and it’s ecstatic.
If I Was God
(Cordell Barker, Manitoba)
Would god-like powers have solved your childhood problems? This stop-motion memoir suggests that they certainly might’ve helped.
Interview with a Free Man
(NICOLAS LÉVESQUE, Quebec)
Three men are interviewed for a job that might offer them a new start in life. Their answers grow increasingly revealing…
(Kevin Papatie, Quebec)
A beautiful experimental tribute to the filmmaker’s grandmother and her people, who’ve survived the trials of history and remained strong.
(Fantavious Fritz, Ontario)
A missing cat observes fleeting moments of human life in a suburban neighbourhood before taking up with a woman nearing her end.
(Devan Scott, Will Ross, British Columbia)
Over the course of two days, a lifeguard stationed at English Bay undergoes an existential crisis.
(FRANÇOIS JAROS, Quebec)
Maurice made a list: pick a date, retire, sell the car, see old friends and empty the garage. Then, die with dignity.
May We Sleep Soundly
(DENIS CÔTÉ, Quebec)
Winter has come and a strange silence has taken up residence. An unseen figure investigates, finding everyone in an uncannily deep sleep.
(Amanda Strong, Bracken Hanuse Corlett, British Columbia/Manitoba)
An Indigenous artist’s graffiti comes to life, spawning an odd transformation while revealing the ravages of industrial violence.
The Muses of Salome
(Mirek Hamet, Quebec)
In this reinterpretation of the myth, Salome composes a piece of electroacoustic music centred on the sound of the male orgasm.
My Enemy, My Brother
(Ann Shin, Ontario)
After a fateful confrontation during the Iran-Iraq War, two former enemies meet again by sheer chance in Vancouver.
My Favourite Season
(Liz Cairns, British Columbia)
After starting Grade 7 with an “F,” Nell looks to find solace in pancakes. She and Angie just need one last ingredient.
(David Findlay, British Columbia)
After having seen his estranged uncle on the bus for the first time in years, Eric weighs the merits and risks of reaching out.
Never Steady, Never Still
(Kathleen Hepburn, British Columbia)
Overwhelmed by past mistakes, a young man returns home and finds solace in the strength of his recently widowed mother.
(Ryan Ermacora, Jessica Johnson, British Columbia)
A lyrical study of a nearly abandoned company town that all but withered and died once its existence no longer made financial sense.
(Darcy Van Poelgeest, British Columbia)
An ex-cop finds himself in a life-altering dilemma when his old partner rounds him up to take care of some unfinished business.
Penny’s For Tea
(Sophie Jarvis, Kane Stewart, British Columbia)
A tea-time get-together between old friends reveals the seedy indiscretions within the group.
(ELLE-MÁIJÁ TAILFEATHERS, British Columbia)
An exploration of the complex relationship between a father and daughter, employing animation, re-enactments and archival photos.
Rock the Box
(Katherine Monk, British Columbia)
A portrait of DJ Rhiannon, a rising star and one of a handful of female DJs who’ve “made it” in an industry controlled by men.
She Stoops To Conquer
(Zachary Russell, Ontario)
After bombing with a new character, an aspiring comedian encounters the real-life version of the man she’s been playing.
(Theodore Ushev, Quebec)
A surrealist journey, inspired by poetry and set to Balkan beats, that evokes fantastic dreams and passionate nights.
(Emilie Mannering, Quebec)
Accompanying teen brothers on their daily routine of complicity and intimidation, Star tackles themes of identity and friendship.
(Jasmin Mozaffari, Ontario)
Suddenly hit with a devastating loss, a restless young man struggles to deal with the first stages of grief.
Wind Through a Tree
(Seth Smith, Nova Scotia)
In this poetic home movie, an unrelated family of four eccentrics is connected by themes of loneliness and isolation.
(Dusty Mancinelli, Ontario)
Joshua’s dull afternoon is upended when his volatile older brother shepherds him through the countryside in search of adventure.
World Famous Gopher Hole Museum
(Chelsea McMullan, Douglas Nayler, Alberta/Ontario)
An Alberta farm town wishes to be frozen in time, much like the taxidermied gophers in its lone tourist attraction.
Founded in 1982, the Greater Vancouver International Film Festival Society is a not-for-profit cultural society and federally registered charitable organization that operates the internationally acclaimed Vancouver International Film Festival (VIFF), the annual VIFF Industry Conference and the year-round programming of the Vancity Theatre at the Vancouver International Film Centre. Its mandate is to encourage understanding of the world’s cultures through the art of cinema, to foster the art of cinema, to facilitate the meeting in British Columbia of cinema professionals from around the world, and to stimulate the motion picture industry in British Columbia. In its 34th year, the Vancouver International Film Festival welcomes the world to Vancouver from September 24-October 9, 2015 as it showcases the top BC, Canadian and international films and plays host to industry professionals from around the globe.
VIFF gratefully acknowledges the generous support of our Premier Partners Rogers Communications and Telefilm Canada. VIFF also extends its thanks and appreciation to the City of Vancouver, Province of British Columbia through the Ministry of Community, Sport, and Cultural Development’s Community Gaming Grants program, as well as the Government of Canada through the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Building Communities through Arts & Heritage program.
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