Film Countries Archives: Canada

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Odysseys: Drama

  Canada, France, United States     5 shorts | 63 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Sat, Apr 20 @ 2:30pm CDT

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream globally April 22 @ 12:00pm CT through April 28 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window.

Synopsis

Follow along on the eclectic journeys of vibrant characters as they face the trials and tribulations of their lives. Travel back to 1940’s France, race alongside a fugitive teen, or come of age with a crew of misfit girls in this selection of bold and inventive works by the next generation of narrative storytellers.

Please note: Films in this program contain themes, images, and language that may not be suitable for all ages.

Films

Two young women peer curiously into a fish tank.

The Damp Season

Olivia Huilin Gao | New York | Age 21

In this drama about family ties, a young girl comes across the teenaged version of her immigrant mother from whom she has long been estranged. A newfound empathy for her mother leads them to reconnect.

A group of young girls sit in a large, otherwise empty grassy field.

Caterpillars House (Lou, notre maison s’envole)

Juliette Balthazard | Canada | Age 22

A young girl, soon to move away from her hometown, runs away with her best friends. But as each friend slowly abandons the plan, the girl is forced to accept her reality and the heartbreak of losing friendships.

A boy peers nervously out a window, light reflecting across his face.

Recollect

Eli Akio Williams | California | Age 16

A boy wakes up in a desert with no recollection of what happened to him. He hitchhikes back to town and comes to a horrifying realization as he begins to remember the actions that led him to this car.

Three teenaged friends sit next to each other. One girl stares at another, unbeknownst to them.

Space Coast

Caroline Bates | Florida | Age 21

A group of friends come to terms with the end of childhood in a dying tourist town home to the former space program.

Two boys in 1940s clothing sit against a tree, reading a pamphlet.

On the paths awakened (Sur les sentiers éveillés)

Axel Dahan | France | Age 17

In WW2 France, two teenagers are employed to deliver messages for the Resistance. Their journey will be long and arduous and not without moral dilemma, but they must push on, for liberty’s sake.

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Imagination Adventure: Family Friendly

  Canada, Mexico, United States     8 shorts | 49 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Sat, Apr 20 @ 1:00pm CDT

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream globally April 22 @ 12:00pm CT through April 28 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window.

Synopsis

The journey of growing up is an adventure filled with boundless possibilities and endless imagination. Eight young filmmakers from diverse backgrounds showcase their incredible talent and creativity in this all-ages program, transforming the screen into a vibrant cinematic playground.

Films

A hand writing with crayons overlaps a child and a smiling young adult both wearing cowboy hats embracing each other.

Baby Boot (Botitas)

Lorence | Mexico | Age 21

In order to protect her favorite baby boots, Valery embarks on a playful “Baby Boots Battle” with her school.

A black and white image shows a man in a suit wearing sunglasses, sitting on a bench in the park, smiling.

Be Mine, Mime

Mathew Sharifi | California | Age 20

In a world devoid of color, sound, and hope, a mime and a young man fall in love, bringing vibrancy to each other’s lives.

A room filled with the ocean, where a young boy swims among seaweed, turtles, and fish.

Submerged

Neo Sky James | South Carolina | Age 18

As a boy explores the ocean in his dream, his joy fades when he uncovers human-induced perils beneath the once-clear waters, sparking his determination to take action.

A young boy and a man walk along a path carrying paint cans and brushes, with trees and tall buildings in the background.

Brushstrokes

Simon Finkel | Highland Park, Illinois | Age 17

As a painter who awakens colors in the grayscale world, a young boy, on his first day of work with his father, seems to have unconventional ideas.

A teenage girl wearing a green hoodie sits at a table, resting her chin on her hand, smiling thoughtfully.

The Spelling Bee

Katherine Ramirez | Chicago | Age 16

Preparing for the spelling bee, high schooler Barry stumbles upon a lucky winning clue.

Two girls dressed in pirate costumes hold a treasure map, smiling at each other.

Daydreamers

Yanely Castellanos | Chicago | Age 19

After discovering a mysterious map, two lively sisters embark on a magical treasure hunt and discover a reward better than gold at the end of the path.

A little girl wearing a pilot hat holds a paper airplane, looking at the front and smiling.

Downwind

Nathan Rivers | Canada | Age 19

Obsessed with launching paper airplanes, Milly’s playtime ignites conflict between mother and daughter.

A young girl lies on the grass, mouth agape and eyes wide with fear.

Broccoli Chase

Carter D. James | Chicago | Age 11

A little girl dreams of fleeing and dodging the dreaded broccoli.

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Frames of Reference: Documentary

  Canada, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, United States     5 shorts | 53 minutes

Screenings & Events

In-person Screening

Sat, Apr 20 @ 4:00pm CDT

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Virtual Screening

Available to stream globally April 22 @ 12:00pm CT through April 28 @ 11:59pm CT for a 48-hour watch window.

Synopsis

These six incredible shorts function as a window into diverse forms of the human experience, highlighting courageous expressions of identity, examples of uplifting community, and insightful responses to common misconceptions.

Please note: Films in this program contain themes, images, and language that may not be suitable for all ages.

Films

A young woman gazes ahead with her hair draped over her eyes and her right hand clawed over her chest.

The Heel

Sofia S. Lomax | Connecticut | Age 22

Jules Daddio, also known as Skylar Grey, is an up-and-coming female wrestler from North Haven, Connecticut. Jules paints a picture of the professional wrestling ecosystem and grapples with the history of women’s progress in the sport.

A young man with a visual impairment closely inspects a clear mug of milk.

Blind Sighted

Mitch Davila Armendano | Colorado | Age 14

Mitch, Jaden, and Stevie, three young students with visual impairments who attend the Colorado School for the Deaf and Blind, detail common misconceptions and their struggles for accurate representation.

A red and white furry with fangs, black claws, and yellow goggles dances in front of the mirror.

Fursona

Aly Labbé-Hervieux | Canada | Age 21

In Pessamit, Canada, Aly reflects upon the importance of their fursona, Dexter. Dexter helps Aly bring joy to others through his extroverted and social attitude.

A group of aspiring martial artists excitedly prepares to engage in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira.

The Capoeristas

Mariel Mudrik | Chicago | Age 21

A group of Chicagoans find companionship in the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, exploring how it connects them not only to their community but also to their lost heritage.

A harnessed camel with no rider stands in the sand in front of a group of people conversing under an umbrella.

Brucey

Ayan Khalil Shammmalakh | State of Palestine, Saudi Arabia | Age 19

This multimedia documentary follows Brucey–sailing slang for anchor–and his family as they give insight into the fishing trade and their connection to the ocean in Gaza.

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Shorts 9: Family Friendly Animation – Better Together

  Various

  Canada, Germany, Mexico, Portugal, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, United States     75 minutes

Synopsis

All ages are welcome in this family-friendly program, full of colorful films that celebrate play, encourage curiosity, and emphasize the importance of communal bonds. Featuring works by Shira Avni, Lena von Döhren, Eva Rust, Guillermo Casarin, Seungbae Jeon, Christian Kaufmann, João Rodrigues, Afnan Bawyan, Adriel Meka, and Mitra Shahidi.

Two One Two (Canada) offers a poetic and deeply personal glimpse into motherhood in the form of a gorgeous, glimmering two-headed monster. A gassy fish allies with other sea creatures to fend off a hungry seagull in the hilarious and melodious underwater tale POND (Switzerland). A girl connects with her Mayan heritage on a camping trip with her father that turns into an exciting adventure in Balam (Mexico, U.S.). Peek into the inner lives of batteries with the oddball charmer Battery Mommy (South Korea). After a tiger escapes from the zoo, a bored subway worker gets the surprise of a lifetime in Town Hall Square (Germany). A curious girl gets sucked into the bizarre and magical world of the book she is reading in Ana Morphose (Portugal). A woman attempts to overcome language barriers by preparing a cultural dish that takes on a life of its own in Saleeg (Saudi Arabia, The Netherlands, Sweden). A friendly boy makes an unexpected connection when he attends a mysterious summer camp in Camp Kona (U.S.). In Starling (U.S.), a couple is visited by their child in her new spiritual form for a beautiful meditation on grief and eternal love.

 Arabic, English, Korean, Mayan, Spanish, Tigrinya, Urdu with subtitles 

Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

This program will be available to stream from October 16 at 12:00pm CT to October 22 at 11:59pm CDT.

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Shorts 6: Comedy – Awkward Laughs

  Various

  Canada, Chile, Iran, United States     96 minutes

Synopsis

The works in this program muck around the dark corners of human experience, bringing forth the darkly comedic, can’t-help-but-laugh moments that arise in difficult times. Featuring works by Daniel Sinclair, Malia Ann, Azadeh Navai, Lou Marino, Peter Collins Campbell, and Éric K. Boulianne.

A surprise interruption during a fruitless therapy session brings a married couple closer than they thought possible in the hilarious The Breakthrough (U.S.). A lonely man is perplexed when his mother passes away and leaves him with her heart in a jar in the beautifully tender The Heart (U.S.). The endlessly charming Rizoo (Iran, U.S.) follows a rebellious 8-year-old who recently moved back to Tehran from the United States as she navigates familial and societal expectations. An intimate and endearing work of docu-fiction, Geranios (Chile) follows best friends whose effortless charisma and fierce dedication carries them through tough times. In the delightfully idiosyncratic Variations on a Theme (U.S.), a couple starts literally splitting into multiple versions of themselves. The ups and downs of a couple’s journey trying to get pregnant are humorously and compassionately explored in Making Babies (Canada).

 English, French, Persian, Spanish with subtitles 

Content Considerations
Violence
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Screenings & Events

Virtual Screening

This program will be available to stream from October 16 at 12:00pm CT to October 22 at 11:59pm CDT.

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