FRIDAY JUNE 9 | 9pm NEPTUNE'S SCOTIABANK STAGE THEATRE | 92 mins
$10 @ THE DOOR | $8 ADVANCE/STUDENT/SENIOR/UNWAGED
This striking and wide-ranging program of short films was selected by visiting programmers from Toronto International Film Festival, Edmonton International Film Festival, Festival du nouveau cinema, and Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur.
Programmers Jason Anderson, Kerrie Long, Émilie Poirier, and Delphine Jeanneret watch thousands of shorts from all over the world every year and select the best to play at their festivals. This screening will showcase some of their favourites and provides a glimpse into the kind of work that is making an impact on the international festival circuit. Guest programmers will be at the screening to introduce the films and answer questions about their respective festivals.
A Q+A period with the visiting programmers will follow "By Invitation"
PICKS FROM TIFF
Toronto International Film Festival Programmer, Jason Anderson
IMITATIONS A FILM BY Markus Henkel, Milos Mitrovic, Ian Bawa and Fabian Velasco
Austin Kelsey is the most popular singer in the world. His new hit single, ‘21 Year Old Baby’, has the world in a frenzy as the diaper wearing, baby loving, teen pop star rides his wave of success up the music charts. After getting plastic surgery to look more like the famous pop star, an introverted super fan named Arnold decides to go on a night on the town to celebrate his new Austin Kelsey-like face. Very quickly, things become strange for Arnold as he notices his plastic surgery has gone awry. Arnold’s face slowly begins to fall apart in front of his eyes as he struggles to enjoy his celebratory karaoke night and his dream imitation becomes a nightmare with consequences that prove to be dire.
Milos Mitrovic, Ian Bawa and Fabian Velasco met while studying Filmmaking at the University of Winnipeg in Canada and with the arrival of german filmmaker Markus Henkel, the four decided to form a collective. For the past 3 years, they have collaborated in a number of short films including Under the Neon Lights (2013) and The Champ (2015), which have earned them a favorable reputation in their city and abroad. Their latest film Imitations (2016) premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival.
EMMA A FILM BY MARTIN EDRALIN
14-year-old Emma struggles to hide her alopecia, a condition of rapid, unpredictable hair loss. Fighting a futile battle against her changing appearance, her only hope is acceptance.
Martin Edralin is a Toronto based filmmaker. His work has screened at international film festivals including Sundance, Toronto, BFI London and Melbourne. His short film HOLE won the Grand Prix at Clermont-Ferrand, a Canadian Screen Award for Best Live Action Short and a jury prize at Locarno.
NOTHING ABOUT MOCCASINS A FILM BY EDEN MALLINA AWASHISH
THERE WILL BE NO FILM ON MOCCASINS.
Eden Mallina Awashish, was born on April 19, 1993 in Roberval, Quebec, Canada. She has directed three films and was noticed since her first steps in the cinema world with the Wapikoni Mobile: Revers de Rimbaud (experimental), Not-cimik Itekera (documentary) and Nothing About Moccasins (documentary/fiction). She has an I.T. degree and is interested in cinema in all its forms, to ensure the transmission of cultural knowledge, but also to put a spotlight on the Atikamekw nation and its issues.
Jason Anderson is a programmer for Short Cuts at the Toronto International Film Festival and is the director of programming for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival. He writes regularly about film and music for such publications as Uncut magazine, Sight & Sound, Cinema Scope and the Toronto Star and teaches at the University of Toronto and the Ryerson School of Journalism.
PICKS FROM FNC
Festival du Nouveau Cinéma Programmer, Emilie Poirier
THE GHOST AND THE GARDEN A FILM BY Nelson Roubert
Red and Blue try to make a film with White.
Nelson Roubert is a Canado-French filmmaker/musician/person currently living in New York City.
TOUT SIMPLEMENT A FILM BY RAPHAËL OUELLET
Tout Simplement (Plain and Simple) is a window into the lives of four different characters that share both an acute sense of loneliness and a secret desire to belong.
If Raphaël was a fruit, he would be a pineapple. Thorny on the outside but pleasant and sweet on the inside (although a bit fibrous). He is from Rimouski and works in Montreal. Raphaël directs movies and composes photos narrating his fears and people's morals. He strives to understand what drives them forward day after day. Therefore it means he works thoroughly and he probably won't ever stop doing so. Raphaël refers to himself in third person only when he writes his biography. He won more than 50 awards over the world, including prestigious institutions such as PDN, Communication Arts and American Photography. The previous sentence makes Raphaël really uncomfortable but he considers that winning awards is useless if he cannot include those in his biography... Raphaël deeply loves people.
Emilie Poirier holds a B.A in political science from UQÀM (2010) and a certificate in art history from Université de Montréal (2014). She is currently writing her master thesis in Art History at Université de Montréal. She is particularly interested in modern and contemporary art, photography and cinema in relation to its social, political and economical contexts. She is also interested in gender studies, sociology of art, film theory, cultural and postcolonial studies and critical theory. As of 2017, she joins the ranks of the Festival du nouveau cinema as the short film programming coordinator/curator.
PICKS FROM IKW
Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur Programmer, Delphine Jeanneret
CIUDAD MAYA, A FILM BY ANDRES PADILLA DOMENE
In the city of Merida, Mexico, a group of young urban Maya, operate mysterious technological instruments to do some sort of archaeological survey of a ruined site. However, the monuments they are scanning are not ancient, but modern replicas. The film walks on the limits between science fiction and documentary to deconstruct the imaginary around Maya culture and their identity today.
Andres padilla domene. Born in 1986 in Guadalajara, Mexico. Studied Media Arts in Mexico. His individual work and in collaboration, has been exhibited in various festivals and exhibitions internationally. His artwork departs from research and is often a thinking about technology by means of devices developed and implemented to produce the work. His films and videos are in the border between documentation and documentary and sometimes are the only way the work is presented. He has developed together with Ivan Puig the project SEFT-1 Abandoned Railway Exploration Probe. He is also part of the artist collective Astrovandalistas (astrovandalistas.cc), and currently an artist fellow at Le Fresnoy - Studio national des arts contemporains in Tourcoing, France.
Delphine Jeanneret is a film programmer and curator, as well as a member of the artistic committee for the International Competition at Internationale Kurzfilmtage Winterthur (Switzerland). She also is part of the selection committee for Southeast Asian film projects at Open Doors, Festival del Film Locarno. In 2015, she launched the Festival Cinéma Jeune Public in Lausanne curating independent films for young audiences. Since 2016, she is festival advisor and distributor at Cinema Departement/cinéma du réel at Haute école d’art et de design, HEAD – Genève. She holds an MA in History of art and English & American literature from the Université de Lausanne, as well as a DAS in Cultural management.
PICKS FROM EIFF
Edmonton International Film Festival Programmer, Kerrie Long
IRREGULARS, A FILM BY FABIO PALMIERI
Against a tellingly hypnotic factory backdrop, a refugee encapsulates the global immigration crisis in his own wrenching words.
Each year 400.000 people from Africa, Asia and Middle East, try to enter Europe. They flee from war, persecution and poverty. Since the ways by land have been interrupted, they board overloaded vessels and face a dangerous and often deadly voyage across the Mediterranean.
Fabio Palmieri was born in Naples the 22nd December 1974. 2001 - “summa cum laude” degree in painting at the National Fine Art School with a graduation thesis on Stanley Kubrick. Since 2008 he works as a film/video director. In 2010, he founded the NotWorkingFilms – an independent Film Production Company located in Milan – Italy.
MY INVISIBLE MOTHER, A FILM BY PASCAL HUYNH
In a creative mix of stop-motion animation and live-action documentary, a man recalls the social realities that forced his mother to put him up for adoption.
Pascal Huynh is a director, set designer, and motion designer. He has a Bachelor's degree in film animation from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University, where he received the Norman McLaren Film Animation Award. Huynh co-produces the radio show Out of the Fog, which aims to accurately represent adoptees' and their parents' realities and rights in the media. My Invisible Mother (16) is his latest film.
CURVE, A FILM BY TIM EGAN
Clinging to a smooth, curved surface high above a sentient abyss, a girl tries to cover the few feet back to safety without losing purchase and falling to her death.
Tim is a Melbourne-based, Victorian College of the Arts (VCA) graduate who has worked in almost every conceivable role on independent film sets over the last ten years. As a DOP for such films as Death By Muff, The Score, Blood on the Game Dice, Prosopagnosia, A Life Unexpected, Liz Drives and the epic Troll Bridge. As an online editor in advertising and TV. As Director, DOP and Editor for the television series The Bazura Project for the ABC. As acamera assistant. Sound recordist. Animator. Too many music videos, documentaries, shorts and endless corporates to remember. And now one film as Director.
Vagabond, rebel, connector, dreamer, storyteller… Kerrie Long lives life outside the box.
For more than a decade, while raising 3 amazing daughters, Kerrie worked her way through the ranks at ACCESS Television, writing, production managing, directing and producing. In 2000, she began a freelance career and produced a number of feature-length documentaries, a t.v. pilot for CBC and a handful of short films. Then, the Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) came calling. ‘How hard could it be?’ she shrugged. Thirteen (13) years later, Kerrie manages EIFF year-round, programming all of the short film events and feature films. Just last year, EIFF was honored with ‘Oscar Qualifying Film Festival’ status and is on MovieMaker’s ’50 Film Festivals Worth the Entry Fee’ for the past 3 years.