Programmers' Picks



Painting with Joan

Painting with Joan

Every year film festival programmers watch thousands of shorts from all over the world to select what plays at their festivals. HIFF’s visiting programmers will screen some of their favourites and provide 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. HIFF’s 2018 visiting programmers are Curtis Woloschuk (Vancouver International Film Festival), Alejo Franzetti (Berlinale Shorts / Berlin International Film Festival), Gabriela DiNobile (Rhode Island International Film Festival), and Brennan Tilley (Calgary International Film Festival & The Calgary Underground Film Festival). 

Curtis’ Picks from VIFF

Rupture || Yassmina Karajah || Jordan / Canada || 2017 || 19 MIN
Introducing a cast of first time actors and survivors of war who channel their personal experiences of loss and new beginnings through a fictional narrative, Rupture follows the journey of four Arab teens on their quest to find the local public pool in their new Canadian city.

Ranger  || Sandra Ignagni / Trevor Meier || Canada || 2016 || 8 MIN
For 30 years the Canadian vessel M.V. Northern Ranger—or Ranger, as it is affectionately known by locals—has tirelessly navigated narrow straits and unpredictable weather along the remote Labrador coastline. This sensory documentary explores the unique auditory and visual landscapes of the vessel as passengers and crew are united on a long journey home.

Alejo’s Picks from Berlinale

Wishing Well || Sylvia Schedelbauer || Germany || 2018 || 13 MIN
Gushing colors. A time disjointed, yet synchronous.
A transcendent turn, a quest for agency, a reunion with currents of the forest.

T.R.A.P. || Manque La Banca || Argentina || 2018 || 16 MIN

Gabriela’s Pick from RIIFF

The Silent Child || Chris Overton || USA || 2017 || 20 MIN

Brennan’s Picks from CUFF

Painting With Joan || Delaney Schenker || USA || 2018 || 4 MIN
Are you curious about Minnesota's #3 public-access painting show? Watch Joan paint beautiful snowy mountains and debate extraterrestrial sexuality with herself!

No Other Way to Say It || Tim Mason || USA || 2017 || 7 MIN
Writer/Director Tim Mason pulls the curtain back on the glamorous world of advertising in this short comedy about a voiceover actor trying to nail the right tone for a pair of indecisive ad creatives selling a fictitious children's ice cream brand. Or is it a short tragedy about a pair of ad creatives trying to coax the right tone out of a distracted voiceover actor?

After Life || Prisca Bouchet/Nick Mayow || Finland || 2017 || 16 MIN
An enthralling look inside the hidden world of a New Zealand funeral home, AFTER LIFE explores
a unique, enigmatic institution, following the men and women who work with the dead and the
delicate ritual of the body's preparation for its final journey. A compelling glimpse into a rarely
seen world, AFTER LIFE reveals a place rich in meaning and humanity – a place where the daily
work deals with our deepest fear.


Alejo Franzetti - Programmer
Berlin International Film Festival (Berlinale)

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Alejo Franzetti is a member of the selection committee of Berlinale Shorts / Berlin International Film Festival. He was born in 1985 in Buenos Aires, Argentina and completed his studies in Film at the Universidad del cine (Buenos Aires). Since 2012 he lives in Berlin. He was master-student of Thomas Arslan at the UdK-Berlin (University of the Arts). He is a filmmaker and has made several films of different lengths, which have screened in festivals as BAFICI, Torino, Viennale, Entrevues Belfort, Márgenes, and mo


Brennan Tilley - Lead Programmer
Calgary International Film Festival & The Calgary Underground Film Festival

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Brennan Tilley serves as Lead Programmer and Administrative Manager of the Calgary Underground Film Festival, President and Programming Chair of the Calgary Cinematheque and Shorts Programmer for the Calgary International Film Festival. The Calgary International Film Festival is a 12-day showcase of up to 200 multi-genre feature and short films from Canada and over 50 other countries. The festival hosts gala events, screenings, special presentations, and a Behind the Screen series that emphasizes unique and exciting ways for filmmakers and fans to interact. The Calgary International Film Festival's mission is “to entertain and engage audiences by curating the most innovative and compelling films, and creating remarkable festival experiences.”

Gabriela DiNobile - Public Relations & Programming Coordinator
Rhode Island International Film Festival


Gabriela DiNobile serves as the Public Relations and Programming Coordinator for the Rhode Island International Film Festival. As a native Rhode Islander Gabriela understands just how diverse the smallest state in the country is, with natives and international filmmakers fueling the cultural boost each August during RIIFF’s festival week. This upcoming August will be Gabriela’s fifth festival with RIIFF.

RIIFF is a 6-day festival centered in Providence, Rhode Island featuring up to 300 films from across the world. RIIFF showcases features, shorts, and engages filmmakers from 50 countries in professional development through workshops during the festival week.

RIIFF is proud to be one of 10 Festivals in the world that is an Academy Award qualifier in the Live Action, Animation and Documentary Short categories and a qualifier with the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA). With vanguard programming that seeks to showcase new voices in independent filmmaking from across the globe, RIIFF serves as an exceptional platform from which to launch exciting careers. Ten films that have premiered at RIIFF have won Academy Awards with a total of 63 nominations.

Curtis Woloschuk - Associate Director of Programming
Vancouver International Film Festival

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Curtis Woloschuk serves as Program Logistics Manager for the Vancouver International Film Festival and is responsible for programming the festival’s Canadian Shorts and Altered States series. In his four-year tenure as Canadian Shorts programmer, he’s overseen the introduction of an official competition for Canadian-produced short films that now includes four cash awards. He’s also established and developed the VIFF Mentorship Program, an initiative that offers emerging filmmakers an enhanced festival experience and exclusive sessions that provide vital next steps for their creative development. Launched by Woloschuk in 2013, Altered States is a showcase of international genre cinema that’s featured noteworthy Canadian and North American premieres and garnered considerable media attention.

As VIFF’s Program Logistics Manager, he’s responsible for a number of critical areas. Managing VIFF’s Canadian feature film programming, he assisted in the conception and introduction of the critically acclaimed Future//Present film series in 2016. In addition to overseeing the scheduling of the 16-day festival and its 500 screenings, he also supervises the creation of all film-related content for VIFF’s website and printed festival guide. In 2016, he played an integral role in the organization’s rebranding and the restructuring of its programming.

Both in terms of admissions and number of films screened, VIFF is among the five largest film festivals in North America. Screening films from more than 70 countries on nine screens, VIFF's program includes the pick of the world’s top film fests and many undiscovered gems. Three main programming platforms make our festival unique: we screen one of the largest selections of East Asian films outside of that region, we are one of the biggest showcases of Canadian film in the world and we have a large and vibrant documentary program. Attracting a large, attentive and enthusiastic audience the festival remains accessible, friendly and culturally diverse. As the critics say, VIFF is very much a festival “designed for the benefit of people who love films and people who make them.”