Festival Schedule 2020

Wednesday June 17th, LAUNCH EVENT 7:00 pm
LOCAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (in partnership with Sheridan Alumni)
Short films from Oakville and surrounding communities – 2hrs 4min

541: a Place for the Community – Dir: Amanda Wright, Gabriel Dinardo (Sheridan College)

Pawsitive Impact – Dir: Hailey Tsolakis (Sheridan College)

Dagwoods Brig – Dir: Alec J Macri (Sheridan College)

Cosmo – Dir: Sarah Gonyea (Sheridan Alumni)

Deescalate – Dir: Cathleen MacDonald (Mississauga)

The Paperboy – Dir: Michael James Regan, Mark Brombacher

Online – Dir: Courtenay Lazorka (Oakville)

Willa – Dir: Corey Mayne (Etobicoke)

Mute – Dir: Constance Hilton (Sheridan Alumni)

Backseat – Dir: Emily Sadler (Oakville) Sheridan College Animation

The Day of Hitman – Dir: Ji Suhuaun  (Sheridan College Animation

I Am Here – Dir: Amalia Williamson & Matt Long (Sheridan Alumni)

Q&A @  9:15 pm – 10:15 pm EDT: Q&A Amalia Williamson/Matt Long (I am Here), Corey Mayne (Willa), Constance Hilton (Mute), Courtenay Lazorka (Online), Cathleen MacDonald (Deescalate) Sarah Gonyea (Cosmo), Mark Brombacher (the Paperboy), Amanda Wright and Gabriel Dinardo  “Co-Directors” Scott Morris Producer (541:A Place for the Community), Alec J Macri (Dagwood’s Brig) Emily Sadler (Backseat)



Thursday June 18th, 7:00 pm
QUEEN OF THE MORNING CALM  (In partnership with Cogeco and The Oakville Chamber of Commerce)  Trailer.

Digital Festival Premiere| Canada | Drama | 1hr 26m

Synopsis: Follows 29-year-old immigrant sex worker Debra, and her self-aware 10-year-old daughter Mona, as they embark on a journey of emancipation. Debra attempts to escape cycles of abuse and poverty while learning to become a more nurturing mother and discovering her own self-worth.
Director: Gloria Kim
Starring: Tina Jung, Eponine Lee, Shaun Benson, Jesse Lavercombe
FILM FACT: Dir. And writer Gloria Ui Young Kim won the Toronto Screenwriting Conference’s Telefilm Canada New Voices Award for her script in 2013.
SHORT FILMS: Showstopper (Canada, 12 min, Dir: Jacquile Kambo), The Writing Room (Canada, 2 min, Dir: Alexandria Phillip), Our Home (Canada, 9:33, Dir. Andy Alvarez)

Q&A @  9:00 pm – 10:00 pm EDT: to follow film with Director Gloria Kim and Eponine Lee (who plays Mona), as well as Andy Alvarez (Dir. Our Home) and Jacquile Kambo (Dir. Showstopper), Alexandria Phillip (The Writing Room)



Friday June 19th, 7:00 pm
MILITARY WIVES (in partnership with Capstick McCollum and Associates)   Trailer.

UK | Comedy/Drama | 1hr 52m

Synopsis: With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.
Director: Peter Cattaneo
Starring: Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Emma Lowndes
FILM FACT: The film was inspired by the true story of the Military Wives Choirs, a network of 75 choirs in British military bases across the UK and overseas, featured in the UK television series The Choir.
SHORT FILMS: A Long Weekend with May Blossom (Canada, 7 min, Dir: Chorong Kim), Tokens (Canada, 12 min, Dir: Winnifred Jong)

Q&A @  9:15 pm – 10:15 pm EDT: to follow film at 9 pm with representatives from the Canadian Military Wives Choir, including Debbie Goodleff and Sam Wildridge, and members from the Canadian Military Wives Choirs Association across Canada. Dir. Charong Kim (A Long Weekend With May Blossom) and Dir. Winnifred Jong (Tokens) will also participate in the Q&A. The Q&A will also feature a short performance of Invictus by the Military Wives choirs to follow the Q&A.



Saturday June 20th, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
CARING FOR OUR CLIMATE FILM COMPILATION (in partnership with Halton Environmental Network)


WORLD PREMIERE | Canada | Documentary | 35m (made in collaboration with School of the Environment and Department of Geography, University of Toronto

Synopsis: We live on “the blue planet”, abundant with water. Yet, we are now facing a crisis created by decades of mismanagement, unlimited depletion and pollution of the earth’s water bodies, issues accelerated now by climate change. So how did we reach this crisis point?  Our documentary shows that by not following the four pillars of water sustainability – science, economics, governance AND spiritual connections, we have damned one of our most precious resources. Through the lens of the Satluj river in Punjab, India, we trace the story of challenges, hopes and aspirations of water’s will to survive and rejuvenate.

Director:  Vanita Khanna, Writer/Producer Dr. Romila Verma and Prab Kainth
FILM FACT: This screening is the World Premiere of the documentary Water Be Dammed


CANADIAN PREMIERE | Russia | Documentary | 51m

Synopsis: Sockeye, a species of wild salmon, is born in Kamchatkan waters and spends its entire life in the Pacific Ocean. Only once does it return to fresh waters – to give offspring, start the circle of life, and die. It is an inexhaustible resource that feeds billions of people on the planet, restored every year. But soon, we may find ourselves facing the unimaginable: humans will exhaust the inexhaustible.
Directors: Dmitriy Shpilenok, Vladislav Grishin
FILM FACT: salmon poaching is so dangerous in the Kamchatkan wildlife sanctuary that the filmmaker faced insurmountable delays shooting. Every night, over 700 kilos of sockeye caviar was poached causing filming to shut down for a time.

SHORT FILMS: Traces (Belgium, 12:05, Dir. Sebastien Pins), It Only Takes a Minute (Oakville, 1:35 Dir. Katie Wang & Hayden Chan, Our Plastic Legacy (11:58, Dir. Dave Tourchin), Halton Climate Collective: Every Action counts (Oakville, 2:50, Dir. Nicholas Wandel), Guardians of the Grasslands (Canada, 12 min, Dir: Sarah Wray and Ben Wilson)

Q&A @  12:15 pm – 1:15 pm EDT: with Romila Verma (Writer/Producer Water Be Dammed), Vanita Khana (Dir), Prab Kainth- Producer and Asst. Director. Plus Dir. Lisa Kohler (Halton Environmental Network), Dir. Sebastien Pins (Traces), Dir. And writer Sarah Wray (Guardians of the Grasslands)



Saturday June 20th, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
THE GREAT DISCONNECT  ( In partnership with CHCH)    Trailer
CANADIAN PREMIERE | Cayman Islands | Documentary | 1hr 6m

Synopsis: This timely documentary invites us to reflect on the relationships we have with those around us and raises the question: is it possible to overcome our modern culture of disconnectedness and rediscover how truly essential we are to one other?
Director: Tamer Soliman
FILM FACT:  While filming took the filmmakers to mega cities like Toronto, Vancouver, Los Angeles, the idea to pursue a film about community well-being was sparked during a trip to a small mountain camp in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica.
SHORT FILMS: Once Upon a Pandemic (Canada, 15 min, Dir: Ryan Northcott), Instant Doctor (USA, 7 min, Dir: Bernardo Romero), Hypernova (Canada, 14 min, Dir: Tate Young), Yarne (Nepal – Canadian Premiere, 15 min, Dir: Andrew Krakower)
Q&A @  4:00 pm – 5:00 pm EDT: with Producer, Director, Co-Writer Tamer Soliman and Sarah Douglas (Writer, Story Editor), and Dir. Ryan Northcott (Once Upon a Pandemic).



Saturday June 20th, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
THE REST OF US (in partnership with 100 Women Who Give Partners Circle)  Trailer.
REGIONAL PREMIERE | Canada | Drama | 1hr 20m

Synopsis: Two mother-daughter duos must contend with their grief and complicated feelings for one another when the man who connects them dies.
Director: Aisling Chin-Yee
Starring: Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour
EVENT DETAILS: Katie Nolan, Lindsay Tapscott, and Aisling Chin-Yee will be available after the screening for an online Q&A
SHORT FILMS: Men At War (Canada, 13 min, Dir: Calyx Passailaigue), Waters of March, Canada, 3:35, Dir. Elizabeth Lewis

Q&A @  9:00 pm – 10:00 pm EDT: Q&A to follow films with The Rest of Us Producers Katie Nolan, Lindsay Tapscott, and Dir. Aisling Chin-Yee



Sunday June 21st, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm
FAMILY FUN SHORTS FEST (in partnership with Visit Oakville)
1hr 26min

Dia De Las Carpas – Dir: João Dall’Stella (USA)

100% Girl – Dir: Chen Liangyu (Taiwan)

Pawsitive Impact – Dir: Hailey Tsolakis (Canada)

The Butterfly Affect – Dir: Stephanie Blakey (Canada)

Stood Up – Dir: Cjay Boisclair (Canada – BC)

The Lighthouse Man – Dir: Matthew Walton (Sheridan animation, Canada)

Let the Tracks Lead Back – Dir: Christina Jingyu Zhang (Sheridan animation, Canada)

Little Star – Dir: Sonya Oliaji (Sheridan animation, Canada)

Pancake – Dir: Caitlin Rego (Sheridan animation, Canada)

A Statue’s Best Friend – Dir: Ryan Byrne (USA)

How Does Animation Work – Dir: Tyler Pacana (Sheridan animation, Canada)

Puppy Love – Dir: Jennifer Yun (Sheridan Animation, Canada)

Rororo! – Dir. Camille Alonzi (Sheridan Animation, Canada)

The Hockey Cares Story – Dir: Mark Holmes (Canada)

Q&A @  12:00 pm – 1:00 pm EDT: to follow with short filmmakers, including Stephanie Blakey (The Butterfly Affect), Matthew Walton (the Lighthouse Man), Ryan Byrne A Statie’s Best Friend, Mark Holmes (The Hockey Cares story), Dir: João Dall’Stella (Dia de Las Carpas), Caitlyn Rego (Pancake)



Sunday June 21st, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
A CELEBRATION OF DADS FILM COMPILATION (In partnership with A 71 Releasing Inc., Caju Multimedia and Queenston Mile Vineyard)
Digital Premiere | Canada/Italy | Comedy/Drama | 1hr 37m

Synopsis: A downtrodden man experiences an ethical crisis and travels back to his hometown in rural Italy to recalibrate his moral compass. There he finds new purpose in reviving his grandfather’s old vineyard, offering the small town of Acerenza a sustainable future, and reconnecting with his estranged family in the process.
Director: Sean Cisterna
Starring: Joe Pantoliano, Wendy Crewson, Paula Brancati, Marco Leonardi
FILM FACT: the film is based on a novel called Finding Marco, by Italian-Canadian Ken Cancellara. Ken grew up in Acerenza, where the film takes place, and the filmmakers were able to access many of the locations because of Ken’s close connection to his former hometown.
SHORT FILMS: Catch (Canada – World Premiere, 2 min, Dir: Jenny Dayen Kim), Father By Law (Canada, 18 min, Dir: Maria De Sanctis), European Tour ’73 (Canada, 16 min, Dir: Ross Munro)

Q&A @  4:15 pm – 5:15 pm EDT: with Director Sean Cisterna ( Kiss and Cry, Full Out), Joe Pantoliano (Emmy award winner for the Sopranos, The Matrix, Bad Boys, Risky Business, Memento), Marco Leonardi (from Cinema Paradiso, Like Water for Chocolate, All the Money in the World), Willem Wennekers (screenwriter of From the Vine), Paula Brancati (Degrassi: the Next Generation, Being Erica), Ken Cancellara (author of book Finding Marco, the basis for the film) Q&A also includes Ross Munro, Dir.( European Tour ’73)



Sunday June 21st, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS DAY SCREENING (in partnership with Kakekalanicks Indigenous Consulting Co.) The film will feature a traditional Welcome address by Jordan Smith, Mohawk Nation – Bear Clan, Singer, award winning smoke dancer and educator will also perform the mesmerizing Smoke dance and a song to open the night.

Canada | Drama | 1hr 45m

Synopsis: After a chance encounter on the street, a woman tries to encourage a pregnant domestic abuse victim to seek help.
Director: Kathleen Hepburn, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers
Starring: Violet Nelson, Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers, Charlie Hannah

Film Fact: the film is nominated for six Canadian screen awards, including best motion picture.
SHORT FILMS: Laura (Canada, 13 min, Dir: Kaayla Whachell), Even In the Silence (Canada, 4 min, Dir: Jonathan Elliott)

Q&A @  9:15 pm – 10:15 pm EDT: with filmmakers Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers and Kathleen Hepburn to follow screening, as well as short filmmaker Kaayla Whachell  (Laura), and Jonathan Elliott (Even in the Silence)



Monday June 22nd, 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
SHORTS FOR ALL SORTS FILM COMPILATION (in partnership with Film.ca)
Canadian and International Comedy and Dramatic Shorts – 1hr 50min

House of Balls (USA, 9 min, Dir: Kristina Thomas)

La Benvinguda – Dir: Carmen Puche Moré (Spain)

The Empire’s Surgeon – Dir: Guillaume Main (Switzerland)

Headshots – Dir: Shane Murphy (Canada)

Cheat Meal – Dir: Jacqueline Godbout (Canada)

White Feather – Dir: Daniel Arbon (UK)

Anna – Dir: Dekel Berenson (UK)

Sah Mata – Dir: Thomas Gailhard (France – World Premiere)

Tangle – Dir: Maliheh Gholamzadeh (Iran)

Portraitist – Dir: Cyrus Neshvad (Luxembourg)

Sainte-Tite – Dir: Florence Pelletier (Canada – Quebec)

Only Death Never Lies – (Netherlands – Canadian Premiere, 15 min, Dir: Sam Yazdanpanna

Rruga: the Path (Kosovo,  14 min, Dir: Besim Ugzmajli)

Q&A @  9:30 pm – 10:30 pm EDT: filmmakers to follow the screening including Jaqueline Godbout (Cheat Meal),  Florence Pelletier (Sainte-Tite), Dekel Berenson (Anna), Sam Yazdanpanna (Only Death Never Lies), Kristina Thomas (Dir) and Tiffany Beacham (Prod) (House of Balls), Carmen Puche More (La Benvinguda), Adrian Parks Producer (Headshots)


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