With a bravura performance by Sally Hawkins as the titular figure, Maudie is an uncannily brilliant profile of the much-revered folk artist. Nova Scotia-based Maud Lewis famously suffered from crippling arthritis. The loneliness such a condition must have imposed on her found a large measure of relief in painting.
Ann Marie Fleming is a long-time festival darling, having graced our screens with her totally brilliant animated shorts, always first-class executions of illustrative storytelling. Frankly, we have never ever seen anything quite like this before.
Some kids grow up in the suburbs; others on the streets. This ambitious debut feature by Burin-based Martine Blue tracks the latter, as a 15-year-old Bernice seeks alternatives to her cloistered ordinariness. But be careful what you wish for.
This charming feature comedy comes from Amy Jo Johnson. We are especially eager to show the lighter side of romance and parenting, which this delightful production does so skillfully.
In our time, the once noble art of burlesque has given way to the tedious mechanics of pole dancing. League of Exotique Dancers is an enormously entertaining celebration of that art and of the women who once performed their way to the status of legends.
We don’t think we know of another film quite like Boundaries—that is, one that so profoundly explores politics and power from a woman’s point of view.
Directed most competently by Justin Simms, the film draws us easily into its gripping drama, where the action lies in character and not necessarily the other way around. With such an amazingly strong cast and crew, it’s no wonder that Away From Everywhere is so compelling an experience.
Atlantic follows the rise and fall of three small fishing communities in Ireland, Norway, and Newfoundland.
The camera fearlessly shows the hunt and its life-sustaining benefits, as a new generation of Inuit youngsters harness social media to mark their reality. Some films just need to be labeled Important—no matter what. Angry Inuk is that and more—a beautifully rendered visual essay on the nature of survival itself.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Brigitte Berman turns her talents to one of our most beloved local heroes, the world’s most charming rowdy man. It takes at least a full-blown feature to capture the life and time of such a performer, and The River of My Dreams: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent delivers.
Amy and Brandon have just ended what appears to be a very good first date. As they kiss we flash through their entire relationship. Which begs the question: if you knew how a relationship would end, would you start it in the first place?
A man fights to hold onto his identity as his mind is ravaged by disease. From the tumble of recalled images forming his reality, a love story emerges.
Ida Here & There is an inside-out fairy tale which follows a scraggly foster kid, Ida, as she becomes entangled with her three new strange and beautiful sisters.
A woman wakes up covered in toys. Is she hungover? Depressed? Can she get up? Live action and stop-motion animation fuse together in this mad ride exploring self-doubt, delusion, misplaced inner voices and embroidery floss.
On the scales of justice where is the tipping point? A short drama about what happens after the streets and in the system.
There will be no film about moccasins.
Since 1980, Lucille Côté has lived in Laterrière, surrounded by more than 250 animals. With a silver mane and a candid demeanor, Lucille practices a craft that has long been the exclusive domain of men: taxidermy. Through various contemplative and country-flavoured tableaux, we meet a particular breed of taxidermist, living outside of the digital age, with enough skills to get by in the woods without a compass or a frying pan.
Mamie lives in Gaspésie in a house that faces away from the sea. Her granddaughter wonders: “Why isn’t Mamie interested in me or her other grandchildren? Why won’t she give me any affection or her beautiful blanket? What happened that made Mamie so indifferent?” In this wonderful animation of hand-painted watercolours, the filmmaker reaches back into her own childhood memories to share a personal and touching story about the break in “passing things on” between her and her grandmother.
86 year-old Thérèse wants to get her driver's license. But is she too old to learn how to drive? And will her husband let her?
Assini and her friends love to play Cowboys & Indians – but nobody wants to be the Indian. When Assini learns that she’s an Indian, her world changes forever.
Two nearly-former lovers in the last conversation of their affair. He wants a clean out; she wants to savour any remaining romance.
In her old age, a woman rediscovers forbidden joy.
Steps presents 10-year-old Josephine, who has one foot in childhood and the other in adolescence. Astonishingly brilliant, but mainly charming, she puts into words the changes happening inside her as well as around her; her body, her relationships, her imagination.
Inspired by a well-known poem Déjeuner Du Matin by Jacques Prévert, this wordless short film is a domestic scene between a wife and her husband. The painful dullness of routined life and love echoes in her silence as she deals with her heartbreak.
Luke Anderson wasn’t born with quadriplegia. Thirteen years ago, he went for a mountain bike ride that changed his life. Following another rider, he attempted a jump across a 25-foot opening, but instead, he missed the transition and broke two vertebrae in his spine. As Luke began his new way of life as wheelchair user, dating didn’t seem possible. A Different Way explores how Luke confronted his fears and began embracing personal relationships again.
Commissioned by the Toronto Animated Image Society as part of the TAIS ABCs Residency. Participating animators were asked to create a one-minute short with the loose theme, “animate how you animate.” Swimming in the Imaginary is a symbolic and metaphorical take on the process of generating ideas for an animation. Animated by hand under camera at the Toronto Animated Image Society, February 14 – 20th, 2016.
Two children experience a lifetime together when they imagine what it would be like to travel through a black hole.
Mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Oscar is a touching portrait of the virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson at the twilight of an exceptional career, as he wistfully meditates on the price of fame and the impacts of the artist's life on family life.
A visual poem and surrealist requiem for the Kalmyk people that were mass-deported by USSR from 1943-1957. Half of them died before they were allowed to return home. The film manifests itself as an archetype with frame-by-frame hand painted imagery, bringing back an example of human history on the eternal theme of diaspora and the loss of homeland.
A day. An hour. A basement. Olivier and Sophie, both in a relationship, decide to cheat on their partners together. They were sure they had all figured out.
Birdmom, a parrot-woman hybrid, and former circus performer, struggles to deal with her teenage daughter's new found embarrassment of her freakish family. The Perfect Family script won the 2014 NL Linda Joy Award.
Rita is about to kick the bucket, but before she does, she has one final thing to do: drag her granddaughter out of the closet.
Francis, mid-forties, is terminally ill with cancer in the palliative care unit of a hospital in Montreal. His 14-year-old niece visits him every day and sends him images of the outside hesitant spring as well as images of the person who turns her teenage heart.
Sourdough Starter is a three-minute stop-motion animation based on a song of the same name. It is a tongue-in- cheek look at online dating with practical directions on how to make sourdough starter. References to various online sites are cryptically written into the lyrics in the search for both love and leavening.
Pregnant and homeless, Joëlle shows up at her father’s house. Even if Jeff, a solitary non-conformist former punk is reluctant to the idea, Joëlle decides to stay. Jeff is overwhelmed by the casualness of his daughter, whom he barely knows.
This animated short film takes viewers on a spellbinding voyage between the real and the imaginary, following 10-year-old Grace as she uses her creative superpowers to navigate the emotional landscape of her mother’s depression. An inspiring portrait of family, adversity, and resilience, Mystery of the Secret Room celebrates the transformative potential of literature and the imagination.
Caroline is desperately seeking Jason's attention in their relationship when she discovers a lump in her breast.
A reflection on grief, January Hymn sees Clara return home for the first anniversary of her father’s Death.
After Debbie hears about her father's life-changing musical experience in a refugee camp, she tracks down the same famous orchestra conductor years later, with unexpected consequences.
Our FRAMED Film Education Series partnered with ArtsNL and their ArtsSmarts series to create this film with Discovery Collegiate students, highlighting the history and revival of The Garrick Theatre in Bonavista, NL.
Fyanna Boivin is 14 years old and wants to become a police officer. This is a portrait of an Atikamekw teen who wishes to travel untrodden paths.
In a small town on the coast lives an optimistic young man who takes care of his recently widowed grandfather, admires the local store clerk from afar, and dreams of making something of himself through an unlikely endeavour: skipping stones.
Every year, FRAMED West brings our Film Education Series to Corner Brook where participants created this quirky dark comedy about a couple of cousins misbehaving at their beloved grandmother's funeral.
Panthalassa, the all-powerful goddess, cracks Earth’s surface and plunges into an ancient superocean where she encounters interesting landscapes and creatures on her way to uncover the mysterious depths of the ocean basin.
Our FRAMED Film Education Series partnered with ArtsNL and their ArtsSmarts series to create this short film with local students about the 15-year history of the locally famous Laval High School musical in Placentia, NL.
A surprise visit from her father, who has an impending court date, proves to be unexpectedly emotional for Austen. She decides that she is going to ignore all statistics about the failings of children with one parent and live up to her potential.
On the last day of packing up her home, Rita can’t shake the regret she feels about her late husband.
Chelsey Hicks is a 19-year-old woman from St. John's, Newfoundland. At the age of 13, her life was turned upside down when she lost her mother, Susan Hicks, to cancer. After struggling to cope with her tremendous loss and a PTSD diagnosis, Chelsey was able to find the ultimate therapy in dance.
Make your 15 minutes count! Apply for a one-on-one meeting with some of the biggest broadcasters, funders, producers and distributors from across the country. All waiting for you to wow them, this is one of Atlantic Canada’s biggest pitch sessions. Face 2 Face is an incredible opportunity to introduce your project to the industry’s biggest resources, including VICE Canada, Bell Media, CBC, Telefilm, the Newfoundland & Labrador Film Development Corporation, the National Film Board of Canada and more! Meetings are very limited.
To apply or to learn more, visit: www.womensfilmfestival.com/face2face. Deadline to apply is October 17, 2017
Join roundtable discussions facilitated by industry leaders to talk distribution, production, networking and creative ideas. A great final chance for delegates and panelists to network, build contacts and prepare for Face 2 Face pitch session and the final night of the Festival.
Coffee/tea and breakfast food will be provided.
When it comes to the new world of virtual reality, the motto “see it to believe it” rings true. You will be invited to emerge yourself in VR experiences and discuss the creative process with the teams leading the gaming/VR world, and how they used this new technology to uniquely tell these stories. Featuring Patricia Bergeron (Leitmotiv, RVCQ), Claire Buffet (Turbulent) and Deirdre (Beep) Ayre (Other Ocean Interactive).
What drives successful film and TV? What makes a dream team? What makes a project work? A creative conversation between Telefilm (Stephanie Azam), Distribution (Emily Alden) and Broadcasting (Gosia Kamela) to discuss how to build work that is story driven and unique enough to stand out in today’s market, and how to build content that will stand on it’s own.
Aimed at producers, distributors and filmmakers, we invite you to meet Nina Sudra and VICE Canada and learn the business model behind one of the strongest global media companies in the world. As an industry leader in original video for the web, learn how they balance dozens of original series franchises along with working with advertisers, in house creatives as well as other creatives in print, event, music, online, television, and feature film divisions while operating in over 30 countries.
This panel will focus on how successful Canadian television series found a unique voice and built their audiences from the writing room as well as creative marketing and fan outreach strategies, with an emphasis on webisodes, smart expansions to second screen apps. Featuring Catherine Brainbridge (Mohawk Girls), Gosia Kamela (Orphan Black), and Heidi Brander (22 Minutes).
Born in Dublin, Ireland and joining us now from the UK, multi-award-winning director and writer Aisling Walsh joins us to discuss her prolific career, including her recent feature film Maudie, which was shot in Newfoundland & Labrador and starred Ethan Hawke and Sally Hawkins. Walsh studied Fine Art at the Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design and Technology as well as the National Film School in London, England. Walsh has directed for film and television for over 30 years, and has won three BAFTA awards. She has worked with a large range of celebrated actors, including Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hiddleston, Maxine Peake, David Thewlis, Aidan Quinn, Charles Dance, Samantha Morton, and Helen McCrory to name a few.
With people reaching for their mobile devices or laptops to watch new content, web series are the new calling cards for filmmakers. How do we successfully build audiences for new dramatic series created exclusively for the web? How do we transition from web to TV, and why are filmmakers choosing the web as a medium to share new stories? Featuring Chloe Robichaud (Feminin / feminin), Morghan Fortier (Tinman Creative Studios) and Courtney Wolfson (Toronto Webfest).
International co-productions open doors to filmmakers wanting to access the new markets, connect with successful storytellers and tap into new funding bodies eager to work with Canadian creators. Learn how to work across borders and build attractive projects to bring international business partnerships. This panel features Richie O’Donnell (Atlantic), Mary Sexton (Maudie) and Barbara Doran (Boundaries).