Ray and Arora meet for the ‘first time’ in the park one day when Ray is out on a day pass from his rehab treatment program. As they stroll through the city, Arora convinces Ray they must spend the day together. As they debate the nature of love, they discover they experience time in a totally opposite way. A unique and fresh take on time travel combined with romance.
Please join us on Facebook live at 7:30pm on Tuesday, February 1st for a Q&A with director Shaun Crawford.
Director: Shaun Crawford
Writer: Shaun Crawford
Starring: Tedra Rogers, Thomas Romero, Rob Hay
Runtime: 62 minutes
Location: Calgary, AB
AWARDS: Winner of the Telus Audience Choice Award: Alberta Feature at the Calgary International Film Festival 2021
Gerald Cotten, CEO of QuadrigaCX, one of North America’s largest cryptocurrency exchanges, died suddenly in India in 2018. Cotten left behind many business secrets, including the location to the keys to the wallets containing over $200 million worth of cryptocurrency belonging to investors. His death sparked many rumors and theories – Was he a criminal mastermind or merely incompetent? Did he fake his death? Did his new bride inherit this wealth? Sheona McDonald’s journalistic documentary tracks this fascinating unsolved mystery of deception, greed and corruption.
Director: Sheona McDonald
Writer: Sheona McDonald
Starring: Amy Castor, Alan Depa, David Gerard
Runtime: 78 minutes
Location: Various sites within Canada and India
Awards: Winner of the Best Documentary Award at the 2021 Forest City Film Festival
Beans takes us back to the ‘Oka Crisis’ in 1990, a 78-day standoff between the RCMP and the Canadian Armed Forces, and two Mohawk communities in Quebec, who are protesting the expansion of a golf course onto Mohawk burial grounds. The film is told through the eyes of a 12-year-old Mohawk girl named Beans, as she is caught between youth and adulthood, Indigenous identity and white settler culture. Tracey Deer’s film is based on her experiences as a teenager during the ‘Oka Crisis’ and was one of the best Canadian films in 2020, featuring an amazing breakout performance by Kiawentiio as Beans.
Director: Tracey Deer
Writer: Tracey Deer and Meredith Vuchnich
Starring: Kiawentiio, Violah Beauvais and Rainbow Dickerson
Runtime: 92 minutes
Language: English, French, Mohawk
Location: Kahnawake and Montreal, Quebec
Canadian Screen Award for Best Picture at the Canadian Screen Awards 2021
Crystal Bear Winner at Berlin International Film Festival 2021
Winner of Limestone Financial People’s Choice Award at Kingston Canadian Film Festival 2021
Winner of Rising Stars Award at TIFF 2020
Winner of Best Canadian Feature Film at VIFF 2020
When two adult siblings return to their family home in Nova Scotia for their mother’s funeral, the family and community not only have to deal with their mother’s loss, but with estranged son Donald’s transition to Dawn. Still mechanically gifted, Dawn reconnects with her Dad by repairing an old family tractor. This movie features a stunning performance by trans actress Maya V Henry, adding to the impressive authenticity of this movie.
Director: Shelley Thompson
Writer: Shelley Thompson
Starring: Maya V Henry, Robb Wells, Amy Groening, Reid Price
Runtime: 91 minutes
Location: Nova Scotia
Awards: Entrant in Borsos Competition for Best Canadian Feature at Whistler Film Festival 2021
Brother Jean is a progressive teacher at a boys’ school in rural Quebec in 1949. He uses his passion for archaeology to engage his students in learning, and plans to conduct excavations with his students to investigate the possible presence of Viking settlements along the St. Lawrence River. Although his students adore him, his superiors do not appreciate his unconventional teaching methods.
Director: Benoit Pilon
Writer: Benoit Pilon, Normand Bergeron, Marc Robitaille
Starring: Sébastien Ricard, Rémy Girard, Francois Papineau
Runtime: 125 minutes
Language: French with English subtitles
Location: Montreal, Saint-Césaire and the Charlevoix region, Quebec
Winner of Best Actor (Sébastien Ricard) at Prix Iris 2021
Miriam is a South African born Jewish woman raising her seventeen-year-old daughter Eliza in Canada. Nelson Mandela’s upcoming election (1994) triggers a manic episode in the bipolar Miriam, who has spent years fighting apartheid. Fueled by the introduction of Mike, Eliza’s black boyfriend, Miriam’s mania escalates as she navigates politics, religion, the mental health care system and parenting.
Directors: Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Arturo Perez Torres
Writers: Aviva Armour-Ostroff and Brian Ostroff
Starring: Alanna Bale, Vlad Alexis, Aviva Armour-Ostroff
Runtime: 113 minutes
Awards: Winner of the Audience Award – Cinequest San Jose Film Festival 2021
Winner – Best Narrative Feature – Portland Film Festival 2021
Winner – Best Narrative Feature – Toronto Jewish Film Festival 2021
In a case of mistaken identity, country boy Deke Jones gets abducted and finds himself stuck in the city, and way out of his depth, between two somewhat incompetent gangs. An impressive crew roster – including Murray Ord (Legends of the Fall, Tomorrowland and Ghostbusters: Afterlife) as Locations Manager, Frank Laratta, (Fargo, Klondike) as sound supervisor, and Emmy-winner Gail Kennedy, (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) as makeup fx designer along with an eager cast and creative cinematography highlighting Calgary’s grittier underbelly – help this second feature from Calgary’s Full Swing Productions punch well above it’s indie weight.
Director: Scott Westby
Writer: Kevin Doree
Starring: Kristen Gutoske, Neil Webb, Brandon Sklenar
Runtime: 89 minutes
An in-depth historical look into the hysteria, misinformation, stigma, and prejudice that has characterized the HIV/AIDS epidemic from the early 1980s to the present. Fernie’s own Kevin Allen was producer and lead researcher for this important film.
Director: Laura O’Grady
Writer: Laura O’Grady
Producer & Lead Researcher: Kevin Allen
Runtime: 42 minutes
Audience Award for Best Short Film at the LGBT Toronto Film Festival 2021
THAT’S LIFE SHORTS PROGRAM
An extended program of eight short films is available in our Virtual Festival. Each film explores the intricacies and absurdities of life.
MAUVAISES HERBES/BAD SEEDS
A look into a bizarre world populated with carnivorous plants that can change shapes, the way a chameleon changes colours.
Filmmaker: Claude Cloutier
Runtime: 6 Minutes
Grand Jury Prize, CIFF 2021
Best Animation, NYCSFF 2021
Réal Gendron is an unremarkable old man. He believes in God. He believes in friendship. And he believes in life. So when he receives an e-mail from a total stranger in Africa informing him that he’s the sole legatee of an immense fortune, he believes that too.
Filmmaker: Roger Gari´epy
Writers: Roger Gariépy & Andr´é Paradis
Starring: Robert Lalonde
Runtime: 11 Minutes
When a child reveals who they truly are on the inside, how does a parent set aside their own expectations to help them become their most authentic self? Sheona McDonald’s documentary captures a season of change as a mother and child navigate the complexities of gender identity together.
Filmmaker: Sheona McDonald
Runtime: 19 Minutes
Best Short Film, SQFF 2021
THE FLEXED ARM HANG
A throwback to the days of Participaction, we watch a young boy struggle to upgrade to a silver badge in the daunting flexed arm hang challenge during a co-ed gym class.
Filmmaker: Findlay Brown
Runtime: 6 Minutes
When two gangs of gunmen arrive simultaneously to rob the same convenience store, they debate their predicament of the most equitable way to divide the spoils.
Filmmaker: Nik Belianina
Writer: Yusuf Gad
Runtime: 10 Minutes
The evening doesn’t quite go as they had planned when a young couple goes to his parent’s house for a family dinner with the intention of sharing some exciting news.
Filmmaker: Guillaume Collin
Runtime: 11 Minutes
A luminous look at a desperate man’s existential crisis. During a night of stormy drunkenness, he receives a visit from a mysterious bird and is forced to reconsider his life.
Runtime: 16 Minutes
Craft Award, OIAF 2021
Best Short, CG Animation Competition, SSFF 2021
WE GOT DIVORCED
Two ex-partners are miffed when they discover they’ve both been invited to their mutual friends’ home for a big announcement, but they are pleased with the surprising outcome.
Filmmaker: Danny Nash and Natalie Metcalfe
Writer: Natalie Metcalfe
Runtime: 5 Minutes