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USA, Canada

Duration: 10 mins
Country of Origin: USA,Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

While waiting for a bus, a man spies an odd piece of technology and investigates.

Fantasy, Sci-fi & Horror

Canada

Duration: 6 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 09:00 pm
Oct 01 11:00 am
Oct 03 10:30 am

A paean to Vancouver’s disappearing movie palaces.

Filmmaking, History
Duration: 2 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

A striking visual treatment of a spoken word poem, written and performed by Hopy Tareke.

Duration: 95 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

The past is open to re-interpretation in this irreverent selection of short films. Be it personal histories or matters of historical record, deeply entrenched attitudes or well known passages of scripture, nothing is particularly sacred here. Featured films: Day 40, Jutra, Luk’Luk’i: Mother, Mynarski Death Plummet, Not Indian Enough, Righteous, Tigerbomb! and The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, History, Women Directors
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

We don’t often hear from the young people in Canada’s north, but here they are in their own words.

Duration: 92 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

Companionship can be a funny thing… Or a tragic thing… Or an unsettling thing… These short films tell the stories of characters who are tormented by affairs of the heart, hopelessly entangled with one another or left yearning for such complications (be they romantic or otherwise). Featured films: The Acting Teacher, Burnt Grass, Dead Hearts, Hard Card, Hole, Howard & Jean, Life’s a Bitch and Withering Heights

Animals, Comedy, Disabilities, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, Queer Interest, Romance, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
(Mynarski chute mortelle)
Duration: 8 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 01 08:30 pm
Oct 09 04:45 pm

A fantastical, phantasmagoric retelling of the final moments of Winnipeg’s WWII legend Andrew Mynarski.

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Fantasy, War & Espionage
Duration: 3 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
International Shorts

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Sep 29 01:00 pm
Oct 05 09:30 pm

Four New Westminster youths set out to spread the glove… but people in their community don’t quite understand what that means.

Duration: 74 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 01 09:00 pm
Oct 03 11:00 am

Maureen Bradley’s debut feature is a bittersweet romantic comedy with a transgender hero in an unimaginable predicament. Oddball couple Miriam and Adam have an ill-advised and pivotal one night stand that sees them both wind up pregnant. Engagingly shot by Amy Belling, the film features standout performances from Gavin Crawford (This Hour Has 22 Minutes), Naomi Snieckus (Mr. D) and Gabrielle Rose.

Comedy, Queer Interest, Romance
Duration: 91 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

The inciting incidents in this riveting collection of inventive short films aren’t for the faint of heart or closed of mind. Industrial accidents, infestations and impending invasions set into motion reincarnation, revolution and musical numbers. Featured films: Bedbugs: A Musical Love Story, Bengal Light, Cutaway, The Hearing, Just Living, Kreb, Pour Retourner, Third Page from the Sun and What Doesn’t Kill You

Animation, Experimental & Avant garde, Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Aboriginal / First Nations, Music & Dance, Romance, Action, Thrills & Suspense
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

An intimate portrait of uncertainty and loss told through close details of hands and objects.

Experimental & Avant garde, Drama
Duration: 15 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 29 08:30 pm
Oct 07 04:30 pm

An isolated and disabled man yearns to experience intimacy in a world that would rather ignore him.

Disabilities, Queer Interest, Sex & Eroticism
Duration: 120 mins
Country of Origin: Canada,
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 04 06:30 pm

We are thrilled to offer this coveted gala spot to the winner of the #mustseeBC competition, where audiences will have the power to tell us which film they want to see at this exciting event. Check out http://mustseebc.viff.org for details!

Duration: 96 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Sep 30 09:00 pm
Oct 08 05:00 pm

Maybe location isn’t quite everything in these short films but it’s certainly integral. A haunted lighthouse, eerie acoustics lab and sleepy prairie community are but some of the atmospheric environments that these compelling stories immerse us in. Featured films: Bison, Broken Face, Chamber Drama, Eclissi, Fallow, Lifers, Light and Sleeping Giant

Animation, Comedy, Drama, Family Relations, Fantasy, History, Immigration, Sci-fi & Horror, Women Directors
Duration: 16 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 08:30 pm
Oct 10 12:00 pm

Tormented by bedbugs, an ostracized woman learns an unexpected lesson about acceptance.

Comedy, Music & Dance
Duration: 82 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
Late Additions

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Oct 10 07:00 pm

Acclaimed filmmaker Thomas Burstyn (This Way of Life) turns his inquisitive camera on his aunt and uncle: Yolanda Sonnabend, a London artist who resides in decaying splendor, and Joseph Sonnabend, an esteemed AIDS physician who’s returned to a house he hates and sister he can’t relate to. The enthralling result is a film about family relations, fractured sibling love, gender, art, science, diaspora and legacy—and the uncomfortable role of the filmmaker as voyeur, confidant, family.

Drama
Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2014
Series:
BC Spotlight

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Oct 03 06:00 pm
Oct 05 01:00 pm

Writer-director Soran Mardookhi brings us the moving story of Sherzad (Kamal Yamolky) and his estranged young daughter, Jina. A former electrical engineer in Iraqi Kurdistan, he’s now trying to make a new life for himself in his adopted home of Canada. Jina (Camillia Mahal) numbs her harrowing childhood memories with drugs. But even among other misfits, she has a hard time fitting

in…

Human Rights, Immigration, War & Espionage, Women Directors
(La Répétition)
Duration: 7 mins
Country of Origin: Canada, 2013
Series:
Arts and Letters

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Sep 29 11:00 am
Oct 04 09:00 pm

Can thousands of carefully synchronized gestures and movements recreate an overall choreography?

Animation, Filmmaking, Music & Dance

Japan, Canada

(Vancouver no Asahi)
Duration: 134 mins
Country of Origin: Japan,Canada, 2014
Series:
High School Outreach

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Sep 29 06:30 pm
Oct 04 02:30 pm
Oct 10 01:00 pm

Back in the 1930s, in Vancouver’s old Japantown, a group of Canadian-born kids launched their own baseball team, the Asahi. Ishii’s lavish-scale entertainment chronicles their battles against failure, racism and prejudice—and the brief moment of triumph they enjoyed before Pearl Harbor changed everything. An epic tale, rich in humour and humanity. Tony Rayns

History, Human Rights, Immigration, Sport, Youth Under 18 May Attend

Italy, Canada, France

Duration: 90 mins
Country of Origin: Italy,Canada,France, 2014
Series:
Canadian Images

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Oct 02 09:15 pm
Oct 04 04:00 pm

Giuseppe Marinoni has been making some of the most desirable bicycle frames in Canada for decades. A former competitive cyclist, he decides, at age 75, to attempt a world record for distance cycled in an hour for his age group. His perfectionism, combined with a curmudgeonly nature, leaves him impatient with director Tony Girardin, adding a lot of humour to this inspiring film.

Biography, Health (Mental & Physical), Sport

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