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Diederik Ebbinge

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Diederik Ebbinge

Humane and hugely enjoyable! An isolated widower is shaken from his persnickety routine when a gentle, not-quite-right stranger wanders into his neighbourhood. As he strives to better his new charge’s lot in life, things take a turn for the absurd in Diederik Ebbinge’s dryly humorous comedy. Winner, Audience Award, Rotterdam 2013.

Audience Award Winners, Comedy, Family Relations

Shawn Efran

Nonfiction Features
Director: Shawn Efran

Emmy-winning 60 Minutes producers Shawn Efran and Adam Ciralsky tell the near-unbelievable story of the Puntland Maritime Police Force, a group of heavy-hitting American and South African mercenaries and ragtag soldiers brought together to combat Somali pirates. A gripping chronicle of high-seas warfare and an unforgettable journey into the heart of darkness.

Crime, War & Espionage

Nana Ekvtimishvili

(Grzeli nateli dgeebi)
Cinema of Our Time
Director: Nana Ekvtimishvili

"Nana Ekvtimishvili [with Simon Gross] marks her filmmaking debut in an impressive coming-of-age feature about female friendship, fatal feuds and family friction in post-Soviet Georgia… With superb performances and high technical polish… In Bloom has the texture of authentic experience."—Hollywood Reporter

Drama, Women Directors

Kelly Emblem

International Shorts
Director: Kelly Emblem

Meet two Black H’Mong girls from N. Vietnam.

Matt Endres

International Shorts
Director: Matt Endres

Metamorphosis, destruction and a slice of comedy.

Mia Engberg

Nonfiction Features
Director: Mia Engberg

Mia Engberg’s personal docu-essay is a sly model of the genre—it weaves memory, love, loss, politics, class, aging, cynicism and hope into one deeply affecting tapestry. When Engberg was young and living in Paris’ Belleville district, she fell in love with an Algerian crook, who disappeared. Back in Sweden many years later, she gets a call from him…

Experimental & Avant Garde, Romance, Women Directors

Alex Epstein

Canadian Images
Director: Alex Epstein

While researching her first serious role, a ’tween starlet doesn’t realize just how far from safety she’s strayed.

Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Amat Escalante

Cinema of Our Time
Director: Amat Escalante

Cannes 2013’s Steven Spielberg-led jury awarded Best Director to Amat Escalante for this tale ripped from blood-soaked headlines. "New Wave Mexican style: raw, gritty, and force fed… A film about supporting others as you yourself are written out of the picture. A damning indictment of contemporary Mexico, capturing its institutionalised corruption, its endemic cruelty."—Guardian Winner, Best Director, Cannes 2013.

Drama, Action, Thrills & Suspense

Danishka Esterhazy

Canadian Images
Director: Danishka Esterhazy

Danishka Esterhazy’s provocative and challenging film is a tale of survival against all odds, updating the story of Hansel and Gretel to reflect some grim contemporary realities: single parenthood, substance abuse, child neglect, pedophilia and serial murder. It’s a potent mix, and the performances are superb.

Adventures Outdoors, Family Relations, Fantasy, Under 18 May Attend, Women Directors