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Vancouver Lift-Off: Johnny Walker

Program Running Time 85 min.

Aug 01 03:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Kris de Meester
(USA, Netherlands, 2016, 85 mins)

A washed up Hollywood director is trapped in a remote castle by his own fears until the arrival of a mysterious woman offers him possible salvation. Inspired by Dostoevsky’s ’Notes from the Underground’, Johnny Walker attempts to answer the burning question: Is living a long life vulgar, immoral or just plain bad manners?

Vancouver Lift-Off: Shorts Programme 2

Program Running Time 85 min.

Line up includes award-winning short films from international Lift-Off festivals.


USA Short Narrative

Steve Parys

Winner Las Vegas Lift-Off Online - Lightheaded is a romantic comedy in which the lonely Nora discovers she has a very persistent guardian angel who is hell-bent on helping her find happiness again.


USA Short Narrative

Alexander Hankoff & Alexander Maxwell.

Winner Tokyo Lift-Off Online - A struggling small town race car driver wrestles with a dark proposition from a sponsor who takes an interest in the sport’s potential for carnage.

Father’s Day

Canada Short Narrative

Arizona O’Neill

A 13-year-old girl, conflicted about her sense of self, goes to meet her father for the first time before he goes to prison and finds the meeting humorous and cathartic .

Bikini Words

South Korea Short Documentary

Nils Clauss

Winner Liverpool Lift-Off Best Documentary - Factory workers in Korea tyalk about their lives on the conveyor belt.

A Nearly Perfect Blue Sky

France Short Narrative


You might think that Simon lives a monotonous life. You would be wrong… Contrary to appearances, he does not live alone among the ruins of an old farm. Between kidnapper and guardian angel, he never takes his eyes off his roommate. 

Further shorts TBC

Aug 01 05:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(2016, 85 mins)

Includes award-winning short films from international Lift-Off festivals.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Shorts Programme 3

Program Running Time 85 min.


Mexico Short Narrative

Gareth Dunnet-Alcocer

Winner Liverpool, Tokyo Lift-Off Best Narrative - Oscar Long Listed & Lift-Off Multi Award Winning Short. This is the story of a barber and a criminal underworld. Of pride beating greed.


USA  Short Narrative

Devereux Milburn

A maladroit bumbler pines after a co-worker in the vain hope of catching her eye over the advances of his superior.



Vancouver Local Short Narrative

Stefano Casadei

If you knew how many heartbeats you had in a lifetime, how would that change the way you choose to live it?

Last Base

Norway Short Narrative

Aslak Danbolt

Joachim is retiring from base-jumping to become a father for the first time, but first he goes on one last adventure with his best-friend Øyvind. 


Aug 02 06:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Various
(2016, 85 mins)

Mixed international short films including Heartbeats by Vancouver’s Stefano Casadei.

Vancouver Lift-Off Closing Film: Autumn Fall

Program Running Time 98 min.

Aug 02 08:30 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Jan Vardøen
(Norway, 2015, 98 mins)

Autumn Fall is an adult drama/comedy set in beautiful Oslo. Ingvld works as a lightning technician at the National Theatre but dreams of writing for the stage. However she can’t stand actors. She still manages to entangle herself with two thespians, one a notorious hell raiser and she embarks on an exciting, scandalous, and utimately very dangerous journey that changes her life forever.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Ken Foster

Program Running Time 90 min.

Aug 01 09:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Josh Laner
(Canada, 2016, 90 mins)

Out of the shadowy world of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside, Ken Foster emerges as an enigmatic figure. A prolific artist, Foster is known as much for his beautifully distorted renditions of iconic cityscapes as he is for peddling them on the streets to support a serious crack habit and subdue a schizophrenic mind.

Vancouver Lift-Off: Black Mud

Program Running Time 98 min.

Aug 01 07:00 pm

Films in Program

Directed By: Adriano Trapani
(Canada, 2015, 98 mins)

Black Mud is a coming-of-age road film about an impulsive 19 year old who decides to take his younger brother out of foster care and travels across country from Southern Ontario to the Alberta Tar Sands. Along with the help of a young woman they meet on the road, they journey west in hopes of starting a better life.