Whistler Film Festival 3 Nov ~ 4 Dec

6:30 PM 126min Rainbow Theatre
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LA LA LAND

Damien Chazelle

This year's rumoured favourite for the Best Picture Oscar and winner of the People's Choice award at TIFF is an old-style romantic musical featuring heart-swooning performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Plus, there's an opening song and dance number on an LA freeway that you won't soon forget.

9:30 PM 126min Rainbow Theatre
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LA LA LAND

Damien Chazelle

This year's rumoured favourite for the Best Picture Oscar and winner of the People's Choice award at TIFF is an old-style romantic musical featuring heart-swooning performances by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Plus, there's an opening song and dance number on an LA freeway that you won't soon forget.

12:30 PM 115min Rainbow Theatre
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WILSON CITY

Tomas Masin

A delightful Czech comedy in the style of Milos Forman's MY SWEET LITTLE VILLAGE. After WWI, a small town located in no man's land between Poland and Czechoslovakia, hopes to have itself annexed to Woodrow Wilson's America, and prepares for a visit from the American President.

1:00 PM 45min Maury Young Arts Centre
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VARIETY CONTENDER CONVERSATION WITH JOHN MADDEN

Join Oscar nominated director John Madden, as he shares insights into his creative process in this exciting masterclass. Attending the Whistler Film Festival with the Canadian Premiere of MISS ...

2:30 PM 92min 7 films Maury Young Arts Centre

SHORTWORK ONE

  • SAMEDI CINEMA

    Mamadou Dia

    senegal, united states | 11min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | french | english Sub.

    In a small town in northern Senegal, two resourceful young cinephiles hatch a plan to earn enough cash to see a movie at their local cinema before it closes down for good. The bonds of friendship are put to the test in this scrappy tale of youthful determination.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • HALEY

    Corey Sevier

    canada | 20min | canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    When an unseen force invades and begins abducting residents from a military-controlled compound, a father and daughter attempt an escape. Years later, the father traverses the desolate planet alone, his emotional upheaval after his daughter's disappearance mirrored in the unrelenting landscape.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • THE CHILDREN OF THE EARTH

    Antony Dubé

    canada | 3min | western canadian premiere | 2015 | - without dialogue

    Awaskinawason is made up of the Atikamekw words awacic (child), aski (earth), and takonawason (having the responsibility for). This animated short calls on humanity to respect the circle of life and honour our responsibility to the earth.

    ShortWork | animation

  • THE BIG CRUNCH

    Dusty Mancinelli

    canada | 11min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    After learning the universe will one day collapse, 12-year-old August suffers an existential crisis which sends him into a deep depression. Everything changes for August when he is accidentally electrocuted and the resulting cosmic experience unearths his unknown magical powers, taking him on an extraordinary adventure of self-discovery in this lively comedy.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • NIGHT DANCING

    Barney Cokeliss

    united kingdom | 6min | western canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    Every night Bob is mesmerized by a woman dancing in the street outside his window, and every morning he struggles to make sense of this persistent vision. Is the woman real, or a manifestation of his yearning for something more soulful than his mundane existence?

    ShortWork | fiction

  • THE DOOR

    Reem Morsi

    canada | 20min | world premiere | 2016 | arabic | english Sub.

    In this touching and unique portrayal of the refugee experience, a Syrian family moves to Canada after suffering a tragic loss. While eight-year-old Hashem and his grandmother attempt to reconcile their grief together, the father's repressed trauma haunts him and his family in unexpected ways they can't escape.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • A BEAUTIFUL DAY

    Phedon Papamichael

    united states | 21min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    Gene has followed the same monotonous daily routine since the death of his wife ten years earlier. Today, however, he wakes with a new resolve which changes everything. James Brolin stars in this powerful examination about what happens when a man decides to live his life regardless of consequences.

    ShortWork | fiction

3:00 PM 121min Rainbow Theatre
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FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON

Nicole Garcia

Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing in her role as a small-town girl who refuses to accept a loveless marriage and is treated as having a mental illness because she dares to hold out hope for true love, which she finds in the form of a young injured veteran. Subtitled.

6:00 PM 52min 2 films Maury Young Arts Centre

THE HIGHWAY/GUILT TRIP

  • THE HIGHWAY

    Mike Douglas, Anthony Bonello

    canada | 15min | north american premiere | 2016 | english

    Since Stan Rey first drove the highway between Vancouver and Whistler 20 years ago he's dreamed of skiing the Tantalus Mountain Range. It took a family tragedy to finally make that dream a reality.

    World Documentary, Mountain Culture | documentary

  • GUILT TRIP

    Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas

    canada | 37min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    The only thing greater than this group of skier's desire to claim a first ski descent on Greenland's second highest peak, Mont Forel, is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they decide to bring renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who's hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise.

    Mountain Culture, World Documentary | documentary

6:00 PM 97min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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RAW*

David I. Strasser

The first film to be shot on BC's Salt Spring Island tells the inspirational story of a delinquent seventeen year-old, well on his way to a possible life of drug addiction, who gets sentenced by the courts to work on an organic farm run by his uncle.

6:30 PM 132min Rainbow Theatre
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MISS SLOANE

John Madden

Rumour is that Jessica Chastain may be Oscar-bound for her role as a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist who refuses to concede any battle. Director John Madden is best known for Oscar winner SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and the BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL movies.

6:30 PM 94min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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BEAR WITH US

William J. Stribling

A funny romantic comedy about a lovestruck man who decides to bring his dream girl up to a mountain cabin in order to propose to her after he helps her overcome her almost pathological fear of bears. A real bear shows up and turns his plans upside down.

7:00 PM 92min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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THE DEATH (AND LIFE) OF CARL NAARDLINGER

Katherine Schlemmer

A very original comedy about a double Doppelganger. Police come to the door looking for a man with the same oddball name as our hero, only to discover that the man has a brother who is his identical twin.

7:45 PM 80min Maury Young Arts Centre
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MR ZARITSKY ON TV

Jennifer Di Cresce, Michael Savoie

A behind-the-scenes portrait of Oscar-winning documentarian John Zaritsky filming his third story on thalidomide victims. As he tours Europe with his crew, we gain insight into the uncompromising search for truth that has characterized this filmmaker's entire career. He does not suffer TV executives or fools gladly.

8:30 PM 101min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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CHOKESLAM

Robert Cuffley

A very unusual romantic comedy/wrestling movie, featuring Amanda Crew as the lifelong object of desire for a nerdy deli clerk that she is about to become reacquainted with on the occasion of their tenth high school reunion. She is dubbed the “Lindsay Lohan of the wrestling world” and she has a temper.

9:00 PM 90min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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MOSTLY SUNNY

Dilip Mehta

A biographical profile of the young woman from Sarnia, Ontario, who went from being Penthouse Pet of the Year, to becoming a major hardcore porn star, to a career in mainstream Bollywood movies, an industry known for its onscreen conservatism. Touching moments occur as Sunny has to deal with the death of a parent.

9:30 PM 86min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN

Ken Finkleman

A wicked satirical comedy aimed at the post-Donald Trump era of American politics. This is Gemini-award winning Ken Finkleman at his most wickedly pointed, taking on American political corruption, the gun lobby, big business influence at the White House and more.

9:30 PM 90min Rainbow Theatre
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FREE FIRE

Ben Wheatley

Winner of the People's Choice Award for this year's Midnight Madness selections at TIFF, this darkly funny and very violent movie directed by Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE) is about an IRA gun deal that goes tremendously wrong, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

9:30 PM 180min Garibaldi Lift Company
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MUSIC SHOWCASE @ GLC

Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for up to 10 export ready BC musicians to showcase their music and talent to ...

10:00 PM 89min Maury Young Arts Centre
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VICTOR WALK

Michael David Lynch

With the recent prison release of the coach who assaulted NHL player Theo Fleury and many others while teaching junior hockey, this chronicle of the landmark Theo Fleury walk from Toronto to Ottawa to draw attention to the victims of sexual assault in Canada becomes extraordinarily timely.

10:30 AM 121min Rainbow Theatre
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FROM THE LAND OF THE MOON

Nicole Garcia

Marion Cotillard is mesmerizing in her role as a small-town girl who refuses to accept a loveless marriage and is treated as having a mental illness because she dares to hold out hope for true love, which she finds in the form of a young injured veteran. Subtitled.

12:00 PM 100min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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LAND OF MINE

Martin Zandvliet

Following World War II, the Danish army used young German prisoners of war to hand defuse thousands of landmines buried along coastal beaches. The POWs are barely out of their teens and the suspense is intense as they attempt to defuse the volatile explosives. This is the Danish entry for this year's Oscars. Subtitled.

12:30 PM 94min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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BEAR WITH US

William J. Stribling

A funny romantic comedy about a lovestruck man who decides to bring his dream girl up to a mountain cabin in order to propose to her after he helps her overcome her almost pathological fear of bears. A real bear shows up and turns his plans upside down.

12:30 PM 80min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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MR ZARITSKY ON TV

Jennifer Di Cresce, Michael Savoie

A behind-the-scenes portrait of Oscar-winning documentarian John Zaritsky filming his third story on thalidomide victims. As he tours Europe with his crew, we gain insight into the uncompromising search for truth that has characterized this filmmaker's entire career. He does not suffer TV executives or fools gladly.

12:30 PM 94min 7 films Maury Young Arts Centre

SHORTWORK TWO

  • THE HEAD VANISHES

    Franck Dion

    canada, france | 9min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    It's Jacqueline's birthday and she's on her annual train journey to the seaside—but a very large and very strange woman keeps turning up and calling her “Mom.” If the woman was really Jacqueline's daughter, surely she'd recognize her?!? This gentle animated short takes us inside the faltering, fragile mind of a woman living with dementia.

    ShortWork | animation

  • THE GOODNIGHT KISS

    Laura Adkin

    canada | 10min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    Amy and Brandon have just finished what appears to be a very successful first date. As they kiss, their entire relationship unfolds—the ups, the downs, and everything in between. THE GOODNIGHT KISS delivers a surprising twist which begs the question: would you still start a relationship if you knew how it would end?

    ShortWork | fiction

  • GOD'S ACRE

    Kelton Stepanowich

    canada | 15min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    Lorne Cardinal stars in this unsettling and visually striking drama of a man determined to protect his land at all costs. As water levels slowly rise in a frighteningly realistic future, the man must choose to abandon everything he knows or give in to the incoming tide.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • TEN METER TOWER

    Maximilien Van Aertryck, Axel Danielson

    sweden | 16min | western canadian premiere | 2016 | other | english Sub.

    Swimming pool. Interior. Day. A ten meter diving tower. The choice: fight the instinctive fear and leap into the unknown, or face the humiliation of climbing back down. Human nature is captured in this one moment: to jump or not to jump?

    ShortWork | documentary

  • SPEECHLESS

    Alexis Fortier Gauthier

    canada | 13min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | french | english Sub.

    A man must find the courage to deliver unspeakable news to his girlfriend after she wakes from an accident-induced coma. SPEECHLESS is a sensitive and compelling portrait of the limits of love in confronting loss and grief.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • ONE MINUTE ART HISTORY

    Cao Shu

    china | 1min | western canadian premiere | 2015 | - without dialogue

    ONE MINUTE ART HISTORY is a fascinating montage in which centuries of artistic trends are packed into a single minute of film. Starting in ancient Egypt and continuing into present day, each image in this imaginative animation is a fleeting visual of the past.

    ShortWork | experimental

  • FOREST OF ECHOES

    Maria Luz Olivares Capelle

    austria | 30min | north american premiere | 2016 | german | english Sub.

    A young woman lost in the woods finds the drowned bodies of three children on the shore of a lagoon; three kids playing at a lake on summer holiday find a dead woman drifting in the water. In this eerie drama, games, lies, and rituals unravel in a circular narrative where death loses its finality.

    ShortWork

1:00 PM 101min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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CHOKESLAM

Robert Cuffley

A very unusual romantic comedy/wrestling movie, featuring Amanda Crew as the lifelong object of desire for a nerdy deli clerk that she is about to become reacquainted with on the occasion of their tenth high school reunion. She is dubbed the “Lindsay Lohan of the wrestling world” and she has a temper.

1:00 PM 90min Rainbow Theatre
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FREE FIRE

Ben Wheatley

Winner of the People's Choice Award for this year's Midnight Madness selections at TIFF, this darkly funny and very violent movie directed by Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE) is about an IRA gun deal that goes tremendously wrong, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.

2:30 PM 105min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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LAST DAYS OF SUMMER

Aaron Harvey

A comfortably numb late middle-aged guy in a passionless marriage falls for a beautiful new neighbour, but he suspects she is being physically abused by her husband. Character actor William Fichtner, whom you will recognize immediately from hundreds of tv and movie appearances, shines in one of his first lead roles.

3:00 PM 84min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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CELTIC SOUL

Michael McNamara

Or, How Jay Baruchel Spent His Summer Vacation could be the title of this film. Veteran documentarian Michael McNamara chronicles Jay Baruchel's trip to Scotland and Ireland to uncover his family roots and express his love for the Celtic Football Club by arranging for a pilgrimage to the local stadium where they play.

3:00 PM 89min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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VICTOR WALK

Michael David Lynch

With the recent prison release of the coach who assaulted NHL player Theo Fleury and many others while teaching junior hockey, this chronicle of the landmark Theo Fleury walk from Toronto to Ottawa to draw attention to the victims of sexual assault in Canada becomes extraordinarily timely.

3:30 PM 90min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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KISS AND CRY

Sean Cisterna

The true story of 18 year-old Olympic figure skating aspirant and pop singer, Carley Allison, and her inspiring battle against a rare form of melanoma. Her singing of the national anthem at a Maple Leafs hockey game became a YouTube sensation. Played by real-life best friend and Degrassi regular, Sarah Fisher.

3:30 PM 101min Maury Young Arts Centre
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GRAND UNIFIED THEORY

David Ray

A brilliant astrophysicist lectures at a local university about chaos theory, even as his own family comically unravels in ways that defy scientific logic. There is a hilarious interview scene on drugs that is laugh-out-loud. A truly original BC based comedy for people with brains, or what's left of them.

3:30 PM 132min Rainbow Theatre
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MISS SLOANE

John Madden

Rumour is that Jessica Chastain may be Oscar-bound for her role as a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist who refuses to concede any battle. Director John Madden is best known for Oscar winner SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and the BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL movies.

5:00 PM 93min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT

Kirsten Carthew

Troubled teen Lia escapes from her Grandma in Fort McPherson in the subarctic. Her cross-country trek is not going well until she hooks up with a wise old caribou hunter. Together, they have to fend off a vicious bear attack. A rare film shot in the Northwest Territories.

5:30 PM 96min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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IT'S NOT MY FAULT AND I DON'T CARE ANYWAY

Chris Craddock

Alan Thicke surprises as a self-help guru who refuses to pay ransom when his promiscuous daughter is kidnapped by a drug gang. Her saviour comes in the unlikely form of a 300 pound African-Canadian heroin addict, winningly played by Quinton Aaron. An offbeat comedy.

6:00 PM 82min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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RED MILE

Justin McConnell

A viscerally exciting thriller about a druggie who panics and takes off when he wakes up to find that the woman he had partied with the previous night has OD'd. Presented in real time, so that the film appears to have been shot in one continuous take.

6:30 PM 129min Rainbow Theatre
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LION

Garth Davis

A moving true story of a young boy who was separated from his family at the age of five and adopted by a Tasmanian couple. Twenty-five years later, he is haunted by the need to rediscover his lost family roots. Runner up for the People's Choice Award at TIFF and a sure-fire Oscar contender. Stars Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara.

7:30 PM 93min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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LOVESICK

Tyson Caron

The year's funniest Canadian romantic comedy. Jacob Tierney plays Dash, a 33 year old slacker who is still in love with his ex-girlfriend (Jessica Paré), and who is now engaged to a sleazeball (Jay Baruchel). His attempt to disrupt their wedding is a comic classic of deep public humiliation.

8:00 PM 110min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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AS YOU ARE

Miles Joris Peyrafitte

A police investigation uncovers a strange friendship between three teenagers in the early 90s who share a love of music, drugs and Kurt Cobain. Premiered at Sundance, the film features great performances and a real feel for its protagonists' realities. An indie gem from a first-time filmmaker of great promise.

8:00 PM 60min Maury Young Arts Centre
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Signature Series: Tribute Alan Thicke

Canadian actor, composer, author, game show host, talk show host and reality star, Alan Thicke and his impressive career will be recognized in an intimate evening conversation on December 2nd. ...

8:30 PM 106min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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LOST SOLACE

Chris Scheuerman

A lifelong psychopath has his life turned inside out when he ingests a designer drug at a nightclub and suddenly develops empathy and a moral conscience. A slick new thriller in the style of LIMITLESS from director Chris Scheuerman, shot in Vancouver.

9:00 PM 240min Garfinkels
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MUSIC SHOWCASE @ GARFS

Every great film needs great music. Featuring after dark performances, the WFF Music Showcase provides an opportunity for up to 10 export ready BC musicians to showcase their music and talent to ...

9:30 PM 99min Rainbow Theatre
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TRESPASS AGAINST US

Adam Smith

Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is a member of a notorious band of outlaws led by his brutish Dad (Brendan Gleeson). He hopes his children will escape the family lifestyle and reputation, but breaking away from family is not easy, as Gramps is a sociopath who revels in giving his grandchildren criminal life lessons.

9:45 PM 99min Maury Young Arts Centre
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GOING FURTHUR

Colby Rex O'Neill, Matt Pidutti, Lindsay Kent

The psychedelic counterculture movement is alive and well today. Fifty years after Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters' first acid-laced bus trip, his son Zane has taken his Dad's bus on a 15,000 mile, 75 day tour of music festivals, tribal gatherings, and happenings, man. Enjoy the trip!

10:00 PM 90min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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THE SQUEALING GAME

Steve Kerr

A Quebec man's online dating service for married cheaters is threatened when he is attracted to a sociopathic dominatrix who has her own issues against the site. Not only his business, but his own marriage are at stake. Subtitled.

10:30 PM 104min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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MIDDLE MAN

Ned Crowley

A hilariously dark satire about a talentless would-be stand-up comic who becomes an overnight sensation when he starts talking about the serial killings he thinks he may have committed. How do you sustain a career if you need a constant flow of new cadavers to maintain your inspiration?

11:00 PM 84min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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POPULATION ZERO

Adam Levins

A fascinating mock documentary that has legitimately uncovered a loophole in US constitutional law that would allow a person to legally get away with premeditated murder. An investigation into apparent homicides in Yellowstone National Park uncovers the ruse, much to the chagrin and danger of the documentarians.

10:00 AM 96min 6 films Maury Young Arts Centre

SHORTWORK THREE

  • MUTANTS

    Alexandre Dostie

    canada | 17min | western canadian premiere | 2016 | french | english Sub.

    As a teenager just trying to make it through the summer of 1996, Keven begins baseball season with an accident that gives him a truly hideous black eye. What follows is a crash course in sex, sports, and scandal—taught by a hilariously unconventional coach—which deconstructs typical coming-of-age story conventions.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • I LOVE YOU SO MUCH IT'S KILLING THEM

    Joel McCarthy

    canada | 14min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english | english Sub.

    A pitch-black comedy about Vivian, a lonely serial killer whose three loves are math, accounting, and killing people. Everything changes when she meets the handsome Alex—now Vivian has a new lease on life… and a new reason to commit her gruesome acts.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • NOTHING ABOUT MOCCASINS

    Eden Mallina Awashish

    canada | 4min | western canadian premiere | 2015 | french | english Sub.

    When her grandmother refuses to allow her to shoot a film about moccasins, the director of this short documentary playfully reconstructs the idea of cultural loss by recording her grandmother's resolve to protect Atikamekw tradition.

    ShortWork | documentary

  • THE BOY IS WITH US

    Heewon Yoon

    south korea | 24min | north american premiere | 2016 | korean | english Sub.

    Seohee returns home one day to find her worst nightmare has come true: her young son Youngmin is missing. One year later, Youngmin returns—but Seohee's relief turns to confusion as she notices inconsistencies which make her question if the boy is really her son. Tension builds and relationships are tested in this suspenseful family drama.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • TIMECODE

    Juanjo Giménez

    spain | 15min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | spanish | english Sub.

    Luna and Diego are parking lot security guards whose isolated lives cross only during shift changes. Their unusual interactions form the basis of this whimsical tale about discovering meaningful connections in a lonely day-to-day routine.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • HOODS

    Maja Aro

    canada | 22min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    A modern day steampunk interpretation of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fable. After kind young Scarlet finds her Gram's freshly murdered body on a routine visit to bring Gram's groceries, she embarks on a quest for justice against the big bad Frederick Wolfe.

    ShortWork | fiction

10:30 AM 99min Rainbow Theatre
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TRESPASS AGAINST US

Adam Smith

Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is a member of a notorious band of outlaws led by his brutish Dad (Brendan Gleeson). He hopes his children will escape the family lifestyle and reputation, but breaking away from family is not easy, as Gramps is a sociopath who revels in giving his grandchildren criminal life lessons.

12:00 PM 90min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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THE SPACE BETWEEN

Amy Jo Johnson

Can a father continue to love his baby child after he discovers that it may not be his? How do you deal with the fact that your wife may have slept with a nerdy college student without telling you, as a way of compensating for your own infertility? An unexpected offbeat comedy/drama considering the subject matter.

12:30 PM 90min Maury Young Arts Centre
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PITCH COMPETITION: MPPIA SHORT FILM AWARD

The 10th annual MPPIA Short Film Award Pitch provides one BC filmmaker the opportunity to further develop his/her directing career by realizing a unique creative vision in a short film project. Five ...

12:30 PM 90min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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KISS AND CRY

Sean Cisterna

The true story of 18 year-old Olympic figure skating aspirant and pop singer, Carley Allison, and her inspiring battle against a rare form of melanoma. Her singing of the national anthem at a Maple Leafs hockey game became a YouTube sensation. Played by real-life best friend and Degrassi regular, Sarah Fisher.

12:30 PM 97min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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RAW*

David I. Strasser

The first film to be shot on BC's Salt Spring Island tells the inspirational story of a delinquent seventeen year-old, well on his way to a possible life of drug addiction, who gets sentenced by the courts to work on an organic farm run by his uncle.

1:00 PM 68min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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BROKEN

Lynne Spencer

Ballet BC's prima ballerina Simone Orlando overcomes a career threatening injury in this intimate portrait of what happens to an artist (or athlete) who has devoted their life to a single pursuit when personal injury threatens that very way of life. Orlando is now CEO of Ballet Kelowna.

1:30 PM 129min Rainbow Theatre
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LION

Garth Davis

A moving true story of a young boy who was separated from his family at the age of five and adopted by a Tasmanian couple. Twenty-five years later, he is haunted by the need to rediscover his lost family roots. Runner up for the People's Choice Award at TIFF and a sure-fire Oscar contender. Stars Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel and Rooney Mara.

2:30 PM 95min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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MELODY MAKERS, SHOULD'VE BEEN THERE

Leslie Ann Coles

A behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 70s, as director Leslie Ann Coles guides us through the ribald history of the influential British rock magazine Melody Makers, featuring unseen photographs of all the greats by Barrie Wentzell.

3:00 PM 107min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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THE SECOND TIME AROUND

Leon Marr

In this heart-warming story full of hope, dreams and second chances two seniors meet and discover that it's never too late to fall in love again. Linda Thorson (The Avengers) and Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files) give touching performances in this love story for the ageless.

3:00 PM 93min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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THE SUN AT MIDNIGHT

Kirsten Carthew

Troubled teen Lia escapes from her Grandma in Fort McPherson in the subarctic. Her cross-country trek is not going well until she hooks up with a wise old caribou hunter. Together, they have to fend off a vicious bear attack. A rare film shot in the Northwest Territories.

3:15 PM 78min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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HOCKEY NIGHT

Paul Shapiro

The first fully restored theatrical print of the classic 1984 family film about a young girl who fights to become the first female goalie on her local hockey team. A beloved classic with Megan Follows and Rick Moranis, suitable for viewing with the whole family. World Premiere of restored theatrical print.

3:15 PM 60min Maury Young Arts Centre
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IN CONVERSATION: VARIETY 10 SCREENWRITERS TO WATCH

A chance for fest-goers to meet and listen to the brightest and most promising new writers honoured by Variety this year. WFF is delighted to collaborate for the fifth consecutive year with the ...

4:30 PM 93min Rainbow Theatre
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ANATOMY OF VIOLENCE

Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta takes an innovative docudrama approach to analyzing the rape culture that exists in India. She specifically workshopped six character backgrounds to depict the infamous rapists of a young woman on a decommissioned bus. Grinding poverty, deep-rooted misogyny and a sense of male entitlement are explored to great effect.

5:00 PM 95min Maury Young Arts Centre
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THE WILL TO FLY

Leo Baker, Katie Bender

An extraordinary sports biography of Australian Olympic ski jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to become the first woman to ever successfully complete a quadruple, twisting triple somersault jump, a move that combines skiing prowess and gymnastic ability. The irony is when you see the woefully inadequate Australian training facilities.

5:30 PM 81min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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MENORCA

John Barnard

The story of a truly bad Mom, who leaves her child for a life of drugs and sex, hitching her way to a job at a strip-club. Is it acceptable to question one's life choices in such a dramatic way when the outcome so affects your estranged son?

5:30 PM 52min 2 films Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6

THE HIGHWAY/GUILT TRIP

  • THE HIGHWAY

    Mike Douglas, Anthony Bonello

    canada | 15min | north american premiere | 2016 | english

    Since Stan Rey first drove the highway between Vancouver and Whistler 20 years ago he's dreamed of skiing the Tantalus Mountain Range. It took a family tragedy to finally make that dream a reality.

    World Documentary, Mountain Culture | documentary

  • GUILT TRIP

    Anthony Bonello, Mike Douglas

    canada | 37min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    The only thing greater than this group of skier's desire to claim a first ski descent on Greenland's second highest peak, Mont Forel, is the size of their carbon footprint to get there. Loaded with guilt, they decide to bring renowned glaciologist, Alun Hubbard, who's hypothesis, if proven, could rewrite popular projections of global sea-level rise.

    Mountain Culture, World Documentary | documentary

6:00 PM 96min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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THE CYCLOTRON

Olivier Asselin

A unique Canadian film that tries to evoke the WWII romantic dramas of the Casablanca era, while dealing with conceptually trippy sci-fi concepts of time travel and nuclear fission. A train rushing to Switzerland has on board a German scientist that may have the formula for a nuclear bomb well before the Americans. Western Premiere

7:00 PM 118min Rainbow Theatre
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20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Mike Mills

Three generations of bohemian women leave an indelible mark on a teenage boy in this coming of age story set in the late 70s in Southern California. Annette Bening is rumoured to have a lock on an Oscar nomination this year, but Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup may also have shots at Best Supporting nominations.

7:30 PM 95min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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HUNTING PIGNUT

Martine Blue

A young teenager (winningly played by BC based Taylor Hickson) runs away from home to join the street bums that her late Dad used to hang around. Drugs and sexual assault are unfortunately sure to follow. An original coming of age story from first-time Newfoundland filmmaker Martine Blue.

8:00 PM 102min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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THE THREE LITTLE PIGS 2

Jean-François Pouliot

Middle age has not dampened the misogynistic horniness of the three brothers from the very popular first film. One has his marriage destroyed due to his extramarital bisexual activities, while his brother quickly moves in on his ex-wife. Hilariously funny classic French farce. Highest grossing Canadian film of the year. Subtitles.

8:00 PM 60min Maury Young Arts Centre
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Signature Series: Spotlight on Theo Fleury

WFF will honour former NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup winner and Olympic Gold Medalist Theo Fleury with WFF's First Humanitarian Award for his commitment to making a difference. Fleury was recently in ...

8:30 PM 97min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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BEFORE THE STREETS

Chloé Leriche

The moving story of Shawnouk, a young First Nations man who banishes himself into exile after committing a horrible crime during a routine break-in at one of the local summer homes. The first feature film ever shot in the Atikamekw language is an accomplished first film by filmmaker Chloé Leriche.

9:45 PM 82min Maury Young Arts Centre
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SLED DOGS

Fern Levitt

A provoking expose of the cruelty to dogs that permeates the commercial dog sled operations that supply sled dogs for such famous races as the Iditarod in Alaska. The film addresses the sled dog cull that occurred in Whistler and the attempts by locals to run an ethical puppy farm in its stead.

10:00 PM 92min Rainbow Theatre
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BELOW HER MOUTH

April Mullen

A woman who is engaged to be married succumbs to the lesbian advances of an attractive roofer, and her life is turned upside down with newfound desire. A very adult film with the rare distinction of having been made by an all-female crew. April Mullen directs.

10:00 PM 93min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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A HUNDRED STREETS

Jim O'Hanlon

The story of three people's lives, who live within a three block radius of each other in downtown London. One is a street drug dealer, one a woman separated from her rugby playing superstar husband and the other a taxi driver about to have his life turned around. Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton star.

10:00 PM 240min LONGHORN SALOON
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GRAND FINALÉ FESTIVAL PARTY

Presented by: Finalé Post & Gibbons Whistler
WFF peaks with our annual festival party on Saturday night. Don't miss the action!

10:30 PM 88min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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THE VOID

Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie

The best gory visual effects of any Canadian movie this year, this horror action is set in a remote rural hospital that is under attack from… inhuman creatures. Recalls the intensity of the original NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, and features the filmmakers behind the no-budget cult favourite MANBORG. Come if you dare!

11:00 PM 82min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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RED MILE

Justin McConnell

A viscerally exciting thriller about a druggie who panics and takes off when he wakes up to find that the woman he had partied with the previous night has OD'd. Presented in real time, so that the film appears to have been shot in one continuous take.

10:00 AM 120min Maury Young Arts Centre
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AWARDS CELEBRATION

Join filmmakers, industry and special guests to honor the talent behind some of the finest films showcased at this year's Festival. WFF features seven juried competitive sections, competing for 15 ...

10:30 AM 90min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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THE SPACE BETWEEN

Amy Jo Johnson

Can a father continue to love his baby child after he discovers that it may not be his? How do you deal with the fact that your wife may have slept with a nerdy college student without telling you, as a way of compensating for your own infertility? An unexpected offbeat comedy/drama considering the subject matter.

11:00 AM 93min Rainbow Theatre
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A HUNDRED STREETS

Jim O'Hanlon

The story of three people's lives, who live within a three block radius of each other in downtown London. One is a street drug dealer, one a woman separated from her rugby playing superstar husband and the other a taxi driver about to have his life turned around. Idris Elba and Gemma Arterton star.

12:00 PM 104min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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MIDDLE MAN

Ned Crowley

A hilariously dark satire about a talentless would-be stand-up comic who becomes an overnight sensation when he starts talking about the serial killings he thinks he may have committed. How do you sustain a career if you need a constant flow of new cadavers to maintain your inspiration?

12:30 PM 107min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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THE SECOND TIME AROUND

Leon Marr

In this heart-warming story full of hope, dreams and second chances two seniors meet and discover that it's never too late to fall in love again. Linda Thorson (The Avengers) and Stuart Margolin (The Rockford Files) give touching performances in this love story for the ageless.

12:30 PM 97min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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BEFORE THE STREETS

Chloé Leriche

The moving story of Shawnouk, a young First Nations man who banishes himself into exile after committing a horrible crime during a routine break-in at one of the local summer homes. The first feature film ever shot in the Atikamekw language is an accomplished first film by filmmaker Chloé Leriche.

1:00 PM 118min Rainbow Theatre
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20TH CENTURY WOMEN

Mike Mills

Three generations of bohemian women leave an indelible mark on a teenage boy in this coming of age story set in the late 70s in Southern California. Annette Bening is rumoured to have a lock on an Oscar nomination this year, but Greta Gerwig and Billy Crudup may also have shots at Best Supporting nominations.

1:00 PM 91min 8 films Maury Young Arts Centre

STUDENT SHORTWORK

  • BOMBING

    Gloria Mercer

    canada | 13min | canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    Slacker comedian Sophie is forced to change her plans when her estranged daughter is unexpectedly thrust back into her life. While they both struggle to adjust to the new situation, Sophie must come to terms with the fact that she's in over her head. An honest portrait of modern day parenthood and its challenges.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • TREE HUGGERS

    Jordan Yeager

    canada | 10min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    British Columbia is one of the last places on earth where old growth forests are still being logged. This socially conscious documentary examines how, in the face of climate change, old growth forestry isn't just a threat to species living in the area—it's a threat to the world itself.

    ShortWork | documentary

  • DRIFTER

    Olivia Lindgren

    canada | 10min | canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    After narrowly surviving a hanging, a bounty hunter named Ruth embarks on a long road of vengeance against the deadly Jackson Whitmore. In this action-filled Western, Ruth is both fueled and blinded by her rage—until she learns the true cost of revenge.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • SOULMATES

    Darren Borrowman

    canada | 6min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    In this witty comedy of errors two couple go on dates in the same park– centuries apart. Each couple, either in 2016 or in 1722, describes the suitor of their dreams, but the dates end badly when their descriptions suggest that their ideal match is from another era.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • I'M READY

    Noah Cohen

    canada, united states | 9min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    A young man solicits the services of a boutique assisted-death company. A simple and stark visual style accompanies this dystopian vision of assisted suicide.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • THE MAN ON THE STAIRS

    Kristopher King

    canada | 11min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    After losing his wife, Kirk is haunted by recurring nightmares of a sinister man in this suspenseful thriller. Seeking the advice of his two friends, Kirk learns about the legend of the Memory Thief, an ominous figure who steals memories while you dream.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • LET US END WITH IT TOO

    Caisha Lea Thompson

    canada | 15min | canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    LET US END WITH IT TOO is a thoughtful exploration of a dying relationship told in four vignettes. When Sarah realizes that she may be falling out of love with her partner Jessica, she withdraws into herself in order to confront and interpret her emotions before she acts on the potentially destructive thought.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

    Janalee Budge

    canada | 17min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    In this short documentary about an extreme Whistler athlete, Don Schwartz seeks treatment for PTSD from a tragic helicopter crash which left him with third degree burns to his face. This inspirational testament to the power of positivity follows Don as he attempts progressive forms of treatment twenty five years after the accident which scarred him.

    ShortWork | documentary

1:00 PM 90min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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THE SQUEALING GAME

Steve Kerr

A Quebec man's online dating service for married cheaters is threatened when he is attracted to a sociopathic dominatrix who has her own issues against the site. Not only his business, but his own marriage are at stake. Subtitled.

2:15 PM 82min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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SLED DOGS

Fern Levitt

A provoking expose of the cruelty to dogs that permeates the commercial dog sled operations that supply sled dogs for such famous races as the Iditarod in Alaska. The film addresses the sled dog cull that occurred in Whistler and the attempts by locals to run an ethical puppy farm in its stead.

2:45 PM 96min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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IT'S NOT MY FAULT AND I DON'T CARE ANYWAY

Chris Craddock

Alan Thicke surprises as a self-help guru who refuses to pay ransom when his promiscuous daughter is kidnapped by a drug gang. Her saviour comes in the unlikely form of a 300 pound African-Canadian heroin addict, winningly played by Quinton Aaron. An offbeat comedy.

3:00 PM 95min Squamish Lil'Wat Cultural Centre
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MELODY MAKERS, SHOULD'VE BEEN THERE

Leslie Ann Coles

A behind the scenes peek at all the rock ‘n roll legends of the 70s, as director Leslie Ann Coles guides us through the ribald history of the influential British rock magazine Melody Makers, featuring unseen photographs of all the greats by Barrie Wentzell.

3:30 PM 78min Rainbow Theatre
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HOCKEY NIGHT

Paul Shapiro

The first fully restored theatrical print of the classic 1984 family film about a young girl who fights to become the first female goalie on her local hockey team. A beloved classic with Megan Follows and Rick Moranis, suitable for viewing with the whole family. World Premiere of restored theatrical print.

3:30 PM 95min Maury Young Arts Centre
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THE WILL TO FLY

Leo Baker, Katie Bender

An extraordinary sports biography of Australian Olympic ski jumper Lydia Lassila as she trains to become the first woman to ever successfully complete a quadruple, twisting triple somersault jump, a move that combines skiing prowess and gymnastic ability. The irony is when you see the woefully inadequate Australian training facilities.

3:30 PM 81min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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MENORCA

John Barnard

The story of a truly bad Mom, who leaves her child for a life of drugs and sex, hitching her way to a job at a strip-club. Is it acceptable to question one's life choices in such a dramatic way when the outcome so affects your estranged son?

4:30 PM 120min Garfinkels
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BIG ROCK SHORTWORK SHOWCASE

This year's Big Rock ShortWork Showcase features a lively presentation of an eclectic collection of short films comprised of films from Crazy 8's, WFF's Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge and some of ...

4:30 PM 69min 5 films Garfinkels

SHORTWORK SHOWCASE

  • OLGA - AN AREQUIPA STORY

    Gabriel Yee

    canada, peru | 5min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english, spanish | english Sub.

    An uplifting documentary about Olga, a 12-year-old girl with a congenital foot deformity, and her mother, who travel from their remote Peruvian village to Arequipa for life-changing treatment.

    ShortWork | documentary

  • CANON Hi5 SHORT FILM CHALLENGE FINALISTS

    canada | 25min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    The World Premiere of The Canon Hi5 Short Film Challenge Top 5 Films. Each participant produced a five-minute short film and shot their script in five days with a Canon camera. The winning team will receive a C100 mkII Canon Camera valued at $6,800.

    ShortWork

  • HOODS

    Maja Aro

    canada | 22min | world premiere | 2016 | english

    A modern day steampunk interpretation of the classic Little Red Riding Hood fable. After kind young Scarlet finds her Gram's freshly murdered body on a routine visit to bring Gram's groceries, she embarks on a quest for justice against the big bad Frederick Wolfe.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • STANDBY

    Charlotte Regan

    united kingdom | 6min | western canadian premiere | 2016 | english

    Gary and Jenny share the same cramped "office space" as all beat cops: the front seat of a patrol car. Their evolving relationship is a whirlwind of emotions which stands in often-comedic contrast to the procession of thugs and criminals filling the back seat.

    ShortWork | fiction

  • TRYING

    Shauna Johannesen

    canada | 11min | british columbia premiere | 2016 | english

    When it seems like every teenage girl who climbs in the back of a Prius ends up knocked up, Steve and Ellie are sure getting pregnant will be child's play. But as sex becomes increasingly un-sexy, and foreplay becomes more needles than necking, they face the tender, comic trials of 'What to Expect when you're NOT Expecting.'

    ShortWork | fiction

4:45 PM 102min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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THE THREE LITTLE PIGS 2

Jean-François Pouliot

Middle age has not dampened the misogynistic horniness of the three brothers from the very popular first film. One has his marriage destroyed due to his extramarital bisexual activities, while his brother quickly moves in on his ex-wife. Hilariously funny classic French farce. Highest grossing Canadian film of the year. Subtitles.

5:15 PM 96min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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THE CYCLOTRON

Olivier Asselin

A unique Canadian film that tries to evoke the WWII romantic dramas of the Casablanca era, while dealing with conceptually trippy sci-fi concepts of time travel and nuclear fission. A train rushing to Switzerland has on board a German scientist that may have the formula for a nuclear bomb well before the Americans. Western Premiere

6:00 PM 106min Maury Young Arts Centre
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LOST SOLACE

Chris Scheuerman

A lifelong psychopath has his life turned inside out when he ingests a designer drug at a nightclub and suddenly develops empathy and a moral conscience. A slick new thriller in the style of LIMITLESS from director Chris Scheuerman, shot in Vancouver.

6:00 PM 86min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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AN AMERICAN DREAM: THE EDUCATION OF WILLIAM BOWMAN

Ken Finkleman

A wicked satirical comedy aimed at the post-Donald Trump era of American politics. This is Gemini-award winning Ken Finkleman at his most wickedly pointed, taking on American political corruption, the gun lobby, big business influence at the White House and more.

6:30 PM 96min Rainbow Theatre
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SHADES OF WINTER: BETWEEN

Sandra Lahnsteiner

Austrian filmmaker and extreme sports enthusiast Sandra Lahnsteiner takes us on a global celebration of female athleticism as we travel from New Zealand to Austria, through Canada searching for the biggest waves and the best ski runs for her merry band of all-female adventure-seekers to conquer. Beautifully shot and duly inspiring for thrill seekers.

7:30 PM 93min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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LOVESICK

Tyson Caron

The year's funniest Canadian romantic comedy. Jacob Tierney plays Dash, a 33 year old slacker who is still in love with his ex-girlfriend (Jessica Paré), and who is now engaged to a sleazeball (Jay Baruchel). His attempt to disrupt their wedding is a comic classic of deep public humiliation.

7:45 PM 101min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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GRAND UNIFIED THEORY

David Ray

A brilliant astrophysicist lectures at a local university about chaos theory, even as his own family comically unravels in ways that defy scientific logic. There is a hilarious interview scene on drugs that is laugh-out-loud. A truly original BC based comedy for people with brains, or what's left of them.

8:15 PM 95min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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HUNTING PIGNUT

Martine Blue

A young teenager (winningly played by BC based Taylor Hickson) runs away from home to join the street bums that her late Dad used to hang around. Drugs and sexual assault are unfortunately sure to follow. An original coming of age story from first-time Newfoundland filmmaker Martine Blue.

9:00 PM 99min Maury Young Arts Centre
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GOING FURTHUR

Colby Rex O'Neill, Matt Pidutti, Lindsay Kent

The psychedelic counterculture movement is alive and well today. Fifty years after Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters' first acid-laced bus trip, his son Zane has taken his Dad's bus on a 15,000 mile, 75 day tour of music festivals, tribal gatherings, and happenings, man. Enjoy the trip!

9:30 PM 96min Rainbow Theatre
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SHADES OF WINTER: BETWEEN

Sandra Lahnsteiner

Austrian filmmaker and extreme sports enthusiast Sandra Lahnsteiner takes us on a global celebration of female athleticism as we travel from New Zealand to Austria, through Canada searching for the biggest waves and the best ski runs for her merry band of all-female adventure-seekers to conquer. Beautifully shot and duly inspiring for thrill seekers.

10:00 PM 132min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 7
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MISS SLOANE

John Madden

Rumour is that Jessica Chastain may be Oscar-bound for her role as a brilliant and ruthless lobbyist who refuses to concede any battle. Director John Madden is best known for Oscar winner SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE and the BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL movies.

10:15 PM 92min Village 8 Cinema Theatre 6
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BELOW HER MOUTH

April Mullen

A woman who is engaged to be married succumbs to the lesbian advances of an attractive roofer, and her life is turned upside down with newfound desire. A very adult film with the rare distinction of having been made by an all-female crew. April Mullen directs.

10:30 PM 90min Village 8 Cinemas Theatre 8
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FREE FIRE

Ben Wheatley

Winner of the People's Choice Award for this year's Midnight Madness selections at TIFF, this darkly funny and very violent movie directed by Ben Wheatley (HIGH-RISE) is about an IRA gun deal that goes tremendously wrong, starring Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer.