Official Selection 2017 – All lengths have been adjusted up to the next minute

All Times Are Subject to Change. 


What goes up


WHAT GOES UP – UK – SHORT NARRATIVE  Imaginative little girl Abby is going to explore the stars. She even has her own cardboard spacecraft. But the destiny of stars is to collapse, and when tragedy strikes suddenly, Abby must learn how to find light in the dark. (13 mins) Friday, Oct 27 2:45 PM

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 SHINERS – CANADA   FEATURE DOCUMENTARY  “Shiners” delves into the lives of shoe shiners around the world giving you an insider’s view of this often overlooked profession. Travel from Tokyo to La Paz, New York, Toronto, and Sarajevo, to meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes. “Shiners” is a character-driven documentary which introduces you to the people who do this job and allows you to see the world through their eyes. (78 mins)          Friday, Oct 27 3:00 PM

Fix and Release

FIX AND RELEASE – CANADA  FEATURE DOCUMENTARY   Fix and Release explores a small turtle trauma centre in Peterborough Ontario Canada as it fights to even the odds for survival that freshwater turtles face in a modern world. This visually beautiful film shows turtles in a way that few have seen before. (16 mins)     Friday, Oct. 27 4:20 PM



LIGHT SIGHT – IRAN – SHORT ANIMATION M.E., the imprisoned character in a room is attracted to a hanging light and tries to catch it. But the room itself becomes an obstacle on his way. (8 mins) Friday, Oct 27 4:35 PM 


OUTCASTE – THE HOUSE THAT CAROL BUILT – UK – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY   This is a unique story of faith, courage and magical thinking. A story of how the dream of an elderly English teacher finally comes true with the help of a rickshaw driver, a lapsed Buddhist monk and a journey into the high Himalayas. It’s ‘The Marigold Hotel’ meets ‘Lost Horizon’.  (67 mins) Friday, Oct 27 4:45 PM


INNER ME – ITALY – SHORT DOCUMENTARY       While following Jemima, a little curious girl who wanders through dusty roads, crowded markets, slaughterhouses, furnaces and bat hunters we get acquainted with three women who describe the harsh realities of being born female and deaf in a society that discriminates against both women and people with disabilities. (30 mins)         Friday, October 27 7:15 PM


DEATH OF IAN HALL – CANADA  SHORT NARRATIVE   Ian Hall is terminally ill. He and his wife, Catherine, have a difficult decision to make as Ian does not want to keep suffering through the pain anymore. In their last days of love and joy, they spend them with each other as they did when they first met. (15 mins)     Friday, Oct 27  7:45 PM


WALKING SUPPLY – CANADA   SHORT NARRATIVE  After escaping a Soviet labour camp, three men struggle to survive in the barren landscapes of Siberia. (25 mins)                  Friday, Oct. 27 8:00 PM 

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GLORIOUS VICTORY – UNITED STATES – SHORT ANIMATION  Glorious Victory is a watercolor animated short about two beetles intensely fighting over a fig fruit. (2 mins)            Friday, Oct 27 8:30 PM


CARDINALS  – CANADA  FEATURE NARRATIVE     When Valerie (Sheila McCarthy) returns home from prison years after killing her neighbour in an apparent drunk driving accident, she wants nothing more than to move on — until the deceased’s son shows up at her door and it becomes clear that the past is not easily forgotten. (84 mins)  Friday, Oct 27  8:35 PM 

i don't like here

I DON’T LIKE HERE – IRAN – SHORT NARRATIVE   Eli has been involved in a personality dualism and regardless of her constant disagreements with her father she still seeks her true nature. (20 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 11:00 AM

Screen Shot 2017-10-07 at 5.17.53 PMTRIBE – THE TALE OF HAN – UK – SHORT NARRATIVE  Tribe is a short film that follows themes of loyalty, friendship and love. The son of the leader of the tribe Han, and his best friend Tikim both get themselves into trouble when they sneak onto another tribes grounds to get a look at some girls. When they escape Tikim gets captured causing Han to have to step up and save him and prove himself to his dying father. Han then becomes
the leader of his tribe. (18 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 11:20 AM

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MAYA – UK – SHORT NARRATIVE   A woman is about to kill herself but alters her decision after learning about the harsher life of her uninvited guest. A thought-provoking short drama against misogyny. (14 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 11:45 AM

a room

A ROOM – HONG KONG – SHORT NARRATIVE  A man has changed another job in order to make more money to marry his fianceé. One day he discovers a secret of a certain room in his company. This secret, which only appears after he gets off work, has changed their relationship forever. (23 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 12:00 NOON

to the moon

TO THE MOON – UK – SHORT ANIMATION  This Short Animation is a visual representation of emotion. There is a sense of ambiguity to the narrative, underlining a major theme, Death. Anyone Living interprets it in their own way, but like life is given, it is taken as well, and that is the same for all. This is a story of a long life lasting journey to a man’s dream and the realization of it. Life is a beautiful piece of work where without death, it’s final stroke, it would be meaningless. (2 mins) Saturday, October 28 12:25 PM


BLACK DONNELLYS – CANADA  NARRATIVE When an 1800s land dispute left Jim Donnelly and his family at odds with the community of Biddulph County, a bloody feud unfolds as told in this Canadian western based on true events. (40 mins)                Saturday, Oct 28 12:30 PM 

MY VIVID LIFE – EQUINE THERAPY -CANADA – SHORT DOCUMENTARY After a series of synchronistic events, Shayne Traviss visits Jennifer Schramm, an Equine Therapist, for a one-on-one session. He begins with the intention to learn courage, but after 10 minutes of silence in the round pen with the horse, Shayne learns a profound lesson about himself. (14 mins) Saturday, Oct 28 1:15 PM


KING FOR A DAY – CANADA – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY  A feature-length documentary that explores the worldwide phenomenon of Elvis impersonators.                           (80 mins)           Saturday, Oct 28 1:30 PM 

the locket

THE LOCKET – CANADA – SHORT NARRATIVE (STUDENT)  After escaping a life in captivity, a young girl begins an epic journey in search of her mother, from whom she was taken long ago. (9 mins)           Saturday, Oct 28  2:55 PM 


ASHES – CANADA – FEATURE NARRATIVE  After discovering his parents’ final wishes are to have their ashes scattered where they first met, Liam and his closest friends set out to explore the place for themselves as they navigate old memories while creating new ones. (71 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 3:05 PM


THE LAST MOUNTAIN CARIBOU – CANADA  FEATURE DOCUMENTARY The Last Mountain Caribou is a film that follows the struggle to find & film the caribou of the south Selkirk mountains at a time when their numbers are plummeting. The filmmaker employs remote cameras in an effort to increase his chances of getting the footage he needs. He looks at the issues that have resulted in the situation the caribou face today, along with what can be done in the future to save these majestic animals from disappearing altogether. (44 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 4:20 PM


CROISSANT – SPAIN – SHORT NARRATIVE  Two strangers in the same bed The best way to start a new relationship begins with the breakfast. (7 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 6:05 PM


MILK FOR BRITAIN – CANADA – SHORT DOCUMENTARY  This short animated documentary combining the styles of 1930s/1940s propaganda films with comic-book art, tells the history of the WWII program which provided desperately-needed food supplies to the besieged British population. (14 mins)     Saturday, March 28 6:15 PM


SCATTERED – CANADA  SHORT NARRATIVE  Two women venture into the woods to scatter their friend’s ashes and fumble for a way to say goodbye. (10 mins)                                   Saturday, Oct 28 6:35 PM


JOHNNY ON THE MOON –  CANADA – SHORT NARRATIVE  It is July, 1969. While man steps foot on the moon, two young men escape into their imaginations in the wilderness of Northern Ontario. Their love for one another is clear, when Johnny asks Max to never open the door in the floor of their cabin. Max complies, but with the passing of time, the lines between reality and make-believe blur together, and the boys are confronted with unspeakable memories of the Vietnam war, the possibility that they never left it, and what lies beneath the door the in the floor. (30 mins) Saturday, Oct 28 6:40 PM 


HEALEY’S HIDEAWAY – CANADA  FEATURE DOCUMENTARY  Jeff Healey, a true Canadian, born and raised in Etobicoke, ON , was a blind guitar player who never let his physical challenges stand in his way. The movie tells the story of the Jeff Healey club, the A- list musicians who played there and of course the amazing talent that Jeff had as a Blind Musician who never let his disability stop him from doing what he loved most -Music. With interviews with Cristie Healey, Randy Bachman, Burton Cummings, Ronnie Hawkins, The Jazz Wizards, Tony Springer and rare live performance footage from the club with Jeff Healey, Ian Gillan, and others. (71 mins)    Saturday, Oct. 28 7:25 PM


SEARCH ENGINES – UNITED STATES – FEATURE NARRATIVE Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.  (95 mins)  Saturday, Oct 28 8:30 PM