FESTIVAL SCHEDULE: April 10

Clean Your Room!

A stubborn girl refuses to clean her room. Little does she know that the shadows cast by her bedroom clutter are food for the dreaded shadow monster who lives in her closet.

Note: Directors Sophie Jarvis and Alicia Eisen will be in attendance for a Q&A

Themes: toys, friends, family, responsibility

Clean Your Room!

A stubborn girl refuses to clean her room. Little does she know that the shadows cast by her bedroom clutter are food for the dreaded shadow monster who lives in her closet.

Note: Directors Sophie Jarvis and Alicia Eisen will be in attendance for a Q&A

Themes: toys, friends, family, responsibility

Cloudboy

In Dutch, Swedish and Sami with English subtitles*

WEST COAST PREMIERE 

Twelve-year-old Niilas is a resourceful city kid who leads a privileged life with his dad in Belgium. He hasn’t seen his mother for over a decade. She lives with a new spouse and kids among their reindeer in her Sápmi homeland in rural Northern Sweden. Against his will, Niilas is sent to spend summer vacation with his mom.

Floating Light

After being forced to return early from summer camp, Dana and Sam find themselves in the midst of their late grandfather's Buddhist funeral ceremony. Death and loss are treated with respect and sadness as the girls ponder the purpose of life and what their grandfather meant to them. Floating Light was awarded the BC Student Shortwork Award at Whistler Film Festival. 

Note: Director Natalie Murao will be in attendance for a Q&A

Themes: family, death, tradition, meaning of life

Floating Light

After being forced to return early from summer camp, Dana and Sam find themselves in the midst of their late grandfather's Buddhist funeral ceremony. Death and loss are treated with respect and sadness as the girls ponder the purpose of life and what their grandfather meant to them. Floating Light was awarded the BC Student Shortwork Award at Whistler Film Festival. 

Note: Director Natalie Murao will be in attendance for a Q&A

Themes: family, death, tradition, meaning of life

How Tommy Lemenchick Became a Grade 7 Legend

Ophelia is an eleven year old living with a complex: she’s never been kissed. Luckily she's got a plan. First, find a suitable candidate. Second, orchestrate a situation that leads to a kiss. Tommy Lemenchick is obsessed with video games--maybe Ophelia picked the wrong boy to kiss, or maybe not.

Themes: comedy, video games, rumors

How Tommy Lemenchick Became a Grade 7 Legend

Ophelia is an eleven year old living with a complex: she’s never been kissed. Luckily she's got a plan. First, find a suitable candidate. Second, orchestrate a situation that leads to a kiss. Tommy Lemenchick is obsessed with video games--maybe Ophelia picked the wrong boy to kiss, or maybe not.

Themes: comedy, video games, rumors

Lira's Forest

No dialogue.

As the end of her life approaches, an elderly woman encounters a strange spirit from a nearby forest. Drawing on the patience and minimalism of Japanese cinema and anime, Lira's Forest is filled with mystery and wonder. It’s no surprise that this little gem premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.

Themes: afterlife, nature, the meaning of life, elders

Lira's Forest

No dialogue.

As the end of her life approaches, an elderly woman encounters a strange spirit from a nearby forest. Drawing on the patience and minimalism of Japanese cinema and anime, Lira's Forest is filled with mystery and wonder. It’s no surprise that this little gem premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival to rave reviews.

Themes: afterlife, nature, the meaning of life, elders

Nadine

Sam must summon his inner samurai to fight the monster known as his anxiety. Real courage is conquering fear, but that doesn’t change the fact that it can be terrifying to speak to the girl you like. Combining live action and several types of animation, Nadine captures the hormonal rollercoaster of first feelings. 

Themes: fear, pressure, finding balance, cultural lessons

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