Made in Canada

A SHORT FILM PROGRAM

SUNDAY, APRIL 8 | 12:30 PM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE
TUESDAY, APRIL 10 | 10:00 AM & 11:45 AM | ROUNDHOUSE COMMUNITY ARTS & RECREATION CENTRE

Canadians are renowned internationally for our unique and diverse perspectives. Drawing inspiration from every corner of the world, including Japanese anime and a Pixar blockbuster, these films center on the work of new and established Canadian voices.

Themes: mystery, death, tradition, imagination, adolescence

Recommended for grades 4-7 (ages 10+)

This program screens as part of SUNDAY FUN DAY! and REEL FOCUS for elementary schools.

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

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

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

Threads

No dialogue.

In her latest animated short, the Academy Award-winning director Torill Kove (The Danish Poet) explores the beauty and complexity of parental love, the bonds that we form over time, and the ways in which they stretch and shape us.

Themes: family, love, letting go, trust