2021 FILMS

Friday, February 12

Marquee Rising

Canada, 2020 | 28 min

A film by Sarah Wray and Ben Wilson

Story Brokers Media House

An extraordinary story of the birth, life, death and resurrection of the oldest opera house on the Canadian prairies, and the people who dedicated their lives to preventing this historical theatre from going dark forever.

Saturday, February 13

Fast Horse

Canada, 2018 | 14 min

Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich

Fast Horse follows the return of the Blackfoot bareback horse racing tradition in a new form: the Indian Relay. Siksika horseman Allison RedCrow struggles to build a team with second-hand horses and a new jockey, Cody BigTobacco, to take on the best riders in the Blackfoot Confederacy at the Calgary Stampede.

In the Shadow of the Pines

Canada, 2020 | 8 min

Directed by Anne Koizumi

In the Shadow of the Pines is a deeply personal animated documentary short about a difficult father-daughter relationship inspired by the filmmaker’s own upbringing with her immigrant dad, who was also the janitor at the elementary school she attended. The film questions the idea of shame and how it can shape and define us while inhibiting who we can truly become.


Iran / Canada, 2019 | 18 min

Directed by Maryam Zarei

In Nima's vivid stories, the gloomy scrapyard becomes a formula 1 race track. His younger sister Tara listens to him, captivated. Tara is blind. While their parents quarrel, gesticulating silently, Nima creates a colorful, happy world in which Tara can grow up without worry. Even when their mother suddenly abandons the family, Nima playfully maintains his version of reality, confronting tragedy with hope.

A Walk Down to Water

Canada, 2019 | 15 min

Directed by Levi Holwell

A Walk Down to Water follows an immigrant employee working at a rural motel after he discovers that a guest has passed away in one of the rooms. While he waits for an ambulance to arrive and life at the motel carries on as usual, our protagonist struggles to navigate his way through a world where indifference is abundant and empathy is scarce.

The Final Exam / Final Sınavı 

Canada, 2020 | 12 min

Directed by Beth Wishart MacKenzie and Tobias Nicholas

Set in 1998 Turkey, The Final Exam is a classroom drama based on actual events. In keeping with new academic policy, a university professor tells a devout young Muslim woman to remove her headscarf in order to write a final exam. Seeing her distress, a young man beside her finds a “strategic” way to guard her privacy.

The Last Page

Canada, 2020 | 15 min

Directed By Clark Banack and Hans Olson

The Last Page is a portrait of a small-town reporter as he prepares for the closing of The Camrose Canadian newspaper. This observational documentary is a gentle ode to the dying industry of print journalism. The news isn't always exciting in a place like Camrose, but the need for a community to hear its own stories is undeniable.


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