CAFF 2020 SELECTED FILMS

Black and Blue

Wednesday , Oct,14 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Director: Justin Kueber | 18-mins. Canada 2018 | Short Narrative

Nine-year-old troublemaker, Katie is forced to spend a day with her senile, blind Grandpa. Through their interactions, she unknowingly gives him something priceless; his memories. 

CAFF Rating: All Audiences, some language

 Language: English

Calling All Captains: Made For This

WEDNESDAY, Oct,14 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Director: Justin Kueber | 35-mins. Canada 2020 | Short Documentary.

Through relentless touring and a persistent , hardworking attitude Edmonton based punk-rock band . Calling All Captains has continued to push boundries and chase their dreams. “Made For This” chronicles the journey of the Captains and their ineperable bond which them to playing their largest and most important show to date; opening up for world renowned punk rockers, The Offspring. 

CAFF Rating: All Audiences, some language.

 Language: English

Coffee in the Morning

Director: Rogelio Rodriquez | 29-mins| Mexico | 2019| Short Narrative

THURSDAY, Oct. 15 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

A young woman stays in a Doctor’s cabin in the middle of the woods, recovering from her wounds. With extra help from someone unexpected, she starts getting ready to go back to her hometown. This might bot be yet as safe and easy as she might think. .

CAFF Rating: Mature audiences, violence/rape

Language: Spanish with English subtitles 

Finch

Director: James McLane | 8 – mins. | Canada 2020 | Short Narrative

Friday, Oct. 16 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Trapped in an abusive relationship. Sarah struggles to make sense of her past and present. After a brutal assault Sarah realizes she’s not the only captive in her partner’s control. It’s time to accept or leave the prison of her daily life.

CAFF Rating: PG

Language: English

Guardians of the Grasslands

Director: Sarah Wray & Ben Wilson | 12 – mins. | Canada 2019 Short Documentary

SATURDAY, Oct 17 @ 12:00 – 2:00 pm 

Canada’s native grasslands are disapearing at an alarming rate – in fact, they are one of the most endangered ecosystems in the world. Guardians of the Grasslands is a collaboration between dedicated conservationists and local ranchers, which seeks to showcase how cattle to continue to create hope pm what’s left of these iconic landscapes for the plant and animal species that call them home.

CAFF Rating: G, Family Friendly

Language: English

Her Last Project

Director: Rosvita Dransfeld| Canada|45 – min| 2019  

Feature Documentary

THURSDAY, Oct 15 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

Her Last project is the extrordinary story of Dr. Shelly Sarwal, a physician from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Diagnosed with Multiple System Atrophy (MSA) an incurable disease, Shelly chose to undergo the recently legalized Medical Assitance in Dyin (MAID) procedure and become an organ donar. As the first person in Nova Scotia to undergo this complicated medical journey, she dedicated the short time she had left on this earth to educate health proffessionals and the public about being in control of our death and creating a meaningful legacy through organ donation.

Cameras documented the proccess , from meeting with doctors and having her organs assessed to celebrating her life with loved ones. After saying goodbye to her closest friends with toast and tea, she died peacefully, with her husband at her side. Shelly’s organ donation saved three lives and she donated her brain to research.

It was Shelly’s wish to share her experience as a way to educate the public and the medical community about organ and tissue donation after MAID. Through this film and other medical curriculum and professional training, the producers are helping to fulfil Shelly’s wish.

Her Last Project is directed by Rosvita Dransfeld and produced by Canadian Blood Services, in partnership with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the QEII Health Sciences Centre.

CAFF Rating: G, Mature Subject Matter

Language: English

John 316

Director: JarvisG| 104 – mins. |Canada| 2019 Feature Narrative, 

SATURDAY, Oct. 17 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Liar, Lunatic, Lord?

A psychiatric hospital is turned upside down when a mysterious drifter is admitted and assigned to Room 316. Known only as John Doe, the other patients believe that he bears an uncanny resemblance to Jesus Christ. When he starts performing ‘miracles’, the inmates begin to follow him as his disciples. This causes tension with the hospital administrators who are loathe to admit the patients are actually improving under John’s guidance. They set out to expose him, leading to one final miracle that will change all their lives forever.

CAFF Rating: PG, mature content

Language: English

Mnemosyne

Director:Tracey Lavigne| 10 – mins.| Canada 2019|Short Narrative

FRIDAY, Oct  16 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

Over the course of her lonely shift at a convenience store, a young woman pieces together hazy memories of what happened to her the night before and confronts an ugly truth.

 

CAFF Rating: PG, mature subject matter

Language: English

Phone Call

Director: Ivy Miller| 5 – mins. | Canada | 2019| Short Narrative

SATURDAY, Oct. 17 @ 3:00 – 5:00 pm

Gillian needs her friend’s help to gather the courage to ask out the guy she likes.

CAFF Rating: G, All audiences

Language: English

Rabbit and the Snare

Director: Calum Hotchkiss & Gemma Eva | 13 – mins. | Canada 2019 Short Narrative

 

THURSDAY, Oct 15 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

During the turn of the 20th century, a man contemplates life when he falls into isolation after the death of his young daughter. He is forced to survive a snowy Canadian winter while accompanied by an unusual companion.

CAFF Rating: PG 13, Dark subject matter

Language: English

Safe Haven

Director: Lisa Molomot| 79 – mins. | Cabada | 2020 | Feature length documentary

FRIDAY, Oct 14 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

SAFE HAVEN weaves together the powerful stories of U.S. war resisters who sought safe haven in Canada during both the Vietnam and Iraq wars. The film explores the intersection of these two groups of men and women during the Iraq war as many Vietnam era resisters participated in a movement to support the younger generation. SAFE HAVEN shows the reality and the myth of Canada as a welcoming country to those seeking protection. It delves into the decision making of people deciding to leave home and escape military service. People who found safe haven, and those who were forced home discuss their lives on both sides of the border.

CAFF Rating: G, All audiences. 

Language: English

Spawning Grounds

Director: Nils R Cowan| 54 – mins. | USA | 2020 |Feature Length Documentary

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

In an effort to save a rare native salmon in one of America’s only Urban Wildlife Refuges, a community of scientists, landowners, elected officials and Tribal leaders bands together around science and Indigenous knowledge.

CAFF Rating: G,  All audiences

Language: English

Tessellate

Director: Rob Jacobsen| 13 – mins. | Canada | 2019 Short Narrative

 

SATURDAY,  Oct 17@ 3:00 – 5:00 pm

In the near future, the technology to custom-make your personality has been developed. Reese, a technician at Personality Regen, meets Alex, a young woman hoping to alter her motor-mouth personality. Meanwhile, three executives discuss how they can leverage the technology for financial gain.

 

CAFF Rating:  G, All audiences

Language: English

The Dummy Factor

Director: O. Corbin Saleken| 81-mins. | Canada | 2019      Feature Narrative 

SATURDAY, Oct 17 @ 12:00 – 2:00 pm

A 12-year-old boy investigates the disappearance of a child in his neighbourhood.

CAFF Rating: G, Some parts may scare young children

Language: English

The Long Ride Home

Director: Steve Haining| 61 – mins. | Canada | 2019            Feature Length Documentary

THURSDAY, Oct. 15 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

The over representation of First Nations children in child-care, stems from decades of suffering and intergenerational trauma. The infliction of these deeply stressing and disturbing experiences has led to dangerous coping methods, incarceration and often death amongst Indigenous populations.

A brave group of Natives leave on a nomadic horseback journey 600 kms through the Canadian praries. They come from different many cultures but are connected by their stories. With strengthening spirit and traditions, they attempt to spark change, bring awareness to large and growing numbers of missing Indigenous women, ’60s scoop survivors and, bring their children home.

 

CAFF Rating: PG, language warnings

 

Language: English

The Manhattan Project

Director: Matthew Campanile |82 – mins. | Canada | 2019 Feature Narrative

FRIDAY, Oct 16 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

When a small-town cocktail-enthusiast decides to end his life after being diagnosed with a terminal illness he must deal with the repercussion his choice has on his son and his community.

CAFF Rating: PG, mature subject matter, language

Language: English

The Stonekiller

Director: Michele Vance Hehir & Nathaniel Vance Hehir

 24 – mins | Canada | 2020 Short Narrative

THURSDAY, Oct. 15 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

In the winter of 1860, after the untimely death of her mother, a young woman named Eva Greenwood (Holly Wandler) leaves behind her life as a governess, and journeys to a small Alberta town to kill the man she believes is responsible. A story of revenge, rescue and the patriarchy of religion.

CAFF Rating: PG, Violence, Language.

Language: English

Wednesday

Director: Lisa Delhom & Jeremy Paquet| 10 – mins. | Canada 2020 | Short Narrative, Feel good, Adventure, Comedy 

SATURDAY, Oct. 17 @ 12:00 – 2:00 pm 

Iris and Leo are waiting for their school bus, just like any other day. This morning, however, it does not arrive. Facing no rules but their own, the two eight year-olds embark on an urban adventure, one they shall never forget, roaming the streets of Montreal.

Comme tous les matins, Iris et Léo attendent patiemment leur bus scolaire. Lorsque celui-ci n’arrive pas, ils devront décider ensemble comment entreprendre leur journée. N’ayant aucunes règles que les leurs, les deux enfants entament une aventure urbaine dont ils se souviendront toute leur vie.

CAFF Rating: G, All Audiences

Language:  French (English subtitles)

Wink or a Smile

Director: C. Blake Evernden| 6 – mins. | Canada | 2019          Short Narrative, Comedy, Satire, Human Comedy

WEDNESDAY, Oct. 14 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

In a mid-town coffee shop, Heath Pollard and Ned Theodore debate the intricacies of texting protocol when Ned is stumped trying to finish an impromptu message to the newly single girl that he’s crushed on for months.

 

CAFF Rating: G, All audiences

Language: English

The Other Side of the Rainbow

Director: Angel Petersen| 14 – mins. | Canada | 2019 Documentary, Music

FRIDAY, Oct. 16 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm

A look into the beginnings of a flamboyant charismatic lifetime musician his path into creating his own music while he discovers and becomes who he is, away from the covers.

CAFF Rating: G, All audiences

Language: English

The Stoic

Director: Nauzanin Knight| 12 – mins. | Canada | 2019          Short Narrative

FRIDAY, Oct 16 @ 6:00 – 9:00 pm 

A failing, but talented creative writing student finds encouragement, unexpectedly, in his highbrowed professor of fiction.

CAFF Rating:  G, All audiences

Language: English

Wild Hearts

Director: Inder Nirwan| 16 – mins. | Canada | 2019                  Short Documentary

SATURDAY, Oct. 17 @ 12:00 – 2:00 pm

A mini documentary about the wild horses of Alberta.

CAFF Rating: G, All audiences

Language: English

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