Monday, January 23, 2017

Vancouver Short Film Festival January 27 & 28th, 2017 Vancity Theater

Saturday January 28th, 2017
Programme 1
This starts at 1 pm in the afternoon and has some interesting titles. Vacuum's running amok , some Science Fiction and a Western to name a few.
The titles and descriptions-including pictures below are from the Vancouver Short Film Festival's website:

THE PERFECT  VACUUM | Director: Becca Johanson | Run Time: 6 min

Four walls and an abusive owner stand between a tiny vacuum-cleaning robot and its quest for adventure.

THE AGONY OF OBSOLESCENCE | Director: Meysam Motazedi | Run Time: 12.5 min

Newly immigrated from Iran, Mahsa and Majid have impatiently awaited their first day of school. When the day finally arrives, a battle of wills between father and son over Mahsa's attire brings things to a head, threatening to thwart the conservative views of a single father who's held onto his autocratic ways for far too long.

LATE HARVEST | Director: Benjamin Musgrave | Run Time: 19 min

James searches for a life beyond the wooden farm fences of his prairie home: beyond the overly-familiar cycles of growth and decay, birth and death. He dreams of a life of something more…. but struggles to define the balance between expectation and reality. Late Harvest intricately weaves themes of family, expectation, and generational gravity through a sparse emotional pace, that erupts into a exalted song and dance sequence of dream and ambition.

ALL THINGS WANTING | Director: Craig Range | Run Time: 11 min

Norman is a filmmaker trying to express his anxiety with the world and his future. After realizing the film he is making is not as he imagined he descends into the space between thought and expression. All Things Wanting examines a man wrestling with that which determines him and his art.

RUN | Director: Elad Tzadok | Run Time: 17 min

Run is a short psychodrama set in the world of Elite Triathlon. After receiving a life-altering message from his partner during preparations for a crucial late-season race,Tristan, a leading professional Triathlete, is forced to face up to traumas from his past before he can confront his new future.

DRIFTER | Director: Olivia Lindgren | Run Time: 10 min

After narrowly surviving a hanging at the hands of the deadly Jackson Whitmore, a bounty hunter named Ruth embarks down the long road of vengeance. In this action-filled western, Ruth is both fueled and blinded by her rage-until she learns the true cost revenge.

ITERATION 1 | Director: Jesse Lupini | Run Time: 15 min

Anna wakes up in a strange white room. She has 60 seconds to escape; when the time hits zero she drops dead and reawakens in the same room, joined by a shadowy impression of her previous self. Every 60 seconds this cycle repeats and through each iteration Anna must think ahead and learn from her mistakes to solve a series of puzzles and escape this dystopian maze. | Director: Becca Johanson | Run Time: 6 min

Programme #3 This part of the festival starts at 4 pm
This group of films once again has such a good mixture of variety of films;

THE LIFT | Director: Manny Mahal | Run Time: 7.5 min

A man puts himself through a rigorous back workout. Doubts and dreams of his abilities both motivate and haunt him as he puts his physical and mental limitations to the test.  

THE THINGS I COULDN’T SAY | Director: Zlatina Pacheva | Run Time: 11 min

Zoe and Chris are at the same party. When they find themselves alone, all they can seem to talk about is their most recent failed relationships. As the night wears on and the discussion digs deeper, the two realize that sometimes it's easier to tell the truth to a stranger than a lover.

2BR02B: TO BE OR NAUGHT TO BE | Director: Marco Checa Garcia | Run Time: 18 min

Set in a dystopian future where population is strictly controlled, a Father waits for his children to be born. In a deserted hospital waiting room, one man must ask himself exactly what he is willing to do, to give his children a chance at life, any life at all.

MOONSHOT | Director: Matthew Lucas | Run Time: 22 min

In the near future, a homeless woman named Nova has grown tired of her brutal life on the street. Answering an ad from a company sending supply missions to a lunar colony, she volunteers for a unique travel opportunity: a one-way ticket to the Moon. But Alan, the wise-cracking engineer who placed the ad, has been working on his own risky plan. After several failed missions, his last hope for success may lie with Nova.  

TRYING | Director: Shauna Johannesen | Run Time: 11 min

When every teenager in the back of a Prius gets pregnant, Steve and Ellie are sure getting knocked up will be child's play. But as sex becomes increasingly un-sexy, and foreplay becomes more needles than necking, they face the darkly comic trials of 'What to Expect when you're NOT Expecting.'

SUMMERS GONE | Director: Teddy Edwards | Run Time: 9 min

A boy chases the attention of a summer love, and tries to win her and her heart over.

THEIR LAND: LAST OF THE CARIBOU HERD | Director: Mike McKinlay & Isabelle Groc | Run Time: 10.5 min

Caribou populations across Canada are in deep trouble. In the South Peace region of Northern British Columbia, logging, oil and gas exploration, and coal mining have significantly altered the landscape, opening up the forest and pushing mountain caribou away from their traditional range. Most of the herds now only have a handful of animals surviving. In the face of imminent extinction, First Nations communities are taking extreme measures to save their last caribou herds.

 Programme #4 These films start at 7 pm and are the last group of films for the evening.

THE CAMERAMAN | Director: Connor Gaston | Run Time: 16 min

Francis must reconcile his relationship with his abusive father who suffers from Huntington’s Disease. Francis’ younger brother, Ed—the cameraman—records their dysfunctional lives with his Super 8 Camera.

BARBARIAN PRESS | Director: Sarah Race | Run Time: 17.5 min

In the age of mechanical reproduction, this intimate, beautiful film celebrates handmade pursuits. Jan and Crispin Elsted have been making fine art books by letterpress for over 30 years. Partners in life and work, the couple are achingly aware they may be the last of a kind.

COUNTER ACT | Director: Affolter Brothers | Run Time: 16 min

When Alice, a na├»ve young woman having lunch in a diner circa 1960, joins Mary and Ray in their “sit-in” protest, the ire of the racist patrons boils over and Alice learns what it truly takes to stand up for what you believe in.

BRENDA AT 10, 15, 20 | Director: Ana de Lara | Run Time: 2.5 min

Brenda at 10, 15, 30 intertwines three time periods of a breast cancer survivor's life, with a focus on her relationship with her breasts. The film features singer-songwriter and breast cancer survivor Kristia Di Gregorio in the lead role of Brenda at 30.

FOLLOW | Director: Ania Budko & Sami Zenderoudi | Run Time: 8.5 min

A girl wakes up from a vivid dream. A cool summer breeze lures her to step outside. On an empty street, she sees a familiar figure, a stranger who had appeared in her dream, inciting her to follow. Bending notions of time and space, Follow explores a character’s dreamscape.

GROCERY STORE ACTION MOVIE | Director: Matthew Campbell | Run Time: 13 min

The short film follows a man standing in line at a grocery store, who suddenly realizes he’s forgotten the all important crackers. Now, in a “24 style” race against time he has to run back to get the crackers before losing his place in line. He must risk life and limb to avoid the cheese sample man, leap over fallen grocery carts and locate the crackers in this high-stakes, over-the-top action movie parody.

NOT THAT BEAUTIFUL | Director: Miguel Quintero | Run Time: 6 min

Snow White, fed up with the consequences of her life choices, decides to have a few drinks at a bar, this being the start of a night she will never forget.

This evening and the festival will wrap it all up with the awards ceremony of the show and then an after party.

Awards Ceremony - 9:00 PM

Closing Party - 9:30 PM
*All ticket holders for January 28th can attend.*

Here is the link to buy tickets for either evening for the Festival.
Vancouver Short Film Festival Tickets -click here

Thank you for reading this 
Anthony Nadeau

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