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2019 Films

Over the course of the weekend, we had 64 films. There were 44 films in competition with 15 shorts, 14 short documentaries, five feature films, five documentaries and five animations. We screened 20 films out of competition. Most of the films had someone from the creative team present for a Q&A after the screening. Take a look!

  • Feature Narrative
  • Documentary
  • Short Narrative
  • Short Documentaries
  • Short Animation
  • Music Video
Feature Narrative films category is sponsored by Auburn
Open For Submissions Director: Bryan Skinner | Producer: Ana de Lara

Open For Submissions is a comedy about a small film festival with big problems. Desmond Baggs, the ne…

Boys vs. Girls Director: Mike Stasko | Producer: Mike Stasko, Ted Bezaire

Boys in July. Girls in August. And never the two shall meet. But in 1990, when summer camps around the…

Devil Seed Director: Greg A. Sager | Producer: Dwight Coughlan, Gary Elmer, Geoff Hart, Robbin McDonnel

Alex, a returning college student, has a strange experience at a psychic and wakes up with no…

Goliath Director: Luke Villemaire | Producer: Luke Villemaire, Nathan Dharamshi, Maddy Pilon, Shannon Kook

When Robin Walker (Jessica Sipos) returns home for her father’s funeral, she’s forced to confront the…

I’ve Heard The Mermaids Singing Director: Patricia Rozema | Producer: Patricia Rozema, Don Haig, Alexandra Raffé

Whimsical and absent-minded photographer Polly stirs up trouble at her new gallery job when she fall…

La Disparition Des Lucioles Director: Sébastien Pilote Producer: Marc Daigle, Bernadette Payeur

A frustrated teenager frees herself from her mother’s influence and her narrow life in a small…

La Mentirita Blanca (Little White Lie) Director: Tomas Alzamora | Producer: Equeco & Pageman Productions

A small-town journalist in southern Chile realizes he has run out of good news so he must start making…

Mouthpiece Director: Patricia Rozema | Producer: Patricia Rozema, Jennifer Shin, Christina Piovesan

Cassandra, who is portrayed by two women, expresses the opposing voices that exist inside the…

Murmur Director: Heather Young | Producer: Martha Cooley, Heather Young

An aging, isolated woman ordered to perform community service for a DUI discovers that adopti…

Official Secrets Director: Gavin Hood | Producer: Ged Doherty, Elizabeth Fowler, Melissa Shiyu Zuo

The untold true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NS…

One Day In The Life Of Noah Piugattuk Director: Zacharias Kunuk | Producer: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn

Kapuivik, north Baffin Island, 1961. Noah Piugattuk…

Pain and Glory Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Producer: Agustín Almodóvar, Ricardo Marco Budé, Ignacio Salazar-Simpson

A film director (portrayed by Antonio Banderas)…

Stockholm Director: Robert Budreau

Feature film based on the 1973 bank heist and hostage crisis where the term Stockholm Syndrom…

Une Colonie Director: Geneviève Dulude-De Celles | Producer: Fanny Drew, Sarah Mannering

Between high school pressures and family disorganization, Mylia is trying to find her bearings…

When The Storm Fades Director: Sean Yap Sei-Been Devlin | Producer: Shane Supernova

A feature film about the lingering impacts of Typhoon Haiyan, starring real survivors re-enactin…

White Lie Director: Calvin Thomas, Yohan Lewis

Having become a campus celebrity after a (fictional) cancer diagnosis, a young woman (Kacey Rohl)…

Documentary films category is sponsored by Trudell Medical Limited
Prey Documentary by Border City Pictures | Director: Matt Gallagher

Winner of the prestigious 2019 Hot Docs Rogers Audience Choice Award for Best Canadian Feature…

Forest City – A Documentary Film Director: Caroline Nolan | Producer: Caroline Nolan, Red Tale Films Inc.

Witnessing a six-acre forest be clear-cut for houses in London, Canada, from her 12th floor condo…

Illusions Of Control Director: Shannon Walsh | Producer: Shannon Walsh & Andrea Schmidt

Illusions of Control follows five compelling and surprising stories of the ways people live on in the…

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Director: Daniel Roher | Producer: Martin Scorsese, Brian Grazer, Ron Howard

Directed by Daniel Roher (Ghosts of Our Forest) an…

Room To Grow Director: Jon Garcia & Matt Alber | Producer: Jon Garcia & Matt Alber

For many queer people, some of our toughest years were when we were teenagers living at home. Ho…

The Faces We Lost Director: Piotr Cieplak | Producer: Piotr Cieplak, Clementine Dusabejambo

The 1994 genocide in Rwanda claimed almost a million lives in just 100 days. The world stood by as…

The Woman Who Loves Giraffes Director Alison Reid

Dr. Anne Innis Dagg re-traces the steps of her ground-breaking 1956 journey to South Africa to…

Weekender Director: Travis Hayden-Rowe | Producer: Eric Green

Featuring interviews from legal, medical and law enforcement experts, Weekender tells the story of…

Where in The Hell is The Lavender House? Director: David Hall, Thomas Rotenburg | Producer: David Hall, Longmont Potion Castle, Vivek Venkatesh

The fully authorized and official story of legendary…

Who Let The Dogs Out Director: Brent Hodge | Producer: Aly Kelly, Ben Sisto

The untold true story of a British whistleblower who leaked information to the press about an illegal NS…

Short films category is sponsored by Meridian
Christmas Green Director: Clara Altimas | Producer: Ali Mashayekhi, Al Magee, Neil Huber

A disgruntled woman pays an unwanted visit to her lonely neighbour, but both end up finding…

Andy Asperger Director: Josh Litman | Producer: Daniel Becker & Matt Nordstrom

Persistently rejected by others, an autistic man has to confront his own prejudices after he seemingly…

Contrary Director: Dylan Broda | Producer: Cameron Thorpe

Mary, an incredibly lifelike android caretaker, must provide a logical answer for the drowning of her ill…

Crazy Killer Cannibal Girls Director: Robert McGill | Producer: Robbin M. McDonnell

Sisters Emme and Elle like to hunt, lure, and devour men. Have they bit off more than they can chew…

Everything You Want To Say Director: Edward Mines | Producer: Sean M Cullen & Edward Mines

A socially-challenged man struggles for control of his voice when an A.I. speech inhibitor threatens to…

Gone Director: Nicholas Dragas | Producer: Denise Bodan

A woman tries to grapple with the state of her newly damaged marriage…

Guts Director: Nano Clow | Producer: Joaquin Cardoner

Pressured to keep quiet about a friend’s indiscretion, Harry is forced to deal with his secret head-on whe…

L’Dor V’Dor Director: Michael Tobin | Producer: Michael Tobin, Suzannah Moore, Rosie McGregor

L’Dor V’Dor (Hebrew for From Generation to Generation) is about a father and a son. The father…

Limbs Director: Franci Dimitrovska | Producer: Lief Ramsaran, Andy Reid, Sam Hughes

For every Bert and Ernie, somebody’s got to suck it up and play Bert’s left arm. Our somebody has had…

Maternal Director: Andrew Simpson | Producer: Sedina Fiati

As a young Canadian-born daughter waits for acceptance to her dream arts program, her…

Midnight Marathon Director: Jonah Haber | Producer: Michael Hua and Derek Sutton

When the whole world is hypnotized by an unexplained celestial event, a young boy must face…

Night Shoot Director: Penny Eizenga | Producer: Penny Eizenga

An eccentric one-line actor keen to save his characters from extinction uses costumes from pa…

That Funeral Glow Director: Dylan Mitro | Producer: Adam Craveiro

Fey has just inherited Justine’s dog, Benny. The night following Justine’s funeral, Fey and Benny fa…

The Candlelight Witch Director: Rebecca Flinn-White | Producer: Tia Ayers, Shannon Ayers, Katy Sullivan

To pass the time during a blackout, three siblings tell a scary story that proves to be more dangerous tha…

Touch Director: Miranda White | Producer: Jesse Crump, David Torres

A nurse discovers that her patient has a dark secret and puts her job on the line to keep the patient saf…

Unearthed Director: Caitee McIntyre | Producer: Maxine Hood

In the near future, a major drought has taken over North America. A major agro-chemical company…

Short Documentaries category is sponsored by Canada Life
Take Me To Prom Director: Andrew Moir | Producer: Andrew Moir

Queer Canadians retell a moment from their high school prom…

Emptying The Tank Director: Caroline Monnet | Producer: Eric Cinq-Mars

In her striking portrait of Chippewa female mixed martial artist Ashley Nichols, Caroline Monnet…

For The Girls Director: Emma Grunwald | Producer: Mohit Mangtani and Nicole Clark

For the Girls is an observational documentary about the 14 and 15-year-old girls who play for the…

Girl Of My Dreams Director: Kari Townsend | Producer: Kari Townsend

Told through personal photos, home videos, and original music, Girl of My Dreams is a true account…

Gravity Director: Laura Diaz-Martinez | Producer: Jiacheng Xu

This portrait documentary captures Amy Shackleton’s brushless technique, which has led he…

Great Lakes Surfers Director: Donnie Ivey | Producer: Donnie Ivey

A look into the unique local scene of surfers who ride the waves of our Great Lakes, chasing weather…

Icons Of Soul Director: George Tsioutsioulas | Producer: Luke McMaster

Through the art of musical collaboration, Icons Of Soul investigates the process by which Lamont…

Imara Director: Samuel Wanjohi | Producer: Samuel Wanjohi

Imara tells the story of an ambitious passionate cyclist whose dreams of being a world champion in…

Jason Rip: A Tombstone Epitaph Director: Matthew Downs | Producer: Faith Clark

A profile of renowned London playwright, Jason Rip who has written and produced 81 plays so far and…

Matsutake Hunters Director/Producer: Shannon Walsh

The forest holds many mysteries. We follow some unique foragers as they hunt for the elusive and…

One Of 100 Director: Yulia Starostina | Producer: Joel Parker

“One of 100” is a short documentary film about a 3-years old girl who was diagnosed with a very rare…

Providence Director: Erin MacIndoe Sproule | Producer: Erin MacIndoe Sproule

A nuanced approach to documenting the changing landscape with the addition of wind turbines and th…

Rediscovered & Shared Director: Madeleine Spezowka and Illyana Vansevenant | Producer: Madeleine Spezowka

Danovia Stechishin has helped keep Ukrainian culture alive in Canada by collecting traditional…

Stealing The Soul Director: Yulia Starostina | Producer: Joel Parker

Short documentary about amazing photographer Jim Kost, who is one of only a few using old style W…

The Day Don Died Director: Sean Horlor & Steve J. Adams | Producer: Sean Horlor, Steve J. Adams, Ana Carrizales

When a condo community learns of a neighbour’s death, the dramatic retelling of his disappearance…

Short Animation category is sponsored by Digital Extremes
Iskwē – Little Star Director: Sarah Legault | Producer: Sarah Legault

The song and video recap the callous and racist way the media covered the murders of two Indigenous…

Cyberspace Pirates Director: Andrew Komer | Producer: Andrew Komer

Set in a world where people live inside giant ’90s computers, a group of Cyberspace Pirates seek ou…

Home Director: Vanessa Alessi | Producer: Vanessa Alessi

Home’ is a retro-cartoony and comedic animated short set in 1958 following the misadventures of a…

Kelpie Director: Dani Bittner | Producer: Dani Bittner

A young shepherd boy frees a panicked, trapped horse, only to find out why it was shackled in the fir…

What I See In You Director: Megan Lawless | Producer: Sheridon

A father and daughter inspire each other to follow their passions…

Winter Mirage Director: Megan Lawless | Producer: Sheridon

On a cold winter night, boy was chased by a ghost…

October 17-25

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FESTIVAL 2019

Congratulations to Our Winners

Best Animation:
iskwē—Little Star, Sarah Legault
Best Screenplay:
My Canadian Son, Ted Bezaire
Best Short Documentary:
Take Me to Prom, Andrew Moir
Best Short Film:
Christmas Green, Clara Altimas
Best Feature Documentary:
Prey, Matthew Gallagher
Best Feature Film:
Open for Submissions, Bryan Skinner
Old Oak Audience Choice Award:
Prey, Matthew Gallagher