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2020 FILMS
Main Festival Guide

75 Films. 28 Live Filmmaker Q&As. 9 days.

In 2020, the films in competition included 15 short films, 15 short documentaries, 9 feature films, 8 documentaries, 6 animations and 15 music videos. We also screened 11 films out of competition, a majority of which also had connections to Southwestern Ontario.

All films premiered across the 9 day festival which audiences across Canada could stream online and participate in the filmmaker Q&As via live-chat. FCFF filmmakers get a portion of the ticket sales and we have YOU to thank for supporting regional talent!

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2020 FILMS
  • Feature Narrative
  • Feature Documentary
  • Short Films
  • Short Documentary
  • Animations
  • Music Video
Feature Narrative films category is sponsored by Drewlo
The Cuban Director:Sergio Navarretta | Producer: Sergio Navarretta, Alessandra Piccione, Ana Golja, Taras…

Mina, a young Afghan immigrant, works in a nursing home where she meets Luis, a resident with…

Seeking Oblivion Director: Brent Baird, Michael & Andre Becker | Producer: Brent Baird, Micheal Becker & Andre Becker

Seeking Oblivion follows a young man struggling with depression following a suicide attempt. Is he the…

The River You Step In Director: Jon Michaelson| Producer: Jon Michaelson | Astrid Van Wieren

When a young First Nations client dies in police custody, social worker Stevie struggles to keep the…

James Vs. His Future Self Director: Jeremy Lalonde | Producer: Jonathan Bronfman, Jordan Walker, Jonas Chernick

When a time-travelling scientist is visited by his future self, he’s told that he needs to give up his…

Nadia, Butterfly Director: Jeremy Lalonde | Producer: Jonathan Bronfman, Jordan Walker, Jonas Chernick

Nadia, an Olympic swimmer in her twenties, faces the challenges of her imminent retirement…

Kuessipan Director: Jeremy Lalonde | Producer: Jonathan Bronfman, Jordan Walker, Jonas Chernick

Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community who promised each other to stick…

Lusory Director: Brendan Hiles | Producer: Brendan Hiles, Cameron Killingsworth, Karina Meidell

Will visits his girlfriend, Emily, over 5 weekends. Emily’s currently in school lives with her kind-of-ex…

Disapperance at Clifton Hill Director: Jacqueline Shi | Producer: Aram Collier, Joseph Chung

Obsessed with memories of an unsolved crime from her childhood, a young woman’s investigation…

Kitty Mammas Director: Dennis Alexander Nicholson | Producer: Ivana Kingston, Michael James Ragen, Dennis Alexander Nicholson

A “documentary film crew” captures history…

That Is All Director: Mark Weeden | Producer: Mark Weeden, Craig Wood

As Ryan slips into loneliness, a chance meeting with a friend’s boyfriend, Sam, changes that trajectory…

The Embargo Project Director: Roberta (Film #1) - Caroline Monnet, Skyworld (Film #2) - Zoe Hopkins, Bihttoŝ (Rebel) (Fi…

An anthology of five short films by Canadian Indigenous women. Each director created a film…

The Incredible 25th year of Mitzi Bearclaw Director: Roberta (Film #1) - Caroline Monnet, Skyworld (Film #2) - Zoe Hopkins, Bihttoŝ (Rebel) (Fi…

Joyful, magical, inspiring, Into the Light with Cité Mémoire soars above the city, revealing history….

From the Vine Director: Sean Cisterna | Producer: Kyle Bornais, Paula Brancatin, Francesco Papa, Ken Cancellara

A downtrodden CEO experiencing a moral crisis travels back to Italy to recalibrate his moral…

A Perfect Plan Director: Jesse Ikeman | Producer: Bill Marks, Jesse Ikeman

Four notorious thieves wake up in a fortified warehouse and are forced by a cunning master thie…

Bendita Rebeldia Director: Laura Perez Cervera

2020 international Screening – Beatriz gets a second chance after failing in almost every aspect of her li…

Feature Documentary films category is sponsored by Lerners
There’s No Place Like This Place, Anyplace Director: Mike Stasko | Producer: Mike Stasko, Ted Bezaire

As a beloved Toronto block is sold to a developer, its members are forced to relocate. This is their story.

Who Farted? Director: Albert Nerenberg, Nik Sheehan | Producer: Nik Sheehan

Who Farted? suggests that understanding our place in nature is essential to our continued existence as…

The Gender Lady: The Fabulous Dr. May Cohen Director: Dr. Cheryl Levitt, Dr. Barbara Lent | Producer: Dr. Cheryl Levitt, Dr. Barbara Lent, Shar…

This is the story of Dr. May Cohen’s impacts as a…

The Walrus and the Whistleblower Director: Nathalie Bibeau | Producer: Frederic Bohbot, Nathalie Bibeau

Phil Demers is a part-time mailman and ex-trainer at MarineLand in Niagara Falls, Ontario. He’s being su…

Into The Light Director: Janice Zolf | Producer: Janice Zolf, Sylvie Van Brabant

Travel behind-the-scenes to discover how the walls in Old Montreal are transformed by renowned Cirq…

Mr. Emancipation: The Walter Perry Story Director: Preston Chase | Producer: The Walter Perry Freedom Foundation

Mr. Emancipation is the story of Walter L Perry’s determination to put on a celebration that would…

Opeka Director: Cam Cowan | Producer: Cam Cowan, Tiffany Peckosh-Soffrin

An iron-willed Argentine priest inspires hope for an entire nation by teaching people living in…

The Last Out Director: Jeremy Lalonde | Producer: Jonathan Bronfman, Jordan Walker, Jonas Chernick

Three young Cuban baseball players leave their families and risk exile to train in Central America a…

Short films category is sponsored by Auburn
The Sound of a Painting Director: Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf | Producer: Josh Litman, Léopold Dewolf

As identical twin sound engineers Angel and Clément celebrate the opening of their new recording studi…

Tattoo Director: James Dean Ferguson | Producer: Emma Lichti, Sebastian Blokowski

Tattoo tells the story of Emma, at eenager with a passion for anarchy, and Karen, her hard-loving…

Anamnesis Director: Ryan Gransden, Mark C. Edwards | Producer: Richard Ferguson, Rose-Marie Daniels

A poetic narrative of a man reliving his most traumatic and cherished memories before death.

Ripe Director: Rebecca Love/ Conor Casey | Producer: Rebeccah Love, Conor Casey, Lyndon Casey

A couple engage in a comedically heartbreaking conversation, as they wrestle with the impossible…

Platform Director: Terence Mcglade, Hayden Currie | Producer: Sebastian Kennedy

A businessman awaiting a subway train is accosted by a stranger and is almost thrown onto tracks, and…

Little Red Director: Jacqueline Shi | Producer: Aram Collier, Joseph Chung

A nostalgic and immersive journey into the immigrant life of Yuning Shi.

Your Mother and I Director: Andy Reid | Producer: Franci Dimitrovska, Alessandra Sconza

When his parents announce their divorce, 10-year-old Neil is convinced he’s stuck in a dream, and set…

All-in Madonna Director: Arnold Lim | Producer: Ana de Lara

When 17-year-old Maddie attends public school for the first time, she discovers dark secrets about he…

Pressure Play Director: Eric Bizzarri | Producer: Riel Bo

Fraser is shy and introverted but speaks volumes on the basketball court. He has a chance to prove…

Unwritten Director: Sruthi Ramanarayanan | Producer: Vishnu Nair

After losing someone close to her, Aria, a professional musician, can’t write songs anymore…

StreetSauce! Public Art in Waterloo Region? Director: Paul Campsall, Tom Knowlton | Producer: Tom Knowlton, Paul Campsall

This film explores public art by shining a light on current works in progress, characters, storylines…

Green Thumb Director: Matthew Downs | Producer: Egan Yi

A solitary gardener, grieving the loss of his wife, seeks to grow the perfect flower to place on her…

Signal Fire Director: Alice Il Shin | Producer: Alice Il Shin, Eiko Brown

At a loss for communication, a young man accompanies his stoic traditional Chinese father-i…

Breaking Up for the Modern Girl Director: Sydney Nicole Herauf | Producer: Ariana Marquis

Mattie is heartbroken. Her heart has been literally ripped from her chest. But with the assistance of a…

A Single Mom Director: Peyman Soheili | Producer: Farhad Ahi, Pooya Sayyadi

A Single Mom and her teenage daughter communicate with sticky notes.

The Beach Raiders Director: Tyson Breuer | Producer: Clarissa Manning, Jennifer Haufler, Tyson Breuer

Beach Raiders encapsulates the figurative and literal end of summer. Mel and James try to keep it alive f…

The Male Gaze Director: Danielle Butters | Producer: Darya Ruseva

Two different women are subjected to the subversion of the male gaze. Their confessions…

Short Documentary films category is sponsored by Canada Life
Alone Together Director: JJ Sereday | Producer: JJ Sereday, Joanna Stepien

While capturing the eerie desolation of COVID-19, the power of community and support for Frontline &…

Museum Stories: Ron Benner Director: Adam Caplan | Producer: Brian Meehan, Sammy Roach

London artist Ron Benner showcases his organic installation “As The Crow Flies” and explains its…

Dirty Donna & the Penis Paintings Director: Christopher McLeod | Producer: Christopher McLeod

Artist Donna Ibing’s penis paintings explore the use of humour as a method to investigate the male nud…

Hollie’s Dress Director: Annie Sakkab | Producer: Annie Sakkab, Paul Lee

14-year-old Hollie faces the decision all Mennonite girls must make — will she become a full member o…

AgriCulture Director: Samantha van der Bent | Producer: Bailey Regier, Katerina Melohe

After being seriously injured doing the thing that he loves, how has farmer TJ Klopp’s perspective…

Unbeatable Director: Alex "Cosmo" Lutz | Producer: Renat Absalyamov

An inspiring true story of friendship that follows two high-school football stars after a freak accident lef…

Face Value Director: Danielle Butters | Producer: Alex Moura

Female musical artist lemin. explores the struggles of balancing the ever clashing world of art and…

Jaan Poldaas: New Work Director: Patrick Barfoot | Producer: Andrew Pel, Derrick O'Toole

Explore the career and methodology of an important Toronto artist as he emerges from retirement to…

Unbound Revival Director: Loren Carriere | Producer: Matt Brickman, Scott Doerr, Michelle Shipley, Loren Carriere

Students from the Fashion Design Program at Fanshawe College experience the shift from…

Inhale Director: Brian Chambers | Producer: Derek Lamoureux

This is the emotional journey of the Chappell family and how their daughter’s struggle with Cystic…

The Garden Collective Director: Sara Wylie | Producer: Sara Wylie

The formerly-incarcerated women of the Prison for Women Memorial Collective work to build a memori…

My Waking Nightmare Director: Erik Bajzert | Producer: Caitlin MacKay, Carter Purtelle

This is a horror-inspired miniature documentary about Becca Serena: a young woman whose life ha…

Broken Orchestra Director: Charlie Tyrell | Producer: Julie Baldassi

This is the story of the innovators behind Symphony for a Broken Orchestra, a music and art project…

The Thing with Feathers Director: Sruthi Ramanarayanan | Producer: Rishabh Tripathi

This the story of a group of ambitious and resilient refugee women in London, Ontario — most of who…

Plume Director: Fiddlehead Annimation | Producer: Fiddlehead Annimation

After narrowly escaping a raging forest fire, Plume sets off on his road to recovery with Barley the…

Test Flight Director: Emma Momoko Frew

A bunny witch attempts to get her vegetable themed broomstick to fly.

In Our Memory Director: Sola Shin | Producer: Tom Knowlton, Paul Campsall

A funeral march transforms into a circus parade.

Pancake! Director: Caitlin Rego

A funeral march transforms into a circus parade.

Scribblings Director: Tori Richards | Producer: Nolan Markey

After obtaining a magical crayon that will turn the things they draw into reality, two sisters travel…

Lucky Number Director: Songi Lee

One day, a shy boy named Carl wins the biggest prize of his life from a mysterious old lady.

Cloudy with a chance of Meatballs Director: Phil Lord, Christopher Miller

Aspiring inventor Flint Lockwood develops a machine that converts water into food. After the…

Play Too Director: Marty Kolls (Singer-songwriter)

A story of girls confronting the reality of being pushed aside at times when they should be…

“Gerry”- WHOOP-Szo Director: Travis Welowszky

My cousin Gerry was shot by a cop. In his own home. These are memories of Gerry’s life juxtaposed…

Stay – Ben Gold Director: Chris Evans

The struggle of mental health issues within a relationship and trying to cope.

Happy Director: Ben Srokosz

“Happy” comments on the vain search for happiness in the world and encourages listeners to search for…

Worst Enemy Director: Nick Scott

Based on the overwhelming feelings I had, and my racing mind, the goal of this video was to antidote …

This I Know- Kyle McDougall Director: Jessica Taylor

“This I Know” explores the concept of adolescent mental well being in the current modern setting.

When We Leave This Place Director: Peter Riddihough

This video is intended as both a portrait of singer-songwriter S.G. Sinnicks and a visual essay on the…

Touch Taste Destory Director: Rob McCallum

There are no quick fixes or escaping scars that run deep into the heart.

Meant for This Director: Darryl Lahteenmaa

A song about life milestones, timelines, and expectations, and how these predetermined societ…

Lost in Japan: Ego Director: Adam Caplan

We are consumed by our social media personas and our real-world activities are constantly being…

Forest City Fights Back Director: Anita Schipper

This video is London’s response to COVID-19. It’s a multi-singer recording performed by all London…

Reunite- JR Fillion Director: Tyson Fehr

Reunite’ is about confronting your past.

A Toast Director: Lydia Wilton

A Toast’ is the follow up to Nameless Friends’ debut EP ‘Mezzanine’, a record on the grief process. This…

Beanies and Plaid Jackets Director: Shawn MacDonald

SWO Connection: I was born and raised in Aylmer, Ontario, just outside of London. I attended Fanshawe College and completed the two-year Film Studies program in 2016.

JoJo Worthington: Stabilize Director: Edward Platero

An encouraging tale of a young woman who evaluates her problematic relationship with her…

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Congratulations to Our Winners

Best Short Film:
Breaking Up For the Modern Girl – Sydney Nicole Herauf
Best Narrative Feature:
The Cuban – Sergio Navarretta
Best Documentary Short:
Hollie’s Dress – Annie Sakkab
Best Documentary Feature:
The Walrus and the Whistleblower – Nathalie Bibeau
Best Short Animation:
Scribblings – Tori Richards
Winning Screenplay:
Sluts – Mary Cross
Old Oak Audience Choice Award:
Into the Light – Janice Zolf
Pitchfest Winner:
My Regularly Scheduled Chemo Appointment – Tyson Breuer