PROGRAM 1: WHAT WE WERE, WHAT WE WILL BE
What We Were, What We Will Be draws on a full range of styles, from human drama and documentary to more experimental blends of science fiction, animation and comedy. For those saying goodbye to friends, family, lovers, or even their own autonomy, What We Were represents the often painful process of letting go. But for those shedding the baggage of inhibition, addiction or dogma, the prospect of What We Will Be is a reason for hope. In these films, loss opens the door to something new: perspective, humility, identity, maturity, friendship. Even without the benefit of dialogue, the animated selections tap into many of the same themes, capturing universal concepts like greed and loneliness by showing rather than telling.
A Woman Departed
Directed by Steven Czikk
A letter to a woman, now lost.
Blue Eyed Drunks
Directed by Abdul Malik
Ali is a Pakistani teenager caught between his angry and socially awkward best friend a girl at his school who he's fallen in love with.
Directed by Pia Abrahams, Produced by Maddy Falle
A down-on-her-luck, middle-aged nurse spends one fateful night with her young patient when he decides to run away from the hospital. Starring Connor Price (Being Human).
Directed by Terra Zhang
A greedy thief tries to break in to a house and is confronted by the guardian.
Door to Door
Directed by Jack Rudy
A neurotic Mormon and a conflicted Jehovah’s Witness compete in expressing their religious beliefs at the doorstep of an unsuspecting stranger.
Dreaming is a Private Thing
Directed by AJ Smith, Produced by Alan Sardana
Sam, an android employed to create motion pictures, discovers what it means to be human through his original film. Winner of Best Production at the 2015 Ryerson University Film Festival.
Directed by Alicia Harris
A young father reflects on life as a parent, and the impact of his own childhood. Winner of the Royal Reel Award at the Canada International Film Festival.
Directed by Kevin Saychareun, Produced by Jenn Paul
Deep in the forest, an injured hunter searches for his family who are being hunted by a supernatural force.
Directed by Nicole Cedic
A man finds that when he suppresses his primal urges, they happen to manifest in new and interesting ways.
Directed by Salwa Majoka and Christine Chung
A provocative piece that tackles the simple truth as to why world hunger exists. Winner of the 2014 Adobe Youth Voices Animation Award.
Directed by Patricia Ayu Lestari
A greedy badger wants to take a gem from a hardworking mole.
Directed by Haaris Qadri
Two friends reconnect unexpectedly in a coffee shop after several years of distance.
Directed by Jacob Godel
A miserable cup copes with not being able to play toy straws with anyone as a child. Winner of Best Animation at the 2015 Zoom Film Festival.
The Crocodile and the Capybara
Directed by Guillermo de la Rosa
Alesia gives Ramón a card with three warnings, and a reminder that José will never love him.
The Pubescent Panic of Peter Patterson
Directed by Amy Hollett, Produced by Allie McDonnell
Peter arrives for his first day of school with one thing on his mind; girls. Peter's Brain and other body parts work together inside Head Control to help him win her over.
Directed by Cindy Ding, Produced by Joyce Chen
An examination of the human species' habitat and how they've made the land their own.
Directed by Jessie Posthumus, Animated by Hanna Jovin
Inspired by the works of Jonas Odell, 'White Lines' follows the true story of a fourteen year old boy's addiction to cocaine.
PROGRAM 2: WHO WE ARE
Who We Are showcases courageous women that will empower and inspire you, centering on female characters with depth, wit, and intelligence, focusing on independent women who make life-changing decisions to escape their unfavorable environments. The filmmakers use drama and comedy to provide insight into the timeless issues of non-consent and unwanted attention that women continue to face. The documentaries follow young women born with physical differences who do not succumb to the pressures of female perfection by pursuing their dreams. Even the animated films will entertain and enlighten you with characters facing forbidden love, bullying, and spilt milk in unique ways.
A New Reflection
Directed by Pauline Beal and Lindsay Fontatine
Katie Atkinson is born with multiple facial differences. Despite all the challenges, Katie has grown into an intelligent, talented young lady, and her facial differences are not the only thing that define her as a person.
Anna's Pet Project
Directed by Seth Tomlinson
Anna is always picked on by a trio of bullies. She captures and keeps a baby t-rex that had wandered into the schoolyard after observing its power to scare the bullies away.
Directed by Kristina Mileska, Produced by Andy Kloske
A young girl's fantasy adventure with her grandfather allows her to come to terms with his illness. Starring Cadence Schuster (Paradise Falls)
Directed by Erin Harris, Produced by Amy Hollett
Tessa Smith, a two time cancer survivor and amputee, share her inspirational story of hope and the positive outlook on life.
Directed by Kejd Kuqo, Produced by Brittany Sheahan
A young girl is forced to the limits of her humanity in order to survive the Bosnian War.
In The Weeds
Directed by Joy Webster
When her roommate, Jena, doesn't return home from a party one night, Sloane struggles to contain the anxiety building inside her until her frustrations with her workplace boil over.
Directed by Adam Goldhammer
After their parents are killed in a car accident, 22 year old Kelly Turner finds herself in the overwhelming position of being the sole caregiver for Jesse, her older brother who has autism. Starring Jake Epstein (Degrassi).
Directed by George Bull
One door closes, another one opens
Mia's Milky Misadventure
Directed by Stephanie Ronald
After accidentally knocking Michael over in the cafeteria, Mia seeks a cow with special powers to replace his chocolate milk.
Phoebe’s Declassified Guide to Unwanted Pickups
Directed by Rebecca Gao
Phoebe Cornell goes through the day avoiding boys' unwanted come-ons. Starring Sara Waisglass (Degrassi). Winner of Best Director at 2015 Zoom Film Festival.
Directed by Dan Laera, Produced by Jeff Reynolds
Seleziya "Sparx" Esho is a Canadian professional wrestler with an emotional divide between her obsession and love of the sport and the physical mental strain it puts on her body and family.
Directed by Annie Amaya
Based on the Japanese legend, Tanabata depicts two star-crossed lovers uniting once a year on July 7th. Winner of Best Animation at the 2015 Toronto Student Film Festival.
This Is My Life
Directed by Pernia Jamshed
A girl reflects on the time when she was content with her life and compares it with her present. Winner of People's Choice at the 2015 Mississauga Youth Film Festival.