2024 FEATURE FILM LINE UP​

Check out the 2024 Festival Feature Films below.

I'm Just Here for the Riot

The violent mob that erupted on June 15, 2011, after the Vancouver Canucks Game 7 Stanley Cup loss caught the world’s attention—partially because it appeared un-Canadian, mostly because it became known as the “first smartphone riot.” Images of looting, vandalism and fighting spread through social networks as quickly as the fires burning around the arena. In the following days, more than a million photos and a thousand hours of video were sent to the police as evidence, leading to hundreds of charges. Following up with a number of individuals whose brief actions were immortalized online and the repercussions they suffered, both legal and social, highlights the perils of a toxic social-media mob mentality that has only grown and that persists to this day.

Directed by Kathleen Jayme and Asia Youngman, I’m Just Here for the Riot examines the riot through on-the-ground footage, interviews with many people who were there, including rioters who were outed on social media and the, “lasting, multi-platform impact the riot had across the city.

Directors: Kathleen Jaume and Asia Youngman

Documentary
Runtime: 78 minutes
Language: English
Film Location: Canada

Suze

When her only daughter leaves for college, Suze, a single mom who has lost her purpose, gets stuck taking care of her daughter’s heartbroken ex-boyfriend who she can’t stand. On her journey of self-discovery, Suze discovers what living purposefully really looks like, while making an unlikely bond along the way.

Directors: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
Writers: Dane Clark and Linsey Stewart
Starring: Aaron Ashmore, Michaela Watkins, Sara Waisglass

Comedy Drama
Runtime: 91 minutes
Language: English
Film Location: Canada

The Braid

India: Smita is an Untouchable. She dreams of seeing her daughter escape their miserable condition and attend school. Italy: Giulia works in her father’s workshop. When he is the victim of an accident, she discovers that the family business is ruined. Canada: renowned lawyer Sarah is on the verge of promotion to head her firm, until she learns of a devastating illness.
Three lives, three women, three continents. Three battles.
Separated by great distances and different lives, Smita, Giulia and Sarah are bound unknowingly by something intimate and singular.
“The Braid,” is an adaptation of Laetitia Colombani’s bestseller which was shot in Italy, Canada and India with Kim Raver (“Grey’s Anatomy”), Fotini Peluso (“Romanzo Famigliare”) and Mia Maelzer (“Beyond the Clouds”). The book sold more than two million copies worldwide and was translated in 40 languages. Shot over three continents, in Hindi, Italian and English languages, this ambitious movie will embrace the universal resonance of those three women fighting for hope.

Director: Laetitia Colombani
Writers: Laetitia Colombani and Sarah Kaminsky
Starring: Kim Raver, Fotini Peluso, Mia Maelzer

Drama
Runtime: 102 minutes
Language: English, French and Hindi with English subtitles
Film Location: France, Canada, Italy

Vampire humaniste cherche suicidaire consentant

(HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON)

Sasha est une jeune vampire avec un grave problème : elle est trop humaniste pour mordre! Lorsque ses parents, exaspérés, décident de lui couper les vivres, sa survie est menacée. Heureusement pour elle, Sasha fait la rencontre de Paul, un adolescent solitaire aux comportements suicidaires qui consent à lui offrir sa vie. Ce qui devait être un échange de bons procédés se transforme alors en épopée nocturne durant laquelle les deux nouveaux amis chercheront à réaliser les dernières volontés de Paul avant le lever du soleil.

Sasha is a young vampire with a serious problem: she’s too sensitive to kill! When her exasperated parents cut off her blood supply, Sasha’s life is in jeopardy. Luckily, she meets Paul, a lonely teenager with suicidal tendencies who is willing to give his life to save hers. But their friendly agreement soon becomes a nocturnal quest to fulfill Paul’s last wishes before day breaks.

Director: Ariane Louis-Seize and Christine Doyon
Writers: Ariane Louis-Seize
Starring: Sara Montpetit, Félix-Antoine Bénard, Steve Laplante

Drama Horror
Runtime: 92 minutes
Language: French with English Subtitles

RICHELIEU

Ariane (Ariane Castellanos), une jeune Latino-Québécoise au bord de la faillite, déniche un poste d’interprète français-espagnol dans une manufacture employant des ouvriers guatémaltèques. Déterminée à faire un coup d’argent, elle se montre d’abord obéissante aux patrons de l’entreprise. Elle découvre toutefois une situation d’exploitation sournoise, les travailleurs migrants se soumettant à des tâches excessives en craignant les représailles de Stéphane (Marc-André Grondin), le directeur de l’usine. Refusant peu à peu de prendre part à ce système, Ariane se lie d’amitié avec les Guatémaltèques et entreprend avec eux une résistance quotidienne pour contrer les directives illégitimes de leur supérieur.

Trying to get her life back on track after a breakup, Ariane moves back to her hometown by the Richelieu river in southern Quebec. To save her sinking finances, she takes a job at the local food transformation plant as a French-to-Spanish interpreter for the seasonal migrant workers employed there. She befriends Manuel, an illiterate, naive young man who has left his small children behind in Guatemala to earn as much as he can in Canada. Although she is supposed to remain impartial, when she repeatedly witnesses the migrant workers’ mistreatment, she cannot remain silent. She may possibly be the only person who sees them as more than wage laborers – for they are above all human beings.

Director: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Writer: Pier-Philippe Chevigny
Starring: Ariane Castellanos, Marc-André Grondin, Nelson Coronado

Social Drama
Runtime: 89 minutes
Language: French and Spanish with English Subtitles

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun

A thrilling portrait of a young Siksika woman and the deep bonds between her father and family in the golden plains of Blackfoot Territory as she prepares for one of the most dangerous horse races in the world… on bareback. A sport for the truly brave, Logan Red Crow is an Indian Relay rider who vaults from horse to horse in short, exhilarating races. She is a champion in the making -besides her skill and sheer grit, Logan has a loving family, an elite group of horses, and a home on her ancestral lands. Those are invaluable, but this rider will need more for victory. With the dual pleasures of serenity and suspense: lyrical immersion in rural life alternates with thrilling race footage. As she pushes toward her goal, the connections between animal and human, family and community, ancestral tradition and contemporary life are profound and lasting.

Aitamaako’tamisskapi Natosi: Before the Sun was shot on location in beautiful Siksika Nation, Tsuut’ina, Îyâxe Nakoda, Blackfoot Territory, Enoch Cree Nation ᒪᐢᑫᑯᓯᐦᐠ Maskêkosihk, Casper, Wyoming.

Director: Banchi Hanuse
Writers: Banchi Hanuse and Tanya Maryniak
Starring: Logan Red Crow, Allison Red Crow, Racey Big Snake

Feature Documentary
Runtime: 88 minutes
Language: English, Blackfoot