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With the mission of supporting and developing Indigenous storytellers and increasing the representation of Indigenous peoples throughout the screen industries in Canada, the Indigenous Screen Office joins us to lead a conversation around Cultural Protocols. Created for those working with Indigenous peoples, cultures and concepts, all industry stakeholders, non-Indigenous content creators, and Indigenous communities that may be involved in production are encouraged to join this session.
Join the team behind our Festival’s opening night feature for an intimate lunch panel where you can chat with the filmmaker and talent and discover the process, stories and secrets behind their work.
Featuring Nicole Dorsey (director) and lead actors Ella Ballentine (Jackie) and Ryan McDonald (Dennis).
Most Townies old enough can recall that in the late Eighties we experienced a Bulgarian invasion—in the good sense of that term. Among the many artists and professionals who settled here were Luben and Elena Boykov. He sculpts, she paints, and they dramatically altered the artistic landscape of St. John’s and beyond just by showing up. This NFB feature documentary on a fascinating couple opens us up not only to their artistic process but also to the vitality and endurance of their charged relationship. This is a totally engrossing portrait of two strong-minded people many of us have come to know through the years, an intimate and engaging revelation of sorts. Even if you never met them or know their work you will want to be in their company as they talk, spar, and laugh about the journey that has taken them to this province, to Sicily, where they now reside part of the year, and to this very film. This is a visual, sensual treat you won’t want to miss.
Meet representatives of the country’s biggest funding bodies and learn about programs, grants and opportunities to bring your idea to life.
Featuring representatives from the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation, Telefilm, Canada Media Fund, Rogers Group of Funds, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Network, celebrate, and raise a glass to the filmmakers, sponsors and supporters behind this year’s Festival. Bring your business cards and be sure to take in the stunning views of the Narrows. No ticket required- show your Festival/Delegate Pass.
Thanks to our community partners Collingwood Spirits & Wines.
In collaboration with MUN Cinema Series, we are bringing a gorgeous debut feature drama to the festival, nothing less than a stunning visual pleasure of a story. After it premiered at Berlin earlier this year, the film has gone on to become a festival darling, and you will certainly appreciate why. First-time director Wang Lina dedicates this remarkable achievement to her hometown, Shaya, in the Chinese province of Xinjiang. She concentrates on two families, both Muslim Uyghur, who are confronting a rapidly changing nation. By focusing on change largely through the eyes of the children in the family, the director conveys a sense of how much these youngsters will inevitably be saying farewell to—their language and traditional cultural practices, for sure. The high naturalism here is simply awesome. Shot entirely in the region with amateur actors, the film is marked by an intense purity of vision. Unforgettable.
We are thrilled to be partnering with the Director’s Guild of Canada to bring Visionaries to St. John’s. Featured talent behind some of the Festival’s most anticipated films and other guest industry leaders join for candid, fun and inspiring conversations. As part of CBC’s The Filmmakers roadshow, we welcome Amanda Parris to host this special event, which will stream on CBC and CBC GEM.
Documentary filmmaker Rama Rau turns her talent to a dramatic subject, but you can see the strong hand of the doc realist in this moving coming-of-age story. Holding our unwavering attention from opening credits to The End is Julia Sarah Stone in the title role. As an underage prostitute named Natalie, she plays her part with stunning conviction, a member of a sex trade racket run by an odious pimp boyfriend. When a sting operation blows the whole operation, Natalie is at first placed in foster care where she endures some tough rural love. But there ain’t no keeping Natalie on that farm for long. Martha Plimpton in the role of foster mom who minds Natalie also shows her acting chops to our great satisfaction. The naturalism of all the performances and the steady, certain pace of the action keep us riveted throughout.