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As Canadian television is finding more success in other markets, the international spotlight is increasingly shining on our homegrown talent. Hear about the business of broadcasting with a new generation of directors who are taking over television.
Featuring Jordan Canning (Schitt’s Creek), Sherren Lee (Hudson and Rex) and more to be announced.
From thriller, horror, sci-fi, to fantasy, the ever-growing popularity of genre films is being celebrated by filmmakers and audiences alike across the world. Featured guests offer a better understanding of this unique market, storytelling styles, and how to break the rules!
Featuring Karen Lam (Evangeline), Jordan Hall (Carmilla) and Lindsay Peters (Fantasia Festival/Frontières Market).
The NFB is really bringing it to our festival this year. This feature documentary is an absolutely wonderful cultural experience, a moving and highly watchable look at the challenges of being Filipino in Labrador. A growing number of such workers have migrated to Happy Valley-Goose Bay for new opportunities. This film follows a bunch of these folks as they deal with homesickness, punishing cold, and the strange sparseness of the Big Land—not to mention the absence of adobo, sisig, and pata. But never mind, these bright, aspiring people are adjusting in one way or another, and in so doing are also changing the way Labradorians see themselves. In opening their hearts so generously to the camera they give us so much optimism and inspiration about the future. This really is an object lesson in cultural integration—relevant, poignant, and, above all, hopeful. Should be required viewing for the whole wide troubled world.
Join us for a candid panel with some of the country’s top comedians and hear them discuss the trajectory of their careers, making work for themselves, and the business of being funny.
Featuring Dani Kind (Workin’ Moms), Jennifer Robertson (Schitt’s Creek) and Teresa Pavlinek (The Jane Show).
This year, Canadian performers are shining the spotlight on Newfoundland-based ACTRA member and SJIWFF Co-founder/Chair, Noreen Golfman by naming her the 2019 ACTRA National Woman of the Year! Celebrate Noreen’s artistic and advocacy achievements and meet the team behind ACTRA at this industry reception.
No ticket required- show your Festival/Delegate Pass.
It is hard not to gush over the brilliance of this production. The title suggests a kind of poetry at work here, as the camera slowly, steadily, patiently follows a chance encounter between two Indigenous women. One is an abused pregnant woman; the other is none of these things. There is an obvious cinema verité approach to filmmaking happening on view, as if the camera were a respectful third presence, eavesdropping on the two women and their evolving dynamic in real time. Not much happens, yet everything is happening in the slow revelation of character. And in that slow revelation we come to appreciate the thick layers of colonial history, dark social forces, and the ongoing domestic pressures that shape the way these two women relate not to only to each other but to the world in general. The performances are uncannily strong, the dialogue spare but portentous, and the mood is suspenseful, expectant, redolent with meaning. Filmmakers Kathleen Hepburn and Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers have pulled off an extraordinary achievement, one we will be hearing a lot more about, to be sure.
Wow—this is some fine first feature from local director Oates. Tess is a young woman with a familiar urge to get out of (small) town (Newfoundland). Long infatuated with the musical aura of local bad boy Danny Sharpe, she gets to live out her fantasy when Danny himself returns to town after a twenty-year absence. Joel Hynes plays Danny with deadly persuasive realism. Why you’d think Joel were a bad boy himself! And Kelly Van Der Burg plays Tess with an almost painfully accurate mixture of longing and insecurity. When the action shifts to the dirty ol’ bigger town, Tess is forced to see the world as a less welcoming experience than she ever imagined. You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, and you’ll applaud like mad. We are so proud to be showcasing this well-made drama and all the excellent talent on and off the screen. Brava Melanie and all your terrific cast and crew!