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Meet the filmmakers behind the camera of some of the industry’s most compelling documentaries. Learn how documentaries can be used to entertain, educate, effect social change, and serve as a form of activism.
Featuring Alison Duke (Mr. Jane and Finch), Tiffany Hsiung (The Apology), and Tamara Segura (Becoming Labrador).
Join some of the team behind our Festival’s closing night feature, Rustic Oracle, for an intimate lunch panel where you will hear about the making of the film, redefining distribution, and how the team has strategized to reach key audiences.
Featuring Sonia Boileau (director), Marylou Mintram (7th SCREEN), and more to be announced.
What does it take to break through to the next level? Brave and innovative filmmakers share what prompted them to leap into new, key creative roles, move from making shorts to their first feature, and explore new formats of content creation.
Featuring Winnifred Jong (Coroner), Joyce Wong (Baroness von Sketch Show) and Melanie Oates (Body and Bones).
The festival closes with a powerful, gorgeously shot story of loss and hope. Indeed, the story is by now familiar to anyone who reads the headlines. It focuses on the disappearance of a young woman who vanishes one day from her small Mohawk community. Director/writer Sonia Bonspille Boileau transforms those headlines into a compelling drama about a search for truth. By humanizing the otherwise grim themes of missing Indigenous women, she brings us directly into the heart and soul of a community, and specifically into the troubled relationship of the survivors. Ivy is the 8-year-old who embarks on a journey with her impatient but defiant mother, Susan, to find her sister, and so it is that much of the film is seen from Ivy’s perspective. How does a child process such loss? What does the future hold for her and her community in light of such tragedy? This is such a strong, wonderful story, well told and well framed to imagine the love and possibility that can flow from tough times.