Monday, August 24, 2009

Lights, Camera…Experience The Action!

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Best of Alberta: Finalists Announced

The Best of Alberta Award celebrates Alberta short films, created by both established artists and up-and-coming filmmakers. They collectively span a number of different genres, styles, and subject matter and over the years the program has seen a number of returning filmmakers, and a lot of fresh faces. With one of the strongest showing of submissions in the history of CIFF, it was exceptionally difficult to narrow the program down to ten finalists, but here they are…

Greenwash Gang

DIRECTORS Ian Day, Scott Townend, Canada, 2008, 5 MIN

Five former money launderers decide to take a chance and plan a big heist for themselves... Then things go catastrophically wrong.

Ellen’s Shoes

DIRECTOR Han Siu, Canada, 2009, 20 MIN

A film about a woman with broken shoes who meets a man with broken dreams.


DIRECTOR Eva Colmers, Canada, 2008, 6 MIN

In the dark, a Woman is drawn to the light. A performance art film featuring a solo performance by dancer / choreographer Tania Alvarado.

The Island

DIRECTOR Trevor Anderson, Canada, 2009, 5 MIN

After receiving a letter which asks: ‘why don’t all gays just go and live together on an island and infect each other with Aids?’ filmmaker Trevor Anderson sets out across the ice and creates a gay scenario with a happy end.


DIRECTORS Dave Alexander, Colin Landry, Canada, 2009, 14 MIN

A farming community that adheres to very old traditions undertakes extreme actions to placate a being they believe lives within the soil. Drawing upon elements of H.P. Lovecraft and prairie gothic fiction, FALLOW is a new mythology born in the land, in the flesh, and in the blood.

Intergalactic Who’s Who – Zig 5

DIRECTORS Kevin D.A. Kurytnik, Carol Beecher, Canada, 2008, 8 MIN

Animated homage to Canada's Hinterland Who's Who that presents one of the fantastical species inhabiting the wild desert planet of Zig 5.

A Tax On Pochsy

DIRECTOR Karen Hines, Canada, 2009, 16 MIN

Set in the waiting room at an audit from hell, Pochsy, a mercury-poisoned factory worker who glows like the ghost of a silent film star and is pretty as the corpse, provides her part confession, and part alibi.

5 Hole: Tales of Hockey Erotica

DIRECTOR Cam Christiansen, Canada, 2009, 5 MIN

World Premiere

Taking the "love" of the game to a whole new level, 5 HOLE it is a scintillating look at hockey passion. Featuring the vocals of Selina Martin and the 5 Hole Band. Adapted from Dave Bidini’s 5 Hole stories.

Indie Queens Are Waiting

DIRECTOR Trevor Smith, Canada, 2009, 3 MIN

World Premiere

Down the road and on the right hand side there's a place I sometimes like to dine. Coffee refills far as I can see. I'll be waking, are you watching me?

Dead Walkers

DIRECTOR Spencer Estabrooks, Canada, 2009, 14 MIN

Bounty hunter and gunman Jack Link has a knack for trouble, but when he stumbles into a town cursed with the undead, he might have bit off more than he can chew.

Partner Theatres

Only one more month to go until CIFF begins, but if you have to see some good films in the meantime we suggest visiting one of our partner theatres.

The Plaza – 1133 Kensington Road N.W.

During the month of August the Plaza will play host to a variety of great art house films including Seraphine and Goodbye Solo. Also the titans of Jamaica’s golden age of music come together to tell their story in the documentary Rocksteady: The Roots of Reggae. For more information visit

The Globe Cinema

There is always something on at the Globe Cinema! This month features the new film from acclaimed anime master Hayao Miyazaki, Ponyo, along with Fifty Dead Men Walking and the quirky love story Adam. For showtimes and film descriptions visit