If I Had Wings
Director: Allan Harmon
Canada / 88 min / 2013
Alex is blind and Brad can’t seem to stay out of trouble. These two young men are thrust into an unlikely friendship—training together for the cross-country
track team. Filmed in Langley, B.C., this uplifting story is about overcoming the odds and finding the self-determination to achieve dreams… albeit, with a little help from the people who love you.
Note: A descriptive track for the visually impaired will be available on headset at both screenings, please reserve in advance.
Followed by: Opening Gala Party **Friday, April 4 ONLY**
This program of whimsical, sweet and silly shorts is sure to tickle your funny bone! A combination of techniques, textures and artistic styles are sure to excite the imagination. Come early for the pajama party preceding this program. (image: Wind)
Anyone who is wearing pajamas will get FREE breakfast
snacks before the show--the Pajama Party starts at 10:30 AM, the films start at 11:30 AM.
Director: Stefan Jäger
Switzerland, ethiopia / 2013 / 88 min
A fiercely determined 12-year-old, Admassu, thinks he has one chance to become a soccer player. Trying to get the attention of a Swiss soccer pro, Admassu gets involved in a kidnapping scheme that leads to a resolution both surprising and honest. Filmed entirely on location, Horizon Beautiful captures the vibrant sights and sounds of Ethiopia
Ricky: Three's A Crowd
Director: Kai S. Pieck
Germany / 2013 / 88 min
Ten-year-old Ricky wants to be just like his older brother Micha, while Micha just wants his baby brother to get lost. Things change when the tough and headstrong Alex along with her dog move to town. Micha gets Ricky to spy on Alex for him. However, in his efforts to win Alex’s affections, Misha goes one step too far.
Director: Alessia Scarso
Italy / 2014 / 100 min
Italo is an extraordinary stray dog, adopted by locals in a small Sicilian town, becoming its mascot. He goes to mass, attends weddings and funerals, eats at the local pizzeria, and serves as a guide for tourists. This comedy, inspired by a true story, is sure to delight dog lovers of all ages.
Canada, USA / 2013 / 50 mins
This collection of stories about families and friendships offers a dynamic insight into First Nations culture, history, and identity from a youth perspective. Co-presented by the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian & Longhouse Media.
(image: Two Spirit)
THIS IS A FREE SHOW
Please reserve group tickets at no charge.
Shana: The Wolf's Music
Director: Nino Jacusso
Switzerland, Canada / 2014 / 95
Twelve-year-old Shana’s life takes a decisive turn when a new teacher discovers her musical talent and registers her at a music school. During an adventurous search through the forest, she encounters the white wolf—and the spirits of her ancestors.
Preceded by: Welcome Ceremony: Coast Salish Style at 12PM **Sunday, April 6 ONLY**
Made In BC
Canada (BC) / 2013 / 70 mins
A short film program! Come and see the new crop of made-in-B.C. films, about life, growing up, and the evil of large trees. Select filmmakers will be in attendance to answer questions and talk about filmmaking in BC. (Image: Big Trees.)
Director: Roberta Durrant
South Africa / 2013 / 97 mins
Felix Xaba loves music, like his late father. Felix manages to obtain a scholarship to attend an elite private school, and his father’s former band mates help him practice and prepare to play in the school’s jazz concert, against his mother's wishes.
The Saturday, April 5 at SFU is a VSAFF screening, their ticket prices apply.**VISIT http://www.vsaff.org/ for tickets**
Director: Dave Schram
Netherlands / 2013 / 91 min
Jochem is a lonely, overweight student who is constantly bullied at school. While his friends David and Vera show
empathy, by the time they take a stand, things have already gone too far.
Canada, China, Israel, USA / 2013 / 81 mins
A brilliant blend of stop-motion, projections and models, drawings and altered live-action transports us into this observation about human nature. Individual film details are available online. (image: Beauty Mark)
We Don't Wanna Make You Dance
Director: Lucy Kostelanetz
USA / 2013 / 96 min
The rock/funk band Miller, Miller, Miller and Sloan hoped to make it big in 1980s New York City music scene. They had talent, a unique sound, and fans—everything but a record deal. This documentary is full of surprises, irreverent humour, and poignancy.
6th Annual YFS
Canada / 2014 / 96 min
The Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) brings together the best film and video made by youth from across British Columbia.
Approved for Adoption
Director: Jung Henin, laurent Boileau
Belgium, France, South Korea, Switzerland 2012 / 75 min
Filmmaker Jung Henin animates the story of his unconventional upbringing as a Korean child adopted by a Belgian family. Jung weaves his story using animation, super-8 home movies, and archival footage, showing his progression from the orphanage, to meeting his new blond siblings in 1971, to the return visit to his birthplace in Seoul four decades later.
Preceded by: Closing Awards Ceremony