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Open Night Film + Party
(Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet)

Inspired by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is a wonderous and richly-animated adaption of one of the bestselling volumes of poetry of all time. A passion project of actor-producer Salma Hayek-Pinault, the film is directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), and showcases the work of ten internationally acclaimed animators.

Almitra, a precocious young girl who has not spoken since the death of her father, befriends the poet and political prisoner Mustafa. After seven years of imprisonment, he remains as positive and understanding as the day he was jailed. His poetry inspired the people of a small port city to question the authority of their leaders. Mustafa’s teachings have survived his absence and will likely outlive his presence.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a deeply spiritual experience, worthy of Gibran's time-honoured and magical book.

Join us after the Opening Night Screening for the Opening Night Party! The party is included with ticket purchase. Family Passes do not apply to this screening or party. 


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Family Shorts + Pajama Party

This program of short films has animals, trains, wind and robots take us on eventful journeys that will make both young and old laugh, learn, and ponder life's lessons. Come early for the Pajama Party preceding this program. Anyone who is wearing pajamas will be offered free breakfast snacks with the purchase of Family Shorts program ticket. Otherwise the breakfast snacks are $5 (adults) and $2 (children).

Recommended for ages 4+

Note: Breakfast snacks will be served from 10:00 AM to 12:30 PM.


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Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Inspired by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet is a wonderous and richly-animated adaption of one of the bestselling volumes of poetry of all time. A passion project of actor-producer Salma Hayek-Pinault, the film is directed by Roger Allers (The Lion King), and showcases the work of ten internationally acclaimed animators.

Almitra, a precocious young girl who has not spoken since the death of her father, befriends the poet and political prisoner Mustafa. After seven years of imprisonment, he remains as positive and understanding as the day he was jailed. His poetry inspired the people of a small port city to question the authority of their leaders. Mustafa’s teachings have survived his absence and will likely outlive his presence.

Kahlil Gibran’s The Prophet is a deeply spiritual experience, worthy of Gibran's time-honoured and magical book.

Themes: finding your voice, poetry, love, community, speaking out against injustice, freedom

Regular ticket rates apply to this screening. 


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Lola on the Pea

Thomas Heinemann, Germany, 92 min
In German and Kurdish with English subtitles

Nine-year-old Lola lives on the charming old houseboat, the Pea, with her mother. Life is challenging for her. She misses her long-gone dad, and doesn’t much care for her mom’s new boyfriend. She also has to contend with schoolmates who tease her and chase her home from school. One day, she makes a friend—a quiet new boy in town, named Rebin. Rebin’s family is secluded and mysterious, and Lola soon finds out that they are migrants who don’t have the proper documents to live and work in Germany. Together, the two friends learn to fight for what is right, stand up to bullies, and face the future with courage and hope.

Recomended for 10+


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All the Time in the World

Suzanne Crocker, Canada, 88 mins

In search of a new perspective, a family of five leaves the comforts of home to live in the remote Yukon wilderness during the long northern winter. The parents leave their jobs and take their three children (ages 10, 8 and 4) to spend nine months living in a small cabin with no road access, electricity, running water, Internet, TV or phone. The film is noteworthy for offering the unique perspectives of the children as they connect with both their parents and nature.  Particularly poignant is the family’s solution for celebrating Halloween when the nearest neighbour is a hundred kilometers away…

Recommended for ages 8+


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Giovanni's Island

Mizuho Nishikubo, Japan, 104 min
In Japanese, Korean, and Russian with English subtitles

Following Japan’s surrender at the end of World War II, brothers Junpei and Kanta’s lives are turned upside-down as the Soviet Union occupies the small island of Shikotan. Junpei and Kanta must work to keep their family together, while also struggling to understand a culture they’ve never known. A new friend, Tanya, a Soviet girl their age, helps make the transition smoother. It’s not long before Junpei and Kanta are separated from their father and sent away from home, left on their own to find the way back. Based on true events, as well as the classic Japanese novel, Night on the Galactic Railroad, Giovanni’s Island is a heartwarming story of the importance of familial bonds and persevering through the greatest of hardships.

Recommended for ages 12+


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Made in BC

With a distinctly west coast voice, this collection of films offers a diverse perspective on youth issues, identity, and community engagement. What’s important to local filmmakers? What inspires them? What moves them to point of creating a film? Join us for a robust Q&A -- you may even walk away with an idea or two of your own.

Themes: homelessness, generosity, gender and sexual identity, fitting in, racism, love, finding yourself, teamwork, friendship, and celebrating differences

Recommended for 13+


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SUNDAY FUN DAY!  @ The Roundhosue

This is an opportunity for the whole family to see an amazing selection of films from around the world. Add workshops that show you how to make your own animation using some wacky props, and paper cut-outs, and you’ve got a truly irresistible afternoon filled with activities.

Special price of $5 per person for the entire afternoon.


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Animation Investigation

Partners and opposites attract to form unlikely connections in wonderous worlds and dazzling journeys. Sometimes experimental, sometimes straightforward, this collection of animation boasts a bevy of fun and adventure.

Themes: friendship, First Nations traditions, nature, longing, fantasy, self-preservation, abstraction, family, and personal journeys

Recommended for grades 4-7


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Doc Day

Adventure awaits in Africa, Australia, India and North America! Pop ollies on skateboards, learn how to drive, bust gender stereotypes, prepare for the Olympics, and feel the importance of unconditional love. This is real life at its best!

Themes: friendship, compassion, hard work, poverty, companionship, humour, disability, and being true to yourself

Two films have English subtitles

Recommended for grades 4-7


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The Outlaw League

Jean Beaudry, Canada, 91 min
In French with English subtitles

Twelve-year-old Nicolas, the son and grandson of fishermen, lives alone with his mother and sister in a village overlooking the sea. A terrible storm snatched his father a few years earlier, and Nicolas must not only deal with his loss, but also the slow disintegration of his grandfather, Jérémie, who has started drinking too much to ease the pain of the death of his son.

Summer vacation is the opportunity for Nicholas to resume his greatest pleasure: playing baseball with his friends. A major obstacle greets the children who assemble at the village baseball field: the town council has decided to convert the field into a municipal dump.

With Nicolas as their leader, the village children resist the mayor's manipulation with ferocity and, to their surprise, they receive the support of Jérémie and his old buddies.

Recommended for ages 10+


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New Perspectives: Standing Up

Through narrative fiction, poetry and documentary, these short films reveal the courage and strength of young people who take pride in who they are, and stand up for themselves.

Themes: love, acceptance, adoption, family relationships, sibling rivalry, sexual identity, adversity, poverty and racism

Recomeneded for grade 8-12


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Not On My Own

Pushing through a difficult situation or challenge is sometimes made easier through a bit of teamwork. Friends are often the ones who can help achieve a goal, but they can also help change an attitude or outlook on life. The protagonists in these films discover that sometimes all you need is a little help from your friends.

Themes: perseverance, poverty, generosity, loneliness, family, and following your own path

Three films have English subtitles

Recommended for grades 4-7


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True Son

Kevin Gordon, USA, 71 minutes

This passionate and inspirational documentary follows 22-year old Michael Tubbs and his campaign for a seat on City Council in Stockton, California, a city riddled with financial crisis and crime rates rivaling Afghanistan. For Michael, a Stockton native born to a teenage mother and incarcerated father, engaging with youth is crucial to solving Stockton’s problems. After graduating from Stanford University, Michael returns home and rallies hundreds of youth to join his movement to Reinvent Stockton.

Recommended for ages 13+


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Just A Little Different

Isn't it awful when you don't fit in? Sometimes the problem may be the way you approach it. What if you can turn this perceived negative into a positive? What if the thing that makes you different actually sets you apart in a good way? In these films the protagonists follow their own heart, and find acceptance, and maybe even love, isn't far behind.

Themes: disability, ingenuity, illness, loss, loyalty, love, and individuality

Three films have English subtitles

Recommended for grades 4-7


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Youth Filmmakers Showcase

The 7th annual Youth Filmmakers Showcase (YFS) is a curated program which brings together the best film and video made by youth in grades five to twelve from across British Columbia. YFS is an opportunity for aspiring filmmakers to screen their films in front of a live audience, and have an opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with other filmmakers and professionals.

Based on proficiency in form, expression, experimentation and content, prizewinners will be selected by a jury of film industry professionals, who will award prizes for: Best use of Music and/or Sound, Camera and/or Lighting, Editing, Acting, Writing, Direction and Best Picture. The audience will also have an opportunity to weigh in and vote by secret ballot for the most popular film award. Only those in the audience can vote, so come out and support Vancouver's up and coming filmmakers!


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On Foreign Land

Warning: This program may breed empathy and compassion. These stories are wonderful portals to the immigrant experience. They share the challenges, wonder, confusion, joy and laughter that many people experience as they struggle to fit into a new environment.

Themes: identity, cultural differences, racism, food culture, acceptance and love

Three films have English subtitles

Recommended for grades 4-7


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TICKETS

Opening Night:
Adult: $15
Child, Youth & Senior: $12

Regular Screenings:
Adult: $9
Child, Youth & Senior: $6

Special Prices:
SUNDAY FUN DAY 
$5 per person

Groups of 10+
$5 per person (regular screenings only)

Handling Charge:
$1 per ticket


GET PASSES

FAMILY PASS: $47
An unlimited pass for four is valid at all regular Festival screenings (not including Opening Night)

SINGLE-PARENT PASS: $25
An unlimited pass for two is valid at all regular Festival screenings (not including Opening Night)


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