2011 film guide

Zeynep Nihan Yami, Tugba Bozkurt, Ikem Ulutas, & Yusa Yildiz

In the Turkish village of Konya, two children (one Turkish, one Kurdish) play together all day long. With their cultural differences, can they also get along?

Banchi Hanuse

There are only about fifteen Nuxalk language speakers and storytellers in Bella Coola, British Columbia. Director Banci Hanuse wants to ask one of them, her 80-year-old grandmother, if she can film her telling stories in the language she first heard them in, but cannot bring herself to do it. She asks herself whether an electronic recording can capture the true meaning of these oral traditions. Thursday, April 14, 9:45 AM, Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Karen Aqua & Ken Field

This animated film reflects on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and its environmental impact.

Students in grades 6 to 8 at Sidney Gutierrez Middle School in Roswell, New Mexico, created the film, under the direction of animator Karen Aqua and composer Ken Field. The students used hand-drawn animation techniques (cut-outs and flipbooks), and created all the artwork, sound effects, music, and narration.

Jody Kramer

A little girl is encouraged by her mom to sit on Santa's knee at her hockey club's Christmas Party, and to get a present from him. Only trouble is, she's got to remember NOT to tell him she's Jewish. This brightly animated short addresses the anxiety of not fitting in.

Ellen Smit

Warre and Tine have long wanted to have a child of their own. One day, their dream literally falls from out of the sky! Warre’s first impression is it’s a bird. On closer inspection, this little bundle looks like a baby girl – except this baby has wings! From that moment on, Warre and Tine do everything they can to raise Birdie. But Birdie is not a normal little girl, and longs to be in the sky, where she came from. This touching and humorous story about life, love, and growing up outside the nest celebrates our differences on this earth and beyond.  Based on a novel. Rated G.  Recommended for ages 6 and up. In Dutch w/ English subtitles.  ** NOTE: There will be a subtitle reader for the screening on Saturday, April 9.

Starring Canadian Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley, who will be in attendance.

*****FIFEM ‘10: Grand Prize *****Berlinale Generation ‘10: Official Competition

Saturday, April 9, 12:00 PM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver
Tuesday, April 12, 10:00 AM - Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour St, Vancouver

Andrea Dorfman

Revealed through a series of lively watercolour paintings, this animated short traces a budding romance. But it's not about whether girl can get along with boy; it's about whether girl can accept herself, imperfections and all.This charming film is also a tribute to the art of storyboarding, a time-honoured way of rendering scenes while pointing the way to the dramatic arc of the tale. Thursday, April 14, 9:45 AM, Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver

Tony Gault

Kevin finds an injured baby crow on the street one stormy night, and as it recovers, Kevin’s backyard provides the rich setting for a story about his conflicted relationship to nature.

Julien Ezri

A long time ago, terror, loathing and power reigned over the Wild Wild North. The foolishness of the inhabitants led them to battle for anything, even… for a fistful of snow!

Marie-Hélène Turcotte

A delicate, sensitive evocation of burgeoning desire, this animated film follows the steps of a young girl in the midst of transformation, clearly delineating that odd moment when the wish to remain a child accompanies the yearning for self-discovery.

Thursday, April 14, 9:45 AM, Vancity Theatre, 1181 Seymour Street, Vancouver