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Spotlight: Canada

Not only home to the world's nicest people, Canada is also home to some really, really talented filmmakers. Let this collection introduce you to some new voices from the Great White North.

2014 Feature Documentary, Coming-of-Age

In 2001, Jesse Keeler and Sebastien Grainger started a rock band. But as their success grew, their friendship suffered, and they broke up at the peak of their career. In 2011, they decided to reunite for one show: the Coachella Music and Arts Festival.

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"Michon has been photographing since she was sixteen years old. The candid footage in Life After Death From Above 1979 — — the band freaking out watching the sound guy fix a technical error before their reunion show at Coachella, Grainger deciding what suspenders to wear while posing in front of a mirror, Keeler playing with his baby daughter on the beach — — details a love story between two dudes who are bandmates and soulmates."

The Hairpin

ITV Fest

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2018 Series Comedy, Documentary

Follow the triumphs, challenges and journeys of a collection of the top female stand-up comedians in Canada. See them on stage and behind the scenes as they navigate an industry that to this day remains heavily dominated by men.

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Toronto International Film Fest , Whistler Film Fest, +4 MORE

2013 Feature Comedy, Drama

An acting teacher trying to light a spark under his students. (No, this is not a furry movie...not that there's anything wrong with that.)

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"The reigning queen of lo-fi Canadian cinema has upped her game without abandoning any of her characteristic whimsy."

NOW Magazine

National Screen Institute of Canada, St. John's International Women's Film Festival, +8 MORE

2014 Short

After the death of their mother, two sisters try to reconnect and do the things 'good' adult siblings do.

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"A must-see film for anyone struggling to deal with a loved one’s health battles or coping with the loss of a loved one."

Short Film Fan

2013 Short Drama

Anita is a young Muslim woman who seems to have everything, but she's deeply dissatisfied with the life she sees ahead of her. Will a major decision bring her the happiness and opportunity she seeks?

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Mostra International de Mujeres

2016 Feature Documentary, History, Foreign

Sometimes you have to leave home to find home. Meet Vietnamese refugees who fled to Canada in search of a new life.

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"An immense documentary."

Author Kim Thúy

Palm Springs International ShortFest

2017 Short Comedy, Drama

An aspiring filmmaker attends a directing workshop and finds himself objectifying the captivating female instructor, trying to absorb her wisdom, while also wrestling with his relentless inner monologue.

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Lucerne International Film Festival, SODEC, +1 MORE

2013 Short Drama, Family

A death in the family rocks a 7-year-old's life, leading to questions about home, love and belonging. A moving short with enough heart for us all to curl up in.

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"The subject matter may not be the most uplifting premise, but watching Declan deal with his brother’s death is actually quite sweet. Declan has a strong interest in space, and he uses this interest to understand what has happened. Sitting in his brother’s crib, Declan talks about how there’s no air on the moon, and that his brother died because he couldn’t breathe the air here. If his brother had lived on the moon, he may still be alive. It’s a bittersweet idea, and one that only a child could think of, creating a very moving portrait of unending brotherly love."

Toronto Film Scene

Toronto International Film Fest, Arizona International Film Festival

2014 Feature Romance, Comedy, Drama

It's obvious that the only way to test your faithfulness to your partner is to run away to the desert with someone else. We think. Shoot, hang on...

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"Plays out like the reverse-shot and the missing dialogue track from Malick's To The Wonder."

Toronto Film Review

2016 Short Drama

In Canada, there are over 1200 documented cases of missing and murdered indigenous girls and women. Follow the story of Shayna Hill, a young Indigenous girl escaping one bad situation only to find another.

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The European Independent Film Award

REI

2015 Short Drama, Mystery

A woman with agoraphobia loses her possibly imaginary cat and faces the most terrifying thing of all (to her): the outside world.

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