• Splinters

    94 mins 18+ Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama - film - Splinters


    Two decades after his inspired feature debut The Hanging Garden won best Canadian Feature at TIFF, Thom Fitzgerald (Cloudburst) again explores interconnections of sexual identity, family, and small-town Nova Scotia life, in this intimate drama about a young woman reassessing her relationship with her mother following the death of her father.

    Belle has come home to rural Nova Scotia for her father’s funeral. She came out as a teenager but has never reconciled that fact with her conservative mother, Nancy. Amidst the family’s grief, Nancy’s disapproval of Belle hangs in the air like a dark cloud. Belle neglects to mention to her family that she has been dating a man named Rob for the past two years. She is reluctant to rekindle her mother’s traditional expectations of her and backpedal on hard-won battles to assert her identity. But the secret becomes harder to hide when Rob shows up to be the supportive boyfriend.

    Based on the stage play by Lee-Anne Poole, Splinters is anchored by the rich and layered performances of Sofia Banzhaf and Shelley Thompson as two strong-willed women whose lives are upended when their routine deadlock is disrupted. The constriction of small-town mores is offset by the spacious, rolling rural landscapes of Nova Scotia in this beautifully realized portrait of a young woman’s complicated relationship with her family, her past, and her home.

    Synopsis written by Danis Goulet, Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF)

    Director: D. Thom Fitzgerald
    Cast: Deb Allen, Gil Anderson, Sofia Banzhaf
  • Same: A Story of Change

    32 mins Canada
    Language: English
    Genre: Kids - Same: A Story of Change


    This is an endearing story of a small parrotfish who doesn't feel right in her fins. She goes on a journey to discover her true self, meeting all sorts of species along the way. The sea creatures that come into her life during this journey help her to understand that everyone is different and that it is what is in her heart that makes her extraordinary. This is a story of acceptance of self as well as others, one that encourages each person to find their true colour and see the beauty in those around them.

    Director: Alexandra Jones
  • Just Friends

    Gewoon Vrienden

    80 mins 14+ Netherlands
    Language: Dutch Subtitles: English
    Genre: Comedy Romance - Film - Just Friends


    Gewoon Vrienden (Just Friends) is a romantic comedy about two young men, their relationship and their relationship with their mothers. Tough Joris doesn't come loose from his mother who is addicted to plastic surgery. Medical student Yad has snorted too much of various drugs and returns to his strict mother. Yad works as a domestic help for the grandmother of Joris. When they meet, they seem made for each other. But before they can surrender to their love, they first have to balance things with their mothers.

    Director: Annemarie van de Mond
    Cast: Josha Stradowski, Majd Mardo, Jenny Arean
  • Life After

    12 mins unrated USA
    Language: English
    Genre: Drama Shorts - Film Listing - Life After Poster


    LIFE AFTER is about Nisha, a single mother and Indian immigrant, who travels to New York City to clear out her daughter Zara's apartment. Out of her element in the big city, Nisha discovers surprising new details about Zara. With help from her best friend and a stranger, Nisha uncovers the truth about her daughter's life.

    Director: Ria Tobaccowala
    Cast: Jagan Badvel, Purva Bedi, Allison Byrnes
  • Torrey Pines

    60 mins 14+ USA
    Language: English - film - Torrey Pines


    Torrey Pines is a stop-motion animated feature film by director Clyde Petersen. Based on a true story, the film is a queer punk coming-of-age tale, taking place in Southern California in the early 1990’s. Raised by a schizophrenic single mother, Petersen’s life story unfolds in a series of baffling and hallucinated events. With a mother fueled by hallucinations of political conspiracy and family dysfunction, Petersen is kidnapped at the age of 12 and taken on a cross-country adventure that will forever alter the family as they know it.

    Director: Clyde Peterson
  • Forget-Me-Not

    7 mins unrated Spain
    Language: Spanish Subtitles: English - Film Listing - Forget-Me-Not Film Poster


    Irene and Luisa, two 70-year-old women go to a cemetery to visit their deceased relatives. A series of coincidences will cause their paths to cross.

    Director: Ferran Navarro-Beltrán
    Cast: Luisa Gavasa, Gloria Muñoz
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