The official line-up for the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival 2018 is here!

Friday 23rd November

Opening Night Mixer @ Old Yale Brewery

Mingle with the filmmakers and local artists in Old Yale’s new tasting room. We’ll be screening a selection of last years alumni films, showing previews and trailers from this year plus we’ll be hosting Q & As. Come down to the BEST brewery in BC for great drinks and wonderful films.

Saturday 24th November – Cottonwood Cinema

Opening Feature
Satan (17m)
Hurry Slowly (70m)

BC Documentaries
Coming Home (42m)
Mayday (12m)
Against The Grain: A Guide To Nonconformity (10m)
Tradition (6m)
Letisha’s Well (17m)

Q & A – Matej Balaz (Director – Letisha’s Well), David I. Strasser (Director – Against The Grain), Raymund Santons (Director – Mayday) & Nicole Provost (Lead – Mayday) & Emily Krack (Director – Tradition)

Weird & Wonderful Short Films (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Once Bitten (10m)
A Sweet Man (13m)
The Villagers (9m)
Gas (3m)
Conejo (20m)
Time Heals No Wounds (11m)
Paint The Town Red (5m)
Slick (19m)

Q & A –  Valeria Jiménez (Director – Conejo)
(19+ Screening featuring Old Yale Brewery)

Local Feature Film – (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Videotronyxz (110m)
(Out of competition screening)

Q & A – Brendan Taylor (Director) ,  Brandon Mindel (Lead Actor) & Daniel Sparrow (Composer)
(19+ Screening with Old Yale Beer)


Sunday 25th November – Cottonwood Cinema

Pick N’ Mix Shorts
Salvation Rain – (12m)

Happy – (5m)
Atone – (12m)
The Certainty Machine – (5m)
Millenials Anonymous – (6m)
Perilaxis – (11m)
The Cat – (11m)
Scandal – (4m)
Lions In Waiting – (16m)

Q & A – Josh Havelka (Director – Perilaxis), Shane Brar (Director – Atone),  Cate McLennan (The Certainty Machine)  &  Jason Karman (Lions In Waiting).

Final Shorts
Noise of the Light – (23m)
Grey – (4m)
We Will See Someday – (6m)
Edge of Apollo – (11m)
A Drawing – (5m)
Small Fish – (14m)
Cypher – (20m)

Q & A – Kent Donguines (Producer – Grey & Small Fish) Max Beauchamp (Director – Small Fish), Marcus Hann (Director – Edge of Apollo), .

Closing Feature – (Sponsored by Old Yale Brewery)
Thunder Road – (93m)
(19+ Screening featuring Old Yale Brewery)

Award Ceremony – 7.30pm
The second edition of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival will culminate in an award ceremony celebrating this years films!



To purchase tickets click on the above link to be taken to Eventbrite for secure payment and selection of your tickets. Please note you must be 19+ to attend.


$5 – Per Screening Block
$15 – Saturday Day Pass
$10 – Sunday Day Pass
$15 – Old Yale Mixer (includes a flight of beer)

Film Details

Friday 23rd November


An opening night mixer with filmmakers and local artists. Price includes a flight of Old Yale beer. We will also be screening a selection of last year’s alumni films in a passing of the torch ceremony. There will also be previews and trailers for this years edition plus Q & A’s with our filmmakers. (Not to mention a drink or three!)

Saturday 24th November


Title: Satán
Runtime: 17 minutes
Origin: Mexico
Premiere Status: Canadian
Director: Carlos Tapia
Synopsis: “Every day Tiago goes into his garden, to feed the crocodile that killed his brother.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Hurry Slowly (Skynd Deg Sakte)
Runtime: 70 minutes
Origin: Norway
Premiere Status: BC
Director: Anders Emblem
Synopsis: “Hurry Slowly is a warm slice-of-life film about Fiona and her younger brother Tom, whom she takes care of. We follow Fiona over a few life-changining summer months on the north-western coast of Norway, where she juggle the care of her brother, her job at the local ferry and her interest in music.”


Title: waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home)
Runtime: 42 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Canada
Director: Brandon Thompson
Synopsis: “waałšiʔaƛin (Coming Home) explores the modern story of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, a self-governing nation on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Throughout history, the Huu-ay-aht have survived natural disasters, famine, war and colonial oppression. Told from the perspectives of several generations, this story is about overcoming the devastating effects of colonization, healing and rebuilding their homelands, restoring the connection to their traditional culture, and bringing their people home.”

Title: Mayday
Runtime: 12 minutes
Origin: Fraser Valley
Premiere Status: Canada
Director: Raymund Santos
Synopsis: “This is the story of Nicole Provost, a 23-year old UBC Student with Asperger’s Syndrome who single-handedly founded the Mayday Youth Choir, a first of its kind in British Columbia which caters to children and young adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder.”

Title: Against The Grain: A Guide to Nonconformity
Runtime: 10 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: David I. Strasser & Cameron Sylvester
Synopsis: “An inspirational series exploring the unique lifestyles of British Columbia’s most dynamic mountain culture athletes, artists, and adventurers. Embark on a journey deep into the Coast Mountains, and get a rare glimpse into these extraordinary lives.”
Social Media Links Facebook Page   

Title: Tradition
Runtime: 6 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: World
Director: Tia Sippel
Producer: Emily Krack
Synopsis: “Taking a look into the culture of the indigenous peoples in British Columbia, Canada. Creating awareness and spreading knowledge of how important a pathway to the revival of these peoples and their way of life is to young and old alike.”

Title: Letisha’s Well
Runtime: 17 minutes
Origin: Fraser Valley
Premiere Status: Chilliwack
Director: Matej Balaz
Synopsis: “On November 1st, 2016 Reimer family and community of Abbotsford, BC (Canada) endured a loss of a young soul—daughter, sister and friend. Letisha Reimer was a supporter of Run For Water, a non-profit organization that focuses on bringing clean water to communities in Ethiopia. Run For Water decided to build two wells in her name and invited her family to witness the inauguration of two clean water wells. … in memory of Letisha Reimer.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page


19+ Screening with Old Yale Brewery. Purchase a selection of beer in the theatre.

Title: Once Bitten
Runtime: 10 minutes
Origin: UK
Premiere Status: Canada
Director: Pete Tomkies
Synopsis: “Martha needs the toilet fixed in her hotel bathroom but there’s one problem: her plumber may be a vampire.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page  Website

Title: A Sweet Man
Runtime: 13 minutes
Origin: Spain
Premiere Status: BC
Director: Javier Chavanel
Synopsis: “For the sorrowful Gustavo, it was an ordinary night: an uninspiring, silent night. But suddenly, fun knocked on this door… and it wouldn´t leave until it had run its course..”

Title: The Villagers
Runtime: 9 minutes
Origin: Australia
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Joseph Vasey
Synopsis: “Astronaut and scientist ‘S. Morano’ finds herself lost on an alien planet. All she has is a case with some basic tools and a broken wrist communicator. The rest of her crew are gone and something has been stalking her for several days, never getting any closer. What is it waiting for? What does it want?”
Social Media Links: Website

Title: Gas
Runtime: 3 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: BC
Director: Nicholas Facchini
Synopsis: “The Triumph of God’s Love”.

Title: Conejo
Runtime: 20 minutes
Origin: Mexico
Premiere Status: Canada
Director: Valeria Jiménez
Synopsis: “Jealousy leads a man to commit a horrible crime. Years later, while enjoying his new life, a mysterious character start to stalk him.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page  Website

Title: Time Heals No Wounds
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Jordan Barnes-Crouse
Synopsis: “Toiling away in a makeshift lab, Dr. Barry Slater has finally made a breakthrough: THE CHRONOSPHERIC RE-OSCILLATOR, a device able to transmit artifacts across time. But when he materializes a recording from his future self, he decides to become his next test subject, despite the cautioning of his young wife Georgina. When the experiment goes awry, Georgina suddenly finds herself transported to another time, and the man resembling her husband may no longer be who, or what, he seems.”
Social Media: Facebook Page  Website

Title: Paint The Town Red
Runtime: 5 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Christopher Graham & Ariel Hansen
Synopsis: “After receiving a pair of tickets in the mail, Andie and Josephine visit a mysterious new club, only to find things a little unusual…”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page  Website

Title: Slick
Runtime: 19 minutes
Origin: France
Premiere Status: West Coast
Director: Jérémy Brondoni
Synopsis: “In a very near future, Zack is about to have a date with Lucie who he just met on Slick, a very peculiar dating app.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page


19+ Screening with Old Yale Brewery. Purchase a selection of beer in the theatre.

Title: Videotronyxz
Origin: Chilliwack
Premiere Status: Special out of competition screening
Runtime: 110 minutes
Director: Brendan Taylor
Synopsis: “Jazlo, a shy young man discovers his passion in synth pop music and will stop at nothing to achieve his goals. He manipulates, threatens and begs all those he encounters in the pursuit of his dreams. Forcing himself to morph into the glitching reflection of greatness he sees in his mind.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page  Website

Sunday 25th November


Title: Salvation Rain
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: Turkey
Premiere Status: Canada
Director:  Veysel Çelik
Synopsis: “In his childhood Janya survived by escaping as the only one from a night massacre in his village. After 20 years he comes back and the psychological process of repressed grief begin. Janya creates a new reality, but thunderstorms remind him of real life. He lives now in a double time zone. ”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Happy
Runtime: 5 minutes
Origin: Switzerland
Premiere Status: BC
Director:  Joseph Barnes & Nicolas Wilhem
Synopsis: “Four birthdays, four ways to live loneliness.”

Title: Atone
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: Fraser Valley
Premiere Status: Canada
Director:  Shane Brar
Synopsis: “Mike lives in a small rural town. He is employed as a farm hand at a local farm owned by Frank. Mike is living life day to day not worried about anything around him. As he sees things around him deteriorate he soon realizes that his own future is in jeopardy. So without anything left to do he takes on the situation himself which ends in a change that could possibly shatter the system around him or himself.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: The Certainty Machine
Runtime: 5 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Jean-François Ferland
Producer: Cate McLennan
Synopsis: “Filled with uncertainty throughout his childhood, Glenn is determined to ensure that every decision he makes in his life is the right one. He builds a machine that he believes can statistically calculate the possible outcomes of future events. He uses the machine to make all of his decisions, eventually attaining a comfortable predictability in his life. That is, until he meets Rachel, which leads him to doubt and eventually abandon his machine.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Millennials Anonymous
Runtime: 6 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: Canada
Director:  Josh Schendel
Synopsis: “A group of 20-somethings come to terms with the addiction ailing them all, the gram.”

Title: Perilaxis
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: World
Director:  Josh Havelka
Synopsis: “There are two stories here: one in which Rhett hugs his wife goodbye and one in which he doesn’t. The difference of those few seconds of affection is the exact amount of time that separates these parallel worlds and despite the minor discrepancy the result is a nightmare for the latter man….”
Social Media Links: Instagram

Title: The Cat
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: Sweden
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director:  Adrian Burt
Synopsis: “An ageing man is having a very bad day, he’s taken something he should not have from a group of gangsters and now they want it back. Stressed, upset and under enormous pressure he eventually ends up taking out his frustrations on his elderly next door neighbour and her precious Cat “Cosmos”. This leads to unexpected consequences for him.”
Social Media Links: Website

Title: Scandal
Runtime: 4 minutes
Origin: Réunion
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director:  Pablo Mengin-Lecreulx
Synopsis: “This animation made of 2500 paintings tells the story of a man who tries to run away from his fate. He is seeking for success, fame, happiness and love… But the city is too strong and he can’t win. Sadly, he becomes a powerless witness of his own fall, just like a bee trapped in a spiderweb.”

Title: Lions In Waiting
Runtime: 17 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director:  Jason Karman
Synopsis: “The newest member of a minor league hockey team, Ray, experiences hazing by his new teammates as he struggles to fit in both on and off the ice. Ray will have to find the courage to accept himself first—and maybe even inspire a fellow teammate.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page Website


19+ Screening with Old Yale Brewery. Purchase a selection of beer in the theatre.

Title: Noise of the Light
Runtime: 23 minutes
Origin: France
Premiere Status: BC
Director:  Valentin Petit
Producer: Germain Robin
Synopsis: “Pablo and Marius make a disturbing discovery about their childhood friend Lou: she appears to be able to synthesise into sound the light she is exposed to. But as she soon becomes an instrument of their musical experiences, her gift turns into a sort of curse…”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page Website

Title: Grey
Runtime: 4 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director:  S.J. van Breda
Synopsis: “A woman and man from opposing worlds have the veil between them lifted. Through experimental editing and dance, they are able to experience each other’s worlds and create a realm of their own.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page Website

Title: We Will See Someday
Runtime: 6 minutes
Origin: South Korea
Premiere Status: BC
Director: Nari Hong
Synopsis: “This story is about death. A while ago, I had met a cat on the way home. We’d carefully watched out for each other. Even though when we had known each other for a long long time, we had kept some distance all the time. I cannot forget the day when the cat allowed me touch. It was very warm and soft. That’s how we became friends. One grey drizzly day, the cat died. What I saw in the next morning looked like a dress left by the cat. I folded up what remained with sincerity and buried it.”
Social Media Links: Website

Title: Edge of Apollo
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Canadian
Director: Marcus Hann
Synopsis: “Alex is a young boy who has an obsession with space, and after watching the launch of Apollo 11, dreams that he too can someday go to space.”

Title: A Drawing
Runtime: 5 minutes
Origin: U.S.A
Premiere Status: BC
Director: Brad Condie
Synopsis: “A young boy misses the chance to say goodbye to his dying Mother. Through a deep desire he wills himself to try to see her again.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Small Fish
Runtime: 14 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Maxime Beauchamp
Producer: Kent Donguines
Synopsis: “Laurie is an artist who wants nothing more than to become a professional painter. She paints beautiful fish but when her paintings don’t sell she is overwhelmed by the rejection and the feeling that she will never be successful. Losing her sense of self and artistic voice, this is when things get fishy. With the help of a fellow artist, she tries to find her way through this vast ocean too big for such a small fish.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Cypher
Runtime: 20 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Lawrence Le Lam
Synopsis: “Tensions still linger in 1997 LA between the Korean-American and the Black communities after the ‘92 Riots. After an incident in his father’s restaurant, Jay, a Korean-American high school student finds himself pulled into LA’s underground hip hop scene where the two worlds collide.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page


19+ Screening with Old Yale Brewery. Purchase a selection of beer in the theatre.

Title: Thunder Road
Runtime: 92 minutes
Origin: U.S.A
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley
Director: Jim Cummings
Synopsis: “A police officer comes to grips with a death of his mom when giving a heartfelt eulogy at her funeral.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page


The second edition of the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival will culminate in an award ceremony celebrating this years films!


The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival is a two day event with screenings and Q & As designed to provide opportunities for both local and international filmmakers to showcase their work and build contacts for future collaborations.

With events and mixers as well as over ten awards across different categories, we hope to to build ties between emerging and established professionals. We want to provide an arena for filmmakers to screen their films in public and experience some incredible cinema from across the world.

We accept Features, Shorts, Documentaries, Music Videos and Animation from emerging artists and students to establish professionals. The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival (CIFF) is committed to the celebration of independent film and bringing it to wider audiences.

We encourage films from across Canada and the globe to enter and attend. We also have special focus on local BC filmmakers with specific categories. If you have a powerful story with a distinct voice, we want to watch it.

The Chilliwack Independent Film Festival runs every year in November at the Cottonwood Cinema in Chilliwack.


We are proud to present the following sponsors that help make the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival possible:

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The official line-up for the Chilliwack Independent Film Festival 2017:

Saturday 18th November

Opening Feature
Sunlight over Water (15m)
Empty Space (75m)

Q & A – James Choi (Director – Empty Space) & Ethan Lammie (DP – Sunlight Over Water) Sean Brennan (AD – Sunlight Over Water)

Canada Shorts
Edit > Undo (17m)
Violet and June (6m)
The Talk (12m)
Bombing (13m)
Lost (12m)
The Beautifully Drowned (24m)

Q & A – Michael Chen (Director – Lost), Gloria Mercer (Director – Bombing) & Penelope Good (Actress – Bombing)

Stories From Around The World
Nowhere (30m)
Second Chance on the Caprock (13m)
Themes For Dying Earth (10m)
Andy Wooff’s Birthday (7m)
Shishok (32m)

Q & A – Taras Demian Groves (Director – Nowhere), Casey Kowalchuk (Director – Themes For Dying Earth).

Weird & Wonderful Shorts
Blastercore (11m)
Hope (10m)
ninetofive (17m)
Edge (10m)
Breeze in the Storm (14m)
The Tinwife (27m)

Q & A – Josh Havelka (Director – Breeze in the Storm), Cory Tremblay – (Director of Photography – Breeze in the Storm).

Sunday 19th November

Feature Documentary
In The Blink of an Eye – (17m)

Shiners – (78m)

Q & A – Janalee Budge (Director – In The Blink of an Eye)

Final Shorts
Iridescence – (9m)
Unravel – (11m)
Human Nature – (4m)
Bout – (10m)
Let Us End With It Too – (15m)
Sideways – (4m)
Graffiti – (30m)

Q & A – Kent Donguines (Producer – Iridescence) Max Beauchamp (Director – Iridescence), Evan Luchkow (Director – Unravel), Shane Brar (Director – Bout), Caisha Lea Thompson (Director – Let It End With Us Too).

Closing Feature
Raw* – (97m)

Q & A – David I. Strasser (Director)


Chilliwack Spirit Award

* Delinquent 

Best of Fest

* Graffiti

Best Feature

* Empty Space

Best Short

* Let Us End With It Too

Best Documentary

* Shiners

Best of BC

* Bombing

Best Director

* Lluis Quilez – Graffiti

Best Actor

* Jesse Platt – Delinquent

Best Actress

* Ariana Marquis – The Beautifully Drowned

Best Cinematography

* Kang Park – Iridescence

Best Score

* Themes For Dying Earth

Best Script

* David I. Strasser – Delinquent

Best Music Video

* Human Nature 


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