Festival

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

Saturday 18th November

Opening Feature
1pm
Sunlight over Water (15m)
Empty Space (75m)

Q & A – James Choi (Director – Empty Space)

Canada Shorts
3pm
Edit > Undo (17m)
Violet and June (6m)
The Talk (12m)
Bombing (13m)
Lost (12m)
The Beautifully Drowned (24m)

Q & A – Michael Chen (Director – Lost)

Stories From Around The World
5pm
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
7pm
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
1pm
In The Blink of an Eye – (17m)

Shiners – (78m)

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

Final Shorts
3pm
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
5pm
Raw* – (97m)

Q & A – David I. Strasser (Director)

The festival will take place on Saturday the 18th and Sunday the 19th of November at the wonderful Cottonwood Cinema on Luckackuk.  www.cottonwood4cinemas.ca

Tickets

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 18+ to attend.

Pricing

$5 – Per Screening Block
$15 – Saturday Day Pass
$10 – Sunday Day Pass

Film Details

Saturday 18th November

1pm – OPENING FEATURE FILM

Title: Sunlight over Water
Runtime: 15 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley

Director: Jesse Gotfrit
Synopsis: “High-schooler Merit discovers his sexuality through a tumultuous relationship with his friend Julien.”

Title: Empty Space
Runtime: 75 minutes
Origin: USA
Premiere Status: Canada

Director: James Choi
Synopsis: “Empty Space” is a coming of age dramedy about, Tom, an overweight young man who takes refuge at his grandmother’s cabin in rural Protection, IL, in an attempt to bury the years of being bullied and feeling rejected. While in town, he meets a precocious blind girl named Lilly, who shows him how to be accepted and loved
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

3pm – CANADA SHORT FILM BLOCK

Title: Edit > Undo
Runtime: 17 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: West Coast 

Director: Daniel Clements
Synopsis: “A random online stranger lures Bill to a dating website in an attempt to be flirtatious. However, Bill finds his girlfriend’s profile on the same website. She’s searching for other men behind his back. Enraged, he creates his own dating profile and wages a vengeful, internet, cold war on his relationship.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Violet and June
Runtime: 6 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Director: Linnea Ritland
Synopsis: “Violet & June is a short romcom about falling in love, the terror of being alive in a cold heartless universe, and butts”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: The Talk
Runtime: 12 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: BC

Director: Tyler Boyco
Producer: Tanner Sawatzky

Synopsis: “Neil and Carol, a husband and wife, try to come up with the perfect way to have the most uncomfortable conversation known to mankind; the sex talk with their teenage daughter”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Bombing
Runtime: 13 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Director: Gloria Mercer
Synopsis: “Sophie is an unmotivated comedian. When her estranged young daughter is unexpectedly thrust back into her life, Sophie’s plans have to be reshuffled. While they both struggle to adjust to the new environment, Sophie must come to terms with the fact that she’s in over her head”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Lost
Runtime: 12 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Director: Michael Chen
Synopsis: “A little girl finds a stuffed rabbit and tries to reunite it with it’s owner”.

Title: The Beautifully Drowned
Runtime: 24 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: BC

Director: Jon Dewar
Synopsis: “A maritime fairy tale about a woman who longs for the day her husband will drown at sea.”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

5pm – STORIES AROUND THE WORLD

Title: Nowhere
Runtime: 30 minutes
Origin: UK
Premiere Status: West Coast

Director: Taras Demian Groves
Synopsis: “A homeless man, struggling to survive on the streets of London, finds his world is changed forever when he meets a troubled young runaway with a dark past”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Second Chance on the Caprock
Runtime: 13 minutes
Origin: USA
Premiere Status: BC

Director: Ahbra Perry
Synopsis: “A short documentary about the Dove Creek Equine Rescue.”.
Social Media Links: Website

Title: Themes for Dying Earth
Runtime: 10 minutes
Origin: Abbotsford
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Director: Casey Kowalchuk
Synopsis: “Jamison Isaak, when creating his new Teen Daze record, finds relief from his anxiety in a world that seems to be crumbling around him. The film is a journey through Jamison’s experience on tour supporting his 2015 record “Morning World”, and how he dealt with his high stress and exhaustion induced anxiety”.

Title: Andy Wooff’s Birthday
Runtime: 7 minutes
Origin: UK
Premiere Status: BC

Director: William Bentley
Synopsis: “ Andy Wooff has been stuck in a cycle for nearly 4 decades: rest, pan-handle, shoot up heroin and repeat. Today is his 51st birthday. He reflects on the culmination of his life thus far, memories of family and what could have been, a cacophony in his own mind”.
Social Media Links: Website

Title: Shishok
Runtime: 32 minutes
Origin: Russia
Premiere Status: Canada

Director: Varvara Ivanova
Synopsis: “The main character of our project is Sergey or, as the village calls him, “Shishok”. He lives near the Ilyatino village, next to the old Anichkov’s estate, between Ostrovito and Nemega lakes. Sergey is 20 years old. He doesn’t work and doesn’t plan or even think about his future. This is the reality not only for him, but also for the majority of young Ilyatino people”.
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

7pm – WEIRD & WONDERFUL FILM BLOCK

Title: Blastercore
Origin: Italy

Premiere Status: Canada
Runtime: 11 minutes 
Director: Alessandro Vivarini
Synopsis: “Two drunk heroes driving fast on the street are going to face the evil forces: tha police!”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Hope
Origin: Norway
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Runtime: 10 minutes
Director:  Adam Losurdo
Synopsis: “A senseless wandering ghoul roaming the world full of the hunger-less undead and hateful humans will soon discover a craving, leaving him completely and utterly without hope.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: ninetofive
Origin: UK
Premiere Status: Canada

Runtime: 17 minutes
Director:  Lee Charlish
Synopsis: “No job, no prospects and descending into depression; Mr Mann is looking for something better. Then he finds a job and his problems really start to begin.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Edge
Runtime: 10 minutes
Origin: UK
Premiere Status: Worldr

Director:  Billy Rees & Doug Kirby
Synopsis: “A harrowing film exploring how a situation can be perceived – who is Michael and what is his relationship with the woman he is talking to?…”
Social Media Links: Twitter Page

Title: Breeze in the Storm
Runtime: 14 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: North American

Director:  Josh Havelka
Synopsis: “While fleeing an ugly breakup, a man is mistaken for an adulterer and becomes caught in a deranged revenge plot.”
Social Media Links: Website

Title: The Tinwife
Runtime: 27 minutes
Origin: USA
Premiere Status: BC

Director:  Travis Neufeld
Synopsis: “Set in a futuristic 1950’s, a woman is imprisoned in an internment facility for unwanted android housewives.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Sunday 19th November

1pm – FEATURE DOCUMENTARY

Title: In The Blink of an Eye
Runtime: 17 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley

Director:  Janalee Budge
Synopsis: “A short documentary film about an extreme Whistler athlete, Don Schwartz who discovers 25 years after a tragic helicopter crash that leaves him with 3rd degree burns to his face that he suffers from PTSD. “

Title: Shiners
Runtime: 78 minutes
Origin: USA
Premiere Status: BC

Director:  Stacey Tenenbaum
Synopsis: “Shiners delves into the lives of shoe shiners around the world giving you an insider’s view of this often overlooked profession. Travel from Tokyo to La Paz, New York, Toronto and Sarajevo, to meet the men and women who make their living cleaning our shoes.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

3pm – FINAL SHORT FILM BLOCK

Title: Iridescence
Runtime: 9 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Canada  

Director:  Max Beauchamp
Synopsis: “”Iridescence” is an experimental visual short film, which exposes how society needs to label a person by their sexuality. In this story, dance and interpretive movement replaces the dialogue, allowing us to use the body to communicate the relationship between the characters and they’re true human emotions. “
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Unravel
Runtime: 11 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: World

Director:  Evan Luchkow
Synopsis: “An isolated conspiracy theorist, searching for the truth, struggles to make a human connection while trying to hide the mysterious fibres growing out of her skin.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Human Nature
Runtime: 4 minutes
Origin: Abbotsford
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley 

Director: Matej Balaz
Synopsis: “Fast track twenty years into the future – a young man decides to solves his loneliness by buying one of the first version of the female “LOVE ROBOT.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Bout
Runtime: 10 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Canada

Director: Shane Brar
Synopsis: “An ex-fighter named Bobby who is trying to move forward with life but his past keeps holding him back.”

Title: Let Us End With It Too
Runtime: 15 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley  

Director: Caisha Lea Thompson 
Synopsis: “The division between intending and departing, as told in four shots. In the midst of a dying relationship, Sarah realizes that she may be falling out of love with her partner, Jessica. She subsequently withdraws into herself in order to confront and interpret her emotions before she acts on the potentially detonative thought.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Title: Sideways
Runtime: 4 minutes
Origin: Canada
Premiere Status: BC

Director: Aniruddha Pande 
Synopsis: “A modern classical narrative music video following the events of an office employee on a holiday, hoping to fabricate his own love life.”

Title: Graffiti
Runtime: 30 minutes
Origin: Spain
Premiere Status: BC

Director: Lluís Quílez
Synopsis: “An apocalyptic world. A devastated city. One last survivor. Edgar learned to survive on his own avoiding contaminated areas by the “incident”, that destroyed any way of life as we knew it. But Edgar’s routine is suddenly disrupted by the discovery of a wall with a graffiti by his bed. Just one word reveals the presence of another survivor: “Anna”.”
Social Media Links: Website

5pm – CLOSING FEATURE FILM

Title: Raw*
Runtime: 97 minutes
Origin: BC
Premiere Status: Fraser Valley  

Director: David I. Strasser
Synopsis: “The first feature-length film to be shot on British Columbia’s Salt Spring Island and only the second feature film produced by students from Vancouver Film School, RAW* tells the inspirational story of a delinquent seventeen year-old on a downward spiral. Jakob Levin is sentenced by the courts to serve his time on an organic farm run by his uncle. Put to work with a bunch of misfit interns, he soon discovers that not everything is as idyllic as it first appears, and beneath the beauty of the farm, potentially malevolent forces are at play.”
Social Media Links: Facebook Page

Nominations

Chilliwack Independent Film Festival – Official Nominations

Best of Fest

* EMPTY SPACE           

* GRAFFITI

* LET US END WITH IT TOO

* RAW*

* THE BEAUTIFULLY DROWNED

Best Feature Film

 * EMPTY SPACE

* RAW*

Best Short

* GRAFFITI

* LET US END WITH IT TOO

 * SUNLIGHT OVER WATER

 * THE BEAUTIFULLY DROWNED

* THE TINWIFE

Best Documentary

* IN THE BLINK OF AN EYE

* SECOND CHANCE ON THE CAPROCK

* SHINERS

* SHISHOK

* THEMES FOR DYING EARTH

Best of BC

* BOMBING

* IRIDESCENCE

* LET US END WITH IT TOO

* SUNLIGHT OVER WATER

* UNRAVEL

Best Director

* JAMES CHOI    (Empty Space)

* JON DEWAR    (The Beautifully Drowned)

* LlUIS QUILEZ    (Graffiti)

* DAVID I. STRASSER    (Raw*)

* CAISHA LEA THOMPSON    (Let Us End With It Too)

Best Actor

* GURPREET BUTTAR    (Bout)

* ROBERT HAACKE    (Breeze in the Storm)

* ORIOL PLA    (Graffiti)

* JESSE PLATT    (Raw*)

* MERRICK ROBISON    (Empty Space)

Best Actress

* PENELOPE GOOD    (Bombing)

* JESSICA JOHNSON    (Let Us End With It Too)

* ARIANA MARQUIS    (The Beautifully Drowned)

* ANNA MAZURIK    (The Tinwife)    

* SARAH THOMPSON    (Let Us End With It Too)

Best Cinematography

* MICHAEL CHEN (Lost)

* ETHAN LAMMIE     (Sunlight Over Water)

* ROSS MACKENZIE   (Edge)

* KANG PARK    (Iridescence)

* MATT ROGERS    (The Beautifully Drowned)

Best Score

* BLASTERCORE

* GRAFFITI

* IRIDESCENCE

* THEMES FOR DYING EARTH

* THE TINWIFE

Best Script

* DANIEL CLEMENTS   (Edit > Undo)

* JOSH HAVELKA    (Breeze in the Storm)

* EVAN LUCHKOW (Unravel)

* TANNER SAWATZKY    (The Talk)

* DAVID I. STRASSER (Raw*)

Chilliwack Spirit Award

* BOUT

* IRIDESCENCE

* LOST

* THEMES FOR DYING EARTH

* VIOLET AND JUNE

Best Music Video

* HUMAN NATURE

* SIDEWAYS

About

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.

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