Local Heroes

Accessible on our online festival platform July 24 – 25
Q&A with the directors live-streamed Sunday July 25 at 12pm

Co-presented by Digital Arts Resource Centre

Local talent and creativity are in the spotlight in this selection of short films from the Ottawa-Gatineau region.

Hingman Leung, Canada, 2020, 7 min.

What if the hardest thing about dating during the pandemic, isn’t the pandemic?

Nicole Blundell, Canada, 2021, 7.5 min.
World festival premiere

When a contemporary dancer turns 50, she can’t help but keep moving.

This film is only available in Canada.

Hannah Johnston, Canada, 2021, 3 min.
North American festival premiere

CIRCULAR is an experimental art film exploring the shapes that are so ubiquitous in nature and our human tendency to recreate them. It utilizes kinestasis, a stop motion animation technique, leveraging rapid sequences of imagery to music, all from the public domain.

This film contains flashing images.

Véronique Eshaya, Canada, 2020, 11 min.

A woman discovers a letter her late great-grandmother Fédora received from her first love. As she uncovers their story, she learns that the hardships of the time brought their relationship to a sad end. This personal story prompts a greater reflection on both the socio-political reality of 1930s Québec, when Fédora first fell in love, and today.

Pixie Cram, Canada, 2020, 3 min.
World festival premiere

A music video for GOLDEN GOURMANDE by Plumes. Plumes is Canadian singer-songwriter, Veronica Charnley. Charnley grew up in Ottawa before establishing her musical career in Montréal. She is currently based in Paris, France. The video was partly filmed in Dresden while Plumes was on tour in Germany. The forest shots were taken in the Gatineau Valley of Quebec.

Ludmylla Reis, Canada, 2020, 6 min.

AWAY is an epistolary poetic film that navigates the inner thoughts of an applicant’s last half of a two-year process for a residency visa in Canada. This long and tumultuous journey that can take at least 24 months from the application date demands a high level of resilience, as it imposes dramatic waves of anxiety and loneliness to the individuals. 

Dale Windle, Canada, 2021, 23 min.
Canadian festival premiere

A profile of a Chinese-Canadian restaurateur with a big heart, running a successful restaurant, hosting wild karaoke parties and making people happy as the amazing, flamboyant, wonderful drag queen China Doll.

This film contains explicit language.