Moving Images


Accessible on our online festival platform July 24 – 25
Q&A with the directors live-streamed Sunday July 25 at 2pm

Co-presented by Carleton University Art Gallery

A moving and thought-provoking showcase of short dramas, music and dance films from around the world.


SIGNAL FIRE
Alice Il Shin, Canada, 2019, 9 min.
Ottawa festival premiere

At a loss for communication, a young man accompanies his stoic, traditional Chinese grandfather-in-law to visit a loved one’s grave.


GETTING CLOSER
Ethan Roberts, USA, 2020, 6 min.
Canadian festival premiere

Two stoned boyfriends navigate unexpected vulnerability (as well as the giggles) while attempting to get off. A micro-budget chamber piece, GETTING CLOSER utilizes the immediacy of iPhone cinematography to explore modern intimacy and what it takes to get there.

This film contains explicit language.


MOURN, O NATURE!
Nino Laisné & François Chaignaud, France, 2018, 10 min.
North American festival premiere

“Why wake me up, O breath of spring,” from Jules Massenet’s opera Werther, was one of the arias sung by Michael Jackson in the privacy of his studio. Nino Laisné & François Chaignaud reinvent a Werther who has been absorbed by Jackson: the same fascination for nature, the desire to revisit ancestral legends and the expression of a distressing love. The performer sings, dances and metamorphoses; he slips into different vocal and physical registers and seems to continue Michael Jackson’s dream of total expression.


KA TATISHTIPATAKANIT (ETHEREAL)
Isabelle Kanapé, Canada, 2020, 3 min.
Ontario festival premiere

A man spreads rumours about a local elder. To be forgiven, he will be put to the test. KA TATISHTIPATAKANIT is a poetic lesson about respect.


WITH LOVE, TOMMY
Cassandra Paige, Canada, 2020, 6 min.
Ottawa festival premiere

Tommy flees an unfulfilling relationship to travel to the mountains.


IT’S NOT SAFE OUTSIDE
Stephan Bookas, United Kingdom, 2020, 15 min.
North American festival premiere

As the air has become unbreathable, humanity has learned to adapt and reorganize itself, living in isolation. Carla rarely leaves her apartment, just like everyone else. The unbroken cycle of sleep, eat and work is taking its toll. Then one day, a young couple moves into the apartment in the building opposite. Carla’s life is about to change.


CRACKED
Christine Seow, Singapore, 2021, 6.5 min.
North American festival premiere

CRACKED stems from the question of, “What’s next?”. This film is a fragment of an ongoing exploration between the body, egg and space.


SAVASANA
Jesús Díaz Morcillo, Spain, 2019, 16 min.
Canadian festival premiere

Julia has just received the test result. The cancer has spread and she doesn’t have much time. She goes with her sister to a spiritual retreat looking for peace and quiet. However, something unexpected happens.