2016 Durham Region Film Festival

Sept. 16 - 18, 2016

Official Selections

The 2016 Durham Region Film Festival features over 50 official film selections from 18 countries all over the world:

The Firmest Friend movie poster
Dust Buddies movie poster
Take Drills Since Childhood movie poster
Munitionnettes movie poster
Lighthouse Keeper movie poster
Film Title Submitted By Screening Venue Description
8% No Limit Lisa Lightbourn-Lay Regent Theatre
Sept. 16, 2016
8% No Limit steps into the mind of a blind runner reflecting a life bound by disability as she runs for 20 days, 885km, with 8% vision following the Niagara Escarpment on Canada's Bruce Trail, facing hidden demons and death to the left at every footfall.
Acceptance Alex Mazurenko Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
A young man discusses how he and his parents came to terms with what he wanted to do in life.
Adam Evelyn Ross RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
In the beginning of them She created us.
AlgoRhythm 1 Aleksi Moriarty Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
A procedurally generated computer animation visual music to accompany the music of CPE Bach in honour of his tricentennial.
Anna O Rotem Yarkchi RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
A short film depicting the internal world of a young phobic woman named Anna.
Another Way Out Anna Gutmanis Regent Theatre
Sept. 16, 2016
Three generations of LGBT Canadians talk about their life journeys - being bullied, coming out, and coming into their own.
Bloom Yiran Sun RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
A romantic story about the love between an earthworm and a caterpillar.
Breakup Diner Elizabeth Falkenberg St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
Three couples break up in a diner.
By Accident Carla Sinclair Regent Theatre
Sept. 16, 2016
This short doc brings visibility to disability through the relationship of a talented improv duo, Mike Kamstra and Adam Wilkinson. Mike suffered a brain injury when he was 3 due to a motor vehicle collision.
Cheers for Mushrooms Xiao Xiao Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
For chef Dennis Wiggins mushrooms are more than something you simply find to use in the recipe of the day… He believes mushrooms can save the world. Dennis has been collecting wild mushrooms for over 30 years.
CIGNO Giovanni Rossi Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
A travel through the sea and through generations, following an ancient and daily labor, made of simple gestures repeated over and over in the dark, until the dawn comes.
Cuerdas Pedro Solis Garcia RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
María's routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends.
Desert Child Luna Steven Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
One night, when a bright star goes missing in the desert, a child makes it her mission to restore order to the universe.
Desperately Seeking Signal Thomas Smalley Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
A 911 dispatcher helps a lost and surprisingly upbeat woman in a compromising situation and connects with more than just the call.
Dreams We Share Evan Weidenkeller St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
Two friends share dreams and memories between each other while a war goes on outside drawing in closer towards them.
Dust Buddies Beth Tomashek Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Dust Buddies is a story about the friendship between two dust bunnies, Fuzz and Lint, who live peacefully under a couch.
Fastball Jeremy McCracken RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
A young boy deals with his grief through baseball.
Feign Kirandeep Ojalae St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
A young teenager, shy and secluded, is drawn to a girl she meets out but discovers their new friendship may awake something deep inside.
Gaining Altitude Kristen Currier Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Gaining Altitude is an animated documentary focused on women in aviation history.
General Space Oleg Limarev St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
Two girls primping and go to be inspired by the city, then appear in the Studio which together create a picture.
Journey Radheya Jegatheva RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
An astronaut called Orion is alone in space. He asks a lot of questions, like how did he get here, how is he still alive, shouldn't his oxygen have run out, etc.
Kazoku Michael Maddeaux St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
While viewing an exhibit, Takeshi Tanaka discovers an old family heirloom that was seized from him due to the internment of the Japanese Canadians during World War II.
Last Dance on the Main Aristofanis Soulikias RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
While a row of historic buildings on Montreal’s St Laurent boulevard is being demolished by politicians and building developers, the local community resists.
Metro Sachin Yaduvanshi St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
A poor kid who sets out to work in the city enjoying the first experience, but soon being swallowed in when encounters the other side.
Much Love, Scott Carla Sinclair Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Scott and Karen Burwell are reunited with a lost box of love letters from several decades ago. Told through the lens of their filmmaker son, Colin Burwell, "Much Love, Scott" shines a light on the value of the hand-written word.
Munitionnettes Lara Cochetel RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
After receiving an official letter announcing the death of their husbands on the battlefield, the women workers of a bomb factory decide to make their own kind of revolution.
My Dear Girl Lee Nechushtan RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
When Eliana's mother arrives late to her daughter's swimming competition, she discovers that her daughter, Eliana, who came in second place, had forgotten her medal. Both Mother and daughter will discover how close or how far apart they really are.
Nubuke Bismark Aryee Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
John Ampao sees all his childhood dreams of becoming an artist, and his achievements crushing down when he is diagnosed of leprosy. He loses everything including his family. Amidst all these challenges, he lifts himself up and by a stroke of fortune sees his dream come to pass.
Obsessions, Progressions and Expectations Jennifer Hardy RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
A fabric man with an alcohol addiction has transformed his fabric world into a weird city.
Of Man & Machine Michael Leclair Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
A documentary about the history of the printing press.
On Practices and Customs Marcos Montes de Orc St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
The young ones perform an unusual spectacle, to say the least. The audience watches eagerly, from the adjoining room. The smallest mistake may cost them dearly.
Rupee Run Tarun Lak Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Two dirt poor street performers chase after a coin through the streets of India.
Scapegoat Gal Haklay RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
Ben is struggling to find his place in the world.
Scent of Love Chengcheng Feng Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
A female gorilla falls in love with a male hunter under the influence of a spray pheromone.
Sister, Sister Alice Liu Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Sister, Sister is an experimental documentary about the nuances of relationships between sisters.
Take Drills Since Childhood Song Xinyue Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
This is a true story about three little girls, coming from city Bengbu, province Anhui, who are devoted to gymnastics.
Tales of Fish and Lies Padelis Paradisis RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
Fish enters into the paper world. Man goes and fish comes again, all guided by a patient bird.
The D in David Michelle Yi RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
When the Statue of David is humiliated by the other artworks for being naked, David leaves his podium to escape the museum.
The Firmest Friend Andrew Fixell Regent Theatre
Sept. 16, 2016
The Firmest Friend tells the story of human and canine outsiders finding their way into each other's lives and giving each other hope where previously there had been none.
The Food We Eat: Back to the Basics of Farming Robert Fisher Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
This film examines how our food has changed over the past two or three generations, how our food is less nutritious and has less flavour than in the past. The film introduces the viewer to a few farmers and retailers who are working to bring back better food to consumers.
The Interview Sara Gozalo Regent Theatre
Sept. 16, 2016
The Interview' is an exploration of what it feels like to try to translate the lived experience of love into the bureaucratic maze of a marriage green card application.
The Lighthouse Keeper Nadia Shmeleva St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
The story of a lighthouse keeper.
The Lonely Parade - Window Kurtis Watson St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
A music video for diy rock band, The Lonely Parade, made by a 17 year old filmmaker.
The Network Keeper David Dufresne-Denis Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
In Haute-Gaspésie (Qc), it is still impossible to get a high-speed Internet connection in some areas. Thankfully, there is Ginette and her trusty relay system.
The Pit Damian Vondrasek St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
A young man is facing indifference of the society.
The Shallow End Eric Bizzarri St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
Christian, a 20-yr-old swim teacher, is having a hard time recovering from an incident where one his students almost drowns on his watch.
The Streets that Speak Vida Lercari Regent Theatre
Sept. 18, 2016
A short documentary about Yulier Rodriguez, a Cuban artist who paints all across Havana from his studio to the streets.
Tree Mohammad Zare Docville
Sept. 17, 2016
Short animation about a man who want cut a tree but…
Tying Guram Geguchadze RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
Around a free puppet appear several ropes.
Unravel Nikole Hidalgo RMG
Sept. 18, 2016
This piece is a reflection of those times in which sadness is so big that it takes over and becomes one with the self, resulting in the need to pretend wholesomeness just to carry on.
Welcome to Denmark Oscar Wiedemann St. Francis Centre
Sept. 18, 2016
A woman decides to pick up a refugee and drive him across the border to Sweden. Risking prosecution and jail time if caught, she tries to deal with her choice of action. Can she help him all the way?