Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival



7:00pm - Doors
8:00pm - Introduction by director Mina Shum and producer Selwyn Jacob and screening of Ninth Floor, followed by a Q&A moderated by Sturla Gunnarsson


6:00pm - Into the Forest and Live Video Q&A with director Patricia Rozema

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“Canadian movies and Canadian talent have proven themselves among the best in the world. Now it’s our chance to get together and celebrate our best.”

The year’s best Canadian films are in the spotlight in The Cinematheque’s annual presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival. Established in 2001 by the Toronto International Film Festival, this celebration of excellence in our national cinema showcases Canadian achievements in feature-length films, short films, and student short films.

Festival selections are chosen by two panels — one for features, one for shorts — of Canadian filmmakers and film industry professionals. To be eligible, films must be directed by a Canadian citizen or resident and have been released commercially or played a major film festival in Canada.

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Ninth Floor (Mina Shum)
Into the Forest (Patricia Rozema)
Sleeping Giant (Andrew Cividino)
Our Loved Ones (
Anne Émond)
Guantanamo’s Child: Omar Khadr (Patrick Reed, Michelle Shephard)
The Forbidden Room (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson)
The Demons (
Philippe Lesage)
Closet Monster (Stephen Dunn)
Hurt (Alan Zweig)
My Internship in Canada (Philippe Falardeau)

Bacon and God’s Wrath (Sol Friedman)
Balmoral Hotel (
Wayne Wapeemukwa)
Bring Me the Head of Tim Horton (Guy Maddin, Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson)
Interview with a Free Man (Nicolas Lévesque)
The Little Deputy (Trevor Anderson)
My Enemy, My Brother (Ann Shin)
Never Steady, Never Still (Kathleen Hepburn)
Nina (Halima Elkhatabi)
o negative (
Steven McCarthy)
Overpass (Patrice Laliberté)

Alia (Raghed Charabaty)
The Casebook of Nips & Porkington (
Melody Wang)
Cupid (Maria De Sanctis)
Dysmorphia (Kate Grubb)
Ed (Taha Neyestani)
Menesetung (Kyle McDonnell)
Michi (Kaho Yoshida)
Ms. Liliane (Junna Chif)
Pretty Dangerous (
Dan Laera)
Smoke (Kellen Jackson, Suzanne Friesen, Sasha Tomasky)

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Acknowledgments: The Cinematheque is grateful to the Toronto International Film Festival for making this Vancouver presentation of the Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival possible. Special thanks to Steve Gravestock, Senior Programmer, Festival Programming, TIFF, for his kind assistance.

Program notes adapted from texts provided by TIFF.


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