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Opening Night | Thursday, November 23

Forever Young 6 mins | Canada | 2017 Directed by Steven Payne This short film explores the dark side of bullying, gangs and drugs.  Sonny has had it with gang life and wants out, but, getting out isn't going to be easy.  With the help of his girlfriend Sonny attempts to make the break.  Shot on location in Winnipeg the film stars indigenous actors from Frontier School Division and       a crew of ABFI students

Forever Young
6 mins | Canada | 2017
Directed by Steven Payne
This short film explores the dark side of bullying, gangs and drugs.  Sonny has had it with gang life and wants out, but, getting out isn't going to be easy.  With the help of his girlfriend Sonny attempts to make the break.  Shot on location in Winnipeg the film stars indigenous actors from Frontier School Division and       a crew of ABFI students

The Sound of her Guitar 75 Mins | New Zealand | 2016 Directed by Bill Morris The inspiring story of how New Zealand musician Donna Dean broke a familial cycle of domestic abuse and addiction to become of the country's best songwriters.

The Sound of her Guitar
75 Mins | New Zealand | 2016
Directed by Bill Morris
The inspiring story of how New Zealand musician Donna Dean broke a familial cycle of domestic abuse and addiction to become of the country's best songwriters.


Friday, November 24

Birth of a Family 79 Minutes | Canada | 2016 Directed by Tasha Hubbard Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. 

Birth of a Family
79 Minutes | Canada | 2016
Directed by Tasha Hubbard
Three sisters and a brother, adopted as infants into separate families across North America, meet together for the first time in this deeply moving documentary by director Tasha Hubbard. 

Just Cause 3: Money Matters 20 Mins | Canada | 2016 Directed by Greg Miller & Lese Skidmore Are you avoiding phone calls because of Collection Agencies? Wondering if bankruptcy is right for you? Is that Lease-To–Own couch right up your alley? Have you ever regretted a Pay Day loan? Well this video is for you!!

Just Cause 3: Money Matters
20 Mins | Canada | 2016
Directed by Greg Miller & Lese Skidmore
Are you avoiding phone calls because of Collection Agencies? Wondering if bankruptcy is right for you? Is that Lease-To–Own couch right up your alley? Have you ever regretted a Pay Day loan? Well this video is for you!!

Written In My Blood 3 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Steven Davies A film by Steven Thomas Davies in collaboration with contemporary dance artist Jeanette Kotowich, Dani Zaviceanu, and accompanied by a remix by Dean Hunt

Written In My Blood
3 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Steven Davies
A film by Steven Thomas Davies in collaboration with contemporary dance artist Jeanette Kotowich, Dani Zaviceanu, and accompanied by a remix by Dean Hunt

Gas Can 15 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Mattias Graham GAS CAN is a short film about a Cree family in 1970's Saskatchewan who run out of gas on their way to a new life in the city.

Gas Can
15 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Mattias Graham
GAS CAN is a short film about a Cree family in 1970's Saskatchewan who run out of gas on their way to a new life in the city.

No Reservations 11 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Trevor Carroll No Reservations is a satirical short film about an Aboriginal oil baron who wants to build his pipeline under a Caucasian neighborhood

No Reservations
11 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Trevor Carroll
No Reservations is a satirical short film about an Aboriginal oil baron who wants to build his pipeline under a Caucasian neighborhood

Black Cat 13 Minutes | Australia | 2016 Directed by Pascal Mercay  Black Cat tells the story of an intellectually disabled aboriginal man called Jax, who befriends a stray black kitten, but when he’s subjected to a vicious act of racism, he is set on a course with tragic consequences for those he loves.

Black Cat
13 Minutes | Australia | 2016
Directed by Pascal Mercay
 Black Cat tells the story of an intellectually disabled aboriginal man called Jax, who befriends a stray black kitten, but when he’s subjected to a vicious act of racism, he is set on a course with tragic consequences for those he loves.

This is Who I am 12 Minutes | USA | 2017 Directed by Manuel Ibanez A young Anishinaabe woman struggles to find her identity in the big city. Though at first she finds it difficult to express herself, after a short series of events she realizes that she can still be Native while in the city.

This is Who I am
12 Minutes | USA | 2017
Directed by Manuel Ibanez
A young Anishinaabe woman struggles to find her identity in the big city. Though at first she finds it difficult to express herself, after a short series of events she realizes that she can still be Native while in the city.

Other 5 Minutes | USA | 2015 Directed by Rodrick Pocowatchit A job interview goes awry.

Other
5 Minutes | USA | 2015
Directed by Rodrick Pocowatchit
A job interview goes awry.

Indian Giver 10 Minutes | Canada | 2016 Directed by Trevor Solway After a 15 year absence, a deadbeat dad goes on a journey to win back his lady's heart, with a prized jingle dress.

Indian Giver
10 Minutes | Canada | 2016
Directed by Trevor Solway
After a 15 year absence, a deadbeat dad goes on a journey to win back his lady's heart, with a prized jingle dress.

APOTAMKIN 9 Minutes | Canada | 2016 Directed by Carr Sappier APOTAMKIN is a short film inspired by stories heard from the Wolastoqiyik elders in Tobique First Nation where director, Carly Sappier was born and raised. Step inside of this world of song and dance as it is influenced by the sea monster (Apotamkin) who captures those who disrespect the waters.

APOTAMKIN
9 Minutes | Canada | 2016
Directed by Carr Sappier
APOTAMKIN is a short film inspired by stories heard from the Wolastoqiyik elders in Tobique First Nation where director, Carly Sappier was born and raised. Step inside of this world of song and dance as it is influenced by the sea monster (Apotamkin) who captures those who disrespect the waters.

The Roundhouse 9 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Theresa Warbus Liya is a teenage girl conflicted about balancing her Aboriginal Culture and social life. This is heightened when she is invited to a party and feels the pressure to fit in. The night takes an unexpected turn when she's reminded of the value of her roots.

The Roundhouse
9 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Theresa Warbus
Liya is a teenage girl conflicted about balancing her Aboriginal Culture and social life. This is heightened when she is invited to a party and feels the pressure to fit in. The night takes an unexpected turn when she's reminded of the value of her roots.

Shieldmaiden 15 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Benjamin Janicki A defiant young Viking woman must fight to defend her clan from a rival clan lead by the man who killed her father.

Shieldmaiden
15 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Benjamin Janicki
A defiant young Viking woman must fight to defend her clan from a rival clan lead by the man who killed her father.

Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon 28 Minutes | USA | 2017 DIrected by Daniel Byers Follow the Ashiwi rain priests and medicine men on a sacred migration down the Colorado river - from the Pueblo at Halona Idiwana'a to shrines and ancient settlements, through canyon walls carved by the petroglyphs of the ancestors, back to where time began...

Then, Now, and Forever: Zuni in the Grand Canyon
28 Minutes | USA | 2017
DIrected by Daniel Byers
Follow the Ashiwi rain priests and medicine men on a sacred migration down the Colorado river - from the Pueblo at Halona Idiwana'a to shrines and ancient settlements, through canyon walls carved by the petroglyphs of the ancestors, back to where time began...

The Road Forward 101 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Marie Clements A musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.

The Road Forward
101 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Marie Clements
A musical documentary by Marie Clements, connects a pivotal moment in Canada’s civil rights history—the beginnings of Indian Nationalism in the 1930s—with the powerful momentum of First Nations activism today.


Saturday, November 25

Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World 103 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana Artists discuss the role that Native Americans have played in the development of American popular music.

Rumble: The Indians who Rocked the World
103 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Catherine Bainbridge & Alfonso Maiorana
Artists discuss the role that Native Americans have played in the development of American popular music.

Kaisa's Enchanted Forest 84 Minutes | Finland | 2016 Directed by Katja Gauriloff In 1935, Swiss writer Robert Crottet, suffering from tuberculosis, began having vivid and powerful dreams of bright-eyed creatures that called to him from the enchanted northern forests of Finland.

Kaisa's Enchanted Forest
84 Minutes | Finland | 2016
Directed by Katja Gauriloff
In 1935, Swiss writer Robert Crottet, suffering from tuberculosis, began having vivid and powerful dreams of bright-eyed creatures that called to him from the enchanted northern forests of Finland.

Badger Creek 27 Minutes | USA | 2017 Directed by Randy Vasquez & Jonathan Skurnik Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana, USA.

Badger Creek
27 Minutes | USA | 2017
Directed by Randy Vasquez & Jonathan Skurnik
Badger Creek is a portrait of Native resilience as seen through a year in the life of three generations of a Blackfeet family living on the rez in Montana, USA.

The Right to be Safe 22 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Lese Skidmore  In Canada, Aboriginal women are at the highest risk for violence as a group. This video illustrates the truth: violence is NEVER your fault. Follow the stories of three courageous women who overcame traumatic family violence and are inspiring others to do the same. This video also features an interview with Pam Palmater and a powerful poem by Helen Knott. Music by A Tribe Called Red

The Right to be Safe
22 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Lese Skidmore
 In Canada, Aboriginal women are at the highest risk for violence as a group. This video illustrates the truth: violence is NEVER your fault. Follow the stories of three courageous women who overcame traumatic family violence and are inspiring others to do the same. This video also features an interview with Pam Palmater and a powerful poem by Helen Knott. Music by A Tribe Called Red

Snow 8 Minutes | Denmark | 2017 Directed by Nivi Pedersen Snow is everywhere in January in Nuuk, Greenland. Three residents here have each their troubles with shovelling snow: Uilu might be the only one who shovels outside their terraced house. Inuk is in need of new shovelling equipment while Ivik is being a good friend helping out friends that are out of town and a dear friend whom he recently lost in an avalanche.

Snow
8 Minutes | Denmark | 2017
Directed by Nivi Pedersen
Snow is everywhere in January in Nuuk, Greenland. Three residents here have each their troubles with shovelling snow: Uilu might be the only one who shovels outside their terraced house. Inuk is in need of new shovelling equipment while Ivik is being a good friend helping out friends that are out of town and a dear friend whom he recently lost in an avalanche.

Journeys to Adäka 60 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Fritz Mueller & Teresa Earle Journeys to Adäka is the story of seven indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens and community halls.

Journeys to Adäka
60 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Fritz Mueller & Teresa Earle
Journeys to Adäka is the story of seven indigenous artists who look to the past for the strength to overcome a legacy of hurt, becoming cultural giants and leaders in the process. This one-hour documentary follows its subjects as they prepare for the Adäka Cultural Festival in Whitehorse, Yukon, inviting viewers into carving sheds, kitchens and community halls.

Makkuktut (Youth) 18 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Jamie Okatsiak & Samuel Paupaa When a young filmmaker (Jamie Okatsiak) from Canada's Arctic came with his friend (Samuel Pauppa) to the southern city of Quebec, he soon starts to appreciate the similarities and differences between this new world before him and it's own reality.

Makkuktut (Youth)
18 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Jamie Okatsiak & Samuel Paupaa
When a young filmmaker (Jamie Okatsiak) from Canada's Arctic came with his friend (Samuel Pauppa) to the southern city of Quebec, he soon starts to appreciate the similarities and differences between this new world before him and it's own reality.

Cree Code Talker 14 Minutes | Canada | 2016 Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Canadian Cree code talker Charles 'Checker' Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles' involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.

Cree Code Talker
14 Minutes | Canada | 2016
Directed by Alexandra Lazarowich
Cree Code Talker reveals the role of Canadian Cree code talker Charles 'Checker' Tomkins during the Second World War. Digging deep into the US archives it depicts the true story of Charles' involvement with the US Air Force and the development of the code talkers communication system, which was used to transmit crucial military communications, using the Cree language as a vital secret weapon in combat.

The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit 11 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Byron Beadry Co-Presented by Four Arrows Health Authority

The Indigenous Food Sovereignty Summit
11 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Byron Beadry

Co-Presented by Four Arrows Health Authority

Mysteries Beneath: The Story of First Nation Farmers Canada | 2017 Directed by Coleen Rajotte Come with us on an exciting archeological dig in Lockport, Mb. Evidence of First Nation farming from more than 400 years prior to European settlement.

Mysteries Beneath: The Story of First Nation Farmers
Canada | 2017
Directed by Coleen Rajotte
Come with us on an exciting archeological dig in Lockport, Mb. Evidence of First Nation farming from more than 400 years prior to European settlement.

Indian Horse 100 Minutes | Canada | 2017 Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the rascism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.

Indian Horse
100 Minutes | Canada | 2017
Directed by Stephen S. Campanelli
Follows the life of Canadian First Nations boy, Saul Indian Horse, as he survives residential school and life amongst the rascism of the 1970s. A talented hockey player, Saul must find his own path as he battles sterotypes and alcoholism.


Sunday, November 26

Swift Feet 64 Minutes | Mexico | 2016 Directed by Juan Carlos Nunez The story of two of the best runners Mexico has ever had, and who are now forgotten. These are the lives of Victoriano Churo and Cirildo Chacarito, Raramuri Indians who in the 90’s reached their summit as sportsmen, receiving national and international recognition.

Swift Feet
64 Minutes | Mexico | 2016
Directed by Juan Carlos Nunez
The story of two of the best runners Mexico has ever had, and who are now forgotten. These are the lives of Victoriano Churo and Cirildo Chacarito, Raramuri Indians who in the 90’s reached their summit as sportsmen, receiving national and international recognition.

Before the Streets 94 Minutes | Canada | 2016 Directed by Chloe Leriche Fearing the justice system when he kills a man in self-defence, native teenager Shawnouk flees to his Atikamekw village where he embarks on a journey of self-healing to reconnect with his traditional rituals.

Before the Streets
94 Minutes | Canada | 2016
Directed by Chloe Leriche
Fearing the justice system when he kills a man in self-defence, native teenager Shawnouk flees to his Atikamekw village where he embarks on a journey of self-healing to reconnect with his traditional rituals.

North Mountain 78 Minutes | Canada | 2015 Directed by Bretten Hannam In the dead of winter a young aboriginal hunter falls in love with a fugitive ex-con and helps him fight off an army of crooked cops seeking revenge.

North Mountain
78 Minutes | Canada | 2015
Directed by Bretten Hannam
In the dead of winter a young aboriginal hunter falls in love with a fugitive ex-con and helps him fight off an army of crooked cops seeking revenge.

Manitoba Filmmakers Film Selections | Sunday, November 26

Call Me Olly
Directed by Tyson Anderson
Ken Burns dreams of becoming a world-famous filmmaker. There’s only one problem: his name. Call Me Olly follows Ken as he pursues a legal name change, eager for a fresh start and a bold new identity. 

Headdress
Directed by JJ Neepin
JJ Neepin is a female Indigenous filmmaker. With the help of photographer Nadya Kwandibens, JJ plans to recreate her great-grandfather’s portrait. 

Help You See: Matthew’s Story
Directed by Steven Payne

The Secrets Behind Bignell Bridge
Directed by Youth of Opaskwayak Cree Nation & Nu Media
Centers on the epidemic of suicide in Opaskwayak Cree Nation and shows that love, strength, and balance can conquer any fear that Indigenous youth are experiencing.

Mocassin Stories
Directed by Charlene Moore
A young mother looks to connect with her Aboriginal culture in order to teach her children. 

Behind the Screen
Directed by Steven Payne

Bayline
Directed by JJ Neepin
A family travels back to the 'Bayline' for a 3 day long camping trip.

Everything is a Lie
Directed by Olly King
Andrew uncovers a disturbing truth about his reality that he cannot leave alone as he unravels the fabric of his existence.

Forgotten
Directed by Jesse Spence
Levi lives a simple life until escalating visions too strong to ignore lead him to reconnect to his indigenous heritage.

Bank Statement
Directed by Tyshana Hobson
A Young Indigenous woman gets questioned by a teller when she makes her bi-weekly cash deposits at her local bank. 

Urban Sasquatch
Directed by Vincent Bealieu
Willy Coyote shares a glimpse into the day and life of a professional Sasquatch hunter. 

Fright, Scare, & Subscribe
Directed by Cody Blacksmith
A vlogger spends a night in a haunted house. 

The Last Ride
Directed by Rick Skene
A look at Aboriginal Music Legend Errol Ranville.

Take Back the Campus
Directed by Sage