Canada's Top Ten 2017 film fest includes Vancouver filmmakers Kevan Funk, Ann Marie Fleming, and more

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      The Toronto International Film Festival group announced the selections for the 16th annual Canada's Top Ten Film Festival—and the work of several Vancouver filmmakers made the cut.

      Vancouver writer-director Kevan Funk's dramatic feature Hello Destroyer takes an indepth and incisive look at how hockey transforms boys into tough men—and what toll that can take on them.

      Window Horses

      Vancouver animator Ann Marie Fleming's Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming), features the voice work of Sandra Oh, Ellen Page, and Don McKellar in a story about a young Vancouver poet, of Iranian and Chinese descent, whose life changes when she attends a poetry festival in Iran. 

      Old Stone

      Old Stone (Lao Shi) by filmmaker Johnny Ma, who attended UBC and who divides his time between Vancouver and New York City, is currently playing in local theatres and is also one of the festival's selections.

      Canada's submission for the Academy Award's best foreign-language film is also in the lineup: Xavier Dolan's It's Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde). This tale of a terminally ill writer who returns home features an all-star French cast: Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel, and Natalie Baye.   

      In the student shorts program, "Drifter" by Olivia Lindgren (Langara College) and "Bumby the Barely-Witch" by Jessica Tai (Emily Carr University of Art + Design) were chosen.

      The list of films selected for the festival is:


      Angry Inuk Alethea Arnaquq-Baril

      Hello Destroyer Kevan Funk

      It’s Only the End of the World (Juste la fin du monde) Xavier Dolan

      Maliglutit (Searchers) Zacharias Kunuk 

      Mean Dreams Nathan Morlando

      Nelly Anne Émond

      Old Stone (Lao shi) Johnny Ma

      Those Who Make Revolution Halfway Only Dig Their Own Graves(Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau) Mathieu Denis and Simon Lavoie

      Werewolf Ashley McKenzie

      Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming) Ann Marie Fleming

      Short Films

      "Blind Vaysha (Vaysha, l'aveugle)" Theodore Ushev

      "Emma" Martin Edralin

      "Frame 394" Rich Williamson

      "Fluffy (Flafi)" Lee Filipovski

      "Her Friend Adam" Ben Petrie

      "Fish" Heather Young

      "A Funeral for Lightning" Emily Kai Bock

      "Mariner" Thyrone Tommy

      "Mutants" Alexandre Dostie

      "SNIP" Terril Calder

      Student Shorts

      "Les Beiges" Étienne Lacelle (Concordia University)

      "Boys Will Be" Teryl Brouillette (Ryerson University)

      "Bumby the Barely-Witch" Jessica Tai (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)

      "Drifter" Olivia Lindgren (Langara College)

      "Feathers" Sarah Kieley (Sheridan College)

      "Island (SAARI)" Ella Mikkola (University of Regina)

      "The Land of Nod" Ivan Ramin Radnik (Humber College)

      "My Invisible Mother" Pascal Huynh (Concordia University)

      "Nothing Grows Here" Lauren Belanger (Ryerson University)

      "This is Not an Animation (Ceci n’est pas une animation)" Federico Kempke (Sheridan College)

      As 2017 is Canada's 150th anniversary, the film festival will also include a number of Canadian cinema classics, such as David Cronenberg's Dead Ringers, Atom Egoyan's Calendar, Xavier Dolan's Mommy, Michel Braut's Les Ordres, Sarah Polley's Stories We Tell, and Jennifer Baichwal's Manufactured Landscapes.

      When the showcase goes on national tour, it'll be shown in Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal, Regina, Edmonton, Saskatoon, Winnipeg, Halifax, and Ottawa.

      In Vancouver, it'll be screened at the Cinematheque from January 13 to 22.

      For details about the festival, visit the webpage for Canada's Top Ten

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