The Ottawa Canadian Film Festival’s 2018 Film Festival Program will take place at the Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Avenue, Ottawa) on November 3, 2018.
Congratulations to all the selected filmmakers and their crews!
Screening 1 on November 3, 2018 at 2 p.m.
the art of the morning dir: Nathan Hauch (Ottawa, ON) – 5:41
A lyrical look at how one person prepares for the day ahead, savouring each moment.
Harevan dir: Marilou Caravecchia-Pelletier (Montreal, QC) – 16:00
Constrained by her shyness, Clemence is struggling to build relationships with others. To help, she spends time with her Armenian neighbor in whom she will find a confidant.
Russian Gangster dir: Maissa Houri (Ottawa, ON) – 11:39
Nikolai Dalca has been aspiring to be a great actor in Hollywood. The only thing stopping him is who he is… More…
As It Was dir: Blake Garbe (Toronto, ON) – 15:00
A young boy, Mason, senses that the relationship between his parents isn’t as perfect as he thought. His older siblings are coming to terms with their futures already, while he struggles to understand the nature of family separation.
It Could Be You dir: Cody Westman (St. John’s, NL) – 12:44
‘It could be you!’ says the big cardboard man in the convenience store. Bernie knows it will never be him. Still, as he trudges through life in a grey, dull world where people say as little as possible to each other, the highlight of Bernie’s soul-crushing daily routine is buying, checking and then crumpling his losing lottery tickets. What Bernie doesn’t know – yet – is that fortune comes in many forms, and at any moment it can slam into you like a speeding car. Or in this case, an SUV.
Away Home dir: Jana Stackhouse (Toronto, ON) – 20:00
A man returns to his family home on the East Coast of Canada to unite his family and say goodbye to his terminally ill mother.
Super Bingo dir: Matthew J. Blecha (Vancouver, BC) – 13:19
When Leo, the bingo hall number-caller unexpectedly quits, Steve the concessions guy is forced to take his place to call out the numbers. Steve then builds up his courage and uses the opportunity at the microphone to makes his dreams come true.
Screening 2 on November 3, 2018 at 5 p.m.
What We Owe dir: Bryce Mercier (Oakville, ON) – 12:30
Noah struggles with moving forward with his serious girlfriend Emily, as he wants to be there 24/7 for his sick mother, Ann. When it is suggested that Ann be moved into an assisted living home, Noah cannot seem to let go, even the slightest. More…
Intercept dir: Kirk Knapp (Ottawa, ON) – 4:46
After breaking up with her boyfriend, a tech glitch connects two strangers together.
End of the Night dir: Tavit Melikian (Montreal, QC) – 13:51
After the accidental death of his best friend, Jimmy comes to believe that the friend now haunts his car, but selling it – even with the brother’s help – takes them to a very dark place. More…
The True North Project dir: Emil Agopian (Calgary, AB) – 50:00
The True North Project, commissioned by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, is a celebration of Canada’s multi-ethnic society and its ongoing process of reconciliation with the indigenous community. In this celebration of diversity, artists from vastly different backgrounds are brought together to create a collaborative work for orchestra. The documentary focuses on national identity and the idea of “home,” in a country where 20 percent of the population is foreign-born. The film offers insights into the creative processes of artists from different cultural backgrounds and from different regions of Canada, as they work together towards a common goal. The documentary is about hope for the future, and brings attention to the enrichments brought by the coexistence of different peoples and cultures within the framework of a nation.
Screening 3 on November 3, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Angels dir: Taylor Olson (Halifax, NS) – 10:00
A young Dad struggles to reconcile with protecting his daughter and bringing her up in a world that has nothing to offer her and will only take everything from her. More…
Pur Laine dir: Alexander Cruz (Ottawa, ON) – 1:33:27
An old man suddenly dies, leaving his most recent wife to sell the house and start a new life. When his daughter from a previous marriage appears and claims the house is hers, all hell breaks loose.