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This symposium is open to all filmmakers and filmmaking enthusiasts that want to learn more about the backend workings and art of documentary filmmaking in Canada. The symposium will revolve around three in-depth and intimate workshops that dive into a specific aspect of doc filmmaking.
Editing for Documentaries with Tiffany Beaudin
Working with the NFB with Lea Marin
Doc Creation: From Concept to Distribution with Teresa MacInnes & Kent Nason
A virtual reality experience & a series of short films played on a loop for the duration of the Guelph Film Festival in small unique venues.
Biidaaban: First Light (VR EXPERIENCE) by Lisa Jackson, Mathew Borrett, Jam3 | CANADA | 10 min
Lake by Alexandra Lagarowich | CANADA | 5 min
Love Letters from Everest by Celeste Koon | CANADA | 7 min
Nance Ackerman ⋅ Ariella Pahlke ⋅ Teresa MacInnes I CANADA 78 min
In Partnership with OPIRG
Not another “broken prison” film, this collaboration is a “broken society” film—an ambitious and inspired rebuild of our community from the inside out. By exploring alternatives to prison through the eyes of women behind bars and empowering them to reimagine their lives through artistic practices, the film compels viewers to examine why we imprison the most vulnerable among us, and at what cost.
Megan Weinberg | CAN
Jason (aka Suzanbee Anthony), Nemis (aka Queen Lactatia), Bracken (House of Gvasalia), and Stephan (aka Laddy GaGa) are four kids from around the world chasing the friendship and the freedom to be themselves through the art of drag in this beautiful, daring, and intimate portrayal of their challenges and triumphs as they prepare to perform at the big show, Montreal Pride Festival.
CANADA | AUSTRALIA | TURKEY | USA
95 min | Partial Subtitles
This series of short docs explores our connections to the land and how we create community.
Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller & Spencer Mann | CANADA | 20 min
A Few Acres at a Time (ONTARIO PREMIER) by Will Sardinsky | USA | 7 min
Providence by Erin MacIndoe Sproule | GUELPH | 15 min
Rising Puppets of The Limitless Sky (CANADIAN PREMIER) by Anıl Tour | TURKEY | 13 min
Pilliga Rising (CANADIAN PREMIER) by Mark Pearce | AUSTRALIA | 40 min
Claudia Sparrow | USA
88 min | Partial Subtitles
A multi-billion-dollar mining corporation would never suspect that one Peruvian subsistence farmer could bring them to their knees, but they meet their match in a fearless Indigenous woman, Maxima, who remains uncowed after years of violent intimidation.
Giorgio Ferrero & Federico Biasin | ITALY
93 min | Partial Subtitles
A symphonic journey into our obsessive consumption.
The many objects we accumulate begin their production journey in silent secluded industrial site where borderline men work in isolation without any interference, creating the objects that feed our bulimic material lifestyle.
Aleksei Vakhrushev | RUSSIA
85 min | Full Subtitles
In the frigid waters off of Russia’s Bering Strait, Inuit and Chukchi hunters still seek out the giant sea mammals that sustained their people since time immemorial. Life meets myth as a new generation of hunters sets out to sea to hunt the whales, walruses, and seals that have tied them to these remote shores since the beginning of time.
Phillip Pike | CANADA
Supported by Guelph Black Heritage Society
No, the revolution wasn’t televised. But it was hugged, chanted, marched, and danced into existence. Our Dance of Revolution tells the story of how Black queer folks in Toronto faced every adversity, from invisibility to police brutality, and over a four-decade span rose up to become a vibrant, triple-snap-fierce community.
David Curtis | CANADA
Supported by the Central Student Association
At the far-flung edge of Canada’s boreal forest, outside the tiny sub-Arctic town of Dawson City, Yukon, a handful of unlikely farmers are growing everything from snow-covered Brussels sprouts to apples. These modern-day agrarians have carved out small patches of fertile soil in an otherwise unforgiving expanse of isolated wilderness to make a living and a life.
GUELPH | CANADA | USA
A series of entertaining and engaging short films about water and how it impacts our lives as human beings on planet earth.
To the Orcas, With Love by Natalie Lucier | CANADA | 56 min
Onward Ever by Brandon Walsh | USA | 16 min
The Ripple Effects Everything by Jean Little P.S. | GUELPH | 7 min
Tasha Hubbard | CANADA
98 min | Partial Subtitles
On August 9, 2016, a young Cree man named Colten Boushie died from a gunshot to the back of his head after entering Gerald Stanley’s rural property with his friends. The acquittal of Stanley raised serious questions about racism in Canada. Hubbard weaves together a profound portrait of a family standing up for a more just and fair society for future generations.
Barbara Miller | SWITZERLAND/GERMANY
97 min | Partial Subtitles
Co-Presented by Arts Everywhere Festival
In this stirring feminist documentary, five women from around the world risk their safety and reputations to question the patriarchal barriers oppressing female sexual pleasure and autonomy in their own communities.
Suriyon Jongleepun | Thailand
52 min | Full Subtitles
Thousands of ducks, one farmer, and an ultimate goal to produce chemical-free rice. Against all odds, a determined farmer in Thailand trains ducks to be rice protectors. Together, they join hands (and wings) in the pursuit of sustainable farming.
DOG AND CROCODILE by Brian G. Smith | CANADA | 7 min | Partial Subtitles
ART THERAPY by Hazel Neufeld, Hannah Reilly, Meya Powell & Suvi Coulson | GUELPH | 5 min
CANADA | GERMANY
76 min | Partial Subtitles
This series of short docs delves into the diverse experiences and perspectives of women from Canada and around the world.
ahkâmêyimo nitânis / Keep Going My Daughter by Candy Fox | CANADA | 12 min
Question Period by Ann Marie Fleming | CANADA | 5 min
Riot Not Diet by Julia Fuhr Mann | GERMANY | 17 min
Glad You’re Here (WORLD PREMIER) by Lisa Kannakko | CANADA| 10 min
Voice, Choice, Change: The Lives of Midwives by Canadian Association of Midwives | CANADA | 32 min
Fredrik Gertten | SWEDEN
92 min | Full Subtitles
In Partnership with the Guelph & Wellington Task Force for Poverty Elimination
Housing prices are skyrocketing in cities around the world. Incomes are not. This ground-breaking film follows Leilani Farha, newly appointed UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing, in her fight to define affordable housing as a fundamental human right.