2021 Canadian Feature Films

We’re proud to present a fantastic selection of Canadian Feature Films at GFF 2021.

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2021 Canadian Feature Films:

Dead Man’s Switch: A Cryptomystery

dir. Sheona McDonald
2021 | Canada | 78 min
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Set against the backdrop of the tumultuous and sometimes nefarious world of cryptocurrency, Dead Man’s Switch is a feature length documentary, a cautionary tale, about the short life & mysterious death of QuadrigaCX CEO, Gerald Cotten.

The Corruption of Divine Providence

dir. Jeremy Torrie
2020 | Canada | 93 min
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When a fifteen year old Stigmatic Metisse is kidnapped from a small French Canadian town three different religious factions vie for control over her upon her eventual return.Set in the harvest months of the western Canadian prairies in St. Michel, Manitoba The Corruption of Divine Providence explores what happens when a messenger from God tests the character of humanity.

Dropstones

dir. Caitlin Durlak
2021 | Canada | 57 min
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On a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland, Dropstones is an intimate portrait of a matriarch and her desire to raise her boys into ‘two good men’ in the only place she knows how to. Beginning in the dead of winter we find ourselves in the home of Sonya and her two boys, Sean and Luke. Having recently returned to the island to escape an abusive husband, she has found herself living in the place she once saw considered a ‘hole’ and was desperate to leave. Sonya’s two sons are feeling anxious as they spend many days inside waiting out a snow storm. Itching to get outside on their skidoos, and look to their mother for guidance and technology to keep their minds idle. Meanwhile, Sonya’s live-in boyfriend, Daniel, is under employed and struggling to define his masculinity all while navigating his new role as a parental figure. Sonya’s home life is in stark contrast with her work life, where she serves wealthy tourists at a restaurant in a five star hotel. The hotel becomes a stand in for the economically prosperous world, outside of the island. In act two, summer has arrived and with it a renewed growth of activities, work and freedom. The boys are embraced by the traditions of youth Sonya grew up with; building forts with stolen wood, catching cod by hand with their uncle and beginning their first jobs cutting cod tongues. For Sonya summer means working full time, while trying hard to balance exhaustion. 

Fauna

dir. Nicolás Pereda
2020 | Canada / Mexico | 70 min
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The latest feature from Mexican-Canadian auteur Nicolás Pereda is a sly, comedic take on how violence in Mexico has infiltrated popular imagination.

Indian Road Trip

dir. Allan Hopkins
2019 | Canada | 99 min
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When two unruly Native con-artists are forced to drive a cranky elder across the reserve so she can make peace with long estranged and dying sister, it quickly becomes clear that a supernatural force is trying to halt the journey.

Inventing the Future

dir. Isiah Medina
2020 | Canada | 98 min
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By imaginatively creating positive visions for the future and harnessing the power of technology, this film explores what a post-work world might look like. Based on the best-selling book Inventing the Future: Postcapitalism and a World Without Work.

Kímmapiyiipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy

dir. Elle-Maija Tailfeathers
2021 | Canada | 125 min
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Kímmapiyiipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy is an intimate portrait of survival, love and the collective work of healing in the Kainai First Nation in Southern Alberta, a Blackfoot community facing the impacts of substance use and a drug-poisoning epidemic. Follow filmmaker Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers as she creates an intimate portrait of her community. Witness the change brought by community members with substance-use disorder, first responders and medical professionals as they strive for harm reduction. The Meaning of Empathy draws a line between the effects of colonial violence on Blackfoot land and people and the ongoing substance-use crisis. Held in love and hope for the future, Kímmapiyiipitssini: The Meaning of Empathy asks the audience to be a part of this remarkable change with the community.

No Ordinary Man

dir. Aisling Chin-Yee / Chase Joynt
2020 | Canada | 84 min
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No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivalled, this groundbreaking film shows what is possible when a community collaborates to honour the legacy of an unlikely hero.

One of Ours

dir. Yasmine Mathurin
2021 | Canada | 90 min
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After a Haitian-born youth is racially profiled at an Indigenous basketball tournament, he wrestles with his shaken sense of belonging in his Indigenous adoptive family while attempting to heal from his past.

Sugar Daddy

dir. Wendy Morgan
2020 | Canada | 101 min
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Darren, is a new age music composer and performer who is trying to break into the record industry. As the film begins, she is fired from the job that pays her rent, so she starts working as a “paid dinner companion” for older dudes. No sex, she proudly proclaims, but that doesn’t stop Darren from arguing with her feminist friends over whether she is allowing herself to be treated as a commodity. She reacts very harshly to her friends’ criticisms, and does not handle her roommate’s crush on her with aplomb. Sugar Daddy is a compelling portrait of a creative young woman trying to find her place in the world.

What We’ve Pulled Off So Far

dir. Kevin Nikkel
2021 | Canada | 80 min
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Documentary on history of film in Manitoba.