Ahco on the Road

Soyeon Kim USA 2013 9min

Inspired by a nature documentary, 'Ahco on The Road' is the story of a baby elephant, 'Ahco', who is on a journey to find her way back home after being separated from her mother.

No dialogue.


Roberta Durrant South Africa 2013 97min

In English, Xhosa, Afrikaans w/ English subtitles

Fourteen-year-old Felix Xaba dreams of becoming a saxophone player like his late father. Despite the disdain of his church-going mother, who is firmly of the opinion that jazz is the devil’s music, Felix is determined not give up. He is so determined that he manages to obtain a scholarship to attend an elite private school for music. Further, he finds out about his father’s former band mates who, without his mother’s knowledge, encourage him in his love of the saxophone, and help him practice and prepare to play in the school’s jazz concert.

Themes: dreams, perseverance, jazz and education                                    

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8
Content Advisory: Consumption of alcohol, alcoholism discussed, parental death discussed, religious references, mild language, bullying, gun seen in flashback sequence.

Please note: The Saturday, April 5 screening at 3:30 PM, is presented in partnership with the Vancouver South African Film Festival, it will take place at the SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street. Net proceeds will support Education Without Borders. VSAFF ticket prices apply: purchase here

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Audience Award, Durban International Film Festival
Best Children’s Film, Lucus International Children’s Film Festival
The Vancouver International Film Festival added two screenings of this popular film!                             

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Roberta Durrant graduated in Drama and English. In the early part of her career, she acted in various television series in South Africa and feature films, both local and international. She has performed and directed at the Young Vic Theatre and at the Edinburgh Festival. Since 1985 she produced and/or directed a number of drama series as well as three feature films in South Africa, most notably the multiple-Emmy nominee Home Affairs, Sokhulu and Partners, and award-winning comedies such as Madam and Eve, Stokvel and About Us. In 2012 she received a Lifetime Achievement award from the National Film and Video Foundation of South Africa.

Horizon Beautiful

Stefan Jäger Switzerland, Ethiopia 2013 88min

In English, German and Amharic with English subtitles


Swiss soccer magnate Franz travels to Ethiopia to promote soccer and get some media-friendly images to prop up his reputation as a humanitarian. On the streets of Addis Ababa, 12-year-old Admassu sees a chance to use his soccer skills to impress the big boss, and secure a future as a football pro based in Europe. When Franz ignores him, Admassu convinces a group of thugs to kidnap Franz. If Admassu can arrange Franz’s freedom, Admassu thinks the grateful businessman will take him on the first plane out. That’s the plan. Shot entirely on location in Ethiopia, this film uses non-professional local actors to capture the sights and sounds of the community at the heart of the story.  Franz and Admassu’s relationship presents a clash between cultures, ages, personal dreams and basic human ethics with a resolution both surprising and honest.

Themes: media, soccer, adoption, racism, classism, friendship, poverty and greed.

Recommended for ages 12+ or students in grades 6, 7 and 8

Advisory: There is a scene of a man quietly dying under a tree, use of some poorly translated curse words, and the implication of possible violence.

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“Horizon Beautiful” was a unique experience for Stefan. As both a filmmaker and educator, the concept of simultaneously teaching and directing on set obviously held appeal. The process turned out to be distinctly challenging and fulfilling for him. With his eighth feature length film, he chose a family entertainment platform, which goes back to his beginnings as a director.

If I Had Wings

Allan Harmon Canada 2013 88min

Descriptive track for the visually impaired      


Alex is blind and Brad can’t seem to stay out of trouble. These two young men are thrust into an unlikely friendship—training together for the cross-country track team. Filmed in Langley, B.C., this uplifting story is about overcoming the odds and finding the self-determination to achieve dreams… albeit, with a little help from the people who love you.  The all-star Canadian cast includes Richard Harmon, Jaren Brandt Bartlett (Arctic Air), Craig Bierko (Body of Proof), Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas), and Jill Hennessy (Law and Order and Crossing Jordan).  The production is a family affair, starring Richard Harmon as the young lead, his sister Jessica as the coach, his father Allan directing and mother Cynde producing.

The theme song was written and performed by American Idol singer, songwriter, and pianist Scott MacIntyre, who happens to be visually impaired. Select cast and crew will be in attendance.

Themes: friendship, sports and disability, bullying, First Nations, coming of age  

Recommended for ages 8+

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Italo Barocco

Alessia Scarso Italy 2014 100min

Original title: Italo Barocco  
In Italian with English subtitles


Inspired by a true story, Italo vividly depicts the life-altering friendship between an extraordinary dog and a lonely child. One day, a good natured stray dog by the name of Italo wanders into the small Sicilian town of Scicli. At first, Italo's arrival causes a terrible uproar because everyone in the village is fiercely opposed to having stray dogs around! Everyone... except Meno, a precociously wise ten-year-old, who is as lonely and introverted as can be. Since his mother passed away Meno has shut everyone out, including his workaholic father. It will take all the unconditional love a special dog like Italo can give to force Meno out of his shell, leading him into a series of adventures that will teach him the difference between acting like a grown up and actually becoming one.

This comedy is sure to delight dog lovers of all ages. The director will be in attendance.

Themes: bond between humans and dogs

Recommended for ages 12+

Community Partner:
Istituto Italiano di Cultura in Vancouver

Mole at the Sea

Anna Kadykova Russia 2012 5min

About the Mole who went to look for a beach of his dream but found a lot of asses and no free space.

No dialogue.


John Martz Canada 2012 1min

These dapper, dancing robots show off their moves and grooves in this catchy animated music video that’s sure to get your feet tapping.

No dialogue.

John Martz is a Toronto-based cartoonist and illustrator. His illustrated take on the news of the week can be seen regularly in the Focus section of The Globe and Mail. He is the illustrator of the children's books Dear Flyary by Diane Young and, most recently, the picture book adaptation of Abbott and Costello's classic routine Who's on First?. He has been nominated twice for a Doug Wright Award for Canadian cartooning.

My Life as a Pickled Plum

Asako Ohshima Japan 2012 3min

Sing along and learn what it's like to be a pickled plum!

In Japanese with English subtitles.



Pajama Party

Keep your pajamas on and join us for breakfast!

R2R will be serving up some yummy breakfast snacks that every kid and parent will enjoy. Then watch R2R's Family Shorts program in the comfort of your PJs. Those who come in pajamas receive free breakfast snacks (served from 10:30 am - 11:30 am).

After breakfast you can take part in a GIF demonstration, or make your own film at our animation station. All activities take place in the Vancity Theatre's Atrium, and are free (10:30 am - 4:30 pm). 

Sunday morning you can return for a free screening of Path Waves: An Indigenous Showcase. We also have an in depth pre-registered workshop: How to Make an Animated GIF.  Checkout the R2R GIF-tastic tubmlr page.


Photo credit: Matthew Coughlin



Quickery and Slowery

Chi Kwong Chow Hong Kong 2012 10min

Quickery and Slowery are complete opposites: Quickery rushes through life, and often makes reckless mistakes; Slowery, on the other hand, is thoughtful but too slow, missing opportunities because he can't make decisions. But when the duo is faced with a challenege, Quickery and Slowery must overcome their differences and learn to work together.

In Cantonese with English subtitles.