Caine's Arcade

Nirvan Mullick USA 2012 8min

Nine-year-old Caine has always dreamed of running his own arcade, and when he finds himself stuck working at his father’s auto parts store for the summer vacation, he finally makes that dream a reality by designing a series of elaborate and functional cardboard game cabinets. Though customers are few and far between, Caine’s spirit and self-determination never waver; and when one customer decides to give Caine’s arcade the spotlight it deserves, the whole community—and, eventually, the whole world—comes to recognize his extraordinary accomplishment.


Crow's Nests

Elisa Chee Canada 2014 4min

When change fiercely storms the city, a weary bird is forced to search for a new form of home.

No dialogue.

Director Elisa Chee will be in attendance.



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.

From Farm to Table

Gabrielle Giacomo USA 2012 5min

This documentary film follows students working in their school garden and sustainable organic farm from planting to harvesting. It demonstrates the link between fresh, locally grown, sustainable products and healthier eating, while simultaneously building community and promoting the stewardship of our earth's resources. The important issues of conservation, preservation, biodiversity, and animal welfare are addressed. Viewers are encouraged to learn more, ask questions, and take action by growing food and buying local.

Manufactured Fortunes

Kevin Gordon USA 2011 5min

A fortune cookie's journey from factory to restaurant sets the backdrop for a whimsical exploration of the human quest for meaning. This film is an ode to the factory films of the 1920s. 

Naina - Shoot for the Moon!

Josias Tschanz Canada 2013 15min

Naina is driven by the motto “Shoot for the moon! Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” Naina’s family emigrated from Punjab, India to Canada many years ago. For the 11th-grader, this is an opportunity to combine the best of two cultures. For six years, she has been hosting a radio show at Red FM radio station in Surrey, B.C. She is also working on a music video she co-wrote, addressing Punjabi kids in Canada. Naina hardly has time for other activities, as she has to work hard in the last, defining years of high school. And then there are the weekly meetings at her local Gurdwara, or temple, where she regularly performs for the Sikh community.

Producer/writer Katja De Bock and Naina herself will be in attendance.

Passer Passer

Louis Morton USA 2013 4min

An animated city symphony celebrates the hidden world of background noise.

No dialogue.

Louis Morton is an animator and designer. He received a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA in animation and digital arts from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, where he was an Annenberg fellow. He is currently directing his next short film, a recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant, while working as a freelance designer and animator in Los Angeles.

Shana: The Wolf's Music

Nino Jacusso Switzerland, Canada 2014 95min

In English **

Twelve-year-old Shana is a talented musician who lives with her father on the Lower Nicola Indian Reserve near Merritt, B.C. Since the death of her mother, she has retreated into her own world, stopped going to school, and hardly ever plays her violin. Shana's life takes a decisive turn when her new teacher discovers her musical talent and registers her at a Vancouver music school. A few days before the entrance exam, Shana’s father sells the wolf’s head violin that her mother played. During her adventurous search to retrieve the violin, Shana plunges deeper and deeper into the forest, where she encounters the white wolf - and the spirits of her ancestors.

Themes: music, First Nations, spirituality, coming of age.

Recommended for ages 8+ or students in grades 5, 6 and 7

Note: On Sunday, April 6 at the Vancity Theatre a Ceremonial Welcome begins at 12 PM. There will be a Tsleil-Waututh welcome blessing, and a performance by the Tatsu Stalqayu (Coastal Wolf Pack). The director cast, crew and creative team of Shana: The Wolf's Music will be in attendance. Light snacks will be served. 

Presented with the generous assistance of and in partnership with the Consulate of Switzerland in Vancouver and the Thompson-Nicola Film Commission

Swiss Consulate

** There are a few lines in Nle'kepmxcin, the original language of the Nle'kepmx, the Interior Salish Nation. The filmmakers worked with the Lower Nicola Indian Band, the Scw'exmx, the People of the Creeks. It was a real community project and the film could not have been made without this partnership. Those lines are not subtitled because the context conveys the meaning and often the teacher or elder delivers the translation in the dialogue.


Born in 1955 in Acquaviva Collecroce, Italy, Nino Jacusso has both Swiss and Italian citizenship. From 1974 to 1978 he attended Hochschule für Film und Fernsehen (HFF) in Munich. Since 1996, he has taught media education at schools and universities, and is an active member of The Magic Lantern, Solothurn.

The Red Carpet (La Alfombra Roja)

Iosu López and Manuel Fernández Spain 2012 11min

Vancouver Premiere

Born into poverty in the Garib Nagar slum in Mumbai, India, twelve-year-old Rubina was featured in the Academy Award–winning film Slumdog Millionaire. It was an experience that has given her a burning desire to become an actress. Although Rubina is unsure what her future holds, she dreams of seeing herself on the screen once again.

In Hindi with English subtitles.


While We're Asleep

Summer Matthews USA 2012 6min

In this hilarious youth-produced film, kids are the experts in explaining and exploring the world of dreams.