2017 YMMiFF Program

Special Screening 

STAR WARS Episode VII: The Force Awakens (PG13 – Action Sequences)
Three decades after the Empire’s defeat, a new threat arises in the militant First Order. Stormtrooper defector Finn and spare parts scavenger Rey are caught up in the Resistance’s search for the missing Luke Skywalker.

runtime 02:16:00
J.J. Abrams

YMMiFF Selection Films listed in alphabetical order 

Atlas World (PG)
“A malignant spirit forces a girl into a perilous journey through a watery underworld.” — An authorized music video for “Atlas World” (Solomun Day Remix) by Liu Bei.

runtime 00:07:10
Morgana McKenzie 

Bicicles (G)
They said it was too cold, that it was only for the hardcore elites and the insane. Winter cycling, they declared, just isn’t something you do in Calgary. Despite the naysayers, hundreds of Calgarians put on their mittens and toques and pedal off to work every winter. From old to young, riding clunkers or high- end road bikes, cyclists in Calgary keep the bike lanes busy all year round.“Bicicles” is a film celebrating those people who refuse to stop biking in the face of snow and sleet. Filmed during the winters of 2014 – 2016, the documentary follows four “brave” souls on their typical winter commute. Along with interviews with city councillors, business organizations and everyday cyclists, “Bicicles” explores how winter cycling is becoming mainstream in a city full of drivers. 

runtime 01:06:38
Kim Kelln 

Close Your Eyes Well (G)
Hamoody is a teenager plays the violin, but he lives in a garbage dumpster with a dream that someday he will play in a concert, so his little sister seeks with the kids of the dumpster to make his dream come true. 

runtime 00:11:47
Ali Albayati 

Cuerdas (G)
María’s routine at school is altered by the arrival of a very special child. Soon, they become close friends. 

runtime 00:10:52
Pedro Solís García 

Dasha The Fool (PG)
Dasha is happily married and fool enough not to see the ugly truth around her. 

runtime 00:14:30
Valentina Lukashchuk 

Flipped Out (G)
“Flipped out” is a 2D animated film about an old flip phone who gets replaced by the latest smartphone model. The animation’s hand-drawn style complements the film’s message which is to face inevitable obsolescence with grace and wisdom as you gain self-knowledge. 

runtime 00:05:41
Jae Bae 

Girl At The Door (M)
Hye-ri lives with her father, who turns into a violent person when he is inebriated. Unlike her submissive mother and little brother, Hye-ri learns the armbar maneuver from her boxing coach to get the upper hand.. 

runtime 00:11:38
SONG joo-sung 

God Hates Finland (G)
A man has a flat tire in a scary area. It is cold and it’s snowing. He doesn’t have the tools to switch tires and he needs help. We will need to take a large leap out of his comfort zone.
God hates Finland is a dark comedy about language and cultural differences – our fear of the unknown. 

runtime 00:10:30
Johan Karrento 

God’s Acre (G) **LOCAL FILMMAKER**
An aging Indigenous elder, after surviving years of turmoil, must come to terms with a life changing ultimatum… to leave the only home he has ever known or to die alongside the people who passed on. 

runtime 00:15:04
Kelton Stepanowich 

Gregoire (M) **LOCAL FILMMAKER**
Felix (Jared Abrahamson, HELLO DESTROYER) and Louis (Jedidiah Goodacre, TOMORROWLAND) love trouble. Wandering Fort McMurray with little to do, the brothers spend their time robbing convenience stores, betting on street fights and running from the cops – until their mother finds out and tries to set them straight, causing even more friction. Meanwhile, across town, beleaguered Misha (Morgan Taylor Campbell, POWER RANGERS) discovers that her less-than-stellar work ethic has gotten her fired in the same week that she discovers she’s pregnant. As these wayward youths cross paths and Misha scrambles for money, the consequences of their actions echo through the shadows of this boom town.
Shot in Fort McMurray before the 2016 wildfires, the first feature-length picture from Alberta filmmaker Cody Bown is a dark coming-of-age film that highlights the grey areas of morality that exist in all of us. 

runtime 01:49:00
Cody Bown 

Handbook – Wanting You (ft. Supreme Sol) (G) 
Music video for “Wanting You,” an epic quest of self that takes place between shadows and graffiti walls. 

runtime 00:03:43
Mia Ginaé Watkins 

I’ve Just had A Dream (G) 
Irene is eight and she just woke up from a horrible dream. 

runtime 00:07:25
Javier Navarro 

Like Sunday Morning (G) 
Closure is hard, especially when you can’t dance. Ron’s sleepy Sunday morning is thrown for a loop when he finds his recently deceased fiancé, Angela swaying to the beat of unheard music in his living room. She wants closure. He wants to read the paper and eat waffles. 

runtime 00:08:19
Jason Long 

Mama’s Getting into Grandpa’s Ganja (PG) 
Music video. Mama makes a delightful discovery! 

runtime 00:04:01
Jessica Hall 

Marauder (PG
After the Marauder’s motorcycle is stolen, the hunt is on for the bandits that stole it. 

runtime 00:14:03
Brandon Rathbone 

Not Staying Overnight (M
Zhenya comes to his former village to sell the old house. He meets his old love Katya and gets invitation to her friend’s birthday party. Zhenya’s journey doesn’t pass over without incidents – a scuffle and get-together with the locals. The sipmle trip turns to serious challenge. Will he pass this sudden life exam? 

runtime 00:26:42
Kirill Makarenkov 

Release From Heaven (G
In a war torn country, a female writer and teacher has to accompany two of her students on a life changing journey. 

runtime 01:16:00
Ali Noori Oskouei 

Roger (G) 
Stephen (Seann Walsh) arrives home after six months in Mongolia to discover his best friend Roy (John Bradley) has replaced him with a ventriloquist’s dummy called Roger. 

runtime 00:07:30
Brendan Cleaves 

In a coastal town in Newfoundland a man named Skip cares for his widowed grandfather, admires the local store clerk from afar and dreams of making something of his life through an unlikely endeavor: rock skipping. 

runtime 00:12:07
Jenina MacGillivray 

Still Devout (M
An anxious 22 year old must choose between romantic love and the needs of her family. 

runtime 00:19:21
Melissa Perez 

Strawberry Cheesecake (G
Stop motion animated music video about a world of sugary stuff and alive cakes. Pop music by Montreal band Plajia. 

runtime 00:03:12
Patrick Pleau 

The Art of Restraint and Cool Excuses (G) 
An ardent NY Mets enthusiast passes on an enticing offer from a beautiful woman. 

runtime 00:01:40
Lauren Carr 

The Good Mother (G) 
A Mexican mother, with her only child’s birthday looming, embarks upon an epic journey across land and through her politics, to find the right piñata for her son… 

runtime 00:05:36
Sarah Clift 

The Owl And The Lemming (G) 
The oral history of Inuit is filled with many folktales, legends, and myths. In this traditional story, a young owl catches a lemming to eat. Inuit stories are often instructive, and with this fable, children quickly learn the value of being clever and humble, and why pride and arrogance are to be avoided.
This short puppet film utilizes composited photographs and a set made with actual Arctic plants and lichen to create an authentic retelling of this ancient Arctic fable. This short film provides a glimpse of traditional Inuit values and beliefs. 

runtime 00:03:33
Roselynn Akulukjuk 

This Is Home (G) **LOCAL FILMMAKER**
This is not just a story about devastation. It’s not a story about tragedy, oil, or the environment. This is a story about how a husband and wife immigrated from India to Northern Alberta to start a new life. It’s a story about the different people that came to call Fort McMurray home and how 30 years after the filmmaker was born there, his home-town almost burned to the ground.
From the ashes of one of the worst natural disasters in Canadian history, this documentary explores the restoration of hope in a community that faced tragedy and devastation.
Var Bhalla (narrator and guiding character) returns to his hometown after ‘the Beast’ ravaged the city. The repercussions of the fire introduces viewers to the characters in the story and the life-changing effects it had on them.
The story focuses on the immigration of the Bhalla family before shifting to the relationship between the filmmaker and his brother as they reflect on life growing up in the isolated north and connect with members in the community.
This documentary aims to strip away the dramatization of the mainstream media and connect viewers to the raw human experience of finding the strength to rebuild after chaos. 

runtime 00:51:32
Var Bhalla 

Two Brothers (PG
In telling the story of two brothers trying to safeguard their dignity during the Punjab insurgency, the film evokes the violence and injustice committed by the state against innocent Sikhs. 

runtime 00:20:00
Rb Singh 

What to do when the Dead come Back (PG) 
The dead rule the earth. People fight and struggle to survive, but one man chooses to be human, rather than a survivor 

runtime 00:06:45
Joe Dias 

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