Ottawa Event Announcement: The Eve Film Festival schedule has been released!!

The 2019 Eve Film Festival schedule has been released! Any film buff will love this line up of fantastic screenings!! Find the full program below and then buy your tickets as soon as possible, as it’s sure to sell out!! Eve Film Fest (EFF) is a feminist event that showcases and supports work by women (cis and trans) and genderqueer directors in film. They provide a forum for underrepresented filmmakers from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and stages in their career to present and calibrate their art.

There are eight different film segments for the festival. Tickets are $10 per segment, or $25 for a full festival pass. Tickets for the individual segments are available on the event page (links in each segment below) and the Full Festival Pass can be purchased by clicking here!

In addition to the film screenings, the Eve Film Festival in collaboration with Digi60 presents Womxn in film and entertainment Lunch and Speed mentoring event! October 26, 2019 at 11:45am at the Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) This event is for womxn in film, media and entertainment. Come meet like-minded individuals, network, get mentored by the best in Ottawa and Montreal and eat great food! Your ticket will include your lunch, networking, one ticket to the local film segment following this event (1:30pm) and and speed mentoring with the following talented mentors:

  • Lisa Meuser, Talent Agent – The Meus
  • Angie Seymour, Model and Talent Agent – AMTI
  • Penny McCaan, Filmmaker
  • Emily Ramsay, Digi60 Film Festival Board Member and Producer – Obscura Creative
  • Amen Jafri, Documentary Filmmaker
  • Nicole Viens Brennan, Head of Accounting – Fireside Pictures
  • Keltie Duncan, Director of Film Operations – Canadian Film Institute

Bring your pens, notepads or iPads and business cards and get ready to feel empowered!

Tickets for the Speed Mentoring luncheon are available here!

Now, on to the shows…..

Segment #1 – Opening Night Films and Feature

BISKAWBIYUNG: THE RETURN | Sage Petahtegoose |15:56 | Canada | 2019

A broken history that has torn Anishinaabe families from their sacred objects is healed through the repatriation of sacred objects, and the determination of the indigenous people to return to their traditional knowledge to carry it into the future.

THIRD SPACE | Jil Antener | 12:47 | Switzerland | 2019

Throughout three portraits, four young women give an insight into their hybrid worlds. All of them are influenced by different cultures. They express their thoughts and emotions through dance, poetry or fashion.

THE FIFTH REGION | Aeyliya Husain | 46:12 | Canada | 2018

Nancy and Joshua who are Inuit but raised in southern Canada. All their lives they struggled with aspects of their identities and now begin to redefine what it means to be a young urban Inuk growing up under the shadow of the Sixties Scoop and the residential school system. 

Segment #2 – Local Film Segment: Short Films: Ottawa Rising Stars

DIRTY LOVE – EPISODE 2 |  Maissa Houri and Blakely David | Dramedy | 22:39

An Arab-Canadian Muslim woman and her diverse group of friends navigate dating life in their 30’s, touching on issues from culture, sex, lgbtq and more. This episode contains mature themes.

THE DARK SIDE | Claudia Carino | Horror/Thriller |  5:06

Two mysterious women find themselves in a car with no destination, only to discover neither woman is quite as she seems.

WATCHING KARLA HOMOLKA | Maureen McEwan, Jordan Steinhauer and Maggie Parkhill | Documentary | 8:34

Karla Homolka is one of Canada’s most famous criminals. She’s now released from prison and living in Quebec. But is she really free?

DON’T DO IT | Avan Neo | Drama |  5:57

A girl named Stayce is going through hard times and is contemplating suicide, will her best friend Jake be able to convince her otherwise?

TOUGH AS NAILS | Isabel Estabrook | Horror | 8:11

Young lovers in need of a vacation soon learn that their host has different plans for them.

THE RAPE | Jeanette Tossounian | Drama/Arthouse | 3:25

The life of a free-spirited artist is a beautiful thing, until something sinister happens, then the oppression never ends. Based on a true story that has been artistically summarized for entertainment purposes. This film contains mature themes.

ROAR | Nicole Bedford | Docu-Arthouse | 4:19

A contemplative docu-poem on power.

Please be advised that some of these films contain mature themes and is not recommended for viewers under the age of 18. Some content can also be triggering, please be advised.

Segment #3 – Short Films: The Heart’s Way

TANDEM | Vivian Altman| 11:05 | Brazil | 2019

This animation film invites us to share the intimacy of Hugo and Magda (a long standing couple) who are resigned to living out their fantasies independently of one another.

ONE STEP AT A TIME | Emilie Segouin | 6:59 | Canada | 2019

Between the laundry and the anxiety of everyday life, we sometimes need to speak to someone. A minimalist art video about bereavement, narrated by hands folding origami.

A THREE PLAYER SCRUM | Danika Vermette| 7:10 | Canada | 2019

Olivia and Aude have played rugby sevens together for years. After the new girl’s first game, Oli only has eyes for her.

THE CLOSURE CENTER | Chelsey d’Adesky | 17:07 | United Kingdom | 2018

In a near future London, Cara is haunted by unresolved feelings from a past relationship with Peter. Her new partner, Adam, is about to move in with her, so she books an appointment at The Closure Center.

AILIN ON THE MOON | Claudia Ruiz| 5:00 | Argentina | 2018

Work, do the shopping, cooking, cleaning, ironing, taking care of Ailín: that is the routine of Vilma, mother of 40 years, overwhelmed by fatigue and skin intolerance. Ailín (4), just looking to play and demand the attention of a restless girl, one day causes the emotional outbreak of the mother. The routine that led them away must be broken to meet again.

MASKS ON | Keren Hantman | 16:21 | USA | 2018

Israel 1991. A 12-year-old observes the tension rising at home as the threat of an Iraqi chemical attack on central Israel becomes more realistic, but she has a mission of her own: the pursuit for her first taste of alcohol.

GAMERS | Searit Huluf| 9:45 | USA | 2018

An amateur female gamer is given a once in a lifetime opportunity to try out for a pro league gaming team, only to be repressed by self-doubt.

DON’T LEAVE ME | Brigitte Fässler | 8:55 | Switzerland | 2018

It is the story of a couple whose relationship takes violent and destructive forms and whose protagonists are trapped in a spiral of power and impotence. The story is told without words, but with an even more expressive choreography, oppressive soundscape and scenography.

WHISTLE DOWN WIND | Andie Morgenlander, Julia Christgau | 14:36 | USA | 2018

The story centers two young women, Alex and Janie, who have been best friends since childhood but are now caught in a secret relationship. Alex is cheating on her high-school sweetheart, and Janie is becoming increasingly restless with the intolerant nature of her hometown. Our film finds them at a crossroads, the boiling point of their complicated but beautiful relationship.

Segment #4 – Short Films: Coming of Age

THE STORY OF ARIANNA | Alessandra Mimini | 18:52 | Italy | 2018

Arianna is a 15 years old teenager trapped in a body that she does not fully know, however she is starting to understand it through a relation born on a web chat with a much more mature man. Beside being unconsciously manipulated, Arianna discovers her sexuality and her self-eroticism through this way of interaction, bringing her to discover the world and leading her to a strong conflict both internal and with her mother.

BLOODY HELL | Katharina Hingst | 7:31 | United Kingdom | 2018

When Camille wakes up on the morning of her 16th birthday the world seems to have changed over night. Nothing makes sense and everything sucks. While impatiently waiting to finally start her first period, she’s challenged with the emotional stages of premenstrual chaos, struggling to break free to begin her transition into womanhood.

ORÍKÌ | Nk’iru. Njoku | 18:44 | Nigeria | 2019

When out of the blue and with zero preparation Otiti learns that she will be going to university in Europe, she is shocked. She has questions that her mother cannot answer. When it dawns on her that her mother has lied to her, Otiti rebels in a way neither she nor her mother could ever have predicted.

[A-LIVE] FROM A TRUE STORY | Alice ROTIROTI | 14:57 | Italy | 2018

Vania is a young woman who is concluding an unfinished work of her mother’s, who had died years before in a car accident. The work is an investigation into the lives of 8 famous artists who committed suicide.

THREAD | Yuri Jang | 8:00 | USA | 2019

“Rather than focusing on the brutality of the oppressors and making the women seem like passive victims, I will show the grandmother in my film as a strong woman who breaks through her traumatic past and shame to speak truth to power. I want this film to be a gift to the surviving comfort women by spreading their message while thanking them for their courage.”

WORD IS BOND | Alexandra Mastoon | 12:47 | USA | 2018

In the twilight of rap’s golden era, an upcoming LA emcee named Tracey finds freedom and escape dancing alone to an inner soundtrack on headphones, masking the secret in loud boom bap from his stereo speakers. Malik, his overbearing older brother ruptures this world as he enters the room, suspiciously lagging as if waiting for the unknown to be revealed. Bursting into freestyle over the music of their mind, their mutual love of Hip Hop and the prospect of fame cools the flame – at least for the moment.

FAR | Mariana Stolze | 6:28 | Brazil | 2019

During 2018’s presidential election in Brazil, a young woman expects her mother for dinner. But a homophobic social media post makes her rethink this mother- daughter relationship.

ECHOES THAT REMAIN | Kirsty Strain| 11:50 | United Kingdom | 2017

The story of a woman on the precipice. Susan is dangerously far from all that she feels she should be. She is unable to conceal her inner turmoil any more and is haunted by all that she finds she is not. This leads her down a very dark path. Desperate for salvation, Susan has to make a very difficult choice that will irrevocably change her life and that of her only daughter.

HEARING SILENT SURVIVORS | Solveig Houzvic Franco | 7:32 | Australia | 2017

A film about a young social worker whose work revolves around family violence, her perspectives on the issue and how the work personally affects her.

DUCK DUCK GOOSE | Shelley Thompson | 6:54 | Canada | 2018

When hiding for your life becomes a frightening game, an elementary school teacher and children cope with the fear and guilt created by lockdown. 

Segment #5 – Feature Film: Life or Rain

LIFE OR RAIN | Lavinie Boffy | 1 hour, 30 minutes | France | 2019

A choral film which recounts the life choices of women in the same family throughout a century. Director Lavinie Boffy reminisces her childhood in a family mainly composed of women. Through the portrait of each one of them, it is the portrait of the construction of a female identity that is gradually taking shape. The story alternates between the director’s look at herself as a child and at her ancestors. With the help of an intimate voice-over, the film shares a woman’s questioning about how to define her place in the world.

Segment #6 – Short Films: The Lighter Side

HATCH | Heather Perluzzo | 19:00 | Canada | 2019

After Marcy Martens suffers a horrible miscarriage, she is plagued with daily reminders that keep her bound to her solitude. One night, she discovers a strange alien egg buried in her backyard. She brings it inside, apprehensive at first, but begins to form a motherly bond with it. Marcy must now decide if she’s really ready to move on from her loss and take care of this bizarre little creature.

BREECH | Rebecca Lafon | 10:37 | USA | 2019

Frankie, 16 years old and 6 months pregnant, meets with her two closest friends to figure out how to ditch the gender-reveal party her mother is throwing. In denial of her pregnancy and convinced she remains the alpha of the team, her world starts to crumble as she realizes her teenage years are disappearing and the perception she has of the world is just fantasy.

MR AND MRS BUCKET |Kornelia Werp | 11:12 | United Kingdom | 2019

Brian and Rita win a voucher for a free pre-birth screening that will detect the child’s future tendencies and traits. But when they take up the offer, how reliable are the strange clinicians and their alarming prognostications.

A DUNDER PLUNDER | Grace Alwyn Ashworth| 7:40 | United Kingdom | 2019

In this dark comedy, a cat burglar’s plans to steal from a football manager’s house are derailed, when he encounters the owner’s sobbing ex-wife in one of the bedrooms.

THE MOUSE | Liat Akta| 12:00 | Israel | 2018

This is the story of a hard-working family in an Israeli suburb in the seventies. Each parent uses their kids to their advantage while giving them responsibilities they cannot hold. The kids try to imitate their parent’s behavior in order to survive. We follow the family’s reality from the kids’ point of view, the lays and manipulation of the adults, the messages thy deliver to their children, those that will make them how they are.

THE RIGHT SWIPE | Audrey Shaw| 9:21 | USA | 2019

Instead of getting engaged, Paul gets dumped. With nothing left to lose and his heart on the line, he jumps headfirst into the all-too-predictable world of online dating.

GOOD GIRLS DON’T | Ana de Lara| 15:00 | Canada | 2017

A comedic short film about a Filipina-Canadian girl who defies her mother’s warning that she will turn into a boy if she plays basketball. (Spoiler Alert: She doesn’t!)

MOUCHETTE ON EAST 4TH | Gaby Leyner | 12:38 | USA | 2019

Lilah and Dan, two film students, go for drinks after their second dinner date. Dan’s remarks and his conversation with his friend, the bartender, become increasingly condescending and vaguely misogynistic. Lilah offers, as a rebuke, her inspired reenactment of the climactic scene from a classic French movie about a silenced young woman.

PLAY THE FIELD | Lesley Marshall | 3:08 | Canada | 2017

“We decided to get the band in front of the camera really quick so I threw every piece of sports equipment I had in a car and drove through the night to get to Windsor. Was really stoked to work with Partner who are some great women doing fun things in music and wrestle around in sports and comedy. Women really do not get nearly enough screen time in sports and it’s a total sexist shame – here’s to the future of increased representation for all folks left off screen.”

Segment #7 – Short Films: Empowerment of the Self

TIGHT, NO PAIN | Isabella Carrera| 10:07 | Canada | 2019

Three women share their intimate experiences battling vaginismus, a sexual condition that makes penetration extremely painful and often even impossible. Their personal tales reveal how it affected their health, self-esteem, body image, romantic relationships and perception on what it means to be a woman.

MEMENTO MORI | Anna Barker| 6:32 | Canada | 2018

Sitting in the middle of a grassy field, Louella, a young woman coming to terms with her cancer diagnosis, is faced not only with cancer itself but also with an onslaught of opinions from those sitting opposite to her. As the people in her life flash before her, Louella experiences a surreal journey from diagnosis to remission. Although cancer proves to be an intimidating entity, Louella decides to take back control on how she perceives her fear.

ONE MORE DAY | Brenda Grzetic | 13:42 | Nigeria | 2019

The film documents the experiences of a woman Correctional Officer – Lisa Snook – who worked for 25 years in Corrections and retired from Her Majesty’s Penitentiary for men in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. It follows her on her last day of work as she reflects on the gendered interactions between correctional officers, prison management and inmates, and the coping strategies that she developed at a young age.

EXPECTING | Stacey Menchel Kussell| 9:00 | USA | 2018

Michele Wiles, former principal dancer of American Ballet Theatre, is about to give birth to her first child. Wiles is a top athlete and artist in her field, but like any other woman she faces the exhilaration and anxiety that comes along with the milestone of starting a family.

HORIZONTALE | Lola Gantillon| 16:39 | France | 2018

Paris, 1944. Louise, twenty-five years old, is welcomed by her Uncle. She successively meets Gabriel, a young man who falls under her charm, and Garance, an avant-garde feminist. By her strange behaviour, Louise draws their attention… Will she tell them her secret?

BRUISED | Rok won Hwang | 2:42 | USA | 2019

The girl in the back of the classroom cannot focus on her test. She is doing her best to hide a secret from the rest of the class and the teacher. Will she be able to keep the secret from being discovered?

RING OF FIRE | Tracy Kleeman| 12:12 | USA | 2018

Callie puts on her best poker face while she embarks on the run from Los Angeles through the desert, with nothing but her Toyota Solara and a pack of cigarettes. Seeking refuge from the open road, Callie finds herself in a small, local dive bar. Though only a few townie drunks populate the joint, a young woman named Mac mans the bar. Callie recognizes the signs of an abused woman, and the interaction they share forces her to ultimately come to terms with what or whom she is running from.

ALL GOOD | Luisa Ricar| 18:58 | Switzerland | 2018

All good. Party a little, some drugs, together suppress the seriousness of the world. All good. From weekend to another, open relationship, the occasional sex between friends. All good. Not being able to say no. Not being able to talk about. Not wanting to over react. Still, everything all good?

TIME/LESS | Varya Rootwood| 8:53 | USA | 2017

A woman travels back to her childhood home and finds that time passes far too quickly.

 – má : MOTHER | Jessica Kneipp| 6:37 | Australia | 2019

Over the past 20 years, the Chinese Communist Party has given orders to eradicate Falun Dafa, a peaceful belief system. Over 1.5 million people have been imprisoned, sent to labour camps, tortured and killed because of their belief. This dance is based on the story of Sophia, who’s mother spent years in and out of prison.

AURYON | Vanessa Wenzel| 2:00 | Canada | 2018

A group of film students host a back-to-school double feature at their local theatre. Amid the costumes and bands of the after-party, three masked men lock Auryon and her friends, Diane and Rebecca, in the projection room. Auryon is forced to watch as her friends are attacked. Six months later, the main perpetrator is free to roam the streets again while Diane remains unresponsive.

CUT | Sofie Somoroff | 9:39 | USA | 2018

In a Home for Unwed Mothers, a pregnant girl tries to save her friend’s memories in order to save their friendship.

Segment #8 – Short Films: Life is an Adventure

THE GIRL/LA FILLE | Keegan Connor Tracy| 6:45 | Canada | 2019

A young girl playing in the forest comes across a mysterious curio which transports her to 1920s France…

THE CUNNING MAN | Zoë Dobson | 12:54 | United Kingdom | 2019

The Cunning Man is inspired by a real Cunning Man, John Harries (c.1785 – 1839). It’s an enchanted tale of compassion in the face of callous greed.

WILD | Morgana McKenzie| 16:40 | Canada | 2018

It’s the summer of 1937. Something is living in the corn field. Young Ida doesn’t know what it is, but it seems to understand her better than anyone else on her uncle’s farm.

LISTEN TO ME SING | Isabel Garrett| 11:12 | United Kingdom | 2019

A miserable hotel performer learns to express herself when she falls in love with a walrus.

WENONAH | Deanna Armenti | 9:17 | Canada | 2019

When Wenonah and Luc’s mother dies they must live with their overbearing father on his fur trade expedition and find a way to stand up to him to stop Wenonah’s arranged marriage. This 1700s period piece explores both the realities women and Metis people faced at this time in Canadian history. Wenonah brings to life and celebrates strong, diverse characters. Although the film takes place in the past, the story draws many parallels to the modern narrative women face today.

LAST STAND TO NOWHERE | Michelle Muldoon| 14:58 | Canada | 2018

The Clantons; horse thieves, cattle rustlers, sisters who believe that the town’s fortunes are theirs for the taking. The Earps are the strong arm of justice; sisters raised by a hard-nosed father to unflinchingly right the wrongs of a cruel world. Last Stand to Nowhere is an all-female re-imagining of the most famous gunfight in the history of the West; the ultimate family feud that finds its resolution at the end of a gun barrel at the OK Corral.

TRANSMISSION | Rebecca Gardiner | 14:45 | Australia | 2018

Earth is dying, humanity is on the brink of extinction, and now mankind’s final hope has all but disappeared. In an effort to source a new life for planet earth, a research team ventured through the stars, only to go missing on an unknown planet. Desperate to find them, Commander Madison Sterling and her crew venture in pursuit. As her crew go missing one by one, the entire fate of humanity rests on her shoulders.

A LAND SHAPED BY WOMEN | Anne-Flore Marxer| 25:00 | France | 2018

The movie is an inspirational depiction of their journey across Iceland, where the two Freeride World Champions explore the country in a van through the adventure sports they are passionate about: snowboarding and surfing. On the road they meet inspirational Icelandic women to understand their mindset living in a country with a rich history in gender equality. 

 

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