Breakthroughs Film Festival – 2016 Promo!

Breakthroughs Film Festival - 2016 Promo!

Breakthroughs Film Festival is the only festival in Canada devoted exclusively to short films by New Generation female artists. We show films from any and every genre made by talented young women from all over the world.

JUNE 10 – 11, 2016
ROYAL CINEMA – 608 College St. Toronto


Stalingrado – d. Anyora Sanchez – Spain – 12:00
A Russian woman in love with a humble shepherd from La Mancha faces a distinct cultural barrier in the form of the shepherd’s traditional, unnerving mother.

Eloise, little dreamer – d. Myriam L. Obin – Canada – 4:00
The realities of celebration and protest are blurred as young Eloise traverses streets full of colour and sound, in search of the one face that that will provide her comfort.

Star – d. Emilie Mannering – Canada – 14:58
The limits of brotherhood and camaraderie are tested on the streets of Montreal, where teenage boys struggle to rise up and form identities in face of harsh realities.

We Think It Belongs in the Sea – d. Suzette McCanny – Canada – 8:20
Bonds of friendship and notions of history and reality are tested as two friends and one disgruntled mermaid discuss what to do with an ancient narwhal tusk.

Batrachian’s Ballad – d. Leonor Teles – Portugal – 11:00
The ceramic frogs scattered around storefronts in Portugal possess dark symbolic roots embedded with xenophobia, waiting to be shattered.

Seaview – d. Zinnia Naqvi – Canada – 11:54
An exploration of early memories and modern experiences guides this look at Pakistan through one filmmaker’s aim to reflect the personal and cultural divides of her own identity.

Once Upon a Beast – d. Elisabeth Desbiens – Canada -12:18
Within the walls of an oppressive covenant, a young girl seeks out ways of transcending her own shadowy reality.

Boredom – d. Lara Oundjian, Kaitlyn Ramsden – Canada – 4:25
A physical and visceral depiction of boredom, as told through the movements of one woman who shares her space with an initially passive onlooker.

Edmond – d. Nina Gantz – UK – 9:25
A comically twisted tale of a man struggling with peculiar urges, who reflects on his past as a way of understanding his current obsessions and desires.


Layers – d. Tess Anastasia – Mexico – 20:00
Facing both an allergy to the sun and the potential closure of the beloved water park she works at, a young woman finds some serenity and escape through a kind aqua aerobics coach.

Shir Madness – d. Emily Murray – Ireland – 7:02
A peek into the lives of Irish burlesque performers who embrace the art form through provocative, enticing personas and stage shows.

Northern Great Mountain – d. Amanda Kernell – Sweden – 15:00
With a complicated disdain for the Sami population of Northern Lapland, an aging woman attending her sister’s funeral hesitantly confronts her issues with a culture she wanted to move away from long ago.

Wave – d. Jasmin Mozaffari – Canada – 16:04
After suffering a tragic loss, a man finds himself struggling with his personal demons and anguish while having to maintain responsibilities he may not be ready to take on.

The Master and the Movie Doctor – d. Nikissi Serumaga – Canada -10:30
VJ Ronnie takes on the unique role of cinematic interpreter, giving words and context to film imports in front of local audiences in his native Uganda.

Axis – d. Raey Ang – Canada – 4:06
A hypnotic and kaleidoscopic consideration of Toronto that twists, separates, and blends the city’s downtown architecture and landscapes.

The Idea of Growing Old – d. Alyssa Stratton – USA – 16:23
Moments before her best friend from childhood is about to get married, Ellen recalls their connection growing up and struggles with accepting the wedding that is about to take place.

Sunday Lunch – d. Celine Devaux – France – 13:57
A wry portrait of a lunchtime gathering with family, complete with generational dysfunction and plenty of wine.

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