Canadian films struggle.

They struggle to get made, to get distributed, to get promoted, to be seen, and to be accepted by viewers.

Domestic theatres refuse to show many Canadian movies because those films don’t make much money.
Journalists refuse to cover Canadian films because what’s the point if the theatre’s not showing it?
Filmmakers complain they can’t win an audience if they don’t get their movies shown in the theatres and written about by the press.


The Oxbow Cure
Directed by Yonah Lewis and Calvin Thomas, “The Oxbow Cure” is billed as a minimalist and entrancing character study. Suffering from a spine-threatening illness, Lena (Claudia Dey) retreats to a cabin in the wilderness.



The Dirties
Matt Johnson both directs and stars in “The Dirties,” a film about a gang of bullies—and how its victims plan to seek revenge.



Rhymes For Young Ghouls
Following teenage Alia (Kawennahere Devery Jacobs) as she plots against a tormenting Indian Agent, “Rhymes For Young Ghouls” juxtaposes the real with the surreal. Directed by Jeff Barnaby.



A widower (Thomas Haden Church) drives his snowplow into a snowy Quebec forest and proceeds to live as an outlaw. “Whitewash” is director Emanuel Hoss-Desmarais’s feature debut.



Tom At The Farm
This psychological thriller follows Tom (director Xavier Dolan) as he heads to the Quebec countryside for his lover’s funeral. “Tom At The Farm” is said to be Dolan’s most rugged film to date.



Sarah Prefers to Run
Starring Sophie Desmarais as a young McGill student who messes up many aspects of her life and finds solace in running. Director Chloé Robichaud is participating in VIFF’s Film and Television Forum panel “Canuck First-Time Feature Film Directors” on Saturday, October 5.



Vic + Flo Saw A Bear
Two ex-cons attempt to live normal lives in the Quebec countryside in “Vic + Flo Saw A Bear.” DIrected by Denis Côté and starring Pierrette Robitaille, Romane Bohringer, and Marc-André Grondinb.



My Prairie Home
Canadian transgender country/pop artist Rae Spoon confronts memories of growing up in rural Alberta and enduring an abusive childhood home in “My Prairie Home.” Directed by Chelsea McMullan.

Writer/director Louise Archambault presents “Gabrielle,” an unusual love story between a young woman affected by Williams’ syndrome and a boy she meets in choir.



When I Walk
Filmmaker Jason DaSilva was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in late 2006. In “When I Walk,” he documents the ups and downs of his declining body—and the occasional miracle.