FAVA FEST 2021
Celebrating Independent Filmmakers
May 24 – 29, 2021
May 24 – 29, 2021
Our annual event is a celebration of members and some of the amazing work they’ve produced over the last two years.
With something for everyone including documentaries , narratives, music videos, animation and more, FAVA FEST 2021 brings the unique visions, perspectives and stories from FAVA members together under one festival.
The program and delivery of this year’s festival is designed to follow COVID-19 safety recommendations and best practices.
To make a donation and get access to all the festival screening content, simply click on any film in any of the seven genre categories below. From there, you will be able to pay to access all films!
Animation | 2020 | 2 mins
Whirlwind is a hand-drawn animation consisting of over 700 ink drawings, rendered during the early months of the global pandemic. The film’s visuals were elicited by unfolding events. The process of drawing this film, frame by frame, coincided with a unique sense of time and space that emerged during the pandemic. The unique flow of time experienced during the first half of 2020 provided a new type of lived experience—proper for reflection through hand-crafted animation.
Animation | 2020 | 16mm | 4 mins
A close-up look at my great-grandmother’s amauti. But what is between what you can and cannot see?
The Bearer to Pass Freely
Director: Adam Bentley
Animation | HD | 2020 | 1 min
When the pandemic hits, a lone hero in quarantine must make their world livable by battling diseased airplanes or face an eternity in isolation.
Queen of the Oil Patch – SSN 2 EP 4
Directors: Frederick Kroestch, Neil Grahn & Shirley Mclean
Documentary Short | 2020 | HD| 23 mins
Massey starts meeting with Jon Jon, a trauma therapist, in the hopes of working through his past experiences. Iceis Rain, his female identity, gets a butterfly tattoo and throws a birthday party for herself at the local bingo hall. She travels to Cardston’s annual Powwow and dances as a female for the very first time and then sings in a back-alley party on 118th avenue.
In Search Of Professor Precarious
Director: Gerry Potter
Documentary | 2020 | 4K | 80 mins
“Hidden academics, just-in-time professors, freeway flyers, adjuncts, sessional, contract faculty‚ invisible professors”. Call them what you want, the majority of those teaching in colleges and universities are now on short-term, temporary contracts. If you are a student, you may have heard them mumbling under their breath about poverty-level pay and sweatshop working conditions. Is it REALLY like that? If so, wouldn’t that be very bad for education? And who is fighting for fairness and quality in education? After 27 years of teaching drama and film classes, I vowed to take NO MORE teaching contracts and I set out across Canada to find and film the answers to those burning questions.
Solidarity Film Camp
Director: Andrea Beça
Documentary Short | 2020 | Digital 4K | 36 mins
The story of a film camp for marginalized youth, aimed at improving representation in film, both on-screen and behind the scenes.
Director: Anthony Goertz
Documentary Short | 2020| HD | 1 min
What is the story of what you throw away?
Director: Trevor Anderson
Documentary Short | 2020 | 16mm | 16 mins
A young Indigenous trans musician and his rock band bring mumble punk to the Interstellar Rodeo. A rock and survival story of a different stripe.
Digging In The Dirt
Dylan Rhys Howard and Omar Mouallem
Documentary | 2019 | 4K | 45 mins
A documentary about the psychological costs of working in Alberta’s oil sands and the mental health crisis that has been ignored for a decade.
The Wise Fool
Documentary Short | 2020 | HD | 32 mins
Laughing is a lifetime achievement! Sooner or later, everyone plays the fool. Meet Jan Henderson – director, educator, clown extraordinaire, saving the world one red-nose at a time. For 40 years Jan has led countless students on inspirational journeys to release their inner clown waiting in the wings. Hear Jan’s story and why she believes clowns emerge when the oft-cruel world needs them most, to entertain and gift their audiences with hope, truth, love and compassion.
Documentary | 2020 | HD + 4K | 49 mins
Real community in an unlikely place: Edmonton’s waste management centre.
The First Christmas At Home
Director: Steven Brese
Documentary Short | 2019 | Digital | 11 mins
An 80-year-old man journeys back to his birthplace for the first time since 1944 to discover his roots and celebrate Christmas with long-lost relatives in a tiny Ukrainian village
Documentary Short | 2019 | Digital | 15 mins
Love Undivided explores the perspectives of three people living ethically non-monogamous lives.
Calling All Captains: Made For This
Documentary Short | 2020 | Digital | 36 mins
Through relentless touring and a persistent, hardworking attitude Edmonton based punk-rock band. Calling All Captains has continued to push boundaries and chase their dreams. “Made for This” chronicles the journey of the Captains and their inseparable bond which them to playing their largest and most important show to date; opening up for world-renowned punk rockers, The Offspring.
OVA – A Woman’s Fertility Gift
Documentary Short | 2019 | 4K | 11 mins
A woman who is almost 50 years old desires to have another child. In a last attempt to do so, she seeks a young and experienced egg donor.
Small Town Strength
Director: Darryl Haugen
Documentary Short | 2020 | 4K | 25 mins
Grande Prairie, Alberta has a group of athletes, coaches, promoters, and commission members who dedicate their time to the growth of Martial Arts. Small Town Strength delves into the past, present, and future of what this community has to offer to the world of combat sports.
Dancing on Eggshells – The Making of Shumka’s Ancestors & Elders
Documentary | 2019 | HD & 4K | 53 mins
The documentary explores the creation of Shumka’s 2018/19 work Ancestors & Elders, a historic union of Cree and Ukrainian culture featuring Shumka and the Running Thunder Dancers and Drummers. Following Shumka choreographer Joseph Hoffman and indigenous theatre artist Barry Bilinsky, the film examines the unlikely pair’s creative process as they navigate the difficulties of uniting their respective stories while dancing around 150 years of cultural baggage.
Daliso Mwanza and Tasana Clarke
Inter-Art Performance or Installation | 2020 | HD | 5mins
Sister Sorrow a poem by Dwennimmen and filmed by pepper’d founders (Daliso Mwanza and Tasana Clarke). This interdisciplinary poetry film was shot for the 2020 Found Festival. The project brought together elements of poetry, film and music (composed by Biboye Onanuga).
Lindsay McIntyre and Brittney Appleby
Experimental | 2020 | iPhone 4/5s/7 | 7 mins
Under the care of manned mechanical beings, we sit and wait in suspension. Held in abeyance, one cannot help but be captivated by these beautiful, hopeful, watchful creatures.
Director: aAron Munson
Experimental | Digital 4K | 2020 | 8 mins
“You cannot catch hold of it, nor can you get rid of it.
In not being able to get it, you get it.
When you speak, its silent, when you are silent it speaks.”
Shades of Worth
Director: Nauzanin Knight
Experimental | 2020 | Digital | 2 mins
An exploration of beauty and self-worth in Black women.
Shea, by NASRA
Experimental | 2020 | HD | 3 mins
Stretches across diaspora, bodies, and generations show our homes through memories, furniture, and clothing, all interconnected by the glistening gold of time.
The Sash Maker
Tamarra Lessard and Rebecca Sadowski
Experimental | 2020 | 4K | 9 mins
An act of decolonization- Sadowski and Lessard put Métis and contemporary dance, Cree poetry, and traditional finger- weaving on the screen as a cinematic Lesson in Canadian History.
The Inner Ring
Directors: Sylvia Douglas & Sara Campos-Silvius
Experimental | 2020 | Digital 5K | 4 mins
On the eve of her biggest match yet, the boxer Lee must battle her true opponent — her own fear.
Shay Esposito “Rise Up”
Music Video | 2019 | Digital | 4 mins
Victims have no look. It could be every face you meet. Everyone around you could be fighting a silent battle. Rise Up tells the story of a survivor, her fighting back and finding her voice. She rises up and helps others like her do the same.
Little Snake “Lovestory”
Evan Pearce and Josh Tokarsky of Ommatidium Studios
Music Video | 2020 | Original 3D model animations | 10 mins
The concept is a take on realizing absurdism in a simulation or dream in which the only way to escape is finding your soulmate and open each other’s reflection portals to reveal that you are whole and can move on to the unknown. It focuses on heavy emotion, longing, connection, yearning and the feeling of being held and understood.
Jom Comyn “Chapel of Chimes”
Don Zimmermon, Jim Cuming, Caleb Ford
Music Video | 2019 | HD| 3mins
Memories triggered by physical things that transport the viewer back immediately to a certain time or place but not necessarily in a linear order.
Blu Kobina “Hooptie Loops”
Don Zimmermon, Bryce Zimmerman & Taylor Peters
Music Video | 2020 | Film | 4 mins
The concept is based on Victor Burgin’s Office at Night photo series, which was itself an homage to Edward Hopper’s painting Office at Night (1940). I wanted to work the stillness of photography into this work since Blu’s song has a melancholic, introspective feeling that I felt matched Burgin’s work. The office setting with its allusions to anonymous workers amid endless paperwork well with the young rapper asserting himself while still questioning his ambitions.
Ayla Brook & The Soundmen “(I Think) I Hit My Limit”
Music Video | 2020 | 5 mins
Breaking up and breaking things from Alberta’s roots-rockers Ayla Brook & The Sound Men. “(I Think I) Hit My Limit” from the album Desolation Sounds.
Cayley Thomas “Do It All With You”
Director: Cayley Thomas
Music Video | 2020| Sony XAVC 4K |4 mins
Cayley Thomas and Connor Snell dance in tandem in a series of soft shoe vignettes that are sure to bring a smile!
Jom Comyn “Change Your Mind”
Laura La France
Music Video | 2019 | HD | 3 mins
The official music video is about renewal, about walking away from an old life, about shedding a layer of yourself–literally–as Jim initiates a friend into the time-honoured ritual of the hot shave. Shot and improvised entirely on Super 8 film at Barber Blonde in Edmonton, Alberta.
Marlaena Moore “I Miss You”
Director: Dylan Rhys Howard
Music Video | 2020 | ARRI Raw | 5 mins
A jaded rock star indulges fantasies of a dance routine in between set-ups at her latest photoshoot.
Paradise Motel “High Water”
Director: Adrian G. De la Peña
Music Video | 2019 | Digital | 5 mins
After being diagnosed with a terminal disease, Patrick and Rowena decide to make a final road trip through the prairies.
Electric Religious “Catherine”
Music Video | 2020 | 4 mins
Brandon has been on the road for a long time. So long that he is starting to see a girl’s face in everyone, he meets as he drives. He pulls out for rest in a small-town pub, but she’s still everywhere. He knows it’s time to head home to Catherine.
Music Video | 2020 | RED | 5 mins
Tennyson finds himself lost in a dream in the mountains and tries to return to civilization.
Chronos Vocal Ensemble “Only in Sleep (Ešenvalds)”
Directors: Steven Brese & Jordan Van Biert
Music Video | 2020 | Digital | 7 mins
A mother re-experiences moments from her younger years as she journeys with her son through his childhood.
Zachary Red “Babies Blood”
Nicholas Mayne & Marcus Reichenbach (AKA Zachary Red)
Music Video | 2020 | Digital | 4 mins
This lyric music video for the song Babies Blood brings a vintage palette to life, while multi-instrumentalist Marcus Reichenbach performs this single from his most recent musical project, the album St. Andrew’s Avalanche by Zachary Red.
Cayley Thomas “Midnight Hours”
Cayley Thomas and Sam Tudor
Music Video| 2019 | Kinefinity Mavo 6K + VHS | 5 mins
The ‘Midnight Hours’ can be a destructive time of night. Or alternately, they can represent a time of solitude and reflection. A quiet interval between dusk and dawn when we are forced to meet ourselves and where some uncomfortable discoveries may be waiting.
The Den “Phases”
Laura La France
Music Video | 2021 | Super 8 | 4 mins
Captured on beautiful Super 8 film over the summer of 2019, the music video for The Den’s “Phases” feels like a nostalgic dream, not only for the band but for all of us to remember our pre-pandemic world of packed venues and live music.
Belinda Cornish & Girl Brain
Short Narrative | 2020 | Zoom | 4 mins
While three ladies video chat, they discover the power of a quarantine + martinis.
Director: Lindsay Thomas Robinson
Short Narrative | 2020| Digital 4K | 10 mins
Lewis ends up at a sketchy 24 hr dental clinic after having his tooth knocked out and his wallet stolen.
Sane-ish Middle-Class Asians
Director: Lisa “Alyx” Bui
Short Narrative | 2019 | Digital | 8 mins
Sane-ish Middle-Class Asians is a queer love story that examines tarot, mysticism, choices, and the feelings of longing through Asian folklore.
Road from Ruin
Short Narrative | 2020 | HD | 21 mins
A father and son attempt to reconcile their differences so that they can move on from a tragic accident.
Smile: It’s Only the End of the World
Short Narrative | 2020 | Digital & Still Photography | 27 mins
When Zara is told, “she holds the key to the end of time”, she must uncover the truth and in turn, confront her own troubled past while existing in a city overrun by an oppressive government and a mysterious black smoke looming in the sky.
Black and Blue
Director: Justin Kueber
Short Narrative | 2019 | Digital |18 mins
Nine-year-old troublemaker, Katie is forced to spend a day with her senile, blind Grandpa. Through their interactions, she unknowingly gives him something priceless; his memories.
Nasty Weird Bird
Short Narrative | 2020 | Digital | 10 mins
Nasty Weird Bird is a short comedy/drama about a young woman who makes her way through the city while leaving a series of outlandish and revealing voicemails for a recent ex-boyfriend.
Short Narrative | 2019 | Digital Bolex | 8 mins
When a polyamorous trio is devastated by the sudden death of their male partner the two women left mourning his loss must decide if their family can stay together.
Short Narrative | 2019 | 16 mins
Indigenous actors playing white actors playing indigenous actors.
Lindsay Robinson (Director) – Central Dental (NarrativeShort)
Alyx (Director) – Sane-ish Middle Class Asians (Narrative Short)
Trevor Anderson (Director) – Jesse Jams (Documentary Short)
Clare Clovechok (Director) – Love Undivided (Documentary Short)
Adolfo Ruiz (Director) – Whirlwind (Animated Short)
Cayley Thomas (Director/Musician) – Midnight Hours, Do It All With You (Music Video)
Check out Episode Two of FAVA IN STUDIO podcast with special guest hosts Paul Matwychuk and Erin Fraser of Trash art and the Movies Podcast.
Nasra Adem, Adam Bentley (Producers) & Effy Adar (Director) – Shea (Experimental Short)
Nicholas Mayne & Marcus Reichenbach (Directors) – Zachary Red – Babies Blood (Music Video)
Adrien Gonzales de la Peña (Director) – Paradise Hotel – High Water (Music Video)
Andrea Beça (Director) – Solidarity Film Camp (Documentary Short)
Justin Kueber (Director) – Smile: It’s Only the End of the World (Narrative Short)
Black and Blue (Narrative Short)
Calling all Captains (Documentary Short)
Check out Episode three of FAVA IN STUDIO podcast with special guest host Bob L’Heureux & Mike Robertson (Hosts of the From Justin to Kane Podcast)
aAron Munson (Director) – Bipolar (Experimental Short)
Frederick Kroetsch (Director/Producer) – Queen of the Oil Patch (Documentary Short)
– Quarantinis (Narrative Short)
Laura La France (Director) – Jom Comyn – Change Your Mind (Music Video)
– The Den – Phases (Music Video)
Ryan Northcott (Director) – Road from Ruin (Narrative Short)
Gerry Potter (Director) – In Search of Professor Precarious (Documentary Feature)
Check out Episode four of FAVA IN STUDIO podcast with special guest hosts Anthony Goertz & Kyle Edward Ball
Sylvia Douglas (Director), Sara Campos-Silvius (Director) – The Inner Ring (Experimental Short)
– Without (Narrative Short)
JarvisG (Director) – Electric Religious – Catherine (Music Video)
Jordan Carson (Director) – Tennyson – Collapse (Music Video)
Everett Sokol (Director) – Whiteface (Experimental Short)
Dylan Rhys Howard (Director) – Digging in the Dirt (Documentary Feature)
– Marlaena Moore – I Miss You (Music Video)
Darryl Haugen (Director) – Small Town Strength (Documentary Short)
Check out Episode five of FAVA IN STUDIO podcast with special guest host Scott C. Bourgeois (@scottybomb on Twitter) is a co-host of the podcasts “I Have Some Notes” and “The Read-Along: A Mini Book Club For Your Ears.”
Gregg Beever (@Aquatic_Rodent on Twitter) is the producer and co-host of the podcast “I Have Some Notes.”I Have Some Notes (ihavesomenotes.com) is a proud member of the Alberta Podcast Network (albertapodcastnetwork.com)
Ryan Leedu – Nasty Weird Bird (Narrative Short)
Steven Brese – The First Christmas at Home (Documentary Short) & Chronos Vocal Ensemble “Only in Sleep (Ešenvalds) (Music Video)
Lindsay McIntyre – STAND BY (Experimental Short) & seeing her (Animated Short)
Don Zimmermon – Blu Kobina “Hooptie Loops” (Music Video) & Jom Comyn “Chapel of Chimes” (Music Video
Nauzanin Knight – Shades of Worth (Experimental Short)
FAVA FEST 2021 is made possible with the generous support of the following organizations.