A celebration of the best of Canada's filmmaking from across the country featuring drama, documentary, LGBTQ2S+, indigenous and French-language work from some of Canada's top directors, actors, and industry professionals.
Important Update - January 13 - The directors of the Reel Canadian Film Festival have made the very difficult decision not to proceed with the in-theatre portion of the 14th Annual Reel Canadian Film Festival due to the risks associated with COVID-19. The organizers are very disappointed not to be able to welcome our audience to the Vogue Theatre and thank the Vogue for their generous support of the festival over the past 14 years. The festival will continue with the virtual component, now starting at the new time of 5:00 pm on Friday, January 28, 2022 and streaming through Sunday, February 6th at Midnight.
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Here & After
Dead Man's Switch: A Crypto Mystery
Dead Man’s Switch: A Crypto Mystery, is an entertaining and timely documentary that unpacks the mysterious and improbable story of Canadian CEO Gerald Cotten and his failed cryptocurrency exchange QuadrigaCX.
Inspired by true events, BEANS is about a Mohawk girl on the cusp of adolescence who must grow up fast and become her own kind of warrior during the armed stand-off known as the 1990 Oka Crisis. World Premiered at Toronto IFF 2020. Honoured as one of Toronto IFF Canada’s Top 10
Co-writer and co-director Aviva Armour-Ostroff delivers a mesmerizing lead performance in this dynamic film about politics, religion, the mental health care system, and parenting. In Toronto 1994, Miriam, a South African-born Jew, navigates a manic episode triggered by her determination to vote for the recently-freed Nelson Mandela. Having spent years fighting apartheid, Miriam is eager to return to South Africa to vote in the historic election. But her mania escalates when she meets her teenage daughter’s African Canadian boyfriend.
In a case of mistaken identity, country boy Deke Jones gets abducted and finds himself stuck in the city, and way out of his depth, between two somewhat incompetent gangs. An impressive crew roster – including Murray Ord (Legends of the Fall, Tomorrowland and Ghostbusters: Afterlife) as Locations Manager, Frank Laratta, (Fargo, Klondike) as sound supervisor, and Emmy-winner Gail Kennedy, (Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee) as makeup fx designer along with an eager cast and creative cinematography highlighting Calgary’s grittier underbelly – help this second feature from Calgary’s Full Swing Productions punch well above its indie weight.
Canada has the solution to end HIV infections and stop the world-wide AIDS epidemic. So why are people still dying of AIDS? The TELUS Original documentary Undetectable looks at the history, breaks down the roadblocks, and exposes the gatekeepers that have stopped the world from becoming HIV/AIDS free.
Vinland is the story of an exceptional teacher in a boys' college in the late 1940s. Adored by his students, but regarded as too disturbing by the superiors of his congregation, the charismatic Brother Jean is a progressive harbinger of the changes that were to come in the 1950s and 1960s. Wanting to at once solve a historical enigma, motivate his students and prevent the dropout of Émile, a student in difficulty, Brother Jean undertakes to lead archaeological excavations aimed at proving the establishment of a Viking colony (Vinland) on the shore of the St. Lawrence River. The venture will turn school life upside down and leave its mark on the fates of young Émile - and of Brother Jean himself.
Set on a Nova Scotia dairy farm, John Andrew has just lost his wife Miranda to cancer. When a young woman with a startling resemblance to Miranda appears on his porch, an odyssey towards understanding begins. John Andrew’s estranged son Donald is now Dawn, and she’s come home to mourn her mother and keep her promise to repair her relationship with her Dad. Restoring the tractor her mother learned to drive on becomes a focus for the mechanically minded Dawn. John Andrew begins to realize that if he’s to reclaim this relationship, he has to come out with Dawn, and what better setting than the community tractor trials — an event Miranda created as a tireless village volunteer — where he proudly cheers for his daughter Dawn, as she enters the arena at the wheel of the lovingly restored tractor.
The Reel Canadian Film Festival is an independent program of the Reel Canadian Film Society.