Oct
20
7:30 PM19:30

CLOSING NIGHT FILM: Lifechanger

TICKETS $12 | Available online here: tickets.regenttheatre.ca/DRIFF2018

Lifechanger  – dir Justin McConnel
Canada (1hr, 24mins)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/272246571/1d60ff95b8

Justin McConnell - Lifechanger is  an interesting and intimate take on an INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS situation. His lead character Drew is a murderous shape-shifter by necessity. A unique type of shapeshifter forced to kill and assume another person’s  body every time his current body begins to show signs of decay. All in the effort to make things right with the woman he loves. 

(Previously Screened: Fantasia Film Festival and FrightFest)

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Robin screened with Douggy (Whitby Courthouse Theatre)
Oct
18
8:15 PM20:15

Robin screened with Douggy (Whitby Courthouse Theatre)

TICKETS $12 | Available online here: tickets.regenttheatre.ca/DRIFF2018

Douggy dir Matvey Fiks
USA/Russia, 2017, (19mins) L:

Tow-truck driver Douggy’s mind is on a series of unanswered phone calls as he goes through the motions of his last two night shifts. Fiks renders his routine’s quietude and rusty infrastructure in warm 16mm grain. Previously Screened: Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival  

Robin (feature) – dir Toby Schmutzler, Kevin Schmutzler
Germany /South Africa (75 mins) L: English, German

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/274039271

A man of words is forced to become a man of action as John discovers the secret bucket list of his terminally ill son Robin. The two secretly disappeared from a hospital to experience a father-son adventure in South Africa and fulfill the boy’s greatest wishes. Later the police pursue John for kidnapping. However, a lingering question remains – Where is Robin?

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Robin screened with Douggy (Old Flame Brewery)
Oct
18
8:15 PM20:15

Robin screened with Douggy (Old Flame Brewery)

TICKETS $12 | Available for purchase at the door | No advance ticket sales | Limited seating

Douggy dir Matvey Fiks
USA/Russia, 2017, (19mins) L:

Tow-truck driver Douggy’s mind is on a series of unanswered phone calls as he goes through the motions of his last two night shifts. Fiks renders his routine’s quietude and rusty infrastructure in warm 16mm grain. Previously Screened: Locarno Film Festival, New York Film Festival  

Robin (feature) – dir Toby Schmutzler, Kevin Schmutzler
Germany /South Africa (75 mins) L: English, German

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/274039271

A man of words is forced to become a man of action as John discovers the secret bucket list of his terminally ill son Robin. The two secretly disappeared from a hospital to experience a father-son adventure in South Africa and fulfill the boy’s greatest wishes. Later the police pursue John for kidnapping. However, a lingering question remains – Where is Robin?

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Shorts Programme: Whitby Courthouse Theatre
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Shorts Programme: Whitby Courthouse Theatre

Shorts Programme - Thank you for your service
TICKETS $12 | Available only at the door | No advance sales | Limited seating |
tickets.regenttheatre.ca/DRIFF2018


1. The Conversation - dir Adam Crow
Spain (18:51 mins)

After surviving an assassination attack by his own team, Sam Quentin goes rogue.
With no options left Sam arranges to meet his ex-handler and discover who's behind the deceit; when the meeting is revealed as a set-up -- Sam escapes and commits to bringing down his old organization.


1. Dead Serious – dir Nabil Badine
Canada (12:40 mins)

Two coroners discuss death and the meaning of afterlife.

2. Shattered – dir Torben Liebrecht
Germany (13:43 mins) L: German

A routine duty turns into a life-threatening act of self-defence for police officer Kappler (49) when, after 30 years in service, force to use his gun against a person for the first time.

3. SPARROW – dir Welby Ings
New Zealand (15 mins)

Sparrow is the lyrical story of a small boy who believes he can fly. However, his life is
overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War Two. One night he discovers the tale that his father so adamantly clings to, is a lie. His grandfather was a gay man, who seeing the futility of war, deserted in protest when his lover was shot in the dugouts of Egypt.


4. The Use of Deadly Force – dir Chris Foster
Canada – 7 mins

Captain Dagda delays a SWAT team from breaching in hopes of talking down an armed assailant with two hostages. As time runs out, every decision becomes more vital.

5. Leo – dir Julian Alexander
United Kingdom- 14 mins L: English, French

Desperate to make money, Léo accepts a job smuggling a refugee couple through France.
However, Léo and the couple have separate expectations concerning their destination. After several mishaps he's forced to confront the couple, his boss, and himself in order to understand how far he is really willing to go for these people he never intended to help.

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Shorts Programme: Old Flame Brewery
Oct
18
6:00 PM18:00

Shorts Programme: Old Flame Brewery

Shorts Programme - Thank you for your service
TICKETS $12 |
Available for purchase at the door | No advance ticket sales | Limited seating

1. The Conversation - dir Adam Crow
Spain (18:51 mins)

After surviving an assassination attack by his own team, Sam Quentin goes rogue.
With no options left Sam arranges to meet his ex-handler and discover who's behind the deceit; when the meeting is revealed as a set-up -- Sam escapes and commits to bringing down his old organization.


1. Dead Serious – dir Nabil Badine
Canada (12:40 mins)

Two coroners discuss death and the meaning of afterlife.

2. Shattered – dir Torben Liebrecht
Germany (13:43 mins) L: German

A routine duty turns into a life-threatening act of self-defence for police officer Kappler (49) when, after 30 years in service, force to use his gun against a person for the first time.

3. SPARROW – dir Welby Ings
New Zealand (15 mins)

Sparrow is the lyrical story of a small boy who believes he can fly. However, his life is
overshadowed by the legend of his grandfather who died a hero in World War Two. One night he discovers the tale that his father so adamantly clings to, is a lie. His grandfather was a gay man, who seeing the futility of war, deserted in protest when his lover was shot in the dugouts of Egypt.


4. The Use of Deadly Force – dir Chris Foster
Canada – 7 mins

Captain Dagda delays a SWAT team from breaching in hopes of talking down an armed assailant with two hostages. As time runs out, every decision becomes more vital.

5. Leo – dir Julian Alexander
United Kingdom- 14 mins L: English, French

Desperate to make money, Léo accepts a job smuggling a refugee couple through France.
However, Léo and the couple have separate expectations concerning their destination. After several mishaps he's forced to confront the couple, his boss, and himself in order to understand how far he is really willing to go for these people he never intended to help.

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Opening Night Screening: Whitby Courthouse Theatre
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Night Screening: Whitby Courthouse Theatre

TICKETS $12 | Available online here: tickets.regenttheatre.ca/DRIFF2018

SHORT ANIMATION: Freedom
Directed by: Mircea Bobina; Vadim Tiganas - Romania (4:37)

People are unhappy with their leaders and want to break free. When a change is made, they are supposed to get back their freedom: but somehow, they don’t. 

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: What Is Democracy?
Directed by: Astra Taylor (Feature) Canada (1hr :47 mins)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/266692157

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and politicians—What Is Democracy? connects past and present, emotion and the intellect, the personal and the political, to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

Previously Screened:

Sheffield Doc Fest 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

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Opening Night Screening: Old Flame Brewery
Oct
17
7:00 PM19:00

Opening Night Screening: Old Flame Brewery

TICKETS $12 | Available for purchase at the door | No advance ticket sales | Limited seating

SHORT ANIMATION: Freedom

Directed by: Mircea Bobina; Vadim Tiganas - Romania (4:37)

People are unhappy with their leaders and want to break free. When a change is made, they are supposed to get back their freedom: but somehow, they don’t. 

FEATURE DOCUMENTARY: What Is Democracy?
Directed by: Astra Taylor (Feature) Canada (1hr :47 mins)

Trailer: https://vimeo.com/266692157

Coming at a moment of profound political and social crisis, What Is Democracy? reflects on a word we too often take for granted. Featuring a diverse cast—including celebrated philosophers, trauma surgeons, factory workers, refugees, and politicians—What Is Democracy? connects past and present, emotion and the intellect, the personal and the political, to provoke and inspire. If we want to live in democracy, we must first ask what the word even means.

Previously Screened:

Sheffield Doc Fest 2018
Toronto International Film Festival 2018
Vancouver International Film Festival 2018

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