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Eric Bates Canada 4min

A young man named Charles, who has just lost his home, spends one last day with his best friend, a sea turtle, before saying goodbye and moving on.  Eric Bates' website is an outlet for his thoughts, creative ideas, and work.



Eric Bates graduated from the animation department at the Emily Carr University of Art (Vancouver, Canada) in 2003. Since then, he's travelled in Canada, England, and Australia, and worked in some great studios doing animation/VFX. At the moment he's completing a Masters degree in experimental animation at the Kyoto University of Art and Design (Japan), where he's had the chance to experiment, work on some personal projects, experience life in Japan, and become a ninja.

Start With Us

Abid Virani Canada 2011 44min

LANGUAGE: English and Sesotho

In Lesotho everybody is either infected with or affected by AIDS. This thoughtful documentary reveals a generation of young Africans determined to dream and to be free of the stigmas and disease. Lesotho is not a country begging to be saved, but a country determined to change its own situation. First time Director, Abid Virani follows the friendships developed by young Canadians and Basotho youth.

Rating: G (Coarse language)

Screens as part of the Youth Media Conference designed specifically for High School students. 

Director Abiv Virani will be in attendance.

Among Canada’s youngest and most accomplished inspirational speakers, Virani, 22, is a University of Guelph International Development student and cofounder/CEO of the charitable organization ‘I Have Hope in the Fight Against AIDS.’ Virani’s many accolades include, but are not limited to: the Rotary Youth Citizenship Award, Guelph Mercury’s Top 40 Under 40 Award, National TD Canada Trust Award of Merit for Outstanding Community Leadership, and the Canadian Top 20 Under 20 Award. Most recently, he was the youngest speaker at Tedx Guelph.

Thank You

Pendleton Ward and Thomas Herpich USA 11min

A snow golem is attacked in the forest by his species' mortal enemy, a pack of fire wolves, who accidentally leave a cub behind after their retreat. The golem's solitary life is then thrown comically into chaos as he attempts to care for the cub while fighting danger to reunite the cub with its family. The film is directed by Pendleton Ward, the creator of Cartoon Network's hit animated show, Adventure Time and storyboard artist, Tom Herpich.

RATING: G (Violence)

The Country of Wolves

Neil Christopher Canada 12min

 In this traditional Inuit story, two brothers find themselves adrift on broken sea ice while out hunting for seal. They drift in the darkness for many days, until the ice they are on settles on the shore of a strange and distant land--a land where men can shape-shift into wolves and music and merriment can be the sounds of danger. Quickly the brothers realize that in the Country of Wolves, nothing is what it seems.

RATING: G (Violence)

The Vacuum Kid

Katherine Mahalic USA 12min

Kyle is an ordinary 5th grader — with an extraordinary collection of over 160 vacuum cleaners.


Thursday Till Sunday - Closing Night Film

Dominga Sotomayor Chile 2012 94min

ORIGINAL TITLE: De Jueves a Domingo

LANGUAGE: Spanish with English Subtitles

This brilliant first feature from Dominga Sotomayor represents a cinematic rarity: a road movie told from the vantage point of the backseat. On a four-day family car trip, young Lucía (the phenomenal Santi Ahumada) finds the monotony of the passing landscape counter-pointed by the rapidly changing relationship between her parents. While her younger brother remains blissfully unaware of the awkward silences, she’s keenly attuned to the tension in the air. Consequently, this supposed vacation offers few moments of youthful abandon. Even when allowed to ride atop the car, she can’t keep from glancing through the windshield and seeing her parents’ marriage unravelling a little more.

Themes: independence, freedom, security, family relationships, coming of age

Rating: PG (Sexually suggestive scene)

Recommended for ages 12 to adult
Followed by: Q&A with Director and cast via

Rotterdam International Film Festival 2012, Tiger Award
Indie Lisboa Film Festival 2012, Best Film
Granada Film Festival 2012, Best Film
New Horizons Film Festival 2012, Best Film
Transilvania Film Festival 2012, Best Cinematography

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Dominga Sotomayor (1985, Chile) finished her filmmaking studies in 2007 and created the production company Cinestación. She directed several short films which were awarded at film festivals worldwide. Her first feature film project, Thursday Till Sunday, was selected to participate in the Cannes Cinéfondation Résidence 2010 and was supported by the Hubert Bals Fund. Her second feature will be developed in the Jerusalem International Film Lab and Binger Filmlab programmes. Cessna (2005, short), Noviembre (2007, short), Debajo/Under (2007, short), La montaña/The Mountain (2008, short), Videojuego/Videogame (2009, short), De jueves a domingo/Thursday Till Sunday (2012)

Trixi Goes To The Moving Pictures

Kristen Campbell / Sitji Chou Canada 2min

Trixi, mascot of the ITFS Festival in Stuttgart, Germany, is celebrated in this fun, colorful short!  Made as part of the Crazy Horse Competition 2012, participants had 48 hours to create and complete a short piece of animation.


Sitji Chou is a freelance animator based in various cities because of his love for travel, but mainly in Vancouver or Calgary. In 2011, he graduated from Emily Carr with a BMA in Animation, winning two animation awards in that year: a Leo for Best Student Production for his thesis film, Peter & the Space Between; and the ITFS Animation Jam, co-produced with Kristen Campbell. He likes to bake pie and is striving to improve his pie-bakery.