Living Skies Student Film Festival is proud to present its 2018 short film selections, showcased in 3 loosely-themed programs: Sunrise, High Noon, and Sunset.
All screenings take place at the University of Regina's Language Institute in room 215, and are free and open to the public.
A 10-minute intermission will take place roughly halfway through each program. Appetizers and alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during the Sunrise screening, which is a 19+ event.
Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase during all other screening programs.
For an more information and an alphabetical index of each selected film, check out our selected films page.
(*) indicates a Canadian film, while (**) indicates a U of R film.
PARIS YOU GOT ME (9:02) - JULIE BOEHM - FICTION
The street artist George lures Ksenia into his magic world of art illusions.Their steps turn into dancing taps, gestures into splashes of paint, their action into art and art into the creation of an own reality. An artistic dance about the realization of your dreams. Paris, you got me!
NEW QUEENS (10:00) - ALICE SIMONETTO - DOCUMENTARY
In Veneto, Italy, beekeeping has had to change, but why? Be mindful of the bees, they are being threatened by our lifestyle.
SMSN (5:15) - AARON LONGORIA - EXPERIMENTAL
The body is not a temple but a mechanism for joy.
APHASIA OR (IT FELL UPON MY MIND) (3:01) - BRYNNE McGREGOR - EXPERIMENTAL
Aphasia or (It Fell Upon My Mind) is a combination of digital animation and hand-drawn rotoscoping used to spend time with people who suffer from the speech/hearing disorder aphasia. Aphasia is often onset by stroke or brain injury and impacts a person's ability to speak and comprehend. Although this condition affects more people globally than Alzheimer's disease, it is far less known and understood. This short film features the perspectives of seven diverse individuals who live with aphasia.
**ENIGMA (6:40) - CURTIS McGILLIVRAY - FICTION
A young rookie detective looks to solve his first case, but he is not the only one looking for clues.
MATCHSTICK WILLIE (14:16) - D.R. GARRETT - FICTION
Matchstick Willie is the story of a homeless alcoholic rodeo clown who wants desperately to reconnect with his daughter whom he has not spoken to in over 20 years. Willie needs the love of his family, but his alcoholism has kept him from reaching out to them. Upon finding out about the death of his daughter’s mother, he musters the courage to contact his daughter. The problem is that everything he does to express his love for her comes out wrong. He must learn to come to terms with his addiction and take responsibility for his own life in order to gain the forgiveness he so desperately seeks.
SAVING POOH (2:32) - JULIA TRACHTENBERG - ANIMATION
An almost forgotten memory of grandma Matrushka when she was a little girl. A lonely girl that has only one thing in the whole wide world, her best friend, Winnie-pooh. The girl watches him on the television while her grandma making her "borscht" soup and she’s facing daily with the chance she might lose him.
SUN ROCKS (10:21) - ALÉNA MUIR - FICTION
Sun Rocks follows Nina's disillusionment from her calvinistic upbringing following the death of her 'beloved' grandmother. Conflicting feelings surrounding the loss trigger inner turmoil for Nina as a modern day politically conscious white Afrikaner woman in post-apartheid South Africa. Extremely privileged as a white Afrikaner yet severely marginalized as a woman within the culture, she struggles to navigate her identity between her home environment and her current life as a student in the much more diverse and progressive Cape Town. Nina detests her family's belief system and rejects all conservative aspects of her upbringing, yet realizes she may have been more influenced by it than she initially thought she was. Should we accept our loved ones regardless of their political beliefs? Can we ever be completely liberated and shed our socialization and the effects thereof? Nina seeks the answers during early morning visits to the rocks at the beach.
THE STAINED CLUB (6:39) - MÉLANIE LOPEZ - GRADUATE
Finn has stains on his skin. One day, he meets a group of cool kids with different stains on their bodies. One day, he understands that these stains aren't just pretty.
JA:PA (3:11) - JIRI KARMASIN - EXPERIMENTAL
The film was made as cooperation between two Czech Art schools, called Dancing Films from the Depth. The Depth is name of theindustrial area in Ostrava city. This name was taken a bit deeper and the filmmakers tried to experiment, both technically and also with the plot. JA:PA stands for mysterious playful person imprisoned in unhappy place. Is this all only a dream, or will we someday suddenly wake up... Wake up to what?
**MY WORLD IS NO LONGER THE WORLD I KNEW (6:51) - WEIYE SU - DOCUMENTARY
18 years later, I revisited my first "home."
STONED (3:17) - VIVEK JAIN - EXPERIMENTAL
"One of the great beauties of architecture is that each time, it is like life starting all over again" - Renzo Piano
With its journey from Seven Islands to Metropolitan Mumbai, this maximum city has developed itself into a concrete jungle. Being the most populated city in the country, every new piece of architecture aims for shelter. Every entity here wishes to start their life all over again. The film is an attempt to convey the claustrophobia of this living yet the dead city of cemented structures.
PEUR BLEUE (14:30) - LYNN TAWILE - GRADUATE
At a hospital in a Lebanese village, a secret mission takes place: organ trafficking. Lucie, a nurse, with the help of her colleague Anwar, works to ease the way for this act. Until one day, a new element appears and pushes Lucie to hold out.
TWILIGHT TIME (1:59) - ELEANOR WEBB-THOMAS - EXPERIMENTAL
Twilight Time is a short experimental film about the colours of growing up.
RENATA (12:27) - ZHUANG REN-XIANG - TAIWAN
Renata lost her beloved sister Vanessa because of her own negligence. She is devastated by a sense of guilt every day. She decides to commit suicide, but remembers that she had told her sister about the legend of the Forgotten Forest….
LOVE ME, FEAR ME (6:06) - VERONICA SOLOMON - ANIMATION
“What would you be willing to do for them to love you?”
Love Me, Fear Me is a dance metaphor about the roles we play and the shapes we take, about the stages we chose, the audience we try to impress and the price of acceptance.
**BETA TEST (14:29) - JOEL MAKAR AND KENTON EVENSON - FICTION
BETA TEST is a science fiction thriller that takes Eric Holt into a simulated world in order to relieve him of the stresses of his everyday life. When Eric enters the simulation, he relives some of his favorite memories from the past. However, complications in the program occur and Eric must face a memory he has been trying to bury.
REVIVER (2:04) - SHALEV BEN ELYA - ANIMATION
Sniffing through a junkyard, a rat finds a spray can of lubricant that revives a rusty music machine.
NAMI THE LAST WITCH (8:00) - KERRY McCORMICK - ANIMATION
Nami is a young witch with a big destiny. She has the fate of the world on her shoulders, but can't get her head around using the most basic of spells...
**THE ACREAGE (7:44) - JEREMY DAVIS - FICTION
A man on the run, chased by ruthless men who will stop at nothing to get the treasure he holds. Shot for a One Take Super 8, all scenes shot in sequence and brought to life with an eerie original score composed for the film by Ava Wild.
WHERE ARE WE? (4:03) - JAUN DIEGO RODRÍGUEZ MARTIN - EXPERIMENTAL
Why portray as we do NOT see? Where do we actually see it from? where we are? We always see the outside from inside. As children we are used to seeing the world through re-frames, always depending on the perspective of third parties (windows, gaps) limiting our vision and our contact with the world. These re frames, in the end, become the only bridges between freedom and our confinement. "As long as there were windows, the weakest of humans would have their share of freedom." 8000 photos were enough to portray a fragment of all the time that, before our eyes, it evaporates.
MEETING AT HALF PAST FIVE (3:39) - DARIA LITVICHENKO - ANIMATION
There’s no doubt that the world is cruel and corrupt. Still, this evening Philip gets more proof of this
MAN IN THE ATTIC (8:45) - MATÚŠ ĎURAŇA - DOCUMENTARY
The ballad of (un)fulfilled dreams. The portrait of Mr. Bartok, an
ordinary village man with an extraordinary attic in his house.
THE LIE GAME (14:25) - JYOTHI KALYAN SURA - GRADUATE
After losing her boyfriend to depression, a computer scientist creates and anti-depression AI application and looks for funding to complete it. Following a string of failed interviews, she enters her final interview which turns into a bizarre challenge of lie detection.
*THE THING IS LOST (2:31) - ARASH AKHGARI - ANIMATION
"The Thing is Lost" is an abstract, audio-visual experience, inspired from monotonous, still overwhelming and omnipresent existence of the internal dialogue. This film is an emotional journey through expressions, confusions, colors and affects. A journey in hope to "find" or to "be found", yet "the Thing is Lost"…
**FOLLOW LEADER (6:41) - SCOTT JOHNSON - EXPERIMENTAL
A vivid exploration of the relationship between toxic male masculinity and the social as well as psychological influences it has had on me growing up through the generations
**THE MASK (8:53) - XINCHENG ZHANG - ANIMATION
This is a 3D printed replacement animation. It refers to my personal experience as an international student in Canada. However, the whole story happens in one imagined city in which citizens must use their masks issued by the government to testify the legal identity. And the new mask that the protagonist gets from airport customs stuff is not compatible with head and makes speech ambiguous and unclear.
PRISM (1:50) - BAPTISTE LEROUX - EXPERIMENTAL
An animated short that explores an abstract look at the creation of art and colors in a painter’s overflowing imagination.
*ABEO (7:01) - BRENDA LOPEZ - ANIMATION
ABEO is a hard hitting mixed media animated short that depicts the journey of Nadia and Lupe, two immigrants who risked their lives to cross the Arizona desert in search for a better life.
E X Ó D O : FESTUM (7:01) - ERICK ALONSO RODRIGUEZ - DOCUMENTARY
The Mexican rituals of the festivities combine the duality on which their culture is built: Exodus is a documentary that shows the route
AN ODE TO SAD BOYS (3:13) - JAMAL DAVIS - EXPERIMENTAL
A short film focusing on the feeling of isolation in young men from a working-class background. Influenced by the conversation of mental health.
HOLDEN (5:00) - MARK LASKY DAVIDSON - FICTION
Holden is alone on her 18th birthday, stuck attending to her terminally ill mother's caravan park when she meets her father for the first time.
**SIR BAILEY (8:00) - MATTHEW RIPPLINGER - EXPERIMENTAL
A Portrait of the filmmaker's best friend. The film depicts Sir Bailey's existential journey during his last day of life, and is symbolized by process cinema techniques such as homemade photographic emulsion, contact printing and reticulation.
*FERMÉ DÉFINITIVEMENT (10:00) - AMÉLIE BARRETTE - DOCUMENTARY
Mrs. Fisher is 90; her store is 100. But she isn't planning on retiring anytime soon. Walk down memory lane in a shop from another era, destined to disappear.
IMAGE WOLF (1:42) - MAXIM ABDULAEV - EXPERIMENTAL
This experimental work is on a tattoo master, a man who lives by his work, and has a unique take on the creation of body art. “Image Wolf'“ shows the process of his work.
**MOONSHINE ACRES (9:15) - JOEL KERELUKE - FICTION
A drug runner stands off with a hunter when both parties discover the drug money’s pickup location at the same time.
ADELINE (9:34) - AUDREY BICHE - GRADUATE
An elderly woman at the end of her life reminisces her years spent at a boarding school for girls.
BALANCE (3:36) - BARZAN ROSTAMI - ANIMATION
t’s a story about the soldiers who are sacrificing their lives and resist in order to the people of the city and future generations live in peace...
THE 5TH FRAME OF WATER (6:19) - MILENA ZIELONKA - EXPERIMENTAL
A metaphysical story about growing up. Life of three sisters is interruped by a strange event that sets an unsettling atmosphere. One of the sisters undergoes a change.
SOFA_R (3:00) - YU-AN JAO - EXPERIMENTAL
A process of endless missing.
QUEER (13:47) - ETHAN McDOWELL - FICTION
Queer is a short film inspired by true events and follows the story of a teenager dealing with his sexuality whilst having to grow up in early 90’s Northern Ireland.
**BRUSH AT MIDNIGHT (5:06) - LUCAS BURLOCK - EXPERIMENTAL
An experimental film about an artist and their creation.
LIFE IN GRAY (15:00) - LEONARDO MARTINELLI - DOCUMENTARY
A faux documentary about the ongoing social, political and economical crisis in Brazil, where the government cuts the colors of Rio de Janeiro, turning the city black and white.
FOR YOU TO BE HERE (2:17) - COURTNEY KUETHER - EXPERIMENTAL
A collection of inanimate objects portraying the progression of a couple falling in love.
AD LIB (6:50) - LEIRE ACHA - ANIMATION
Through dance and music, two people discover their love and face a world that wants to restrict it.
TANGLE (7:36) - MALIHE GLOAMZADEH - GRADUATE
A life of a girl in war.
CREATING NEPTUNE (6:38) - SEBASTIÃO VARELA - EXPERIMENTAL
An experimental film that creates an homage to the Ocean by giving life to it in human form. This film shows us the birth of two Neptune-like creatures.
*HEARTBURN (11:00) - FRANIE-ÉLÉONORE BERNIER - FICTION
Ghislain is shocked to find his heart beating by his coccyx. He seeks the help of his brother, who concludes he must learn to laugh again.
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