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 Campion College Auditorium, and are free and open to the public.
A 10-minute intermission will take place roughly halfway through each program. Popcorn and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase.
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.
PROGRAM 1 - SUNRISE
THURSDAY, MARCH 8 | 7:00 PM | CAMPION COLLEGE AUDITORIUM
Memorándum (14:43) - Jennifer Lara
The anguish and darkness that is breathed in the ex maternity hospital Barros Luco Trudeau through its old structure, its infinite corridors that fill the void of hidden and repressed space. Its striped walls keep secrets, daily burdened with the absence and the illusion of hundreds of women who seek the light that they never saw shine.
Shoot (5:27) - Vojta Komarek AND Ondra Nedvěd
A young military cinematographer Frank follows his troop during the second world war fights. He seeks for an action to capture on his camera. While the band of american soldiers permeates the country they are unexpectedly attacked by Germans. Frank starts recording. Is the action he observes through the viewfinder what he really wants to see?
The Living, The Dead, and the Seamen (8:41) - Marion Jhöaner
In Scotland, on a fishing boat. The daily life of men is confronted with the underwater mysteries, both hidden by the opacity of the surface and revealed by the spoils of fishing.
**Trepidation of the Approaching Ambivalance (5:16) - JEFF ALTWASSER
A young man is uncertain about his future and it manifests as a door, will he have a ability to overcome his fear and open the door, but what could be on the other side?
Count Your Curses (8:30) - Lorène Yavo
In a town where supernatural beings are part of everyday life, two roommates face a recurring problem: their house spirit was devoured by an unknown creature overnight. They go on their way to find a replacement spirit and a solution to their pest problem.
Tempted by Serenity (12:22) - SARAH LEDERMAN
People are constantly moving and going from one place to the other, but have you noticed what’s happening around you? The person who’s walking next to you or sitting next to you in a bus? Life in the city involves a two-way struggle. On one hand you need all the impulses from outside. On the other hand, you should also try to stay true to yourself.
**A Moment Gone By (7:51) - TIMOTHY MERASTY
Dex is a University student on the cusp of graduating and wants clarification on a past relationship. Can one conversation change Dex’s view on love?
*Special Bulletin (4:46) - Yousra Benziane
Special Bulletin explores the way lines shape our lives.
Lost Control (5:54) - Chia Tse-Chang
After a man enters his cozy room, he immediately feels dissatisfied with the location of goods he has planned. So, he moves his goods and cleans his room again and again. Although he finishes his cleaning work, pressure in his mind will suddenly interfere and make him clean his room continuously. Gradually, he loses control of his behaviour. Finally, he enters into a state of disorder. In this disorder, he can not control his behavior and situation anymore. He is engulfed by disorder. In the bubble, he floats and drifts with waves of motion of his emotion. After all, can he protect himself and not have the disorder interefere?
Strong Culture (3:25) - JARRYD O'KEEFE
A warrior chief in a small village in Vanuatu prepares for a traditional war dance ceremony that honours the ancestral culture of his people.
**Separate Beds (6:34) - LAYTON BURTON
Separate Beds is a film about deception, conspiracy and love. Jack and Lou Burton were my parents, as far as I was concerned they were just like every other parent I knew in my neighbourhood, with one exception; they were the only parents that I knew of that slept in separate beds.
Growing Alice (3:58) - DANILO ZAMBRANO
Observing a girl's changing relationship with her mother, through the years, from the point of view of her bedroom mirror.
**Evelyn & I (6:55) - WEIYE SU
An experimental film about Saskatchewan filmmakers and prairie landscapes.
PROGRAM 2 - HIGH NOON
THURSDAY, MARCH 8 | 8:45 PM (APPROX) | CAMPION COLLEGE AUDITORIUM
Sisters In Arms (9:00) - Jessica o'sullivan
A driven female police commander in Northern Pakistan tries to save her sister when their unit is attacked during a patrol of a remote village.
**These Girls (6:51) - HARLEA PRICE
Being a part of such an intense sport takes a lot of hard work and practice, but what really makes roller derby great are the bonds and friendships that are made within the community.
Sweet Wee Hours (4:23) - Judith Herbeth, Ines Brini, Julien Cortey, and Lea-Caroline Larcher
In Paris, on a summer night, a woman sits at her window and dreams of her neighbours' nocturnal activities.
Bluebird (10:00) - Carlota Caldeira
Lucy is a girl who is not content to have her head in the clouds, instead allowing her imagination to drift somewhere in orbit. All her life she has wondered about her father. She repeatedly and insistingly asks her mother, Amelia, about him. Tired after a long day of work, Amelia decides to give her child a little comfort and accidentally implies Lucy’s father is an astronaut - well not just any astronaut, but Tom. Best news she could ever hear! Knowing Tom is currently on the International Space Station, Lucy decides then and here to build a radio and do everything in her power to contact him.
Living Like Heta (6:12) - Bianca Caderas, Isabella Luu, and Kerstin Zemp
Heta lives with her pet seal in her highly peculiar house full of curious rooms and endless corridors. Her entire life consists of carefully planned and conducted routines. When the latter gets thrown into disarray, Heta‘s world begins to crumble, until she feels compelled to make an irreversible decision.
**Wayne (4:56) - MORGAN JONES
Our families can shape us, but may not necessarily define us. An interview with the filmmaker's grandfather about his upbringing.
Nachtmahr (7:12) - ANA MARIA ANGEL
Nachtmahr tells a story about the conscious awakening and tribulations in the life of a bug.
**Waves (6:45) - ELLA MIKKOLA
Waves is a collaborative film exploring the ever-changing identities and how we evolve our sense of self through movement, visuals and sound. The film depicts a dialog between three queer or/and women artists who live in different parts of the world.
Phú (6:34) - Omeed Farsoni and Troy Charbonnet
Diagnosed with restricted growth birth defects, 62 year old Dinh Van Phú (Phú Dinh) struggles to overcome the adversities of his condition but uncovers the significance of knowledge and inner beauty whilst searching for solace.
Turquoise (14:59) - ROOZBEH MISAGHI
The discovery of a mysterious black box in a small remote village in Iran causes turmoil among the villagers. all the villagers stopped farming and started digging holes into their land to look for the box in hope of the promised reward which was “Bliss."
**Lynch Pin (8:35) - JACOB FARRELL
After a botched crime scene, Dominic finds himself alone in a warehouse and increasingly more paranoid after a harrowing phone call from his upset boss.
Twin Islands (7:18) - Manon Sailly, Charlotte Sarfati, Christine Jaudoin, Lara Cochetel, Raphaël Huot, and Fanny Teisson
Twin Island East and Twin Island West are two twin islands governed by two kings, where the inhabitants follow the cult of symmetry. Therefore, everything goes two by two. But one day, the queen of Twin Island West gives birth to an only child, to her husband's utter dismay...
Hi8 (5:05) - JOHN SHAW
By powering up their "time machine," a dated Hi8 camcorder, two friends explore and discuss the joy of creating movies as a kid.
PROGRAM 3 - SUNSET
SATURDAY, MARCH 10 | 3:30 PM | CAMPION COLLEGE AUDITORIUM
**Doktor Ripp (8:24) - MATTHEW RIPPLINGER
Once an influential experimental filmmaker, Doktor Ripp has hit rock bottom, yet attempts one last desperate comeback. Fueled by jealously and obsession, his final radical experiment turns against him, escalating into a frenetic spectacle and self-entrapment.
**Web of confusion (4:06) - HALEY KLASSEN
In this true story, John Princeton recalls a childhood memory of when an innocent joke his grandmother made, mixed with his wild imagination, caused things to spiral out of control.
Late Show (8:30) - LORENZO TARDELLA
An old man takes his place in an empty movie theater. But it's not that simple. This is not JUST a movie theater: it's a limbo, a transition, a borderline between life and death. The lights go out, and suddenly HIS movie appears on the screen. The man watches the highlights of his life, until the projection ends and the lights come back on. The time has come. He's ready. The conductor invites him to quit.
REDSHIFT (10:50) - BENJAMIN CRANE
After a bio-chemical attack renders earth infertile, humankind is forced to colonize Mars, and mine the soil of its remaining resources. Among the miners is David Cain, who has grown tired of earth and longs for a new life. One day after the company decides to relocate to the red planet, David faces the choice of transfer or remain on earth with his family. As tension rises between him and sister as they care for their dying father, David must weigh his commitment to family and his desire for a better life.
My Home is Burning (2:51) - CAMERON GREEN
"My Home Is Burning" is an attempt to portray how our emotions influence the way we perceive the world around us in light of a personal tragedy, exploring feelings of melancholy, sorrow, anger, detachment, and comfort through the eyes of someone experiencing them over time.
It's Just a Gun (14:05) - BRIAN ROBAU
“It’s Just A Gun” follows a Smith & Wesson revolver, through its many owners, and ultimately into the hands of a 9-year-old boy from the inner city of LA.
**Cry Wolf (2:13) - DIANNE OUELLETTE
In this tender short, a young girl fondly remembers her beautiful farm dog and that fateful day when she cries wolf in hopes of saving his life.
The Unknown Soldier (7:55) - EFIM GRABOY
An intimate investigation of World War II soviet veteran, 92 years old Newsak Weis or as he prefers, just uncle Nusya. The mission is to discover a real person under the armor of medals and the role model of hero.
Svalbard (7:00) - MARTIN GOUZOU
7 minutes of film around the Svalbard Archipelago, located at 900km of the North Pole. Thousands of polar bears live among the inhabitants of Longyearbyen, a small and colored town, once a mining village.
*Waiting For Lou (14:35) - KATERINE MARTINEAU
Jess, 16 years old, is being offered a road trip to California by Lou, an eccentric woman who will soon be released from prison. To make their dream come true, she has to find Lou's car. Thru her search, Jess is forced to face her dysfunctional family environment.
Red River (11:42) - HARRY JONES
With the help of a Nazi Hunter, a concentration camp escapee tracks down an ex-Nazi solider who took something precious from her during World War II.
WHEATMAN (5:37) - Benoît Degant, Camille Rabès, Eva Corniou, Marguerite Imperatori, and Valentin Tournebize
Threatened, ravens awaken a scarecrow.
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