Off Official Selections 2012

Off is an exclusive film festival hosted in the Okanagan Valley that awards & showcases talent in international works of cinema. Off screens only the absolute best in effective, thought-provoking, haunting, heart-breaking and hilarious films. From 235 film submissions, we've narrowed it down to 35.
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1.
In the Family (2011)
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When his partner Cody dies in a car accident, Joey learns that their son, Chip, has been willed to Cody's sister. In his now solitary home life, Joey searches for a solution. The law is not on his side, but friends are. (169 mins.)
Director: Patrick Wang
“ Opening Night Feature with Patrick Wang in-attendance. ” - themissingpatient
 
2.
Do You Really Want to Know? (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing... (72 mins.)
Director: John Zaritsky
 
3.
Entrevista (2012 Short Film)
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Four different men with lives marked by the presence of a woman tell their stories to an interviewer... (11 mins.)
Director: Gabriel Horn
 
4.
Shiru (2012 Short Film)
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A woman living in an abusive relationship discovers that she is pregnant. She struggles to get out as she prepares to bring a new life into the world. (19 mins.)
Director: Paul Plett
 
5.
Private Sun (2013 Short Film)
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Mariam is instructed by her doctor to sunbathe in order to reverse the vitamin D deficiency that is causing her a bone illness... (25 mins.)
 
6.
Dancing Still (2012 Short Film)
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Natalie and Shane are former lovers who reconnect fifteen years after last seeing each other. The lives they chose since their break-up aren't what they had envisioned. (16 mins.)
Director: Robert Munic
“ A tender piece for the heart. Two ex-lovers reunite and are soon taken on an emotional roller coaster where the past is missed, the present is devastating and the future looks to be tragic. ” - themissingpatient
 
7.
Double or Nothing (2012 Short Film)
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Clark and Becca leave a bar after a night out with friends. They pass a homeless man on the street, and Clark gets an idea. Adam Brody, Louisa Krause and Keith David star in this dark comedy by master playwright Neil LaBute. (11 mins.)
 
8.
Someday, You'll Remember Today (2012 Video)
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(11 mins.)
Director: Ben Disinger
 
9.
Stepping Into the Fire (2011 Documentary)
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This documentary is about successful man living an unfulfilling life and his road towards truth and happiness. It provides insight into ancient shamanic practices and commentary on human spirituality and wellness (84 mins.)
 
10.
A.L.F. (2012)
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What happened, that 24th of December? This is what officer Chartier wants to find out. To understand... (96 mins.)
 
11.
The Pipedreams Project (2011 Documentary)
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Searching for effective ways to get involved in the decision-making process and oppose a $5.5 billion... (29 mins.)
 
12.
Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail (2012 Documentary)
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Out, proud and elected! Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail profiles three lesbian politicians in three levels of government in Canada. (23 mins.)
 
13.
I Am What I Ought to Be (2012 Documentary)
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My parents had an arranged marriage in India in 1968 and met one week prior to their wedding day. They... (13 mins.)
Director: Ameesha Joshi
 
14.
This Is Ours (2012)
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Beaten by the American Dream, Will and Karen take a final trip to their once-beloved vacation home, which is now in foreclosure... (85 mins.)
 
15.
The Vehicle (2012 Short Film)
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A man tries to convince a woman that they have a future together. (12 mins.)
 
16.
Elliot Spark (2011 Short Film)
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When warden Alloy, a skeptic by nature, hears that one of the inmates in her prison is demanding a cell with a window... (16 mins.)
 
17.
The Summer Home (2012 Short Film)
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To survive, a homeless couple in crisis break into an empty summer home. By playing house, they find the meaning of family again - but how long can their false reality last? (15 mins.)
 
18.
The Funeral (2010 Short Film)
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Family gathers before the death of the father. As the corpse carriage glides in, they approach near by. At that moment, they detect the oddity. (14 mins.)
Director: Jun-Woo Lee
 
19.
A Matter of Sex (2012 Short Film)
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Guy and Lior, both males, are about to bring a baby to the world with a female couple who's looking for the same thing. During this process Guy is going through a sexual identity crisis and betrays Lior. (28 mins.)
 
20.
Mossadegh (2012 Short Film)
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In 1959, under coercion of the CIA, an American physician questions his objectives of having to assassinate a deposed famed Iranian political figure living under house arrest. (23 mins.)
Director: Roozbeh Dadvand
 
21.
Eyes of a Beginner (2012 Video)
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Clay Holman (Rob Beare) had everything a young man could hope for, everything but sight. It wasn't... (115 mins.)
Director: Rob Beare
 
22.
Jamón (2013 Short Film)
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Jose is a teenage pig living in a Spanish town, and he is the only pig in his family. One day a new neighbour moves in next door, and Jose starts to come to terms with who he really is. (8 mins.)
Director: Iria López
 
23.
Scrap Metal (2011 Video)
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In post-apocalyptic New York, a lone robot's only companion is a screw. But can this unusual friendship survive the threat of the terrible Gigaplant? (4 mins.)
Director: Anthony Straus
 
24.
5 Minutes Each (2011 Short Film)
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A metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight... (10 mins.)
Director: Vojin Vasovic
 
25.
Alchemy and Other Imperfections (2011 Short Film)
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A man and a woman have completely lost touch with the outside world - that is until the woman takes one last desperate measure to erase the pesky memory that ruined their lives. (11 mins.)
Director: Zachary Rothman
 
26.
Wait for Rain (2011 Short Film)
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A warming planet has made water scarce, food a rarity, and wearing plants like jewelry fashionable. James... (14 mins.)
Director: Kyle Rideout
 
27.
Goodbye, Cruel World (2012 Short Film)
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George has given up and wants to end it all. Unfortunately for him, so does Tilda and she won't let him do it alone. Together, this unlikely duo hatch a plan to end it all - not knowing where their schemes will lead them. (15 mins.)
 
28.
Him Indoors (2012 Short Film)
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Gregory Brewster is a serial killer, only problem is, he's agoraphobic. (11 mins.)
Director: Paul Davis
“ Part of Off's Dark & Comic Shorts Showcase this year. HIM INDOORS will screen on Saturday, Oct. 13th. ” - themissingpatient
 
29.
Heads Up (2013 Short Film)
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'HEADS UP' is an edgy, comedic story of two long time friends and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death... (13 mins.)
Director: Alex Merkin
“ Dark & Comic Shorts Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 13th. ” - themissingpatient
 
30.
Donkey Love (2012 Documentary)
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An award-winning documentary that introduces the unknown tradition of Colombians having sex and falling in love with donkeys. (84 mins.)
Director: Daryl Stoneage
 
31.
Code of the West (2012 Documentary)
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At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state raises to the forefront of national attention... (75 mins.)
 
32.
Lowlife (2012)
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A lonely musician's descent into the shadowy world of a living drug leads to a mysterious island where a battle of body and soul is waged. (99 mins.)
Director: Seth Smith