Off Official Selections 2012

by themissingpatient | created - 02 Sep 2012 | updated - 18 Oct 2012 | Public

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)

Not Rated | 169 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

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.

Director: Patrick Wang | Stars: Sebastian Banes, Patrick Wang, Trevor St. John, Lisa Altomare

Votes: 647 | Gross: $0.02M

Opening Night Feature with Patrick Wang in-attendance.

2. Do You Really Want to Know? (2012)

72 min | Documentary

A documentary about the complex emotional, ethical and psychological issues surrounding the new frontier of predictive genetic testing. The film follows three families who have been ... See full summary »

Director: John Zaritsky | Stars: Jeffrey Carroll, Gaalen Engen, Lini Evans, Paul Griggs

Votes: 34

3. Entrevista (2012)

11 min | Short, Drama, Mystery

Four different men with lives marked by the presence of a woman tell their stories to an interviewer. In an interview room we are presented to their narratives and to scenes of their ... See full summary »

Director: Gabriel Horn | Stars: Alexandre Cardoso, Rafael Guerra, Fábio Rangel, Cassiano Ranzolin

Votes: 5

4. Shiru (2012)

19 min | Short, Drama

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.

Directors: Paul Plett, Paul Plett | Stars: Malika Jame, Marion Maloba, Shem Otieno, Crispin Owuor

5. Private Sun (2013)

25 min | Short, Drama

Mariam is instructed by her doctor to sunbathe in order to reverse the vitamin D deficiency that is causing her a bone illness. But with nosy neighbors, an overbearing sister-in-law and ... See full summary »

Director: Rami Musa Alayan | Stars: Shaden Saleem, Abeer El Masou, Therese Saba, Mohammed Awwad

Votes: 11

6. Dancing Still (2012)

16 min | Short, Drama

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.

Director: Robert Munic | Stars: Ingrid Rogers, Louis Ferreira, Yolanda Pecoraro, David Paladino

Votes: 12

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.

7. Double or Nothing (2012)

TV-MA | 11 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Nathaniel Krause | Stars: Adam Brody, Louisa Krause, Keith David

Votes: 37

8. Someday, You'll Remember Today (2012 Video)

11 min | Short, Drama, Romance

The breakdown of a moment.

Director: Benjamin Disinger | Stars: Patrick Dodge, Jessica Francis

Votes: 9

9. Stepping Into the Fire (2011)

Not Rated | 68 min | Documentary, Adventure, Biography

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

Directors: Ouroboros, Ross Evison, Roberto Velez

Votes: 153

10. A.L.F. (2012)

96 min | Drama

What happened, that 24th of December? This is what officer Chartier wants to find out. To understand, he will have to go back 48 hours earlier to Franck's Christmas eve. Franck is an ... See full summary »

Director: Jérôme Lescure | Stars: Alexandre Laigner, Alice Pehlivanyan, Jean-Pierre Loustau, Stéphane Rouabah

Votes: 110

11. The Pipedreams Project (2011)

Not Rated | 29 min | Documentary, Short, Action

Searching for effective ways to get involved in the decision-making process and oppose a $5.5 billion pipeline project that would introduce crude oil tankers to the North Coast of ... See full summary »

Directors: Faroe Des Roches, Ryan Vandecasteyen | Stars: Faroe Des Roches, Ryan Vandecasteyen, Curtis White

12. Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail (2012 Video)

23 min | Documentary, Short, History

Out, proud and elected! Powerful Out Women: On the Campaign Trail profiles three lesbian politicians in three levels of government in Canada.

Director: Angelina Cantada

13. I Am What I Ought to Be (2012)

13 min | Documentary, Short, Drama | Completed

My parents had an arranged marriage in India in 1968 and met one week prior to their wedding day. They were married for 19 years and have been separated now for more than 20. I dug up their... See full summary »

Director: Ameesha Joshi | Stars: Meena Cleland, Atul Joshi

14. This Is Ours (2012)

Not Rated | 85 min | Drama

Beaten by the American Dream, Will and Karen take a final trip to their once-beloved vacation home, which is now in foreclosure. While there, they unexpectedly befriend a pair of ... See full summary »

Directors: Kris Boustedt, Lindy Boustedt | Stars: Karie Gonia, Ernie Joseph, Wonder Russell, Mark Carr

Votes: 62

15. The Vehicle (2012)

12 min | Short, Drama, Romance

A man tries to convince a woman that they have a future together.

Director: O. Corbin Saleken | Stars: Garry Chalk, Gillian Barber

Votes: 7

16. Elliot Spark (2011)

16 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

When warden Alloy, a skeptic by nature, hears that one of the inmates in her prison is demanding a cell with a window, she is fairly unimpressed. Forced to deal with the situation, Alloy ... See full summary »

Director: Daniel Berezowsky | Stars: Joshua Hinkson, Nneka Croal, Quinn Dubois, Cameron Dent

Votes: 8

17. The Summer Home (2012)

Not Rated | 15 min | Short, Drama, Romance

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?

Directors: Kris Boustedt, Lindy Boustedt | Stars: Wonder Russell, Paul Vitulli

Votes: 18

18. The Funeral (II) (2010)

14 min | Short, Drama, Fantasy

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.

Director: Jun-Woo Lee | Stars: Bok-Sim Jeon, Young-Woon Jeon, Un-Tai Jeong, Chun-gi Kim

19. A Matter of Sex (2012)

28 min | Short, Drama

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.

Director: Michelle Rapoport | Stars: Meital Avni, Boaz Barel, Yuval Raz, Yuval Scharf

Votes: 7

20. Mossadegh (2012)

23 min | Short, Drama, History

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.

Director: Roozbeh Dadvand | Stars: David Diaan, Sam R. Ross, Bobby Naderi, Dominic Rains

Votes: 45

21. Eyes of a Beginner (2012 Video)

Not Rated | 115 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

Clay Holman (Rob Beare) had everything a young man could hope for, everything but sight. It wasn't until a group of specialists chose him to undergo a groundbreaking eye surgery, that Clay ... See full summary »

Director: Rob Beare | Stars: Rob Beare, Michael Bemister, Adam Besse, Shane Croucher

Votes: 29

22. Jamón (2013)

8 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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.

Director: Iria Lopez | Stars: Rayyah McCaul, Clara Perez, Patricia Villa

Votes: 37

23. Scrap Metal (2011 Video)

4 min | Animation, Short, Sci-Fi

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?

Director: Anthony Straus

24. 5 Minutes Each (2011)

10 min | Animation, Short, Drama

A metaphorical story about the constant struggle of the artist to reach those five minutes of limelight. A tale about an upswing and downfall, with the climax appearing concurrently and ... See full summary »

Director: Vojin Vasovic | Stars: Stojan Djordjevic, Aleksandra Urosevic

Votes: 17

25. Alchemy and Other Imperfections (2011)

11 min | Short, Sci-Fi

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.

Director: Zachary Rothman | Stars: Heather Doerksen, Billy Marchenski

Votes: 23

26. Wait for Rain (2011)

PG | 14 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

A warming planet has made water scarce, food a rarity, and wearing plants like jewelry fashionable. James, a hapless office worker, becomes obsessed with nurturing his plant in order to ... See full summary »

Director: Kyle Rideout | Stars: Paul Gross, Haig Sutherland, Peter DeLuise, Lara Gilchrist

Votes: 35

27. Goodbye, Cruel World (2012)

15 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

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.

Director: Adrian McFarlane | Stars: Damon Lockwood, Mir Waiss Najibi, Amanda Woodhams

28. Him Indoors (2012)

11 min | Short, Comedy, Horror

Gregory Brewster is a serial killer, only problem is, he's agoraphobic.

Director: Paul Davis | Stars: Reece Shearsmith, Pollyanna McIntosh, David Schofield, Seelan Gunaseelan

Votes: 361

Part of Off's Dark & Comic Shorts Showcase this year. HIM INDOORS will screen on Saturday, Oct. 13th.

29. Heads Up (I) (2013)

13 min | Short, Comedy, Crime

'HEADS UP' is an edgy, comedic story of two long time friends and somewhat surrogate siblings who love each other to death. When suspicions of trust and loyalty arise at the weekly poker ... See full summary »

Director: Alex Merkin | Stars: Craig muMs Grant, Adam Lustick

Votes: 7

Dark & Comic Shorts Showcase on Saturday, Oct. 13th.

30. Donkey Love (2012)

84 min | Documentary, Comedy

An award-winning documentary that introduces the unknown tradition of Colombians having sex and falling in love with donkeys.

Director: Daryl Stoneage | Stars: Daryl Stoneage, Tyler Chandler, Ricardo Ramos, Father Sanchez

Votes: 44

31. Code of the West (2012)

Not Rated | 75 min | Documentary, Western

At a time when the country is rethinking its drug policies large and small, one state raises to the forefront of national attention. Once a pioneer in legalizing medical marijuana, the ... See full summary »

Director: Rebecca Richman Cohen

Votes: 38

32. Lowlife (2012)

Not Rated | 99 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

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.

Director: Seth A. Smith | Stars: Chik White, Kate Hartigan, Mitchell Wiebe, John Urich

Votes: 49

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