This Place

V.T. Nayani

V.T. Nayani

Director, Co-Writer

Country

Canada

Format

Feature film

Year

2022

Duration

1 h 27 mins

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Guests

Stephanie Sonny Hooker

Stephanie Sonny Hooker

Producer

V.T. Nayani

V.T. Nayani

Director, Co-Writer

Kawenniióhstha leaves her community of Kahnawà:ke near Montreal to attend university in Toronto and to find her Iranian father, who she has never met. Malai is a Tamil woman dealing with her father’s terminal illness and trying to decide what her future should look like. The women meet by chance but form an intense attraction and bond as they navigate complex issues of identity and family. In each other they have found understanding and comfort but is this new connection enough or will the pressures of their legacies overwhelm them?

Sun May 28, 6:30 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Screening Sponsors

Greg Lichti and Garth Norbraten

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It's Only Life After All

Alexandria Bombach

Alexandria Bombach

Director

Country

United States

Format

Feature film

Year

2023

Duration

2 h 3 mins

Previous Festivals/Awards

Stream

Icons

Interests

Activism, Indigenous, Lesbian, Music, Queer, RE:Focus

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

Amy Ray and Emily Saliers began performing together in high school, well before entering the mainstream as the acclaimed folk-rock duo, Indigo Girls. Against all odds they broke through in the 1980s, maintaining musical careers on their own terms with an unwavering commitment to progressive politics and queer rights. This commitment stands to this day with their continued fight for environmental justice through their work with Indigenous activist Winona LaDuke. Blending over three decades of home movies, archival footage, and intimate present-day verité, It’s Only Life After All is a timely look into the life lessons of two famous queer friends who never expected to make it big.

Sat Jun 03, 4:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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James Cooper

James Cooper

Director

Paige Gratland

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Director

Yi Shi

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TJ Cuthand

TJ Cuthand

Director

Arshad Khan

Arshad Khan

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Seán Maheux Galway

Seán Maheux Galway

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Maxime Robin

Maxime Robin

Director

From parenthood to plant care, this collection of shorts highlights the work of Canadian filmmakers creating from coast to coast.

Rating and Content Advisory

14A

This program has 8 films.

Sun May 28, 2:00 pm
TIFF Bell Lightbox 2
350 King Street West
Toronto ON

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Plant Daddy

James Cooper

James Cooper

After rescuing an abandoned potted plant, Phil spirals into an absurd plant obsession to avoid visiting his father on his deathbed.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Magic in Plain Sight

Paige Gratland

Paige Gratland

Director

A portrait of self-taught seamstress Brenna Bezanson, a change-maker whose creations of custom women’s clothing challenge capitalist and patriarchal ideals.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

13 Eggs

TJ Cuthand

TJ Cuthand

Director

Over a four-year period, filmmaker TJ Cuthand collects footage capturing his experience of trying to make a baby.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

Interests

Tabanca

Lauren Marsden

Lauren Marsden

Director

Marlinn is a genderqueer Trinidadian woman suffering through a wet Vancouver winter and missing Carnival season back home, that is until they discover the power of masquerade is within them.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

11 mins

Interests

Skill

Arshad Khan

Arshad Khan

Director

A South Asian mother finds herself immersed in a profound state of mourning after discovering
that her beloved son identifies as gay.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

12 mins

Interests

Once in a Red Moon

Yi Shi

Yi Shi

Director

As Mid-Autumn Festival approaches, a lonesome young Chinese immigrant finds comfort in a whirlwind romance with a mysterious hometown queer crush who seems too good to be true.

Country

Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

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The Year Long Boulder

Brielle LeBlanc

Brielle LeBlanc

Director

Crushed by unrequited love, a young queer poet finally reckons with their own emotional baggage – make that a boulder.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

9 mins

Interests

The Left Hand

Maxime Robin

Maxime Robin

Director

Young Maxime’s mother starts worrying about him when his 2nd grade teacher declares him “abnormal.”

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

13 mins

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TIFF Bell Lightbox 1
350 King Street West
Toronto, ON

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Ella Rocca

Ella Rocca

Director

Dealing with their own obsessive crushes, Ella Rocca researches what to do about it.

Country

Switzerland

Year

2022

Duration

8 mins

Interests

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Ariel Mahler

Ariel Mahler

Radha Mehta

Radha Mehta

This short documentary explores the journey of Florida’s first transgender Homecoming Queen, Evan Bialosuknia, and her confidence and impact on youth faced with discrimination from Florida’s newly signed “Don’t Say Gay” bill.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

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Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Nicolás Keller Sarmiento

Director

By a gas station in rural Argentina, a broken-hearted drag queen helps young Ernesto find the courage to follow his dreams.

Country

Argentina

Year

2023

Duration

13 mins

Interests

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Mary Galloway

Mary Galloway

Director

Trinity – a radical, Indigenous, feminist – and Addison – a devout, Black Mormon – are forced to work together on a school project and discover they have more in common than they thought.

Country

Canada

Year

2021

Duration

11 mins

Interests

To All That We Are

Kristian Cahatol

Kristian Cahatol

Director

Two non-binary young adults embark on a dream-like journey of self-discovery and acceptance as they navigate the complexities of love and identity.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

Word by Word

Lourdes Miere

Lourdes Miere

Director

Word by Word is a short documentary following the creative journey of Robyn Sidhu, a spoken word poet.

Country

Canada

Year

2023

Duration

9 mins

Interests

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Kay Chan

Kay Chan

Director

A pair of Two-Spirit Métis-Chinese youth soften a deer hide together, revealing a story about belonging and honoring your full self and ancestry, no matter where you are.

Country

Canada

Year

2022

Duration

2 mins

Interests

Fursona

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

Aly Labbé-Hervieux

Fursona is an incursion into the universe of Aly, a member of the Furry community.

Country

Year

2022

Duration

5 mins

Interests

GORDITX

Malik Ever

Malik Ever

With her summer camp golf tournament looming, outcast Ursula hopes to win and prove her worth with the help of Chef Cormac, the transmasculine former ladies golf pro.

Country

United States

Year

2022

Duration

14 mins

Interests

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