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International Short Films

  • SFU Woodward's 149 West Hastings Street Vancouver, BC, V6B 1H4 Canada (map)

This screening is dedicated to artists overseas. Experience films from new perspectives featuring some incredible movers and storytellers from across the globe.

Rated G

Mass, 2019

Fu LE | France

Images of the crowd appear more and more often and symbolize the current upheavals all over the world, evoking alternately parties, migrations, manifestations, gatherings or just the daily life of big cities. We thus work on the mass, with all the drunkenness it can inspire. We confront the individual with crowd movements, in order to observe how he resists or lets immerse himself.

A dream in Tokyo, 2019

Amitay and Omer Cohen | Israel

"A dream in Tokyo" is a journey into a man's subconscious. The world as presented in the film comes to challenge the living relationship between the inanimate and the person - versus the location, through the point of view of the mans inner world.

Sharp Teeth, 2018

Renee Boehlke | USA

I walk on my street and it is a wilderness. In the wilderness, I am the only monster here.

I am Paint and This is my Canvas, 2019

Carla Castle | Singapore

A dance film inspired by the processes of Gav Barbey, an artist who makes use of paint throwing and movement to create art, I Am Paint and This Is My Canvas is a dance film that explores the beauty and sublimity in chaotic movements and the marks left behind by those movements.

Interlude, 2018

Aaron Howell | UK

A fragmented vision of the body moving through time, this animation explores timelines of passing, meeting and physically poetic moments of contact. Sometimes the constant notion of moving forward through time can blind us from the fickle present and the freedom to become lost within it.

people doing moves, 2019

Nils Loefke | Germany

In the video "people doing moves," created by the collectives Hä*Wie!? and Taet Vremya, a group of young men perform short movements. They use their bodies in unusual and witty ways, forming individual and social sculptures in space. The video is, in a way, an archive and accumulation of movement possibilities. With the intention to recognize movements that have relevance to an individual, the research investigates what a body can do.


Derek Pedros | Spain

Being an islander is more than a sense of belonging. It is a mark that lives and accompanies you all your life, wherever you go or live. It is feeling complete in a place where others feel isolated. Free, where others feel limited. It is sometimes feeling the enormous need to flee, and always the brutal need to return. This dancefilm is about what we share who have grown up with the rumor of the waves marking incessant pulse. About those of us who have grown up in a place where we have the opportunity to meet who we really are.


Shanel Edwards | USA

THIS IS FOR US is a multidisciplinary visual that centers Black Queer Femme radical joy and intimacy in our relationship. We always cultivated magic between us and know healing through tea, glitter, whiskey and a good belly laugh. We thrive despite ANY attempts to kill us. Lucille Clifton says: "Come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed." This is our resilience, this project is void of our trauma.

We Belong, 2018

Takeshi Matsumoto | Thailand, UK

"We Belong" is a contemporary dance film made with stateless children in Thailand, exploring their sense of belonging, identity and growth. This film aims to help vulnerable children and young people to have their agency and visibility, reaching out to wider audience on the global level to raise awareness of the stateless people.