Water Drops Shorts Program at ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate

Vancouver Short Film Festival is proud to be a Presenting Partner of the Water Drops Shorts Program at ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate.


ReSurge: Canadian Film Festivals for a Liveable Climate is bringing together 10+ film festivals to showcase new environmental documentaries during a 6-day festival.

Don't miss it! The festival streams live across Canada from November 9 - 14, and is available on demand until November 30th.


Passes, program & details: https://www.waterdocs.ca/resurgefestival


About the Festival:


ReSurge is Water Docs 10th anniversary film festival. It’s a unique, breakthrough initiative uniting film festivals from across Canada to co-host a one-of-a-kind water and climate-themed virtual documentary and event series to promote serious action to avert further climate crises. ReSurge culminates into six days, over 40 films, special events, partnerships and more.

WATER DROPS SHORTS PROGRAM | LIVESTREAM

Sunday, November 14th | 3:00 pm EST


Screening as part of this Program:


THE DROP | MAEVIA GRIFFITHS

SWITZERLAND | 2020 | 40 min | World Premiere

THE DROP confronts the audience with the topic of water not uniquely as a necessity, but rather as an indicator of social justice, racial inequalities, and a trigger for social transformative change. Following a young Swiss student through the USA, Canada, Guatemala, and Bolivia, different stories and interviews illustrate how a single drop of water can highlight the drop of a global system that fails to consider its people equally.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/634185939


FLASHBACK TO THE POOL | LUCAS STANTON & PETER ROADS

AUSTRALIA | 2020 | 4 min | North American Premiere

Peter's casual swim at the local pool turns into a traumatizing flashback of being terrorized by a childhood swimming instructor.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/634189991


DEEP FEARS | RYAN CHU

USA | 2020 | 3.5 min | Ontario Premiere

DEEP FEARS is an animated short film about a sea otter who is afraid of the ocean. He is challenged to face his fears when he loses his precious pink shell necklace at sea. He is met by two other animals, a crab and a seal, who react differently to the sea otter's unusual predicament.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/634199905


LEON’S FIRST RAIN | BRIAN G. SMITH

CANADA | 2020 | 2 min

2-year-old Leon experiences his 1st solo rain shower.


COMPULSIVE DIVER | THOMAS MANGUM

USA | 2020 | 7 min | World Premiere

Scuba diving is the cure for it all. Tourettes Syndrome is often misunderstood and ridiculed. COMPULSIVE DIVER will help to rid some of the stigmas surrounding the condition.

TRAILER: https://vimeo.com/634220157


MISSION CREEK RESTORATION INITIATIVE | JAN VOZENILEK

CANADA | 2020 | 5.5 min | World Premiere

Mission Creek is one of the Okanagan Valley’s most important waterways, supplying a quarter of all inflow waters to Okanagan Lake. Running through Kelowna, BC, Canada, the creek holds significant ecological, historical, and cultural value beyond just Kelowna, affecting upstream and downstream watersheds and communities across the Central Okanagan. This film highlights the restoration efforts being undertaken by the Mission Creek Restoration Initiative (MCRI), to return the creek to its natural flow, restore essential habitat for wildlife, and provide an active corridor and essential greenspace for residents and visitors each day.


FINDING BALANCE BELOW: STABILIZING CALIFORNIA’S GROUNDWATER | NATHAN WEYLAND

USA | 2021 | 7.5 min | Canadian Premiere

More severe weather in California's central valley ("drier dries and wetter wets", as climate scientists predict) is threatening one of the world's most important food producing regions. Efforts are underway to replenish the water below ground, the 'savings account' that farmers and small communities rely on to eke through the dry periods. What is the future of this promising technology and what further research is needed to ensure safety for all the communities that rely on groundwater?


THE LOST SEAHORSE | BENJAMIN FIESCHI-ROSE & KIRSTEN BRASS

CANADA | 2021 | 10 min

THE LOST SEAHORSE is a stop-motion short film about one small creature struggling to fit in. But it is set in front of a much larger backdrop of ecological change. This film will take audiences on a journey through a striking underwater world, and along the way, remind them of the importance of our oceans and the creatures that inhabit them.


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