September 2nd, 2014 05:38 p.m.

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival

Canada’s Top Ten Film Festival celebrates Canadian Cinema and promotes excellence in both short and feature length films by combining some of Canada’s most acclaimed filmmakers with up and coming award-winners and presenting their work to audiences in Edmonton and across the country. The films are chosen by a panel of filmmakers and industry professionals, brought together by the Toronto International Film Festival. Come celebrate the finest films our country has to offer and find out why Canada has some of the best filmmakers on the planet!

Please note: The F Word, also selected for Canada’s Top Ten 2013, was not available due to theatrical release plans. (All film descriptions courtesy of TIFF).

FILM REVIEW "I haven’t seen all of these films yet, but I’ve seen enough to prompt me to strongly urge you to take the time to see at least the few that intrigue you most." Josef Braun -VUE Weekly

Top Ten: Asphalt Watches

Director: Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver
Canada 2013, 94 min, Digital
  • Feb 21 @ 7pm
  • Feb 26 @ 9pm
Get ready for a bizarre and loopy road trip across Canada, as it’s never been seen before! Visual artists Seth Scriver and Shayne Ehman spent seven years turning their adventures hitchhiking along the Trans-Canada Highway into this hilarious, grotesque, and... view more

Top Ten: When Jews Were Funny

Director: Alan Zweig
Canada 2013, 90 min, Digital
  • Feb 22 @ 2pm
A thoughtful exploration of Jewish identity couched in a charmingly casual history of Jewish stand-up comedy, _When Jews Were Funny_ begins with veteran filmmaker Alan Zweig speculating on how Jewish his infant daughter will be, given his own apostate status.... view more

Top Ten: Enemy

Director: Denis Villeneuve
Canada/ Spain 2013, 90 min, Digital
  • Feb 22 @ 7pm
Based on the 2002 novel _The Double_ by the late author José Saramago, Enemy breathes new life into the doppelgänger tale, confirming Quebec director Denis Villeneuve as one of our most skilled cinematic storytellers. Adam Bell (Jake Gyllenhaal) is a... view more

Top Ten: Vic + Flo Saw a Bear

Director: Denis Côté
Canada 2013, 95 min, Digital
  • Feb 23 @ 12:30pm
Freshly released from prison, Vic and her lover and fellow ex-con Flo take up residence in a remote farmhouse to care for Vic’s aging, ailing uncle Émil. Viewed with suspicion both by the locals, who have their own plans for... view more

Top Ten: Watermark

Director: Jennifer Baichwal, Edward Burtynsky
Canada 2013, 90 min, Digital
  • Feb 23 @ 2:30pm
Following their triumphant collaboration on _Manufactured Landscapes_, award-winning documentary filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal and acclaimed environmental photographer Edward Burtynsky reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated, and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.... view more

Top Ten: Shorts Programme

Director: Various
Canada 2013, 161 min, Digital
  • Feb 23 @ 7pm
From kung fu-infused middle-school dances and bitter bachelorette parties to eye-opening documentaries, this alternately hilarious and moving programme of shorts is tied together with incredible art direction, masterful mise-en-scène, and imaginative storytelling. Filmmakers include: Chris Landreth, Claire Blanchet, Fraser Munden, Neil... view more

Top Ten: Sarah Prefers to Run

Director: Chloé Robichaud
Canada 2013, 96 min, Digital
  • Feb 24 @ 7pm
Introverted and obsessively single-minded, Sarah (Sophie Desmarais) lives to run. When she is accepted into the athletic training program at Montreal’s McGill University, she is determined to take up the offer, despite her mother’s surprising lack of support, both emotional... view more

Top Ten: Tom at the Farm

Director: Xavier Dolan
Canada / France 2013, 95 min, Digital
  • Feb 25 @ 7pm
With only three features under his belt, writer-director-actor Xavier Dolan has already established himself as Canada’s cinematic poet of desire... With _Tom à la ferme_, Dolan brilliantly riffs on the psychological thriller as he explores the darker reaches of ardour... view more

Top Ten: Rhymes for Young Ghouls

Director: Jeff Barnaby
Canada 2013, 85 min, Digital
  • Feb 28 @ 7pm
  • Mar 3 @ 9pm
  • Mar 4 @ 9:15pm
Set against the backdrop of the residential schools tragedy - when thousands of Aboriginal children were separated from their families, culture, and language, _Rhymes for Young Ghouls_ resembles an S.E. Hinton novel re-imagined as a surreal, righteously furious thriller. At... view more

Top Ten: Gabrielle

Director: Louise Archambault
Canada 2013, 104 min, Digital
  • Mar 2 @ 4pm
Archambault’s tender drama follows a developmentally challenged young woman’s quest for independence and sexual freedom. Living in a group home for developmentally disabled adults, the musically talented Gabrielle (luminously played by Gabrielle Marion-Rivard, who has Williams syndrome in real life)... view more
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