Jul 062012

starbuckPossible Worlds (who inspired my Canadian film month with their Top 100 Canadian Films list) have just announced the film line-up for Australia’s 7th Canadian Film Festival. The Festival will showcase 20 of the best new Canadian feature films at Dendy Opera Quays and Dendy Newtown from 13th to 19th August 2012. Selected titles will also screen at the University of Wollongong and the ARC cinema in Canberra. More details after the jump!

I am really enjoying Canadian cinema at the moment, and am excited to get the opportunity to see such a great bunch of films on the big-screen in Sydney. I hope to be able to see and review half a dozen of the films in the line-up.

Opening night will kick off with the Australian première of the smash hit comedy Starbuck, about a Montreal slacker who learns that, thanks to a prolific bout of sperm donation twenty years earlier, he’s fathered 533 children.

The Festival will close with the Sydney premiere of War Witch, a powerful drama about African child soldiers which recently won the Silver Bear at the Berlin Film Festival and Best Film at the Tribeca Film Festival.


Other highlights include a personal favourite of mine, Oscar-nominated drama Monsieur Lazhar (a 5 star film that has to be seen), award winning Quebec indie Nuit #1, and the Australian première of Ora, a 3D dance film shot using thermal imaging technology.

Audiences will have the rare opportunity to vote for the Audience Award for Best Film and meet prestigious Canadian filmmakers visiting Australia for the festival. The inaugural Jury Award for Best Film will be chosen by the Official Competition jury, comprised this year of Canadian producer David Fedirchuk, American programmer Eddie Cockrell and Australian critic Alice Tynan.

The full line-up can be viewed at www.possibleworlds.net.au

Tickets go on sale Monday 16 July.