• B GRFF Opening Gala Presentation
  • B GRFF Closing Gala
Film Synopsis
  • In this bold, hilarious and poignant portrait, Elaine Stritch- the uncompromising Tony and Emmy Award-winner- is revealed both on and off stage. Candid reflections about her life are punctuated with words from friends (including James Gandolfini, Tina Fey, John Turturro, Hal Prince, George C. Wolfe, Nathan Lane and Cherry Jones) and archival footage that showcases some of the great moments from her career. Whether dominating the stage, tormenting Alec Baldwin on the set of 30 Rock, or sharing her struggles with aging, diabetes and alcoholism, Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me reaches beyond the icon’s brassy exterior and reveals an inspiring portrait of a complex woman and artist.

  • A group of passionate young people head into the jungles of Borneo for 100 days. Their mission: to help save forests and orangutans. Their task is enormous and the odds are against them – but they never give up.

    With two orphaned baby orangutans entrusted in their care, they embark on a plan to create a safe and permanent haven for them in the midst of the threatened forest.

    To do this, they need to build an orangutan rehabilitation centre and work with the local communities to protect their forest. They start a reforestation nursery and create an education show for local schools. Under the guidance of their mentor Dr. Willie Smits, they introduce an innovative satellite monitoring system called Earthwatchers and enlist the help of school students around the world. The system is put to the test when the bulldozers move in and threaten the future of a nearby community living in a traditional longhouse.

    They endure intense personal challenges as they confront corruption and their own lack of resources and experience. They come to understand and respect the traditions of the local Dayak people, and discover their true strength is in trusting each other and persevering in the face of adversity.

  • Presented by IDEA | EXCHANGE as part of the TIFF Film Circuit Group.

    Big News from Grand Rock is the story of Leonard Crane, the editor of a small town newspaper facing bankruptcy. In an attempt to attract advertisers and readership Leonard  begins  inventing stories based on old movies. The plan pays off until one of the stories attracts the attention of Lucy, an ambitious reporter from the big city. She exposes Leonard’s hoax. But then Leonard discovers that one of his stories may be true. With a great scoop but no one to believe him, Leonard and Lucy must team up to try to save the town, the newspaper and his reputation.

    This modern take on the fable The Boy Who Cried Wolf was the winner of the 2009 Telefilm Pitch This! contest.

  • When 30 year old LEXI IVY’s romantic view of life is torn apart, she learns that love, however flawed and difficult, does exist. Plus–sized and 30 years old, LEXIE IVY is a feisty Bed & Breakfast owner who desperately needs a date to her sister’s wedding. In small town Nova Scotia, that’s no easy task, especially when the most eligible bachelor is JOSS, the rough handyman fixing her roof. When ADRIAN, a handsome and charming guest, arrives and seems to take an interest in Lexie, she thinks all her problems are solved. But she misreads the situation and is soon reeling, believing her romantic dream has slipped away, maybe forever. After a series of hilarious mishaps and a reality check or two, Lexie opens her heart and eyes to see that love may be a lot closer than she thought.

    RELATIVE HAPPINESS is a romantic comedy, every bit as feisty as Lexie herself, starring Australian actress, MELISSA BERGLAND (Winners & Losers) in a breakout role, based on the best selling novel by Lesley Crewe and directed by Deanne Foley (Beat Down).

  • Veteran filmmaker Sturla Gunnarsson — whose Force of Nature, a look at the life of Canadian icon David Suzuki, won the TIFF People’s Choice Award for best documentary at the Festival in 2010 — returns with one of his most personal projects to date. Monsoon is a visually stunning meditation on the annual rains that descend upon India, and their alternately disastrous and beneficial impact on Indian society, economy, agriculture, and individual lives. For Gunnarsson, the monsoon functions as a godlike entity, capable of bringing and sustaining life and destroying it — a duality that sparks profound reflections on the nature of order, chaos, creation, and faith in a perpetually mysterious universe.

    Chasing the weather system from when it hits land in the south (where a family anxiously awaits its arrival) to its passage through large cities like Calcutta and Mumbai and on into the northern sections of the country, Gunnarsson speaks to Indians from all walks of life about the monsoon’s manifold effects: the head of the Indian Meteorological Society, who zealously (and hilariously) polices his statements in the knowledge that an inopportune phrasing could cause markets to plummet, so significant is the monsoon to agriculture; a movie star, who discusses the storm’s function as a herald of romance in countless Bollywood movies; a bookie who takes bets on when and whether the skies will open up; park rangers endeavouring to protect endangered animals exposed to poachers by the floods; and many more.

  • Sepideh wants to become an astronaut. She spends her nights exploring the secrets of the universe, while her family will do anything to keep her on the ground. The expectations for a young Iranian woman are very different from Sepideh’s ambitions, and her plans to go to university are in danger. But Sepideh holds on to her dream! She takes up the fight and teams up with the world’s first female space tourist, Anousheh Ansari.

    Everything is in perfect alignment for this extraordinary feature, a very beautiful, emotional and intelligent coming of age film. – Christopher Campbell NONFICS

    Sepideh’s story is very personal and very specific, but in the DNA, her story is every woman’s story. – Katie Walsh INDIEWIRE

    Nominated, Grand Jury Prize SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVAL 2014

    • Documentary
    • USA
    • English
    • Chiemi Karasawa
    • 81 minutes
    • Rated PG13
    • Elaine Stritch: Shoot Me
    • Landmark Cinemas P 7:30pm
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    • Documentary
    • Australia
    • English
    • Cathy Henkel
    • 105 minutes
    • Rated PG
    • Rise of the Eco Warriors
    • Landmark Cinemas P 7:00pm
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    • Comedy/Romance
    • Canada
    • English
    • Daniel Perlmutter
    • 87 minutes
    • Rated G
    • Big News from Grand Rock
    • Landmark Cinemas P 7:30pm
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    • Comedy/Romance
    • Canada
    • English
    • Deanne Foley
    • 94 minutes
    • Rated 14A
    • Relative Happiness
    • Landmark Cinemas P 6:45pm
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    • Documentary
    • Canada
    • English
    • Sturla Gunnarsson
    • 108 minutes
    • Rated PG
    • Monsoon
    • Landmark Cinemas P 9:15 pm
    • Documentary
    • Netherlands
    • Persian/English
    • Berit Madsen
    • 90 minutes
    • Rated PG
    • Sepideh
    • Dunfield Theatre P 7:30pm
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