Vancouver Short Film Festival is coming Jan 24-26, 2020

VSFF_Tickets_Social Media ImageOnce again we are excited to Community Partner with the Vancouver Short Film Festival, who are bringing their great line-up (as always) of short film, video and animation from West Coast Canadian filmmakers!!

The 8th annual festival event will once again be at the Vancity theatre, and will kick things off Friday Jan 24, 2020 with a 10 year retrospective screening at 7pm, followed by the Opening Reception at 9pm; for ticket and pass holders. ( There will be wine and snacks too!!)

Saturday is a full day starting at 1:30pm and ending with the ever popular After Dark Programme at 10pm. (we will be in attendance for that!). Sunday programme starts a little later in the day at 3pm and the last programme starts at 6pm. If you are a ticket or pass holder you are invited to their Awards Ceremony and Closing Party at 9pm!!

Tickets are available through eventbrite at: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/vancouver-short-film-festival-tickets-87061608615?aff=ebdssbeac

Wishing the filmmakers, attendees, and organizers all a great festival!!!

#VSFF2020 #KeepItShort

Here is a breakdown of the films appearing in this year’s After Dark Programme:

B’Y

DIRECTOR JOHN HOLLANDS / RUN TIME 7:30 MIN 

Newfoundland, 1840’s. In a house, perched on the edge of the world, a destitute but hopeful young man cares tirelessly for his bedridden mother. As her condition worsens, the boy is plagued with feverish visions as he is forced to confront the dark presence that has descended on the house.


DUÉRMETE NIÑO

DIRECTOR FREDDY CHAVEZ OLMOS / RUN TIME 9:30 MIN 

On an unsettling night in the 1940s, Alma, a religious mother of newborn twins, is constantly awakened by the disturbing sound of her crying babies. Using a new radio monitor to check on them from her bedroom, Alma encounters a series of unsettling events that might jeopardize even her own beliefs.


KILLING FOR SPARK

DIRECTOR MICHAEL SANGALANG / RUN TIME 10:40 MIN 

Two thirty-somethings find themselves in a rut. Work. Groceries. Laundry. Rinse. Repeat.  Another mundane day. Another trip home from the grocery store. Another meaningless fight in the car and an accident impacts their lives forever.  Reigniting their passion for life and one another in bloody love. First comes loathe, then comes murder.


FINDING URANUS

DIRECTOR IVAN LI / RUN TIME 7:00 MIN 

A Coming of Age Sci-Fi Film about Lost and Found


LIVE FEED

DIRECTOR STEPHANIE IZSAK / RUN TIME 5:00 MIN 

Chani has been streaming her party all night, enticing reluctant friend Keara to come. When their app starts glitching and an unexpected guest arrives, technology’s dark effect on our lives and our minds comes into a horrifying new light. Based on real technology found in our everyday lives, Livefeed is a playful cautionary nightmare giving new meaning to the work ‘cyberattack’.


WORDFLAY

DIRECTOR DUNCAN CARR, TYLER GILBERT / RUN TIME 7:00 MIN

A novice horror screenwriter is confronted by his own genre.


BLOW OUT

DIRECTOR DANIEL DAVID STEWART/ RUN TIME 7 MIN 
A comedy-horror about a woman finds a seemingly innocent balloon outside her front door. She brings it inside. Things get weird.

THE CHADDENING

DIRECTOR LEE SHORTEN, KATRINA SALISBURY / RUN TIME 5 MIN 
A young man moves into a college sharehouse only to find his new roomates aren’t what he expected.

EPIC PICTURES and DARKSIDE RELEASING bring DREAD PRESNTS’ “RED LETTER DAY” to CANADA this month!

DARKSIDE RELEASING

The Canadian Release of DREAD PRESENTS’ Red Letter Day (with Darkside Releasing exclusive slipcover) and Darkside Releasing’s first Retro-sploitation Double Feature Blu-ray start shipping January 28th — with PRE-SALES open now!(Click on Box Art for info & to purchase)


EPIC PICTURES and DARKSIDE RELEASING bring DREAD PRESNTS’ “RED LETTER DAY” to CANADA this month!

On January 28th the DREAD fans in Canada will be able to purchase the RED LETTER DAY Blu-ray (with an exclusive limited Canadian slipcover!) directly from darksidereleasing.com.

Horror Buzz calls RED LETTER DAY “Twilight Zone on steroids!”, a totally apt description of this wildly clever and dynamically pulse-pounding take on the classic “The Monsters are Due on Maple Street”, where a mother and her two teens receive mysterious red letters instructing them to kill or be killed – and they’re not the only ones on this quiet suburban block who have…

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NEW RELEASE “BAKERMAN” Shipping on FRIDAY the 13th!!!

DARKSIDE RELEASING

NEW RELEASE “BAKERMAN” Shipping on FRIDAY the 13th!!!

(Available to order now — will ship out on Friday the 13th, in time for Christmas!)

$29.99 with Exclusive Slipcover! (Limited Supply!)

TRAILER | BUY NOW! $29.99 + $4.50 Shipping

Never corner a baker. Jens (Mikkel Vadsholt) has accepted far too much for too long. Being the shy night-owl he is, he keeps to himself, but the world will not let him be. The new master baker’s quality starts slackening, and when a bunch of yobs one day smash the window of Jens’s car, he takes one of them out with a tire iron. Intoxicated by his own new unexpressed vigor, Jens comes out of his shell, but the destructive driving force leads him towards a free fall… David Noel Bourke has consistently worked from making underground genre films to stylish arthouse works, culminating in this disturbing Danish counterpart to ‘Falling…

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Happy #noirvember from Darkside Releasing!

DARKSIDE RELEASING

HAPPY #NOIRVEMBER!

The Lightest Darkness is the first-ever female directed Russian film noir — with reverse chronology.

When a neurotic private eye, who is struggling to finish his last case, takes a train voyage to confront the inevitability of his investigation’s conclusion, his own dark secrets begin to reveal themselves…

Spurred by film-noir momentum and Kafkian conundrum, The Lightest Darkness is a visually stunning neo-noir thriller set around the fictional City of “N” as two fearless women board a train for a dangerous trip. Arina (Irina Gevorgyan), an obstinate screenwriter who is currently seeking crime-related inspiration for a new video game, and Elina (Marina Voytuk), a self-reliant pianist who has witnessed the murder of a serial killer; share their car with Musin (Rashid Aitouganov), an insomniac, neurotic, and traumatized private detective who has been riding on the same train for six months, and whose bizarre behavior leads them to believe…

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….and We’re Back!!

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Cinemafantastique 5 is a go!!

We are so looking forward to another installment of Cinemafantastique! Our Cinemafantastique5 Film Freeway is up and running if you would like to submit your films. Once again we are looking for the weird and wonderful that make up the spectrum of Horror, Thriller, Sci-fi, and Erotic films…really we like anything that is on the Darkside (pun intended), so if you have an animation, drama, comedy, or a documentary film, you can submit that too!! Once again we would like to thank everyone for their patience while we attended to our Darkside adventures; we are excited to be back, and see what you talented folks have going on!

We’d also like to thank Richard and Samantha Lukacs of Crone Cult Pictures for the awesome photography we were able to use to make our graphics this year.

-N