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International Festival of Winter Cinema

2022 Schedule

The International Festival of Winter Cinema recognizes and celebrates Canadian and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes of any genre and style for all audiences.

The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) recognizes and celebrates local and international cinema with winter, alpine, and polar themes of any style or genre. We are the world’s only free, outdoor winter film festival that shows films on a snow screen.

The International Festival of Winter Cinema (IFWC) aims to be the premier international juried and competitive film festival featuring unique perspectives and experiences presented through winter-themed cinema and audiovisual art.

Full Daily Schedule

Alpine Sports

February 11, 2022 6pm

Melting Frozen Film Part 1: Frigid Film Festivals on an Overheating Planet
Adam Bentley, Canada, 10:00 min
The IFWC’s first produced documentary series about its Festival Director who travelled to other winter film festivals around the world immediately before the COVID 19 pandemic.

Daisuke Kurata, Japan, 23:24 min
Sideshow presents 3rd Ski Movie, the final segment of a trilogy: Urban, Street and Powder in Japan.

Summit Fever
Cody Townsend, USA, 36:29 min
Cody Townsend`s quest to climb and ski all fifty of “The Fifty Classic Ski Descents of North America”.

Viktor Björnström and Kajsa Määttä, Sweden, 23:00 min
Kajsa and Viktor are two snowboarders living quietly in the very north of Sweden. But in the last two decades, something disquieting has occurred.

Return to Roots
Chris Winters, Canada, 18:59 min
A group of skiers and snowboarders travel to western China to learn about the origins of skiing.

Global Justice

February 12, 2002 6pm

Shadows in Time
Kristina Fithern-Stiele, Canada, 12:28 min
Shadows in Time unveils the experiences of racism and sexism that urban Indigenous young
women and girls in Calgary, Alberta endure in their everyday lives.

Spirit Bear and Children Make History
Amanda Strong, Canada, 26:28 min
Spirit Bear tells the tragic story of Jordan River Anderson, and unfairness towards Indigenous kids.

My 1st Native American Boyfriend
Joey Clift, USA, 4:45 min
Johnny is Emily’s first Native American boyfriend, and now that they’ve been dating for a few months, she’s going to take this golden opportunity to apologize for every microaggression she has ever made against Native Americans.

Nathan Adler, Canada, 2:33 min
Waking up after thousands of years of being encased in ice, the voice of a creature is heard. Emerging to find that the world is a much different place, although some things remain the same, he is hungry, and he is still an Apex predator, at the top of the food chain.

Arctic Adventures

February 13, 2022 6pm

Melting Frozen Film Episode 3: Brilliant Light Against Frozen Moisture
Adam Bentley, Canada, 10:00 min
The IFWC’s first produced documentary series about its Festival Director who travelled to other winter film festivals around the world immediately before the COVID 19 pandemic.

Alone Beneath the Northern Lights
Valentil Boitel-denyset, France, 6:41 min
Valentin Boitel-Denyset spent a year in Scandinavia with the aim of bringing back the most beautiful pictures. This unique experience is documented in a short film, Alone beneath the Northern Ligths.

The Blinding Sea
George Tombs Canada 60:49 min
Follow the life and rivalries of the Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen, who developed relationships with people in diverse cultures in order to explore aboriginal traditional knowledge and modern science.

Valentine’s Day Night

February 14, 2022 6pm

Early Birds
Cole Stevenson, Canada, 3:23 min
A small penguin tries to find a friend to play with.

The Circle of Moose
Josefin Kuschela, Germany, 42:00 min
The documentary gives a glimpse into the multiple ways in which moose and the people of Alaska are connected.

The Snow
Alena Oleinik, Russia, 15:00 min
Little Misha stubbornly awaits his father’s return. His mother Elena, his father’s friends – officers and midshipman Seryogin, want to entertain the child with a real New Year’s holiday. But they can’t cheat the boy.

Mikhail Plisko, Kazakhstan, 30:00 min
A middle-aged driver, who is trying to find the meaning of life in material gain, files for divorce. At the same time a 12-year-old boy escapes from the orphanage. Fate unexpectedly brings them toghether in a life changing experience.

Classic Kids Films

February 15, 2022 6:15pm

The Rink
Gilles Carle, Canada, 10:00 min
Iconic Quebecois director Gilles Carle has the camera follow toddlers learning to skate. Young girls flashing their skates and boys decked out in the colours of their favourite hockey teams.

Stories From Our Land: If You Want to get Married… You Have to Learn How to Build an Igloo
Allen Auksaq, Canada, 5:00 min
From the first cut of the snow knife, to carving the entrance after the last block of snow has been placed on the roof. This is an inside-and-out look at the entire fascinating process.

Carrie Momnourquette, Canada, 1:00 min
With the last of the arctic ice disappearing, a polar bear decides to try his luck finding a job in the big city. However, this bear finds a more creative solution to his original predicament.

Echo Henoche, Canada, 5:00 min
This animated short tells the story of a ferocious polar bear turned to stone by an Inuk shaman. Hand -drawn and painted by Henoche in a style of her own, Shaman is the first collaboration between the Labrador artist and the NFB.

Snow Cat
Sheldon Cohen, Canada, 23:00 min
A grandmother tells her young grandchild the moving tale of a lonely girl and an unforgettable magical cat in this animated short narrated by Oscar, Emmy and Tony Award winner Maureen Stapleton.

Ludovic The Snow Gift
Co Hoedeman, Canada, 14:00 min
In this animated short, Ludovic the bear learns the meaning of friendship while evoking our memories of cherished childhood toys.

Children’s Night

February 15, 2022 6:15pm

It’s Snow
Gayle Thomas, Canada, 5:00 min
Colour cut-out animation inspired by the shape of snowflakes and touched with the airy magic of these fragile designs. While music tinkles invitingly, snowflakes roll and whirl, pulse and glitter, shining with the many hues of twinkling lights.

Slippery Ice
Claude Cloutier, Canada, 1:00 min
Slippery Ice uses archival footage, animated illustrations and amusing narration to explain why we slip on ice.

The Sweater
Sheldon Cohen, Canada, 10:00 min
Roch Carrier recounts the most mortifying moment of his childhood. His friends worshiped Maurice ”rocket” Richard and wore his number 9 jersey, and Roch was mistakenly sent a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey from Eaton’s.

The Boy And The Snow Goose
Gayle Thomas, Canada, 10:00 min
Constant companions through the sun-filled days of summer, the two sadly separate when the bird obeys the call to join its flock. Will the friendship endure?

Local Night I

February 16, 2022 6:15pm

Rowan Gray, Canada, 11:37 min
Discovering her ailing grandmother has escaped, Eden must track her down through a harsh Canadian winter landscape. The two women and their conflicting perceptions lead to a final, singular reality.

Spirit Mother
Marcel Fayant, Canada, 5:28 min
A dead Native child’s spirit is awoken from a dirt grave at at a residential school. He begins his journey to be accepted into a spirit world.

Life On The Move
Jack Belhemeur, Canada, 11:30 min
In his first heartfelt documentary, Jack Belhumeur takes the viewer along for the ride as he navigates the trials and tribulations of life as an essential worker far from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Smile: It’s Only the End of the World
Justin Kueber, Canada, 26:22 min
When a young, recovering addict, is told, “she holds the key to the end of time”, she must uncover the truth and in doing so, confront her troubled past while existing in a city overrun by an oppressive government and a mysterious smoke looming in the sky.

Early Birds
Cole Stevenson, Canada, 3:23 min
A small penguin tries to find a friend to play with.

Blind Ambition The Wop May Story
Frederick Kretsch and Tom Robinson, Canada, 20:00 min
Shot on 35mm filmstock with an orchestral musical score, Blind Ambition brings to life the story of an inspiring and courageous pilot.

IFWC’S Own Films

February 17, 2022 6:15pm


Local Night II

February 18, 2022 6:15pm

Melting Frozen Film Episode 4: When I Read White and Green Blues
Adam Bentley, Canada, 10:00 min
The IFWC’s first produced documentary series about its Festival Director who travelled to other winter film festivals around the world immediately before the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Useless Mutant
Matt Altstadt, Canada, 6:03 min
Jimmer is your average citizen, until his body begins to change in ways that is unexpected and abnormal for every-day life.

Bunny Don’t Let ‘Em Get Your Goat
Daniel Blanchard and Ernst Cedar-Beithstrom, Canada, 10:27 min
A man in a bunny suit must train and fight his greatest rival for what he values most of all.

Pollution Solution
The Bum Family, Canada, 6:06 min
Made by a group of 6 young cousins who fear the world is ending due to human activity.

Angel Lo, Canada, 4:22 min
Rocky is going camping with his friends. Rocky is seeing things. Rocky is seeing something. Someone.

Kara Bullock, Canada, 5:07 min
In the Fall of 2020, Kara and Johanna met in a movement class in the neighbourhood of Bowness, Calgary (Mohkinstsis in Blackfoot). This short film was an opportunity to spend some time together, tell stories, and express through movement together.

The Preparator
Aquiles Ascencion, Canada, 12:00 min
Take a fascinating behind the scenes look at the role of an art museum preparator from arrival of artwork all the way through to final display.

The Campaign
Jack Parker, Canada, 6:52 min
Two step-brothers attempt to bond over live action role playing.

Northern Nightingale
Natasha Soper, Canada, 12:58 min
An East Indian city girl, newly graduated from nursing, escapes an arranged marriage to a town in Northern Alberta. What she thinks is an easy escape turns into a much harsher reality than she bargained for.

Where Monsters Dwell
Jordan Bouma, Canada, 9:55 min
Charlie Wool, an over-confident monster tracker, is flat broke and trapped in a monster infested city. Charlie’s luck turns around when he is finally hired for one last job: tracking down a vicious cyborg bear.

Follow Your Dawgs
Josefin Kuschela, Germany, 33:13 min
We take a look into the everyday lives of dog mushers, visit a mushing school, and get some impressions of the Iditarod, along with the Yukon Quest, the biggest and longest dog sled race in the world.

The Forty Foot
Stuart Black, Ireland, 2:33 min
A short documentary about the brave swimmers of The Forty Foot in Dublin Bay, where people have been dipping into the “fresh” Irish Sea for 250 years.

David Buse, Canada, 4:30 min
A meditative glimpse of birds navigating a snowstorm on Lake Michigan.

Tracy Peters, Canada, 4:50 min
Fevered is a meditation on the heated drama enacted by lakes and rivers as winter unravels. Peters re-imagines the pulsing of waterways as metaphorical rhizome swelling outward.

Feats of Winter

February 19, 2022 6:15pm

Melting Frozen Film Episode 5: Wamly Listening and Learning for a Cheerful Chilly Future
Adam Bentley, Canada, 10:00 min
The IFWC’s first produced documentary series about its Festival Director who Travelled to other winter film festivals around the world immediately before the COVID 19 pandemic.

The Farmer
Michel James Brown, USA, 3:33 min
The Farmer spends his winters harvesting one of the most precious crops on earth: powder. A local legend in the Wasatch Mountains, this film explores how his passion for efficiency and sustainability were utilized to maximize a lifetime of skiing.

The Year of 7 Winters
Marco Zuin, Italy, 18:39 min
A writer spends the months of the pandemic emergency in his cabin in the woods, near a mountain village, rediscovering the time of the natural world.

Luigi Dellarole Austria 10:05 min
Four professional skiers rediscover their backyard during the Covid 19 travel restrictions and presume the best line might be just behind your house.

Finding Fury
Mike Rogge, USA, 12:00 min
Two skiers set out to find the mythical Mount Fury on an arduous journey deep into Washington’s North Cascade range.

Sin Bin| Second Study| The Boogeyman
Shane Eason, Canada, 5:24 min
This second film in the series focuses on NHL enforcer Derek Boogaard, who died at 28 from a drug and alcohol overdose while recovering from a concussion. Following his death, a posthumous examination of his brain was conducted and found evidence that he suffered from CTE.

Koho – Future from Forssa
Sakari Suuronen, Finland, 44:33 min
Portrait of forgotten visionary Kari Aro who founded hockey stick company, KOHO, in a small Finnish town in the 1960’s.

Best of IFWC

February 20, 2022 6:15pm


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