Festival Program

2017
The schedule for the 7th Annual Parrsboro Film Festival will be available as we get closer to the event. Stay tuned.

2016
Here is the 2016 schedule with ticket price information. You can find details about each film or event below this chart.


Friday, Oct. 21
6:00 pm               
Doors open
Gala Night Begins - food, music, displays
6:50 - 7:00 pm    
Welcome to the Festival [Lori Lynch]
7:00 - 7:15 pm    
Presentation by Tim Fedak, Curator, Fundy Geological Museum
- "Time with 'Bubby' and the Parrsboro Rock Shop Project"
7:15 - 7:18 pm    
Screen Nova Scotia PSA
7:18 - 7:20 pm    
Introduction to this evening's screenings [Helen Tyson]
Welcome to our Featured Film Maker for 2016: Ben Proudfoot
[Born in Halifax, Ben graduated from USC's School of Cinematic Arts, in Los Angeles, in 2012. That same year he founded Breakwater Studios (of Halifax and Los Angeles); its headquarters are in the same building where Walt Disney started his studio in 1923. Ben's film Life's Work was one of PFF 2015's most popular showings. Ben is PFF's first "Featured Film Maker". On Sunday, we will be screening two more of his films, Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano; and Why This Road: Dan Portelance - which was shown on "Oprah's Super Soul Sunday" on September 18, 2016.]
7:20 - 7:25 pm
Ben Proudfoot introduces Rwanda & Juliet (remarks recorded in Los Angeles)
7:25 - 8:53 pm
Rwanda & Juliet
2016   documentary   1 hr 28 min   not rated but PG
writer/director: Ben Proudfoot
Dartmouth professor emeritus Andrew Garrod travels to Kilgali, Rwanda to mount a production of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with both Hutu and Tutsi students, twenty years after the genocide against the Tutsis.
8:53 - 9:10 pm
Live Skype Q&A between the audience and Ben Proudfoot
9:10 - 9:30 pm
BREAK
- concessions available, including lattes and home-baked goods
- accessible-to-all washroom on the ground floor; two other washrooms on the lower floor
- Welcome back for the second screening [Helen Tyson]
9:30 - 11:00 pm
Weirdos
2016   B&W   drama   1 hr 25 min   rated 14A
director: Bruce MacDonald  writer: Daniel MacIvor
It's 1976, the weekend of the American Bicentennial celebrations, and in Nova Scotia 15-year-old Kit and his girlfriend are running away. [Premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year]
Saturday, Oct. 22
9:30 am
Doors open
10:am - noon
Short Film Competition   rated 14A (Maritime Film Classifications guidelines)
i) Short Shorts (up to 5 minutes)
Jatte Mele A Gya   1 min 7 sec   Dancers at Peggy's Cove
No Funswick   1 min 34 sec   Experimental film/Hopewell Rocks
Bertholet Charron   3 min 26 sec   A Close, lifelong relationship with nature
[pause to vote]
ii) Long Shorts (over 5 minutes, up to 20)
Bill's Landscape and Exorcism Services   5 min 32 sec   (The title says it all)
Ingrid and the Black Hole   6 min   Two children imagine travelling through time
Wait for Rescue   6 min 16 sec   A couple wakes to an emergency siren
The Singing Lumberjack   6 min 55 sec   Charle Chamberlain/Don Messer's Jubilee
Sleeping Beauty   7 min   A dark, modern version of the classic tale
Marigolds   7 min 39 sec   Ryan O'Toole understands plants better than people
The Wake of Calum MacLeod   8 min 6 sec   A Gaelic storyteller in Cape Breton
Age of Reason   9 min 54 sec   Annie's hopes for her 8th birthday party
Bats   10 min 15 sec   The seasons pass for a woman and a man
Black Guitar   10 min 37 sec   A musician's long, dark night
Hustle & Heart  12 min   A young man tries out for 2nd quarterback
Dawg   16 min   A lonely young musician moves to the city
[pause to vote]
WINNERS WILL BE POSTED DURING LUNCH HOUR, THEN ANNOUNCED WITH THE NEXT SESSION(S)
noon - 1:30 pm
LUNCH BREAK
1:30 - 1:35 pm
Welcome back/announce winners of short film competition [Helen Tyson]
1:36 - 3:05 pm
Sleeping Giant
2015   drama   1 hr 29 min   14A
While spending the summer at a cottage on the shores of Lake Superior three teenagers test the limits of their experience. [PFF's first "From Away" feature. Ontario director Andrew Cividino's first feature film, which premiered in Cannes in 2015.]
3:05 - 3:25 pm
BREAK
Welcome back and introduction to... [Helen Tyson]
3:30 - 5 pm
Talking About Film   rated G (Maritime Film Classifications guidelines)
A new feature for the PFF. Each year, this selection of film clips, speakers and discussions will explore a currently important topic.
This year: The Drone Revolution
5:00 - 7:15
SUPPER BREAK
[Please Note: The BlackRock Bistro will be open at this time but there is no option for including supper with the weekend pass this year.]
7:15 - 7:20
Welcome back. Introduction to next film [Helen Tyson]
7:20 - 8:50 pm
Closet Monster
2016   drama   1 hr 30 min   rated 14A but mature subject matter
An artistic teenager, haunted by traumatic memories, struggles with feelings about his own identity. [Newfoundland director Stephen Dunn's first feature, about a gay teenager's responses to growing up in a homophobic world. With touches of both horror and coming-of-age films, Closet Monster is - according to The Hollywood Reporter - "an accomplished, courageously strange debut".]
8:50 - 9:10 pm
BREAK
9:10 - 9:15 pm
Introduction to next film [Dillon Garland]
9:15 - 10:45 pm
Afraid to Speak
2016   drama   1 hr 30 min   not rated but mature subject matter
Afraid to Speak is a feature film about Nolan, a young man dealing with depression. Things begin to look up when Nolan runs into an old friend, Ellie, but it's only a matter of time before depression sneaks its way back into Nolan's life. [Shot in Halifax, NS, Afraid to Speak is writer/director Dillon Garland's first feature film.]
10:45 - 11:00 pm
Q&A with writer/director Dillon Garland

Sunday, Oct. 23
9:30 am
Doors open
10:00 - 10:05 am
Welcome and introduction to "How to Make a Film for Free" [Helen Tyson]
*This session is free to everyone, especially aspiring film makers!
10:05 - 10:10 am
Writer/director Gary Blackwood introduces the first feature film, The Seer, and the unusual project that led to its making. Shot in Nova Scotia, for essentially no budget.
10:10 am - 12:02 pm
The Seer
2016   drama   1 hr 52 min  rated 14A (Maritime Film Classifications guidelines)
When her son disappears and no one can help, a desperate mother tries to consult a renowned -- but burnt out -- psychic. This feature-length film was made by actors who gave their time and a Nova Scotia community that gave its support.
12:03 - 12:18 pm
Q&A with Gary Blackwood and other members of the cast and crew of The Seer.
12:18 - 1:45 pm
LUNCH BREAK
1:45 - 1:48 pm
Screen Nova Scotia PSA   2 min 7 sec
1:49 - 1:50 pm
Welcome back and introduction to next film [Helen Tyson]
1:51 - 2:18 pm
Montage: Great Film Composers and the Piano
produced by Ben Proudfoot   documentary/music   B&W   27 minutes   rated G (Maritime Film Classification guidelines)
Six film composers (with a total of 73 Academy Awards between them) create original solo pieces for concert pianist Gloria Cheng.
2:19 - 2:45 pm
With the participation of writer/director Daniel Boos
Bound
drama   11 min   rated PG (Maritime Film Classifications guidelines)
A man queries his brother's sudden wealth ... and its source.  Boos was a youth festival winner at Cannes, 2010.
2:45 - 3:05 pm
BREAK
- concessions available
GATHER BALLOTS FOR AUDIENCE FAVOURITE FEATURE
3:05 - 3:08 pm
Welcome back [Robert More] and introduce Ben Proudfoot's Why This Road: Dan Portelance [Shown on Oprah's Super Soul Sunday, on September 18, 2016.]
3:09 - 3:14
Why This Road: Dan Portelance
produced by Ben Proudfoot   2016   documentary   4 min 36 sec   rated G (Maritime Film Classifications guidelines)
He was the son and grandson of fish fryers in coastal Massachusetts, but Dan Portelance wanted to be a chef.
3:15 - 3:20 pm
Announce Audience Favourite Feature [Lori Lynch] and introduce final piece of film (approx. 20 min)