NYICFF Friends & Neighbors: Canada

Touring Program

Runtime: 77 min. | Recommended Ages: 9+
Conversation-starting films from up north
These thought-provoking Canadian films take a deep dive into identity: what it means, and how it shapes our past, present, and future.

Shorts in this lineup:


Canada, Taiwan | New York Premiere
Animation, Po Chien Chen, 2019, 2 min.
In English
A chef notices a group of special guests in the restaurant and decides to serve them some rather unusual signature dishes.

In Passing

Canada | New York Premiere
Animation, Esther Cheung, 2019, 4 min.
In Cantonese
An animator paints a dreamy portrait of kids in 1970s Hong Kong, as remembered by her parents.

The Butterfly Affect

Canada | US Premiere
Animation, Stephanie Blakey, 2019, 5 min.
In English
Before “the change,” Jesse didn’t think she was any different from her friends. Now she’s a young worm trying to find her place in a butterfly’s world.

Wash Day

Animation, Jaida Salmon, 2019, 2 min.
In English
Join Zoey as she goes through her weekly grueling routine of washing and styling her hair.

If You Fall

Animation, Tisha Deb Pillai, 2017, 6 min.

Eight-year-old Lila takes on the daunting task of learning how to cycle, while she and her beloved Baba must also balance Mom’s work, his art, and everyone learning to grow and let go.


Canada | New York Premiere
Animation, Neko Wong-Houle & Terrance Houle, 2020, 3 min.
In English
Father and daughter bond over art and their indigenous family roots in this lovely and loving story, crafted with a range of inventive animation and photographic techniques.


Canada | World Premiere
Live Action, Andy Alvarez, 2020, 14 min.
In English
A resilient mother races to teach her daughter all that she knows to weather the effects of climate change.

In the Shadow of the Pines

Animation, Documentary, Anne Koizumi, 2020, 7 min.
In Japanese, with English subtitles
Pining replaces embarrassment as one girl looks back on her experiences as a self-conscious student at the school where her Japanese immigrant father served as a janitor.

Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes)

Canada | New York Premiere
Animation, Amanda Strong, 2018, 19 min.
In English
Accompanied by a 10,000-year-old shapeshifter, Biidaaban is on a mission to reclaim the power of earth from an overdeveloped suburb in Ontario.

Ice Breakers

Canada | New York Premiere
Documentary, Sandi Rankaduwa, 2019, 15 min.
In English
Josh, a gifted African-Canadian hockey player in an overwhelmingly white sport, hones his skills and discovers a remarkable, buried heritage of Black athletes who helped pioneer the sport.