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IFWC 2020 Schedule 

Thursday, February 13

#YEGFILM presents: A Warming Chilly World

Names for Snow

Dir. Rebecca Thomassie | Canada | 5:58 min

Ice Breakers

Dir. Sandi Rankaduwa | Canada | 15:21 min

The Date

Dir. Sarah Von Gertzen | Canada | 0:60 min


Dir. Inuk Jørgensen | Greenland | 12:31 min

Mary Mackagonne | Canada | 10:31 min

Dir. Sean Smith

The Magic Snowball | Canada | 5:00 min

Dir. Sadeé Walden

Where Monsters Dwell |Canada | 9:55 min

Dir. Jordan Bouma

Feature film: Queen without Land

Dir. Asgeir Helgestad | Norway | 01:10:00


This is a true story on the meeting between Frost, a beautiful polar bear mother, and Asgeir Helgestad, a Norwegian wildlife filmmaker. It is a four-year journey on Svalbard. Rising temperatures, are responsible for dramatic changes in Frost’s ecosystem as the ice is melting at record speed. From complete darkness to the absolute light of the midnight sun, Svalbard transforms from a cold and inhospitable place to the most joyous and lively scenery for ice algae, fish, birds and animals. But alongside these seasonal transformations, the disappearing sea ice forces life to new limits. Fjords that were once full of ice and seals, get abandoned pushing Frost further away. Asgeir is determined to find her and document all that is being lost, but his task is far from easy. This film explores the question “this planet is home to all of us, can we afford to ignore it?”

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Friday, February 14

FAVA presents "The Fragile North"

Caribou in the Archive

Dir. Jennifer Dysart | Canada | 8:11 min

The Dying of the Light

Dir. Benjamin Walter | United States | 1:47 min

Inuk Hunter

Dir. Sarah Von Gertzen | Canada | 4:05 min

Throat Singing in Kangirsuk

Dir. Eva Kaukai & Manon Chamberland | Canada | 3:29 min

Eight Bridget Studies

Dir. Jen Mesch | Canada | 8:31 min 

Descent of the Refuge

Dir. Molly Booth & Morgan Shields | United States | 8:35 min


Dir. Tommy Kudluk | Canada | 5:07 min

All That You Love

Dir. Jennifer Boudreau | Canada | 12:38 min

Feature film: Coasters

Dir. Nicolas-Alexandre Tremblay & Stéphane Trottier | Canada | 01:25:00 min

’Coasters’’ is a character driven feature documentary that explores the lives of the people living on the Lower-North-Shore of Quebec namely: the coasters. Anglophone, francophone and first nations innu communities share the isolation of this barren land where there are no roads to the outside world. Every season brings a different challenge for these hardened canadians who live of the land and the sea. They all wait for winter, for when the frozen water and the snow offers the proper conditions for snowmobile travel. Then, the world is theirs. For almost a century, hockey tournaments, carnivals and dancing nights take place every weekend all up ‘’The Coast’’ in a different village. People that left the region for lack of work comes back for this moment frozen in time, knowing that everytime they come back home, might be the last.

Saturday, February 15

Guerilla Motion Pictures presents: Mountain Life

The Alchemy of Mountains

Dir. Anna-Maria Montonen | Belgium | 2:45 min


Dir. Francisco Guiz | Chile | 24:49 min


Dir. Elina Lavikainen | Finland | 6:54 min 

The Valise

Dir. Tammy Salzl |Canada/ Norway | 11:37 min

Refuge in the Rockies

Dir. Kaio Kathriner | Canada | 12:18 min


Dir. Tong Jiage | China | 10:00 min


Dir. William Mazzoleni-Valin | Canada | 14:52

I Love You, Too

Dir. Madeline Setzer | Canada | 2:54 min

Feature film: Mountain Adventure: Out of Bounds

Dir. Caspar Mazzotti | Australia | 43:15 min

Follow Olympian Torah Bright as she journeys through the world's longest chain of mountain ranges extending from Antarctica all the way to Alaska. Along the journey, Torah will ride with backcountry legend Jeremy Jones and freeskiing superstar Sammy Carlson. Together, they will encounter penguins, polar bears, and other wildlife, and meet with scientists and environmentalists to uncover a deeper understanding of our mountain ecosystems.


February 15, 2020: 3:30 to 5:30 PM

Focus on Winter Cinema
Queen of the Oil Patch, with Frederick Kroetsch

Sunday, February 16

AMAAS presents: Our Winter Home


Charlie by the Sea

Dir. Charlie Ekomiak | Canada | 5:29 min

Wandering in the White

Dir. Otto Heikola | Finland/ Norway | 28:00 min

Polar Tour

Dir. Dustin McGladrey | Canada | 4:30 min

A Fusilli Western

Dir. Jason Kuchar | Canada | 4:51 min


Feature film: Under Thin Ice

Dir. Denis Blaquière | Canada/ Greenland | 01:28:00 min

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Join legendary local winter filmmaker Frederick Kroetsch in the snow theatre’s heated tent as he tells the harrowing story of filming Queen of the Oil Patch, a queer television documentary airing on APTN and shot in frozen northern Alberta’s oil country.

The Arctic is a majestic world. A legendary blanket of ice shelters its rich wildlife, from bowhead whales and polar bears to tiny plankton and algae. At the end of each spring, after long months of darkness, the sun shines for 24 hours a day and all living species gather at the floe edge — where ice meets open ocean — for a feeding frenzy.
But global warming is melting the perennial polar ice at an alarming rate and Canadian extreme divers and cinematographers, Jill Heinerth and Mario Cyr, are concerned. In 2018, they combined their formidable skills to investigate how Arctic wildlife is adjusting to changes in their habitat. Things do not go as expected, and as they search for animals and travel over the ice, they experience first-hand the repercussions of rapid climate change.
The documentary Under Thin Ice tells the story of this extraordinary expedition. Viewers will travel on ice floes with Jill and Mario to Tallurutiup Imanga, also known as Lancaster Sound in Nunavut, Canada, where they will dive with belugas and narwhals in the open Arctic Ocean. They will follow them to Greenland's Disko Bay to explore the underside of icebergs and discover the luminescent world of algae. Back to Canada in the Naujaat region, they will swim with walruses and polar bears, the supreme predators of the Arctic.
Filmed in stunning 4K, Under Thin Ice brings viewers into an awe-inspiring underwater world threatened by melting ice and rapid climate change.

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