Explore our collection of films from past editions of Pendance. Be sure to check back for new titles as they become available online or become available for rent.
AGE OUT is a passionate portrait of youth set in Waco, Texas. Forced out of foster care at age 18, Richie Wincott (Tye Sheridan) collides with the perils and temptations of a life apart. Becoming a prime suspect in a botched robbery, he discovers an impossible love in an unlikely friend. AGE OUT is a humane story about love, loss, wrongdoing, and redemption.
AGE OUT, formerly known as FRIDAY’S CHILD made its Canadian Premiere at Pendance 2019, winning the Jury Award for Best Picture.
Amanda (Morgan Saylor) and Jake (McCaul Lombardi) are in love and want to start a new life together in Los Angeles. Amanda comes from an upper-middle class family, just graduated from college, and has some pressure to find the right job and succeed in her career. Jake is rough around the edges, without a degree, and some, including Amanda’s family, see him as a slacker. In the City of Angels, nothing happens as planned for the young couple as they face the realities of adulthood: family, career, friendship, lodging, finances, love and towed cars. From setbacks to surprises, Amanda and Jake try to find their place in the sprawling city. Will they make the right choices?
ANYWHERE WITH YOU, formerly WE THE COYOTES screened at Pendance 2019. The film is directed by Marco La Via & Hanna Ladoul.
Blending documentary with comedy, drama and hyperbolic fantasies, award-winning director Ann Lupo takes us on an autobiographical rollercoaster ride through the fantastical mind of a young woman falling in and out of love.
IN REALITY won director Ann Lupo the Audience Award for best feature film at Pendance 2019, where the film made its Canadian Premiere.
Tarik (11) helps his father Elias (35) to transport illegal immigrants into the Netherlands. When an accident occurs, Tarik gains the acknowledgement from his father he has yearned for, but at a high price – the loss of his own innocence.
Director SHADY EL-HAMUS Screenwriter JEROEN SCHOLTEN VAN ASCHAT Cast KUBILAY ŞENGÜL MUSTAFA DUYGULU Cinematography TON PETERS Light JANNEKE HOGENBOOM Sound Recording REGARD IBRAHIM Production Design NELLI BODT Editor PATRICK SCHONEVILLE Grading JOPPO IN DE GROT Sound Design TACO DRIJFHOUT Music
Synopsis: A garden-center employee fears his possible infertility and realizes that sometimes you have to swallow your pride to let love overcome.
Director: Noël Loozen
Writers: Joeri Kloppert, Noël Loozen
Stars: Sytske van der Ster, Guido Pollemans, Jiri Loozen, Olivia Lonsdale, Victor Peeters
Cinematographer: Tim Kerbosch
Production company: Halal Amsterdam
Production: Max de Wolf
Synopsis: Athens, today. Seventeen-year-old Aria, who is working at Jimmy’s local kebab place is waiting for a driving lesson with her father.
Written and Directed by Myrsini Aristidou, Cinematography by Federico Cesca, Casting by Lydia Georgana, Starring Chrysa Platsatoura
Synopsis: Synopsis: Three girls ruthlessly tease an overweight teen named Sara whom they nickname ‘Cerdita’ (Piggy). They steal her clothes and belongings, leaving her to walk home in just her bikini. However, as events unfold, it is Sara who will have the last laugh.
Director/Writer: Carlota Martínez Pereda, Director of Photography: Rita Noriega
Synopsis: A Youtuber and her partner have gotten their hands on an anonymous video which shows the disturbing rape of a white woman by two masked men. The means by which they got this video is a bit more complicated.
Directed by: Dimitris Katsimiris Starring: Lena Kitsopoulou, Yiannis Kotsifas, Chrisothemis Amanatidi, Tuji Sanusi, and Nick Wahome Produced by: Frau Films and Midnight Pictures
Synopsis: On election night, a janitor feels cheated out of a life he might have lived when his own clone becomes the President. He goes on a bender to seek justice, encountering new forms of prejudice, dismissal, and classism. In a society where the morality around cloning is dividing the masses, physically looking like the newly elected President has its own dangers…
Directed By: Sean Miller Starring: Mike McNamara, Kylan Conroy
Synopsis: Minutes before his nuptials, a neurotic young man locks himself in the back room of a church, with the best man he knows. Recalling the woman of his past, he questions his choice.
Jitters, written, directed, and produced by Otoja Abit, and starring Otoja Abit in the leading role is a brilliant short film which will have audiences talking long after the credits roll.
Synopsis: During a sleepover, four 9-year-old girls obsessed with space embark on a secret mission in their cardboard rocket. When Dad returns home, what will become of their mission?
Director Carys Watford’s statement: ‘Space Girls’ is a celebration of the power of imagination, the importance of STEM education and girl power! I wanted to make a fun adventure film about the wonders of space & the importance of space travel. The innocent wonder of childhood – where playtime feels real, alive & magical – felt like an ideal setting in which to explore these ideas.
Synopsis: An adolescent boy attempts to untangle his memories of a mysterious infestation, the unravelling of his father, and the little creatures inside us all.
Winner of the Palme D’or at Cannes.
Directed by: Charles Williams
Synopsis: Dr. Neal Goodman enables terminal patients’ right to die through the practice of mercy killing via his one-of-a-kind device. But when he sets out to fulfill a mother’s request to euthanize her “terminally-ill” daughter, he discovers that his procedure is the crux of an elaborate cult ritual that tests his ethics like never before.
Director: Grayson Whitehurst Writer: Grayson Whitehurst
Stars: Eileen Weisinger, Atticus Cain, Dannah Basgall
Synopsis: When a little bird suddenly drops dead in it’s cage, all eyes are on the cat. Desperately he tries to make everything right again, but actually making everything worse in the progress.
“Catastrophe” is a vimeo staff pick. Read more about it here: vimeo.com/blog/post/staff-pick-premiere-catastrophe/
Synopsis: A group of men commit themselves to an experimental treatment program – one that claims to cure them of their forbidden desires.
Writer / Director / Editor: Kalainithan Kalaichelvan
Producers: Michael Redshaw and Kalainithan Kalaichelvan
Starring: Mark Starratt, Peter Valdron, David Richard, Jennifer Ramos, Kelly McDowell and David Parisian
Director of Photography: Andrew Lau
Music: Kalaisan Kalaichelvan
Synopsis: A downtrodden house dog escapes into the woods at night to follow the psychedelic temptations of the natural world.
Director: PJ Hoffman & Christian Chapman
Stars: Alice Chapman as Alice the dog
Synopsis: On the brink of demise, a self-destructive man who has sadly reached the lowest point in his life, receives an unexpected call from his estranged sister to look after her young daughter for the night.
Director: Shawn Christensen
Writer: Shawn Christensen
Stars: Shawn Christensen, Fatima Ptacek, Kim Allen