Festival Schedule 2019


2 PM – 4 PM

Afternoon Networking (for pass holders only).


Location: The Bull: A Firkin Pub, 1835 Yonge St


4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Networking Event (for pass holders only)


Location: The Bull: A Firkin Pub, 1835 Yonge St

6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

The Opening Screening at Pendance may very well be the greatest 7-film short block ever assembled. Featuring 6 Canadian Premieres, ‘Masters of the Camera’ is an exhibition of some of the best show-don’t-tell storytelling, featuring some of the most visually engaging and dynamic stories you’ll see all year. READ MORE

8:15 PM – 10:15 PM

Director: A.J. Edwards

Stars: Tye Sheridan, Imogen Poots, Caleb Landry Jones


Richie ages out of the Texas foster care system and finds himself alone and unable to cope with the new pressures of being “emancipated” as an adult. He finds two friends who offer very distinct paths. READ MORE

10:35 PM – 1:00 AM

The very best horror, dark comedy, sci-fi, and dark dramatic thrillers from around the world. This event is the crown jewel of the shorts showcase and will certainly challenge you to ride a wave of complex emotions. READ MORE


1 PM – 2:50 PM

Director: Ben Brand

Stars: Nino den Brave, Senna Fokke, Wim Opbrouck


A brash teenage boy faces a whirlwind of consequences when his video of his younger sister committing an act of animal cruelty goes viral. READ MORE

3 PM – 4:45 PM

Director: Tamás Yvan Topolánszky

Stars: Ferenc Lengyel, Evelin Dobos, Declan Hannigan, Scott Alexander Young, Nikolett Barabás, Lili Bordán


As America prepares to enter WW2, Hungarian film director Michael Curtiz grapples with political intervention and a dysfunctional relationship with his estranged daughter amid the troubled production of Casablanca in 1942. READ MORE

5:15 PM – 6:55 PM

A screening block of some visually stunning films:
Dear Chickens, Nikki Marianne, Botanica, Palookaville, Jitters, Space Girls, Aria, and Nightshade. READ MORE

7:30 PM – 9:15 PM

Director: Peter Brunner

Stars: Caleb Landry Jones, Eleonore Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Christos Haas


Norman, who survived a fire as a child, is obsessed with light and haunted by its powers. READ MORE

9:30 PM – 11:25 PM

Director: Thomas Matthews and Michael Matthews

Stars: Kate Lyn Sheil, Keith Poulson, William Jackson Harper, Joshua Leonard


A New York social worker finds herself embroiled in the kidnapping of a Washington DC socialite. READ MORE

11:30 PM – 1:30 AM

Networking Event (for pass holders only)


Location: Granite Brewery, 245 Eglinton Ave E


1:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Director: Ann Lupo

Stars: Ann Lupo, Miles G. Jackson, Kimiko Glenn, Olivia Washington


Despite boasting rich friendships and a creative job, young filmmaker Ann is consumed by the fantasy of finding true love. READ MORE

3:00 PM – 4:40 PM

Director: Santiago Rizzo

Stars: Dash Mihok, Lakeith Stanfield, Gregory Kasyan, Sepideh Moafi, Lou Diamond Phillips


A shocking non-romantic love story that does not shelter kids from the reality of what other kids go through. A commentary on our need for healing and empathy from a 12-year-old in crisis losing faith in integrity. READ MORE

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

The Tarkovsky Showcase is a 6-film block of some of the most mesmerizing thought-provoking international short films. The films are methodical and deliberate in their pacing and attention to detail. All 6 have had major success on the festival circuit.  READ MORE

7:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Directors: Hanna Ladoul, Marco La Via

Stars: Morgan Saylor, McCaul Lombardi, Betsy Brandt, Khleo Thomas


Amanda and Jake are in love and want to start a new life in Los Angeles. The first 24 hours of their new life will take them all around the city, bringing them more surprises and frustrations than expected. READ MORE

9:30 PM – 12:00 AM

Closing Night Awards + Party (for pass holders only)