Festival Schedule 2019

The Pendance Film Festival, being held at the Regent Theatre (551 Mt.Pleasant Rd.) in Toronto, Canada is devoted to showcasing the very best of independent cinema from around the world. We prioritize writing, story, acting, sound, and music over everything. In our second year, we expand to a four-night festival with 50 short and feature films.

FEBRUARY 1st | FRIDAY

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

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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

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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

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FEBRUARY 2nd | SATURDAY

1:00 PM – 3:00 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

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3:00 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

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5:00 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

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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

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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

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FEBRUARY 3rd | SUNDAY

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

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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

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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

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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

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