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CIFFF Award Winners: Documentary and Fiction







Project Title
Country of Origin
Synopsis
Country of Filming
Directors
Submission Categories
The Sacred Place Where Life Begins - Gwich'in Women Speak
United States
In 1988, elders of the Gwich’in nation, people native to northern Alaska and Canada, called a gathering to discuss the threat of oil and gas development in the coastal plain of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This area is a birthing and nursing ground for the Porcupine Caribou Herd, on which the Gwich’in people have depended physically, culturally and spiritually for millennia. In their language, they call this land “The Sacred Place Where Life Begins.” Since 1988, the Gwich’in nation has been gathering every two years. This short documentary shares the voices of Gwich’in women at the 2010 gathering, who speak out for their sacred land, the caribou, their way of life, and indigenous and human rights for future generations. These women inspire audiences around the country to action and will move you to join their effort to permanently protect their sacred land which is also our public land today.
United States
Miho Aida
Short Films: Documentary
Masculins
Canada
Masculins is a portrait of three people who each have distinct masculine identities, and embody transformation in very different ways. Through intimate cinematic approaches, the film identifies and embraces the human element in the deconstruction of gender binaries.
Canada
Stephanie Young
Short Films: Documentary
Iranian Ninja
Iran, Islamic Republic of
This documentary recounts the challenges, difficulties and obstacles for Iranian women that engage in sports "Ninjutsu", to narrates Iran's first female ninja "Khatereh Jalilzadeh".
Iran, Islamic Republic of
Marjan Riahi
Short Films: Documentary






Guida
Brazil
Guida, a sweet lady who has been working as an archivist at a Courthouse for 30 years, has her routine changed when she sees a newspaper ad about life drawing classes in a cultural center of the city. Through the main character's creative sensibility, the short film offers a reflection about the artistic inspiration recovery process, art as a transformation agent and the concept of beauty.
Brazil
Rosana Urbes
Short Films: Fictional Films
LADY NO.4
Israel
A lady enters the ladies room and gets carried away into an endless choreography of self criticism in front of the mirror following the other ladies. The film tries to present the absurdity of the society's impact on the individual, and it is an allegory for the internal need of liberation standing against the desire to get closer to the ideal of beauty.
Israel
Tal Hadar
Short Films: Fictional Films
Scarlines
Canada
Scarlines tells the story of Jack, a trans man who returns to his rural hometown for the first time since his transition. During his visit, he reconnects with loved ones who either fail to recognize him or struggle to accept him.
Canada
Stephanie Young
Short Films: Fictional Films






Anemos
Canada
Time flies. We are used to live focusing on ourselves or on superficial things. Most of the time we miss important moments and we realize that when probably it's too late. Not always we get another chance.
Canada
Francesca Cerisano
Short Films: Documentary
Marrying the Sea
Ireland
Seamus an elderly sailor is tired of being tormented by the death of his wife and the creatures that live at sea who like to remind him of it, so he decides to take matters into his own hands
Ireland
sarah Walsh
Short Films: Fictional Films