See our Motion Picture Arts students bring their stories to life on film. With a variety of film events, we showcase not only the talent of our students and faculty, but also bring unique international films to our Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema. With two streams of Motion Picture Arts, Acting and Production, students collaborate from script to screen.
Oscar Nominated Short Films
Animated Nominated Shorts
February 24 - 6:30 pm | February 25 – 9:30 pm
Live Action Nominated Shorts
February 24 – 9:30 pm | February 25 – 6:30 pm
$5 each or $8 for both sets of shows | Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema
See list below for all shows.
ANIMATED SHORTS (Running Time: 86 minutes)
Borrowed Time – dirs. Andrew Coats and Lou Hamou-Lhadj, USA, 7 minutes
Synopsis: A weathered sheriff returns to the remains of an accident he has spent a lifetime trying to forget. With each step forward, the memories come flooding back. Faced with his mistake once again, he must find the strength to carry on.
Pearl – dir. Patrick Osborne, USA, 6 minutes
Synopsis: Set inside their home, a beloved hatchback, PEARL follows a girl and her dad as they crisscross the country chasing their dreams. It’s a story about the gifts we hand down and their power to carry love, and finding grace in the unlikeliest of places.
Piper – dir. Alan Barillaro, USA, 6 minutes
Synopsis: Directed by Alan Barillaro and produced by Marc Sondheimer, PIPER, the new short from Pixar Animation Studios, tells the story of a hungry sandpiper hatchling who ventures from her nest for the first time to dig for food by the shoreline. The only problem is, the food is buried beneath the sand where scary waves roll up onto the shore.
Blind Vaysha – dir. Theodore Ushev, Canada, 8 minutes
Synopsis: Vaysha is not like other young girls; she was born with one green eye and one brown eye. But her odd eyes aren’t the only thing that’s special about her gaze. Her left eye sees only the past. Her right, only the future. Like a terrible curse, Vaysha’s split vision prevents her from living in the present. Blinded by what was and tormented by what will be, she remains trapped between two irreconcilable temporalities.
Pear Cider and Cigarettes – dir. Robert Valley, Canada and UK, 35 minutes
NOT SUITABLE FOR YOUNGER VIEWERS An inventively animated first-person narration about a troubled friendship, there’s violence, language, sex, and drug use in it, and it’s not appropriate for children.
Synopsis: Drink and smoke...that's what Techno Stypes really liked to do. And fight. He was in no condition to fight. He was sick, really sick. His disease had whittled him down to a shadow of his former self. He was crippled from a car accident when he was 17 but that’s not how he lost his big toe. He lost that in a motorbike accident. Yeah, he was broken alright… what the hell was he fighting for anyway and what was he still doing in China? His father had given me two clear instructions: 1. Get Techno to stop drinking long enough to receive the liver transplant, and 2. Get him back home to Vancouver. This was not going to be easy.
The Head Vanishes (additional film) – 9 minutes
Asteria (additional film) – 5 minutes
Happy End (additional film) – 6 minutes
LIVE ACTION SHORTS (Running Time: 130 minutes)
Sing – dir. Kristof Deak, Hungary, 25 minutes
Synopsis: Zsofi is struggling to fit in at her new school - singing in the school’s famous choir is her only consolation, but the choir director may not be the inspirational teacher everyone thinks she is. It will take Zsofi and her new friend Liza to uncover the cruel truth.
Silent Nights – dir. Aske Bang, Denmark, 30 minutes
Synopsis: Inger volunteers at a homeless shelter and falls in love with the illegal immigrant Kwame. Both live a hard life. Kwame finds comfort in Inger's arms, but says nothing about his family and children in Ghana. When his daughter becomes ill, he is forced to steal money from the homeless shelter to pay the hospital bill. Inger believe his lie about the theft, and when Kwame moves in with Inger they are happy for a while… until the day when Kwame’s mobile phone reveals everything about his life in Ghana.
Timecode – dir. Juanjo Gimenez Pena, Spain, 15 minutes
Synopsis: Luna and Diego are the parking lot security guards. Diego does the night shift, and Luna works by day.
Ennemis Interieurs – dir. Selim Aazzazi, France, 28 minutes
Synopsis: An interview at a local police station turns into an inquisition during which a French-Algerian born man sees himself accused of protecting the identities of possible terrorists. This close-up on France's troubled history with its former colonies has one man controlling the fate of another with the stroke of a pen during a turbulent period in the 1990s.
La Femme et la TGV – dir. Timo von Gunten, Switzerland, 30 minutes
Synopsis: Elise Lafontaine has a secret routine. Every morning and evening for many years, she has been waving at the express train that passes her house. One fateful day, she finds a letter from the train conductor in her garden and her lonely life is turned upside down. She engages in a promising correspondence through poetic and thoughtful letters – two anonymous writers sharing their world with each other… until the day the train line gets cancelled. The story is inspired by true events and stars César Award nominee Jane Birkin.
Movies Worth Watching Series
Never let your friends tie you to the tracks.
March 9 & 11 | Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema | 7:00 pm
$5 | Rating: 18A - Substance Abuse | 93 mins
The Motion Picture Arts program is pleased to present movie nights on the big screen. Already touted as the U.K.'s best film of the decade, this "Clockwork Orange for the '90's", based on Irvine Welsh's cult 1993 bestseller, reunites the explosive team behind last year's hit "Shallow Grave." Thursday screenings are licensed events for adults only, with alcoholic beverages available; Saturday screenings are for all audiences.
World’s Best Commercials - Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity
March 24 & 25 | Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema | 7:00 pm & 9:00 pm
$5 | Rating: TBD
As the world’s most prestigious and coveted advertising and marketing awards, Cannes Lions celebrates creativity by spotlighting best-in-class work from over 100 countries around the world. An annual audience-pleaser you won’t want to miss.
Movies Worth Watching Series
The Ten Commandments (1956)
It would take more than a man to lead the slaves from bondage. It would take a God.
April 13 & 15 | Welikoklad Event Centre Cinema | 7:00 pm
$5 | Rating: PG | 220 mins
The Motion Picture Arts program is pleased to present movie nights on the big screen. An award winning classic. The Egyptian Prince, Moses, learns of his true heritage as a Hebrew and his divine mission as the deliverer of his people. Thursday screenings are licensed events for adults only, with alcoholic beverages available; Saturday screenings are for all audiences.
National Canadian Film Day
April 19 | Welikoklad Event Centre | 7:00 pm
FREE | Not Yet Rated
National Canadian Film Day is a day to stand together with Canadians from coast to coast and celebrate the great cinematic stories we tell one another in this cold, vast country.
April 19th - 7:00 pm
2006 | Director Rob Stewart | Run Time 89 min | Rated PG | FREE
Driven by a life-long fascination with sharks, filmmaker Rob Stewart sets out to dispel the myth that these majestic creatures are bloodthirsty, merciless monsters who prowl the seas in search of tasty swimmers. Filmed in gorgeous high-definition video, Sharkwater takes you into shark-filled oceans, exposing the true nature of sharks as well as the way human interference has turned this noble predator into prey. Stewart teams up with a rogue environmentalist group on a breathtaking adventure to battle shark poachers around the globe. His incredible journey will make you see sharks in a whole new light.
In February 2017 director Rob Stewart drowned in the Florida Keys filming the sequel to Sharkwater. We honour his commitment to the environment and to Canadian Film.
Winner of many Audience and Critics Choice awards at film festivals around the world.
April 19th - 9:00 pm
1981| Directed by David Cronenberg | Run time 103 min | Rated R | FREE
After 10 seconds, the pain begins. 15 seconds, you can’t breathe. 20 seconds, you explode.
Scanners are social outcasts, the by-product of a failed experimental drug given to their mothers during pregnancy, and possess the unusual ability to read and control minds.
Security firm ConSec wants to harness these telekinetics and turn them into a powerful new weapon; however, Revok (Ironside) is hellbent on destroying ConSec and taking over the world. The only man who may be able to stop him is the stoic but equally powerful Vale (Lack).
Chaos reigns as the duo face off in a series of dramatic duels featuring some of cinema’s most jaw-dropping practical effects.
Busting heads and box-office numbers when it opened in 1981, Scanners demonstrates Cronenberg’s talent for accessible, fun and truly awesome science fiction.
"Cronenberg's fascination with the body and mind takes the form of a sprawling, paranoia-filled sci-fi thriller. Car chases, exploding heads, and a climactic, skin-bubbling psychic showdown. Bloody and brilliant.”
Motion Picture Arts Third Year Film Screening
April 28 & 29 | Welikoklad Event Centre | 7:00 pm
Admission by donation at the door | 120 min
Not Rated - Violence and Language warning
Watch the growth of our third year students as they present a variety of class projects and completed films. Always unpredictable and always fun!
Film Works 2017
June 2 & 3 | Welikoklad Event Centre | 7:00 pm
Admission by donation at the door
Not Rated - Violence and Language warning
Join us as we celebrate the best films of the year by our latest graduating student actors, directors, cinematographers and all-around filmmakers.
Are you graduating from RDC this spring? Don't forget to submit your Convocation application!… https://t.co/oTy6jWg2gz
Recognizing student-athletes who are leaders in the classroom, in the community & in their sport | Get tickets:… https://t.co/P6FAMqDPy3
The nomination deadline for Student Recognition Awards is March 1. For info & to submit a nomination visit… https://t.co/glXkV8QnYp
RDC faculty member & pianist Dale Wheeler joins forces with colleagues for an evening of music | Feb 26 | Tickets:… https://t.co/a8mXDHDkuA