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The Great Salish Heist

Director Darrell Dennis
Year 2024
Run Time 95min
Genre Action/Adventure
Steve Joe is a traditional archaeologist with the Moquohat Nation. Down on his luck, with bad things befalling him and others, Steve wants to set things right. The ancestors demand the repatriation of sacred artifacts so loved ones can finally be at rest, including a loved one whose tragic death haunts Steve in his sleep. Alas, the artifacts are in the hands of the dreaded Royal Western Canadian Museum, who's shipping the First Nations exhibition to Europe so "white peoples can gawk." So, turning to others on the Rez, Steve assembles a crack team of burglars while trying to bamboozle a wealthy and diabolical Russian mobster obsessed with collecting artifacts.

Director

Darrell Dennis

Writers

Leslie D. Bland, Harold Joe, Darrell Dennis

Cast

Graham Greene, Darrell Dennis, Tricia Helfer

Producers

Leslie D. Bland, Harold Joe

Genre

Action/Adventure

Interest

Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Machotaildrop

Director Corey Adams
Year 2009
Run Time 91min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy
Machotaildrop is a highly visual and fantastical journey about an amateur skateboarder, Walter Rhum, who realizes his dream of turning pro and riding for the world's greatest skateboard company... Machotaildrop. Set in an anachronistic time and place, Machotaildrop is the greatest skateboard company of its day and the regal and grand sport of skateboarding has been thriving for many generations. Walter's journey serves as a window through which we discover the dark underbelly of what appears at first to be a benign skateboard company.

Director

Corey Adams

Writers

Glen Bolland, Alex Craig, Corey Adams

Cast

Anthony Amedori

Producers

Alex Craig, Oliver Linsley, Jared Valentine

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Interest

Cult & Offbeat Cinema

Original Language

English

Enter the Drag Dragon

Director Lee Demarbre
Year 2023
Run Time 99min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy

An amateur detective Drag Queen finds herself heading off with gangsters, zombies, and other bad guys.

Director

Lee Demarbre

Writer

Mark Pollesel

Cast

Jade London

Producer

Lee Demarbre

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Interest

LGBTQ2S+

Original Language

English

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Short Film Programme

Director Various
Year 2022
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Canadian short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme page, and use the filters at the top to find something that meets your needs. 

If you’d like to show several short films together as a programme, please feel free to get in touch for advice and tips on selecting the perfect combination for your needs. 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, Biography, BIPOC Stories, Bullying, Classics, Cult & Offbeat Cinema, Discrimination, Environment, ESL, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Global Experiences, History, Indigenous Filmmaker, LGBTQ2S+, Literary Adaptation, Newcomer Stories, Social Justice & Politics, Sports, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, French

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Indigenous-made Short Films

Director Various
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
In addition to the feature films in this catalogue, we also offer a wealth of Indigenous-made short films suitable for various grade levels. They cover a variety of themes and topics, and encompass fiction and documentary, live action and animation. For the full list, check out our Short Film Programme and filter by Indigenous filmmaker. 

 

Director

Various

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Documentary, Drama, Experimental, Family, Horror, Romance, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, French, Other Language

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Aboriginality

Directors Dominique Keller, Tom Jackson (Cree)
Year 2007
Run Time 5min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation
A young boy is transported through his television set to the scene of a traditional Indigenous hoop dance, encountering his family's cultural heritage in a new way. Includes spoken word rap in English and in Cree.

Directors

Dominique Keller, Tom Jackson (Cree)

Writer

Dominique Keller

Cast

Dallas Arcand (Kipohtakaw)

Producers

Dominique Keller, Bonnie Thompson

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation

Interests

Arts and Culture, BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

National Film Board (NFB)

Grocery Store Action Movie

Director Matthew Campbell
Year 2016
Run Time 14min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy

A hapless every-man is in the express checkout lane at the grocery store when he realizes with horror that he has forgotten the all-important crackers. With his dinner guests already on their way over, he must risk life and limb to achieve the impossible: locate the salty snacks before losing his place in line. A hilarious send-up of action movie clichés created by and starring three-time Canadian Comedy Award-winning sketch duo Peter n' Chris.

Director

Matthew Campbell

Writers

Peter Carlone, Chris Wilson

Cast

Chris Wilson, Peter Carlone

Producers

David Kaye, Jameson Parker, Ryan Silva

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Original Language

English

Language Version

None

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Four Faces of the Moon

Director Amanda Strong (Michif)
Year 2016
Run Time 13min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family
This intricate stop-motion animation interlaces Canada’s colonial past with writer-director Amanda Strong’s personal family history — and illuminates Cree, Métis, and Anishinaabe reclamation of culture, language, and Nationhood.

Director

Amanda Strong (Michif)

Writers

Amanda Strong (Michif), Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Cast

Gail Maurice (Cree/Métis)

Producer

Bracken Hanuse Corlett (Wuikinuxv-Klahoose)

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Documentary, Family

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

Other Language

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Oliver Bump’s Birthday

Director Jordan Canning
Year 2011
Run Time 16min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy
On the eve of his birthday, 12-year-old child prodigy Oliver Bump is pretty sure he's about to die. Spurred by their demanding parents, his three brothers and sisters lived lives of endless intellectual toil until their inexplicable deaths at the exact moment they turn thirteen. Oliver is fated to be next. He spends his final hours with his parents in rigid preparations for his funeral. But with his new friend Sally at his side, the mysterious solution Oliver’s been working on might help him to escape his impending demise.

Director

Jordan Canning

Writer

Simon McNabb

Cast

Jason Spevack, Reiya Downs, Steve Cumyn

Producers

Mark Purdy, Jessica Cheung

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy

Interest

Family Relationships

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Canadian Film Centre

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Shoot Your Shot

Directors Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax), Meegwun Fairbrother (Ojibway)
Year 2021
Run Time 7min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

A sci-fi/action comedy that follows Tover, a teenager on the frontlines battling a future alien invasion. However, it’s not the aliens that terrify Tover, it’s the idea of asking out his crush, fellow soldier Savoy!

Directors

Madison Thomas (Ojibwe/Saulteax), Meegwun Fairbrother (Ojibway)

Cast

Victoria Turko (Métis), Stephanie Sy, Skye Pelletier, Meegwun Fairbrother (Ojibway)

Producer

Stephen Ground

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Language

English

ARQ

Director Tony Elliott
Year 2016
Run Time 88min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller
Trapped in a lab and stuck in a time loop, a disoriented couple fends off masked raiders while harboring a new energy source that could save humanity.

Director

Tony Elliott

Writer

Tony Elliott

Cast

Rachael Taylor, Robbie Amell, Shaun Benson

Producers

Mason Novick, John Finemore, Kyle Franke

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Netflix

Riot Girls

Director Jovanka Vuckovic
Year 2019
Run Time 81min
Genre Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

In this spirited, punky post-apocalyptic adventure film, all the adults are wiped out by a mysterious plague, leaving kids and teens to fend for themselves. In the town of Potter’s Bluff, there is a sharp divide between two groups: the have-not Eastsiders vs. the tyrannical Westside Titans. 

 

When one of their own is captured by the Titans, it's up to female punk rockers and best friends Nat (Iseman) and Scratch (Kwiatkowski) to lead the East side teens on a dangerous, high-octane mission that forever alters the future of their community.

 

Riot Girls is a punchy, poppy tribute to girlhood that raises a studded middle finger against classism and conformist culture. Packed with punk rock anthems and comic-book undertones, this film is a love letter to teenaged misfits everywhere.

 

Riot Girls confidently and entertainingly sets itself apart from the pack rather nicely thanks to a well rounded script, playful direction, and a whole lotta swagger.” - Andrew Parker, The Gate

Director

Jovanka Vuckovic

Writer

Katherine Collins

Cast

Madison Iseman, Paloma Kwiatkowski, Munro Chambers

Producer

Lauren Grant

Genres

Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

Female Filmmaker, Strong Female Leads

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

levelFILM

Gunless

Director William Philips
Year 2010
Run Time 89min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama
When a notorious American gunslinger (Paul Gross) staggers into Barclay’s Brush, he immediately starts a fight, but is unable to resolve it with a duel — there are no guns in Canada! Soon, the beautiful Jane (Sienna Guillory) gives him a reason to extend his stay.

Director

William Philips

Cast

Paul Gross, Dustin Milligan, Sienna Guillory

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Drama

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

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Night Raiders

Director Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)
Year 2021
Run Time 101min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

A compelling and propulsive dystopian thriller grounded in an allegory for the residential school system, Night Raiders is the story of Niska (Tailfeathers), a Cree mother in an impossible situation. As she travels across a war-torn Turtle Island (North America), she is caught in a desperate attempt to save her daughter from a state-run forced re-education camp. With the world against her, Niska joins forces with a group of underground resistance fighters seeking to free their children and save their future.

Anchored by an incredible lead performance from Tailfeathers along with a stellar supporting cast, this powerful and heartfelt debut feature from Danis Goulet premiered at TIFF in 2021 and was nominated for eleven Canadian Screen Awards, winning six, including Best Original Screenplay.

Night Raiders should become the most talked-about Canadian film of the year. And for good reason.” – Barry Hertz, The Globe and Mail

Director

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Danis Goulet is an award-winning Cree/Métis filmmaker from La Ronge, SK, now based in Toronto. Her films have screened at festivals worldwide including Sundance, Berlinale, TIFF, and MoMA. She is a former programmer and current board member for TIFF, and was the former Director of the imagineNATIVE Film+Media Arts Festival. Her latest projects include the TV series Reservation Dogs, and the upcoming feature film Ivy

Writer

Danis Goulet (Cree/Métis)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Brooklyn Letexier-Hart (Cree/Métis), Alex Tarrant (Māori-Niuean-Samoan), Shaun Sipos, Amanda Plummer

Producers

Taika Waititi (Te Whānau-ā-Apanui), Paul Barkin, Tara Woodbury, Ainsley Gardiner (Ngāti Awa/Te Whānau-a-Apanui/Ngāti  Pikiao/Whakatōhea), Georgina Allison Conder

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Sci-Fi/Fantasy

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Discrimination, Family Relationships, Female Filmmaker, Indigenous Filmmaker, Social Justice & Politics, Strong Female Leads

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, FR Dub, FR Subtitles, Other CC

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

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Blood Quantum

Director Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)
Year 2019
Run Time 96min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

The term “blood quantum” refers to a colonial system enforced on Indigenous peoples in North America which determines their individual status and rights based on their “percentage” of Indigenous ancestry. It is a tool of control, assimilation and erasure of Indigenous peoples.


In this brilliantly provocative horror film set in an isolated Mi’kmaq community, the Indigenous population remains immune to a raging zombie virus infecting the surrounding white population.


Blood soaked, fast paced and darkly comic, Blood Quantum is a wild ride using the zombie genre as a vehicle to explore white supremacy, colonialism, genocide and Indigenous self-determination.

Director

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Writer

Jeff Barnaby (Mi’qmaw)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers (Blackfoot/Sámi), Michael Greyeyes (Plains Cree), Forrest Goodluck (Diné/Mandan/Hidatsa/Tsimshian)

Producers

John Christou, Robert Vroom

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama, Horror

Interests

BIPOC Stories, Indigenous Filmmaker

Original Languages

English, Other Language

Language Versions

EN CC, EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributor

Elevation Pictures

The Little Bear Movie

Director Raymond Jafelice
Year 2001
Run Time 75min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Family

While on a camping trip, Little Bear and his father find a lost cub who has been separated from his parents by a storm. The two become fast friends, and after Cub saves Little Bear from a mountain lion named Trouble, the pair return to Little Bear’s house to meet his pals Cat, Owl, Duck and Hen. The group of friends set out on an exciting adventure to find Cub’s parents.

Based on the beloved book series by Else Holmelund Minarik and illustrated by Maurice Sendak, The Little Bear Movie is a rollicking adventure story, full of the joys and responsibilities of friendship and teamwork.

Director

Raymond Jafelice

Writers

Raymond Jafelice, Nancy Barr

Cast

Kristin Fairlie, Dan Hennessey, Janet-Laine Green

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Family

Interest

Literary Adaptation

Original Language

English

Language Version

FR Dub

Canadian Distributor

Nelvana

La course des tuques (Racetime)

Directors François Brisson, Benoit Godbout
Year 2018
Run Time 89min
Genre Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family
Racetime is the sequel to the highly successful animated film Snowtime!, which was the highest-grossing film in Canada in 2015.

This fun and action-packed sequel is a wild romp through the trials and tribulations, passionate joys and little victories of childhood. Frankie and Sophie are teaming up for a spectacular sled race through the village, and this time they’ve got some new friends along for the ride, including the mysterious Zac and his musical cousin Charly.

Directors

François Brisson, Benoit Godbout

Writers

Paul Risacher, Claude Landry, Maxime Landry

Cast

Mariloup Wolfe, Hélène Bourgeois Leclerc, Sophie Cadieux, André Sauvé

Producer

Marie-Claude Beauchamp

Genres

Action/Adventure, Animation, Comedy, Family

Interests

Bullying, Sports

Original Languages

English, French

Canadian Distributor

eOne

Hobo with a Shotgun

Director Jason Eisener
Year 2011
Run Time 86min
Genre Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Thriller
When a man with no name and no home rolls into a new city, he finds a lawless place ruled by crime lords and teeming with armed robbers, corrupt cops, abused sex workers and even a pedophile Santa. Moved to sorrow, rage and disgust at this urban chaos, the Hobo takes it on himself to clean up the city the best way he knows how — with a 20-gauge shotgun. 

This cult favourite started as a fake movie trailer in Quentin Tarantino & Robert Rodriguez’s Grindhouse. It includes several Canadiana Easter eggs and a memorable performance from Rutger Hauer, who at one point delivers a dramatic monologue to an audience of newborn babies. 

A gleeful, gory sendup of 70s exploitation films, Hobo with a Shotgun delivers plenty of shocks, mayhem and vigilante justice, “one shell at a time.” 

Director

Jason Eisener

Writer

John Davies

Cast

Molly Dunsworth, Gregory Smith, Rutger Hauer

Producers

Niv Fichman, Rob Cotterill, Paul Gross

Genres

Action/Adventure, Comedy, Horror, Thriller

Interest

Social Justice & Politics

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

eOne

The Grey Fox

Director Phillip Borsos
Year 1982
Run Time 92min
Genre Action/Adventure, Drama

After going in and out of prison for over 30 years after a career of stagecoach robbing, Bill Miner is released in 1901 to a completely new reality. Lost about what to do next, Miner finds his inspiration for his next great adventure from the film The Great Train Robbery. His plan to commit the first ever train robbery leads to a thrilling heist and an intriguing tale full of twists and turns. 

Based on the true story of William Miner (nicknamed the Gentleman Bandit), The Grey Fox won 4 Genie Awards including Best Picture and has been included on TIFF’s top 10 list of the Best Canadian Films of All Time.

Director

Phillip Borsos

Borsos was a four-time Canadian Film Award, Genie Award winner, and an Oscar nominee. He released his debut feature, The Grey Fox, to much acclaim in 1982, at age 27. He also directed The Mean Season, One Magic Christmas, Bethune: The Making of a Hero and Far From Home: The Adventures of Yellow Dog, before his tragic death from leukemia at age 41.

Writer

Jonathon M.B. Hunter

Cast

Richard Farnsworth, Jackie Burroughs, Ken Pogue

Producers

David Brady, Peter O'Brian

Genres

Action/Adventure, Drama

Interests

Biography, Classics, History

Original Language

English

Canadian Distributor

Films We Like

Les affamés (Ravenous)

Director Robin Aubert
Year 2017
Run Time 104min
Genre Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

In the bleak aftermath of an outbreak of zombies in rural Quebec, Bonin (Marc-André Grondin) struggles to survive along with the rapidly dwindling remaining population. When he encounters a group hiding in a house that is in the path of an invading horde of the undead, he must decide whether or not to save them, as doing so would put him and his companions in danger.

Les affamés is a brilliant and fresh take on the zombie genre, maintaining a tense atmosphere with exceptional moments of horror. It won the Best Canadian Feature prize at TIFF in 2017 and swept the Jutra Awards (now the Prix Iris) with ten wins, including Best Film and Best Direction.

“Robin Aubert's idiosyncratic and nuanced drama breathes fresh life into the zombie apocalypse subgenre.” - John Leydon, Variety

Director

Robin Aubert

Saints-Martyrs-des-Damnés premiered at TIFF 2005. Aubert also directed the feature films À quelle heure le train pour nulle part, À l’origine d’un cri, and Tuktuq, and starred in De père en flic, the critical hit Guibord s’en va-t-en guerre, Jeune Juliette, and Mon cirque à moi. His latest film, Les Affamés won Best Canadian Feature at TIFF 2017 and ten Prix Iris. He is currently completing his next film, Tu ne sauras jamais. 

Writer

Robin Aubert

Cast

Charlotte St-Martin, Marc-André Grondin, Monia Chokri, Micheline Lanctôt

Producers

C.S. Roy, Stéphanie Morissette

Genres

Action/Adventure, Horror, Sci-Fi/Fantasy, Thriller

Original Language

French

Language Version

EN Subtitles

Canadian Distributors

Les Films Seville, Maison 4:3