We’ve been watching movies all year to find the best films. Freeze Frame’s 2018 line up is currently being selected. In the meantime, you can check out our selection from 2017 to get inspired.
Feature Films
Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde)

France / Denmark, 2015 (English) 82 min.

Director: Rémi Chayé      Classification: G / Ages: 7+

In this beautifully animated adventure Sasha, a 15-year-old Russian aristocrat, embarks on an epic adventure after her explorer grandfather mysteriously goes missing on his last expedition, looking for the North Pole.

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Jeremy (El Jeremías)

Mexico, 2015 (Spanish with English subtitles) 95 min.

Director: Anwar Safa      Classification: tba / Ages: 7+

Young misfit Jeremías, an extremely bright 8 year old in Sonora, Mexico, sets out to decide what he should be when he grows up after he learns he really is a genius.

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Les oiseaux de passage (Birds of Passage)

France/Belgium, 2015 (French with English subtitles) 84 min.

Director: Olivier Ringer      Classification: G / Ages: 10+

When Cathy and her wheelchair-bound friend Margaux try to find a new home for Cathy’s baby duckling they embark on a journey that leads to much more than just finding a family for their feathered friend.

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Considering Love and Other Magic

Canada, 2016 (English) 93 min.

Director: Dave Schultz      Classification: 14A / Ages: 14+

When troubled teen Jessie Wilson arrives at the home of long forgotten literary darling Veronica Guest she befriends a timid boy who insists he hasn’t left Veronica’s mansion in more than sixty years. An intriguing and touching film made largely in Winnipeg.

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The Shamer’s Daughter (Skammerens Datter)

Denmark / Norway / Czech Republic / Iceland / Sweden / Finland, 2015 (Danish with English subtitles) 96 min. / Ages: 11+

Director: Kenneth Kainz      Classification: tba

When the heir to the throne in the medieval Kingdom of Dunark is murdered, young Dina and her mother, who can read into the souls of others, must escape the persecution of those who don’t want them to discover the terrible truth.

Screening in collaboration with the Embassy of Denmark in Canada.

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Offline: Are You Ready for the Next Level?

Germany, 2016 (German with English subtitles) 83 min.

Director: Florian Schnell      Classification: PG / Ages: 12+

17 year old Jan is one of the top players in the computer game “Battle of Utgard.” He’s in a great position to win the annual on-line championship – until he learns he’s been hacked by the dark sorcerer Loki.

Screening in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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At Eye Level (Auf Augenhöhe)

Germany, 2016 (German with English subtitles) 99 min.

Directors: Evi Goldbrunner and Joachim Dollhopf      Classification: PG / Ages: 8+

When Michael, an 11 year old orphan living in a children’s home, meets his father for the first time he is shocked to find that his dad is a little person – someone shorter than himself.

Screening in collaboration with the Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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The Sun At Midnight

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Canada, 2016 (English) 93 min.

Director: Kirsten Carthew      Classification: PG / Ages: 15+

When her mother dies, Lia, a very urban 16 year old Aboriginal girl, is sent up North to stay with her grandmother. Out of her element and desperate to return to the city, she escapes and encounters a caribou tracker who saves her life after she gets lost.

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How To Steal A Dog

South Korea, 2015 (Korean with English subtitles) 109 min.

Director: Sung-Ho Kim      Classification: tba / Ages: 6+

Ji-So and her friend Chae-rang develop a plan they hope will reverse the family’s recent misfortune: steal a rich lady’s dog, return it, collect the reward money. What could go wrong?

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That Mennonite Joke

Canada, 2016 (English and Low German) 30 min.

Director: Orlando Braun      Classification: G / Ages: 12+

Manitoba comic Matt Falk takes us on a hilarious and insightful exploration of Mennonite humour and its roots in Low German, or Plautdietsch.

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Short Films
NFB + Short Animation from France


Blind Vaysha

Canada, 2016 (English) 8 min. 13

Director: Theodore Ushev   Classification: tba / Ages: 12+

Vaysha was born with one eye that sees the past and one that sees the future. This prevents her from living in the present. Nominated for an Academy Award!

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Canada, 2016 (English with French subtitles) 12 min.

Director: Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre   Classification: tba / Ages: 12+

Mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Oscar paints a touching portrait of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson as he wistfully meditates on the price of fame and the impact of the artist’s life on family life.

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France, 2007 (no words) 3 min.

Directors: Julien Bocabeille, Olivier Delabarre, François-Xavier Chanioux, Emud Mokhberi, Quentin Marmier, Thierry Marchand

Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

Two love-struck octapuses fight for their lives against a determined cook who wants to see them on the menu.

Le Royaume

France, 2010 (no words) 4 min.

Directors: Nino Alves Rodriguez, Oussama Bouacheria, Julien Chheng, Sebastien Hary, Aymeric Kevin, Franck Monier, Ulysse Malassagne

Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

A king asks a beaver for help in constructing a castle in the forest.

5 mètres 80

France, 2013 (no words) 5 min.

Director: Nicolas Delvaux   Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

A herd of giraffes launch on a series of acrobatic dives of the highest order!

Sweet Cocoon

France, 2014 (no words) 6 min.

Directors: Matéo Bernard, Matthias Bruget, Manon Marco, Quentin Puiraveau, Jonathan Duret

Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

A caterpillar finds a place in which she feels safe to undergo her metamorphosis.

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À la française

France, 2012 (no words) 7 min.

Directors: William Lorton, Emmanuelle Leleu, Hsu Ren-Hsien, Julien Hazebroucq, Morrigan Boyer

Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

It’s an afternoon at the low court of Versailles, during the time of Louis XIV…

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Le Moine et le poisson

France, 1994 (no words) 6 min.

Director: Michael Dudok de Wit   Classification : tba / Ages : 10+

When a monk notices the presence of a jumping fish in a nearby pond a strange alliance develops between the two.

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France, 2013 (no words) 6 min.

Directors: Caroline Domergue, Martin de Coudenhove, Thomas Bourdis, Florian Vecchione, Colin Laubry

Classification: tba / Ages: 10+

At the beginning of the 20th century two mountain climbers carry a statue of the Holy Virgin to the top of a mountain, in accordance with tradition. But their ascent is not without problems.

Pat and Mat

Czech Republic, 2016 (No dialogue) 58 min.

Director: Marek Beneš   Classification: G / Ages: 4+

Animated characters Pat and Mat are two hapless handymen whose ‘solutions’ only create more problems. But it all works out in the end.


It’s a hot day. Pat and Mat decide to set up the swimming pool.

Paper Service

Pat and Mat attempt to recycle paper using their very own technique.


Pat needs to stay at Mat’s while his roof is repaired, but where will the bed go?


Pat and Mat want to watch films but where? And how?

Vacuum Cleaner

Pat and Mat try to improve the performance of their vacuum cleaner, with unintended results.

Exercise Bike

Finding stationary bike riding is boring, Pat and Mat make it more exciting.


Mat buys a giant cactus but the big spines are a real problem. A robot might help?


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