Greetings and Welcome to Freeze Frame 2017
President of the Board
Executive Producer and Artistic Director
Often, more than any other form of popular culture, films for young people reflect current issues and concerns of society like a barometer. What themes run through the programming for Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages? Produced over the past two years, many of the selected films show a world full of threats and challenges, from the persecuted clairvoyant in The Shamer’s Daughter, to the disorientation of the heroine in The Sun At Midnight, to the challenges faced by the young girls in Birds of Passage/Oiseaux de passage, to the analogue and digital torments experienced by the hero in Offline: Are You Ready for the Next Level?
We have the impression that these youths have inherited a hostile world whether urban, natural, human or fabricated – one that is replete with obstacles to their happiness and development. Yet there is nothing depressing in these films because the young heroes and heroines are up to meeting the challenges they face. They use their creativity, humour, tenderness and stubbornness to overcome the challenges and obstacles they were dealt in life. They succeed because pessimism and resignation are not options in their world. Unlike the adult characters, these young heroes and heroines believe in the future. To each generation its challenges and to each generation its hero.
Minister of Canadian Heritage
The Honourable Mélanie Joly
Welcome to the 21st Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages.
In 2017, we are marking the 150th anniversary of Confederation—and Canada’s young people are going to be at the heart of the celebration! Thanks to this festival, young audiences will be able to explore other cultures and make amazing discoveries. What a great way to allow families to make the most out of arts and culture!
As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to thank the organizers and film enthusiasts who worked together to bring this year’s festival to life. The Government of Canada is proud to support Freeze Frame in making it possible for kids to experience the magic of the movies.
Enjoy the films!
Mayor of Winnipeg
It is my pleasure to extend greetings to everyone attending Freeze Frame’s 21st Annual International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages.
I fully support the goals of Freeze Frame — to give kids an insight into what happens behind the scenes of film production and expose them to more of what is out there beyond the borders of Hollywood. Creating a media savvy society is becoming even more important as is exposure to different messages, different points of view, and different ways of telling a story. There is a great line-up of films this year, and I’m sure the young audience members will enjoy their experience at the Festival.
On behalf of the City of Winnipeg and my City Council colleagues, I want to recognize the tremendous work of the volunteers, organizers, and film makers who make the Festival possible. Thank you all for your contributions to Freeze Frame and the rich cultural life of our city.
Minister of Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage
The Honourable Rochelle Squires
On behalf of the Manitoba government, I am pleased to welcome everyone to the 2017 Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of All Ages.
This annual celebration of creative art and youthful insight features a family-friendly slate of films that will amuse, educate and inspire audiences. Freeze Frame’s workshops and activities encourage artistic expression, while also promoting film appreciation – both gifts that truly keep on giving.
Visual media has the power to communicate and enlighten, bridging cultural and linguistic barriers to present themes that demonstrate our common humanity. We are proud to support this innovative festival that brings people of all ages together to experience the world as seen from a youthful point of view.
Congratulations to the filmmakers, organizers and sponsors for all of your efforts in consistently making this wonderful festival such a popular part of the outstanding cultural community we enjoy here in Manitoba. I wish you continued success.
Chair of the Board, Telefilm Canada
Several decades ago our country’s filmmakers dreamed of offering Canadians more stories based on Canadian experiences. In 1967 the development of an original model for funding films in Canada led to the creation of Telefilm Canada. 2017 marks our 50th anniversary! What a great opportunity to celebrate 50 years of talent—to honour those who helped build this industry, including our partners at Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages.
Incredible staff and volunteers, such as the team behind the Freeze Frame International Film Festival for Kids of all Ages, make it possible for homegrown productions to be accessible from coast to coast. Their passion ensures that Canadian directors, actors, screenwriters, producers and craftspeople are recognized for their achievements.
And, of course, thank you to you the audience—you drive the success of Canada’s cinema. Thank you for watching Canadian movies for the last five decades, for talking about them, for sharing them—for allowing them to live and breathe. The future is bright for Canadian cinema with a diverse generation of emerging talent who create works for screens of all sizes.
On behalf of Telefilm, I wish you all a wonderful festival full of discovery and delight.
SPECIAL EVENTS / ÉVÈNEMENTS SPÉCIAUX
Opening and Closing Ceremonies
1:00 pm, Sunday March 5 CCFM, 340 Provencher Blvd.
Join us on Sunday afternoon March 5 for a free screening of the Festival’s opening film Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde), the exquisitely animated tale of Sasha, a 15 year old girl in 19th century St. Petersburg who sets out in search of her lost explorer grandfather after he mysteriously went missing on his last expedition.
This year the Festival is host to films from Germany, France, Denmark, South Korea, the Czech Republic, Belgium, Mexico and Canada, including the Oscar™-nominated short Blind Vaysha. Nearly all of the films are Manitoba premieres.
On the final afternoon (Sunday, March 12) we present The Sun at Midnight at 1:00 pm, a drama shot in Canada’s Northwest Territories. Director Kirsten Carthew will be present. The Festival’s closing ceremony and presentation of At Eye Level begins at 3:00 pm and is a free event for all.
Soirées d’ouverture et de clôture
13h, dimanche 5 mars CCFM, 340, Boul. Provencher
Venez nombreux dimanche 5 mars en après-midi pour une projection gratuite du film Long Way North (Tout en haut du monde)! Ce passionnant film d’animation à l’esthétique raffinée raconte l’histoire de la jeune Sasha, 15 ans, qui quitte Saint-Petersbourg à la fin XIXème siècle, pour aller à la recherche de son grand-père, un explorateur qui a mystérieusement disparu lors de sa dernière expédition dans l’Arctique.
Cette année, le Festival présente des films d’Allemagne, de France, du Danemark, de la Corée du Sud, de la République tchèque, de Belgique, du Mexique et du Canada, dont Vaysha l’aveugle, en nomination aux Oscars™. Presque tous sont des premières manitobaines.
Le Festival se terminera le dimanche 12 mars avec la projection de The Sun at Midnight (13h), un long métrage de fiction en provenance des Territoires du Nord-Ouest. La réalisatrice Kirsten Carthew sera présente. Le film de clôture sera At Eye Level, présenté gratuitement à 15h, également au CCFM.