Fogo Island Film Weekend – St. John’s

November 22 to 24
The Rooms, St. John’s 

Fogo Island Arts presents the inaugural Fogo Island Film Weekend in St. John’s, a special program of international feature and short films that consider the diversity of relationships between nature and society. Also held on Fogo Island, the Film Weekend features highlights from the Fogo Island Film: Resistance and Resilience annual series, winning submissions to an international competition for short films, invited guests in conversation, educational programs, and thematic workshops.

At the close of the Film Weekend in St. John’s, one of the eight winning short films drawn from the international competition will be selected for a Residency Award with Fogo Island Arts and a Story Development opportunity with the National Film Board of Canada. 

In addition, students from Fogo Island Central Academy and Holy Heart of Mary High School, St John’s, are participating in film workshops and a film criticism competition, the winner of which will be announced on FIA’s website and printed in Fogo Island’s Codversations newspaper. 

FIA is also pleased to present a masterclass for film professionals in St. John’s in partnership with the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation (NLFDC). Gabrielle Brady will use her film Island of the Hungry Ghosts as a case study to explore the creative possibilities of hybrid documentary filmmaking. 

Free with the price of admission

Friday, November 22:

6:00-8:00 pm             
Introduction & Welcome
Alexandra McIntosh and Goran Petrović Lotina, Curators, Fogo Island Film
Island of the Hungry Ghosts
Gabrielle Brady. Germany, UK, Australia, 2018, 94 min.

8:00-8:45 pm
Q&A with filmmaker Gabrielle Brady

Based in Berlin, Gabrielle Brady is an Australian filmmaker who makes cinematic documentary films in creative collaboration with film participants. Island of the Hungry Ghosts has won over 30 awards including best documentary at the Tribeca Film Festival; the Byens-Chagoll Award at Visions du Réel; and the Amsterdam Human Rights Award at the International Documentary Festival Amsterdam (IDFA), among others. 

Saturday, November 23:

1:00-2:10 pm               
Short Program 1
Winning submissions from the Fogo Island Film 2019: Resistance and Resilience international open call for short films (70 min).

La Pesca Pablo Alvarez-Mesa, Fernando López Escrivá. Colombia, 2017, 22 min.
Eulogy for the Dead Sea Polina Teif. Canada, 2018, 24 min.
Gems and Minerals Diane Borsato. Canada, 2018, 25 min.

2:30 pm 
A Whale of a Tale
Megumi Sasaki. Japan, 2017, 96 min.

Sunday, November 24:

1:00-2:10 pm               
Short Program 2
Winning submissions from the Fogo Island Film 2019: Resistance and Resilience international open call for short films (70 min).

A Tree is like a Man – En la maloca de Don William Thorbjorg Jonsdottir. Colombia, Iceland, 2019, 30 min.
A Poetic Truth in a Pathetic Fallacy Elise Rasmussen. Ireland, South Africa, UK, USA, 2018, 16 min.
60 Elephants Michael Klein, Sasha Pirker. Austria, France, 2018, 22 min.

2:20 pm 
Naturales Historiae
Pauline Julier. Switzerland, 2018, 56 min.

3:30 pm   
When Lambs Become Lions            
Jon Kasbe. USA, 2018, 79 min.

The Fogo Island Film Weekends are presented in partnership with the National Film Board of Canada (NFB), The Rooms, and the Newfoundland and Labrador Film Development Corporation (NLFDC), with the participation of Fogo Island Central Academy, and Holy Heart of Mary High School, St John’s. Program subject to change.
Fogo Island Film is dedicated to contemporary artistic and scientific debate that addresses nature and culture as an indivisible whole. Broaching themes of environmental degradation, the interconnectedness of species, geopolitical migration, the commodification of nature, Indigenous perspectives, social activism, as well as lives lived in deep connection with the natural world, the films question or condemn our actions, offer alternative perspectives and occasionally, suggest hope for a brighter future. Fogo Island Film: Resistance and Resilience features 10 screenings and special events held throughout the year at the Fogo Island Inn Cinema, and is curated by researcher and theorist Goran Petrović Lotina and FIA Director of Programs and Exhibitions Alexandra McIntosh.

Image credit: Jon Kasbe, When Lambs Become Lions, (2018), film still.