The Routes to Roots Film Festival will feature a long list of award-winning short films from around the world when the event opens in downtown Simcoe, Norfolk County, this October.
One of the Canadian shorts at R2RFF will be Stolen, a film by Kawennáhere Devery Jacobs that explores the troubling reality of Canada’s missing and murdered indigenous women, told from the perspective of a 14-year-old First Nations girl.
Among the international shorts will be Horseface, a Spanish film made on a budget of only €20 ($30 Canadian). It won awards in Europe and the United States, with the two leading roles played by the filmmaker and his grandmother.
The short film Ogasawara, from the country of Georgia, brings one of many unique tales to R2RFF. A young couple decide to get married, but their romantic decision unleashes a humorous series of unbelievable and sad stories.
In Saturday morning of R2RFF, children will have free access to a slate of shorts aimed at kids. About 12 short films will be shown on the Saturday afternoon of R2RFF.
Co-curators Elana Post and Michael Chwastiak searched the world for the best films to be showcased at the inaugural edition of R2RFF. The Routes to Roots Film Festival aims to be a showcase of local, national, and international film with an emphasis on themes of returning to roots, rural life, and connectedness.