Mirror Mountain Film Festival has returned for a second year. The indie fest for alternative cinema is coming up, December 2–4 at Arts Court. Screenings take place in Arts Court Theatre, and a program of discussion panels will be presented in the Arts Court Studio.
The 2016 program includes 11 screenings ranging from international feature-length films, Ottawa premieres, and world premieres by Canadian artists. An awards ceremony closes the festival on Sunday evening, December 4.
Mirror Mountain boasts a couple of performances by outstanding local musicians. City Fragments is a live video and music performance by Canadian media artist Timothy I. Smith and Ottawa band Scary Bear Soundtrack. The local dream-pop band has collaborated with Smith to compose an original soundtrack of synth instrumentals.
The 2016 festival opens Friday December 2 with the International Selections short films screening, 6pm at Arts Court Theatre. Local Heroes is a 100% Ottawa bill of ten short films, co-presented by the Canadian Film Institute. More short film screenings include Lines Drawn (short animated films), Fantastic Voyages (horror, sci-fi and fantasy), and Strange Hours, described as a late-night program of “exceptionally weird, disturbing and unique short films.”
SAW Video Media Art Centre will co-present New Visions, a collection of short experimental works by Canadian and international media artists. Short documentaries are being shown as well, in the True Stories screening, Sunday December 4.
Feature length films include the Ottawa premiere of Hotel Dallas (USA/Romania) which premiered earlier this year at the Berlin International Film Festival, and This May Be The Last Time (USA) an illuminating film documentary by Seminole filmmaker Sterlin Harjo, treating the rich history of Native American hymns. Harjo, whose first film Goodnight, Irene premiered at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, was later nominated for the grand jury prize at Sundance, in 2007, for his first feature film Four Sheets to the Wind. That same year, Harjo was named best director at the American Indian Film Festival.
This year the film festival program has even a double-bill of two “medium-length” films by acclaimed international directors Sergi Pitarch Garrido (Spain) and Claudia Bortolino (France).
Visit www.mirrormountainfilmfest.com for the full festival lineup. Mirror Mountain show tickets are $5 each, and a full festival pass is $20. Tickets and passes are available online and at the door. The 2nd annual Mirror Mountain Film Festival will be at Arts Court Theatre (2 Daly Ave) from December 2–4, 2016.