Gruff & Stuff (Friday)

2011 Festival

Fri, May 6 @ 9:30 a.m.

From giant Gruffalos to tiny ants, imagination and friendship are the themes of this package; appropriate for Grade 2-3 students. At the end of this package, filmmaker Rio Fitch (The Driving Accident) will participate in a 15-minute Q and A with his 4-year-old son Skyler who is the star of the film.

Films in this package

Filmmakers in Attendance: Rio and Skyler Fitch.  During an afternoon of play, a young boy must use his wits and creativity to recover from a minor tragedy.

A magical tale about a mouse who takes a stroll through the woods and encounters three predators who all wish to eat him – a fox, an owl, and a snake.  Based on the classic picture book written by Julia Donaldson and illustrated by Axel Scheffler, the plucky mouse has to use his wits to survive. …

Wood If profiles the work and process of world-renowned Vancouver artist and furniture designer Judson Beaumont as he creates a new piece and his previous work is shown with new context and perspective.

Presenting Sponsor:  Capstan Hauling Ltd. A young boy has fun in the park firing a crossbow … at his sister.

Presenting Sponsor: Freson Bros. IGA Ormie is a pig in every sense of the word.  Pig see cookie.  Pig want cookie.  But they are out of reach and Ormie will do anything to gain the warm sweet taste that is his obsession.

Presenting Sponsor:  Mr. Mikes Steakhouse & Bar Using classic, high-speed camera with dynamic and smooth jumps, and zooming in with 3D animation, Formic shows how a skateboarder (Dennis Gläser) disturbs the life of an ant and how it finally gets even.


A hamster chases his true love around the globe.  Will he get her?  Won the Audience Award at the 2010 AlpeAdriaCinema Trieste Film Festival.

Barko runs away to join the circus even though he never wanted to be a performer.  Yet he finds exactly what he was looking for in the arms of a caring boy.

Based on the book of the same name by multi award-winning author and illustrator Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing tells the story of a boy who discovers a strange creature on the beach and decides to find a home for it in a world where people are too busy to notice it.  Won the Oscar…