Here’s the winners for the 2010 Toronto Indie.

All films were screened at the Toronto Underground Cinema
See below for the full line-up.
Winners 2010

Feature Film (budget over $250k USD):  Armless, Director: Habib Azar
Micro-budget Feature (budget under $250k USD): Beyond The Pole, Director: David Williams
No-Budget Feature (budget under $25k USD): Open, Director: Jake Yuzna
Documentary Feature: Anne Perry — Interiors, Director: Dana Linkiewicz
Short Film:  My Mom Smokes Weed, Director: Clay Liford
Animated Short:  Skylight, Director: David Baas
Horror / Sci-Fi Short:  Beware of Bear, Director: Vicky Vellpolou

Screenplay Award categories:
Feature Screenplay: Tom of the Post Office, by Laura Didau
Sci-Fi / Horror Screenplay: Hole Zero, by Seth Carter
Comedy Screenplay: The Rain Falls Up, Camilla Zdedor

2010 line up

Here’s the line up for the 2010 Toronto Indie.

All films are screened at the Toronto Underground Cinema
See below for film details

To buy evening tickets or festival passes, click here
Evening tickets cost $8 per evening, while passes cost $50 for the whole festival

Festival Line up


Opening Night is free, just show up at the cinema for a taste of the best of indie cinema

September 8th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:30pm

Armless (82m)

Shorts Block 7:40pm-8:40pm

Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing (30m +10m Q&A)

Charlie and the Rabbit (10m)

If (4m)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:30pm

The Red Machine (84m +20m Q&A)


September 9th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:00pm

Enigma (42m)

Shorts Block 7:15pm-8:45pm

A Dark Radius (22m +10m Q&A)

My Mom Smokes Weed (20m)

Bunky the Vampire Killer (15m +10m Q&A)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 11pm

Earthling (114m)


September 10th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:30pm

Open (90m)

Shorts Block 7:45pm-8:45pm

The Story of Uxbridge Station (30m +10m Q&A)

Take My Wife (18m)

The Lift (5m)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Immigration Tango (90m +20m Q&A)


September 11th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:00pm

The Antarctica Challenge (52m +20m Q&A)

Shorts Block 7:30pm-8:45pm

Breaking News Breaking Down (19m +10m Q&A)

Chroma (7m +10m Q&A)

Family Jewels (21m)

Sleepless (2m)

Phone Call (5m + Q+A)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:40pm

Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis! (86m +20m Q&A)


September 12th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:00pm

The Mountain Music Project (56m)

Shorts Block 7:20pm-8:40pm

My Father, Joe (9m +10m Q&A)

Can We Talk? (11m)

Animal Drill (24m)

Chenrezig (11m)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:40pm

Santorini Blue (103m +20m Q&A)


September 13th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:40pm

Death of the Virgin (98m +20m Q&A)

Shorts Block 8:00pm-9:00pm

Ms. Thing (7m +10m Q&A)

The Freshwater Plague (10m +10m Q&A)

A Drop in the Bucket (23m)

Skylight (5m)

Feature film2 9:15pm – 10:45pm

Trippin (88m)


September 14th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:30pm

Anne Perry — Interiors (88m)

Shorts Block 7:45pm-9:00pm

In the Dominican (14m +10m Q&A)

New Media (20m)

Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics On Trial (29m)

Feature film2 9:15pm – 10:45pm

Burlesque Fairytales (83m)


September 15th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:20pm

Four Roses (80m)

Shorts Block 7:40pm-9:00pm

Bedfellows (15m +10m Q&A)

LIMINAL (14m +10m Q&A)

The Day I Thought I Died (10m)

The Tea Master (10m)

Escape from Death Planet (7m)

Feature film2 9:15pm – 10:45pm

Beyond The Pole (88m)


September 16th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:10pm

Guerrilla Midwife (61m)

Music Video Block 7:30pm-8:45pm

Smells Like Teen Spirit (5m +5m Q&A)

Rock Plaza Central: Handsome Men (4m +5m Q&A)

Shadows on the Wall (2m +5m Q&A)

Delica-m: Better Believe This (5m)

Kisses in the Night (5m)

Golem (4m)

Let Me In (3m)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:30pm

Crimson Mask (85m +20m Q&A)


September 17th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:20pm

The Camera’s Eye (74m +20m Q&A)

Shorts Block 8:00pm-8:45pm

Bedfellows (15m +10m Q&A)

Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place (27m +10m Q&A)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:40pm

DungeonCrawl (95m +20m Q&A)


September 18th– – 6:00pm – 11:30pm

Feature film1 6:00pm-7:20pm

Orgasm inc (80m)

Shorts Block 7:40pm-8:40pm

Confessional (8m +10m Q&A)

Mildred Richards (23m +10m Q&A)

Acornucopia (5m)

Zillion Things Before Breakfast (7m +10m Q&A)

Feature film2 9:00pm – 10:40pm

Pay in Full (98m +20m Q&A)




 What happens when good buds go bad…



Three couples spend the night in a remote cabin in the woods and, lo and behold, bad things happen. So prepare yourself for a little sex, a little gore, and some good and bad times with some good and bad buds. It’s “Evil Dead meets The Big Chill for a Kevin Smith generation.”

Title: TrippinDirector: Devi Snively, USARuntime: 88m
Genre: Comedy/Horror


 The mid 80’s saw the birth of a new generation of Con Artists, known as ‘Piffers’. They don’t just steal your money-they steal your dreams. Driven by sex and greed, Piffers pose as talent agents, preying on the hopes and dreams of aspiring actors and models, desperate for the promise of fame and fortune. After a bad run Sonny your average guy is in desperate need for a job to support his family. He begins to work at the agency, not knowing what the future has in store for him.
Title: Pay in FullDirector: Walter Alza, CanadaRuntime: 98m
Genre: Drama/Thriller


 At the height of the Great Depression, a charming young thief is forced to help an icy and mysterious United States Navy spy steal a brand new device that the Japanese military is using to encode its top-secret messages. During the mission, which is complicated by the spy’s dark past in Tokyo, the two discover that they are pawns in a larger game.
Title: The Red MachineDirector: Stephanie Argy


& Alec Boehm USA

Runtime: 84m
 Felix and Alexandra, a seemingly happy and married writer couple living in New York, are torn apart when she discovers that he has betrayed their love with an affair. Alexandra decides to go alone on the honeymoon they always dreamed of in Santorini,Greece. Felix is determined to prove to Alexandra that hehas truly changed, and follows her. Can Felix win her back?
Title: Santorini BlueDirector: Matthew D. Panepinto, GreeceRuntime: 103m
Genre: Romanic Comedy



 After a mysterious atmospheric event aboard the International Space Station, a small group of people wake up to realize that their entire lives have been a lie. They are in fact aliens disguised as humans. Now they have to make a choice. Live amongst men, or try to find a way back home
Title: EarthlingDirector: Clay Liford, USARuntime: 114m
Genre: Sci-Fi


 “A night of revelation at the Chapel Theatre.” At least that’s what it says on the flyer. But this 1930s fashionable London audience are in for a surprise. Things are not what they seem at The Chapel Theatre and soon it dawns on them that this is no ordinary night out. For a start they can’t remember how they got there, now that they’ve arrived, the doors to the theatre are bolted shut, they are trapped inside.
Title: Burlesque FairytalesDirector: Susan Luciani, UKRuntime: 83m
Genre: Fantasy


 An outwardly wealthy businessman and a professional wrestler who’s fallen on hard times find their fates colliding in an alternate universeNew York City where an ancient conspiracy could prove the path to redemption. Their lives controlled by lust, greed, and envy, sharp-dressed Thomas Caine and bruised grappler Parker are drawn into a mysterious ritual that may provide them with the means of making a clean break from their troubled pasts – should they survive their arduous ordeal.
Title: Crimson MaskDirector: Elias Plagianos, USARuntime: 85m
Genre: Action / Thriller


 Outrageous film adaptation brings to life writer/actor/singer Mercy Malick’s award-winning play about growing up as a Catholic school girl in Las Vegas with a cast of eclectic characters including God, Jesus, Elvis, a voyeuristic nun, a lecherous octogenarian amputee, mobsters, and showgirls. Against the odds, young Mercy survives and learns that even in the craziness that is Las Vegas, humanity survives and triumphs.
Title: Tales from the Catholic Church of Elvis!Director: Mercy Malick, USARuntime: 86m
Genre: Comedy


 In the outskirts of an industrial city during a night in a hotel, twelve very different people in six rooms share hilarious, intimate and unforgettable moments.
Title: Four RosesDirector: Kris De Meester, BelgiumRuntime: 80m
Genre: Drama


 Roxanne is a young troubled war photographer who is haunted by nightmares of a father she barely remembers. While waiting for her next assignment abroad, she learns that her estranged mother is dying of cancer. Upon returning to her childhood home to take care of her, Roxanne uncovers the gruesome truth about her family’s horrific past. The more she learns the more people around her begin to meet their untimely end.
Title: The Camera’s EyeDirector: Wendy Shear, USARuntime: 74m
Genre: Horror/Thiller



 Extraordinary behind-the-scenes access reveals a drug company’s fevered race to develop the first FDA-approved Viagra for women – and offers a humorous but sobering look inside the cash-fuelled pharmaceutical industry.
Title: Orgasm inc.Director: Liz Canner, USARuntime: 80m
Genre: Documentary


 A report on the recent discoveries made by the world’s scientific community stationed in Antarctica during International Polar Year.



Title: The Antarctica ChallengeDirector: Mark Terry, CanadaRuntime: 52m
Genre: Documentary


 A Musical Odyssey from Appalachia to Himalaya follows the journey of two traditional musicians from the hills ofVirginia to the mountains of rural Nepal, where they explore the extraordinary connections between Appalachian and Himalayan folk music and culture, particularly with the traditional musicians of theGandharba caste.
Title: The Mountain Music ProjectDirector: Jacob Penchansky, USARuntime 56m
Genre: Documentary


 A group of friends re-form their weekly gaming group to retake the Queen City Championship from their former teammate who back stabbed them years prior. Along the way they must conquer overbearing fiancees, paintball field bullies, sun-worshiping cultists, and their oldteammates new uber team.
Title: DungeonCrawlDirector: John JohnstoneRuntime: 95m
Genre: Comedy


 Brian and Mark are setting out on the first Carbon Neutral, Vegetarian, and Organic expedition ever to attempt the North Pole. Unfortunately they have never done anything like this before.



No one said saving the planet was easy, but does it have to be this hard?

Title: Beyond The PoleDirector: David L. Williams, UKRuntime: 88m
Genre: Comedy


 An American couple and a foreign couple test the limits of friendship and love when they switch partners and get married for green cards. What happens when friendship and trust and love and sex get all mixed up in a four-way dance around the immigration laws?
Title: Immigration TangoDirector: David Burton Morris, USARuntime: 90m
Genre: Romantic Comedy


 A young Canadian woman with a horrifying past, travels to the small highly religious town to take her vows into nun hood. There she is plagued by disturbing dreams which become premonitions of real life murders related to the paintings of Caravaggio. In an escalation of terror and madness, where dreams become reality, she discovers an obscure secret that digs deep into her past unraveling a shocking destiny.
Title: Death of the VirginDirector: Joseph Tito, CanadaRuntime: 98m
Genre: Thriller/Horror


 A Modern reimagining of Jerome Robbins’ classic “Ballet in Sneakers”.Set to a rousing jazz score by Robert Prince, the ballet portrays the experiences of urban youth through movements that blended ballet, jazz, and ballroom dancing to create a contemporary and powerfully expressive style. This adaptation takes the ballet off the stage and


back to the streets that inspired it, with the ensemble cast played entirely by

dancers from the New York City Ballet.

Title: NY Export: Opus JazzDirector: Henry Joost &


Jody Lee Lipes, USA

Runtime 61m
Genre: Dance/Documentary


 A husband with a bizarre secret. A wife who’s determined to learn it. A doctor who’s desperate for some excitement in his life. A receptionist who’s sick of excitement. And a mother with an Asian fetish. All these lives come crashing into one another in this quirkily funny, strangely poignant movie about love, lies, marriage… and amputation.
Title: ArmlessDirector: Habib Azar, USARuntime: 82m
Genre: Drama


 Partially based on the life and work of Genesis and Lady Jaye Breyer P-Orridge, Open follows a love triangle between a pandrogynous couple and a youngintersexed person, with that of a transman and queer man’s budding relationship.




Title: OpenDirector: Jake Yuzna, USARuntime: 90m
Genre: Drama/Documentary


 Anne Perry has written over 50 books to date – with sales exceeding 25 million copies in the past 20 years.At the age of 15 the celebrated crime author was involved in a murder: Her childhood crime was the subject of the film HEAVENLY CREATURES in 1994.



The documentary accompanies the writer and tells a story about the burden of guilt – not just as part of the past but as part of present day life.

Title: Anne Perry — InteriorsDirector: Dana Linkiewicz, GermanyRuntime 70m
Genre: Documentary





My Father, Joe (9m)

dir. by Nikila Cole

A heartfelt look at a family who has escaped the Nazis in Paris and arrived penniless in Canada.


Midred Richards (23m)

dir. by Marc Kess

Mildred, an egomaniacal, nearly bankrupt actress, enlists the assistance of her reluctant brother, Gerald, to wrest away the fortune of their elderly, ailing aunt.


Charlie and the Rabbit (10m)

dir. by Robert Machoian/ Rodrigo Ojeda-Beck

Charlie a 4-year-old and lover of Bugs Bunny decides to go hunt a rabbit of his own.


New Media (20m)

dir. by J. J Adler

Living in the lap of luxury through no achievement of his own, an out of touch, middle-aged poseur tries to make good by getting in on the ‘viral video’ craze.


Can We Talk? (11m)

dir. by Jim Owen

Vince gets way more than he bargains for when he dumps his girlfriend. Again.


Family Jewels (21m)

dir. by Martin Stitt

Leaving family is the hardest part.


My Mom Smokes Weed (20m)

dir. by Clay Liford

A geriatric mother and her twenty-something son on a road trip to meet some dastardly drug dealers in order to replenish a supply of certain herbs.


Beware of Bear (19m)

dir. by Vicky Vellopoulou

A photographer for a nature magazine, arrives in a remote village in Epirus to do a story. The inhabitants of the village are guarded towards him. And things get worse when he finds out that a wild beast, a bear, roams the surrounding woods and has already killed one person.


If (4m)

dir. by Robert Thomson

Explores a man’s grief after his partner is killed in a car accident.


Lens & Pens: Art in an Unexpected Place (27m)

dir. by Deborah J. Schull

Documentary. Tells the story of a transformative poetry, painting, and photography workshop for criminally insane patients held under maximum security at Washington, DC’s, historic St. Elizabeths Hospital.


Take My Wife (18m)

dir. by Brett Carlson

A married couple intending to hire a gigolo to save their stale sex life mistakenly hires a hitman.


Sleepless (2m)

dir. by Laura Tryon

Animation. Late one night, a boy just can’t seem to fall asleep, so he resorts to counting sheep.


Chroma (7m)

dir. by Colin Racicot

A man returns to his childhood home and discovers how much he truly loved his father. He encounters souvenirs filled with colors and nostalgia.


Breaking News Breaking Down (19m)

dir. by Mike Walter

Documentary. Shows how getting the big story can get to the journalists, in many cases affecting their emotional well being.


The Day I Thought I Died (10m)

dir. by David McCallum

Explores the greater meaning of our lives and the impact that the loss of that life has on both ourselves and those around us.


Acornucopia (5m)

dir. by Jason Ryan

Animation. Two worlds collide when a curious little red squirrel comes to the aid of a mechanical robot bird, and in return is rewarded with a gift that will change their landscape forever.


Ms. Thing (7m)

dir. by Karen X. Tulchinsky

Tells the story of an emotionally volatile urban lesbian who is looking for love in all the wrong places until unexpectedly, she finds total fulfillment in an unusual package.


Sonabai: Another Way of Seeing (30m)

dir. by David Berez

Documentary. While imprisoned by her husband for fifteen years, a woman in central India invents an entirely new art form that expresses life’s joy.


Bedfellows (15m)

dir. by Pierre Stefanos

Follows the adventure of 20-something Bobby as he returns to the gay bar where he got his heart broken for the first time.


The Lift (5m)

dir. by Robert Kohr

Animation. Explores the consequences of not holding the elevator door open for someone eager to get on or worse, pushing the close button.


Chenrezig (11m)

dir. by Doug LeConte

Documentary. Explores the relationship between Art, the Sacred, and the pathway of peaceful action.


Confessional (8m)

dir. by Peter Malcolm

A taxicab driver picks up a plaintiff accused of fraud and headed to court to hear his verdict.


Claiming the Title: Gay Olympics On Trial (29m)

dir. by Jonathan Joiner, Robert Martin

Documentary. In 1982, an athletic group tries to hold a “Gay Olympics,” instigating what will ultimately become a battle at the U.S. Supreme Court and a challenge over the place of gays and lesbians in American society.


The Tea Master (10m)

dir. by Aaron Au

An elderly man crosses paths with a rogue Samurai who challenges him to a duel after discovering the Elderly Man is in possession of an Imperial Sword.


Animal Drill (24m)

dir. by Patrick Murphy

A son must prove his manhood to his father by trying out for a high school basketball team.



dir. by Stephen Keep Mills

Two women are locked in a battle of life and death.


A Drop in the Bucket (23m)

dir. by Lauren Shaw

Documentary. A hopeful and lyrical tale about people reaching across international boundaries to help provide clean water in rural Cambodia.


The Freshwater Plague (10m)

dir. by Jake Chirico

Documentary. A small town is overrun by a horde of insects.


In the Dominican (14m)

dir. by Adam Macdonald

Alan works at a resort. He has a nice, stable life. But one day, his brother Hector goes missing, knowing Hector has ties to the criminal world Alan must speak to Carl Len, an expat from the U.S.


A Dark Radius (22m)

dir. by Gia Milani

A former military woman must free her activist sister who has infiltrated a human trafficking ring


Escape from Death Planet (7m)

dir. by James Cadden

Workers on a distant planet are attacked by unknown lifeforms and forced to evacuate. Three of them are accidentally left behind and have only one chance of escape.


The Story of Uxbridge Station (30m)

dir. by Mark Magro

Documentary. Trains built nations and forever changed the way we live. Sometimes overshadowed by time, their importance should never be forgotten. In a small community, an old train station tells the tale of how it all began.


Skylight (5m)

dir. by david baas

Animation. About the ecological plight of penguins in the  Antarctic, possibly foretelling cataclysmic results for the rest of the world.


Bunky the Vampire Killer (15m)

dir. by Teresa Alfeld

Fourteen-year-old Roberta is set to perform in her East Vancouver high school’s production of “The Stranger – The Musical!” – until she accidentally consumes a large quantity of hallucinogenic mushrooms.


Shadows on the Wall (2m)

dir. by Mena Nunes

Animation. Tells the story of a cup through its birthing process, its fear of change, and its final transition to a different stage of life,





Kisses in the Night (5m)

dir. by Rosanna Saracino


Rock Plaza Central: (Don’t you believe the word of) Handsome Men (4m)

dir. by Josh Lyon


Golem (4m)

dir. by Joy Vaccese, Noelle Vaccese


Smells Like Teen Spirit (5m)

dir. by Thomas Simon


Delica-m: Better Believe This (5m)

dir. by Herman Wang


Let Me In (3m)

dir. by Matthew Schutt