A still from the short film Wash Day (directed by Kourtney Jackson)
The Future of Film Showcase (FOFS) is a free short film festival featuring works from Canada’s most promising new voices aged 40 and younger. For the second year, the festival is fully virtual and available to stream for free across Canada on CBC Gem from July 9 to 22, 2021. During the 14 day festival, watch all films in the program from the comfort of your own space. This year’s film program features three wonderful women-led stories that shine with clear voices and incredibly resonating messages.
Wash Day (directed by Kourtney Jackson) explores the relationship between three young Black women and the daily politics of negotiating their sense of self. This Is A Period Piece (directed by Bruna Arbex) is an absurd comedy that follows a 13-year-old tomboy the night she gets her first period. Parlour Palm (directed by Rebeccah Love) showcases a woman’s descent into a climate change anxiety fueled manic episode.
Check out reviews of all three films, linked in the titles below, and keep tabs on http://www.fofs.ca/2021-film-program.html to start watching soon!
"With the beautiful use of voiceover to echo strong sentiments, Wash Day highlights the complexities of self-love for Black women and vocalizes their internal thought processes before stepping into the world."
This Is A Period Piece
"Arbex creates a funny and entertaining narrative around the acceleration of young girls into womanhood, particularly when it comes to how they are pressured to look and behave a certain way from a young age."
"The performances shine in a character-driven piece, and bring to life a thoughtful portrayal of a disorder that needs more understanding."
The 8th annual Future of Film Showcase will be available to stream across Canada for free on CBC Gem from July 9 to 22, 2021. Visit www.FOFS.ca for the full short film lineup, which includes plenty more women-led stories to discover.