CK International Film Festival at the Kiwanis Theatre October 26, 2019

This is the first year of the Chatham-Kent International Film Festival and it's starting with a bang. Submissions from all over the world have come in and the best are being selected for screening on October 26th at the Kiwanis Theatre. A meet-and-greet is also planned the Friday evening before, and an award ceremony the Sunday after, both at Jazzbah. Details will be provided at a later date.

Screening times are as follows:

  • 12:00PM
  • 2:15PM
  • 4:10PM
  • (Dinner Break)
  • 7:00PM
  • 9:05PM
  • 11:15PM

Tickets are $5 per film or $20 for the full day. Plus handling fees. Tickets available at the door. To buy tickets call 519.354.8338, online at, in-person at the CKtickets Box Office located at the Chatham Capitol Theatre, 238 King Street West, Chatham. Open Monday to Friday from 9:00AM-5:00PM.


12:00 pm – Block One

Deception – Canada – Dir. By Kurt Sasso  10:00

A dark tale of deception, love, money and sex. Liz has her eyes set on Lionel, Lionel has his eyes set on Liz... it's the perfect life; as long as his wife doesn't find out about it. A secret is only good if two people know about it.

Search Engines – USA – Dir. By Russell Brown  1:35

Sanity and relationships are put to the test when mysterious circumstances force a family to survive the annual American Thanksgiving holiday without their cell phones.

2:15 pm – Block Two

Sela (Drink) – South Africa – Dir. By Rafieka Davis  25:00

A young boy named Kamva carries the weight of his family due to the heavy drinking of his mother.

(This film was written by students aged 12-14 as part of a screenplay project in an after school program in Port Elizabeth, South Africa.)

The Matter Of Ronnie Goldblat – Canada – Dir. By Ian Goldberg  60:00

A troubled youth charged with drug trafficking has to live with his religious Jewish uncle while on bail.

4:10 pm – Short Film Showcase 1

I Gotta Know by Brandon Hamilton – Canada – Dir. By Michael Malko  3:15

Give It Up by The Universe ft. Ray – Canada – Dir. By Ben Srokosz & Jonathan Abrosimoff  3:43

Loving You by Keegan Chambers – Canada – Dir. By Keegan Chambers & Michael Malko  6:09

The Interrogation – USA – Dir. By Nicholas Jennings  2:21

Sometimes in the pursuit of answers come unexpected results

From: Santa – Canada – Dir. By Craig Stewart  15:27

A mall Santa is determined to make a little girl's Christmas wish come true, even if it kills him... which it might.

Press 1 For Redemption – United Kingdom – Dir. By Max Ward  18:00

Press 1 for Redemption is a quirky action-comedy that tackles the menial task of calling customer service. It is set in an exaggerated reality that borrows elements from the world of superheroes and video games. Through light-hearted humour and a simple story, it explores the themes of friendship, closure, and fighting the system.

Tough Love – Canada – Dir. By Nicholas Dragas  4:37

An aspiring writer attempts to create his romantic masterpiece, while struggling to accept a lack of passion in his own life.

Lola Jones – Canada – Dir. By Maria Teresa Rossi  16:29

Lola Jones is a struggling jazz singer who has to make a decision to follow through with her pregnancy or to follow her life long dream of fame and working with a high end record label.

John Boy – Canda – Dir. By Wes McDonald  31:00

John Boy is an examination of an unstable but compassionate father who, after repressing horrific memories for decades is suddenly forced to confront an even more nightmarish reality.

7:00 pm - Short Film Showcase 2

The Passport - Islamic Republic of Iran - Dir. By Hanieh Bavali  14:24

This story is about a young photographer who has been involved in his daily routine. He has to take photos of others who want to leave Iran. But he must stay...

Flying Wagon – India – Dir. By Kunal Narula  16:32

It's a story of a 10 year old boy who works in a tea stall near an airport and has a dream to sit in an airplane one day. To buy the tickets he collects money by betting with the customers on the next flight's colour. He spends his days working in the tea stall and his nights in an abandoned sewer pipe, on a broken bridge outside the airport wall, which he has converted into his version of home. And finally when he collects the amount needed, his journey starts in the so called mature world of adults to acquire the ticket

Under The Blade –  Islamic Republic of Iran – Dir. By Javid Farahani  14:51

The story of a woman director who wants to make her film but as there is a rape scene in her script and there are social and religious red lines no actress is willing to play the role in her film just because they're afraid they might get into trouble by law and this is the beginning of the story.

Fishnet & The Fish - Islamic Republic of Iran - Dir. By Ali Nikfar

Its about all little fishes in the world

Yesterday's Gone Ep. 2 – USA – Dir. By Jason Centracchio  7:58

The Hunted is the second episode in our original zombie apocalypse mini series, Yesterday's Gone. It's about a small band of survivors and their struggle to keep their humanity in a dying world. This episode introduces new characters on the run from a band of blood-thirsty raiders. Witness firsthand the brutal savagery of their leader and his relentless drive to procuring his prey.

Ruby – Canada – Dir. By Stephen MacDonald-Labelle  14:06

An agoraphobic woman becomes a phone sex operator to overcome her sexual boredom and poverty. Her seemingly nice upstairs neighbour, who acts as her only lifeline to the outside world, harbours disturbing intentions that will threaten her newfound independence.

Deadwater - Islamic Republic of Iran – Dir. By Hossein Rabiei Dastjerdi  14:00

The marsh is story of water drops whose dreams about sea died (in their heart).

The Whistler – Canada – Dir. By Jennifer Nicole Stang  11:11

Lindsey is forced to babysit her sister, Becky, one night, when, after innocently falling asleep, wakes up to find her sister gone. Someone may have taken Becky and could be after her as well...

9:05 pm – Block Three

Pronounced: North London Darby – Canada – Dir. By Michael Zamanis  7:19

A Toronto man and his visiting English drinking buddy enjoy a spirited male bonding session over a televised game of soccer at a bar; in spite of each other's wildly differing opinions on the sport.

The HE Without Him – India - Amartya Bhattacharyya  1:49

The film explores a daughter's search for her father in the metropolis of Kolkata. The daughter Shatarupa, finds the voice of her father in a young man who comes to her life as a director. The paternal traits draw her towards him, but she finds herself trapped elsewhere between emotional complexities and simplicity.

11:15 pm – Block Four

Gone – Canada – Dir. By Nicholas Dragas  4:36

A woman tries to grapple with the state of her newly damaged marriage

Last Call – Canada – dir. By Gavin Michael Booth  1:16

Shot in two true single takes, filmed simultaneously in two different parts of a city, Last Call, is a real time feature presented in split screen showcasing both ends of a wrong number phone call that has the potential to save a life.

Last Call follows a suicidal alcoholic on the anniversary of his son's death. When he attempts to call a crisis hotline, a misdial connects him with a single mother working as the night janitor at a local community college. The split screen feature showcases both characters in real-time as they navigate a life-changing conversation.