Passionate Pursuits 2019 (PCFF Shorts Collection)

Director(s): Multiple
Country: Multi-national
Language: In English or w/English subtitles
Multiple Film Types | 2015-2018 | 69 min
Recommended for ages 10+ (Parental Guidance: derogatory language, bullying)

People with passion so strong, they live, practice, or focus more effort towards their goal than anything else they know. Get inspired, do stuff! This reel includes a doc about a boy questioning if he should continue the family business of being a butcher, a ski patrol that probably would have helped more by leaving the skier alone, and a boy trying to connect with extraterrestrials. What’s your passionate pursuit?

Film lineup is subject to change without notice.

A Butcher’s Heart
Thirteen-year-old Wessel is learning the tricks of the butcher trade from his patient grandfather, who assumes that his grandson will take over the family business. Wessel isn’t convinced—maybe he’d prefer to work with living animals. We learn that Wessel used to be bullied abouthis father’s profession by classmates. He questions their hypocrisy: do they think meat grows on trees? While the slaughterhouse scenes focus on the artisanal side of the business, the film also emphasizes the enormous freedom given to teenagers living in the countryside—where boys race around on their four-wheelers and breed rabbits for slaughter.
Netherlands, 2018 / Dutch w/English subtitles / Marijn Frank / 15 min / Documentary

Hors Piste
Should you find yourself under an avalanche, you don’t want this alpine rescue team coming for you. They are as confident as they are inept!
France, 2018 / no dialogue / Léo Brunel, Loris Cavalier, Camille Jalabert, Oscar Mallet / 6 min / Animation

One bold lamb can drive a flock of sheep to do things they never dreamed of.
Germany, 2018 / no dialogue / Julia Ocker / 4 min / Animation

Si-G is a 13-year-old rapper. She dreams of fame but has never believed she could possibly make it, being a special needs student living in a small apartment with her father and sister in the Molenbeek neighborhood of Brussels. When Brussels-based rapper Zwangere Guy decides to make a track with her, her dream unexpectedly comes closer.​
Belgium, 2017 / Dutch w/English subtitles / Frederike Migom / 16 min / Documentary

A toymaker’s five-year-old daughter sees a carnival in a picture book and wants to go. The toymaker can’t take her but instead starts building a miniature, detailed re-creation of the picture book scenes.
USA, 2017 / no dialogue / Barbara Meier, Nellie Robinson / 7 min / Animation

In order to escape the monotony and boredom of the end of the school year, a young boy fabricates a transmitter-receiver to communicate with strangers in the sky. Good idea?
Canada, 2017 / English / Vincent Wilson / 9 min / Live Action