PUBLIC SHOWING on Thursday April 6 @ 6:00PM Preceded by Closing Awards Ceremony
CANADIAN PREMIERE – CLOSING FILM
After standing up for a kid who is being bullied, Sebastian’s mom is called to pick him up at the local police station. Against his will, the 10-year-old is dropped off to spend his summer holiday in the mountains with his free-spirited aunt and withdrawn grandmother. Preparing to sell their vast property, which is no longer financially viable for ski tourism, grandma enlists Séb to help her guide the sheep through the transhumance, a traditional and lengthy annual walking route used to feed the flock. Tasked with tending to the herd, while wolves circle, this city boy has a lot to learn if he’s ever going to live up to the legend of his late grandfather. Enter Belle, a huge mountain dog, presumed to be unhinged and untamable. Sebastian witnesses Belle being abused by her owner, and resolves to set her free. Ready to do anything to avoid injustice and protect his new friend, Sébastien is about to embark on the craziest summer of his life.
Join us on closing night to learn who our youth and adult jury will announce as the winners.
Themes: animal rights, family, friendship, environmental management and protection, trust, self-reliance, freedom, learning to trust intuition
Advisory: Wolves attack and kill several sheep in the dark and a gunshot injures an animal; a child makes risky decisions that could endanger him and/or others.
Feature film recommended for age: 9+