Alternate Cinema

The films in this section not only aim to alter how you look at the world, but to open your mind and make you think. Innovation and experimentation are huge elements of these feature films as well as the impressive lineup of this year’s ALT Shorts package, all directed by women.

Alt Shorts: Female (Re)Visions

72 minutes

April 8 - 18, 2021

Taken together, these experimental films from female filmmakers exhibit technical mastery, narrative tomfoolery, animated intricacy, and emotional honesty.

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Athanor – The Alchemical Furnace

Czech Republic | 2020 | 118 minutes | Adam Ol’ha, Jan Daňhel

April 8 - 18, 2021

SIFF Channel

A candid account of surrealist filmmaker/animator Jan Švankmajer, now 85 years-old and retired, as he reflects on his influential career, artistic philosophies, and 40-year relationship with his late wife and creative partner Eva Švankmajerová.

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