Director: Vic Sarin (Canada)
He is one of Canada’s most celebrated filmmakers. He has received numerous accolades including the prestigious Kodak Lifetime Achievement Award. His outstanding work on feature films earned him world renown as one of Canada’s premier cinematographers. As a director, he has received Emmy nominations for his family films for television. Mostly recently, he completed the family feature film A Shine of Rainbows which was screened at a number of international film festivals winning Audience Choice Award at Ibiza International Film Festival.
It is a story about the transformational power of love and discovering magic. Tomas, a frail, shy eight-year-old boy, has been living a solitary life in a drab orphanage. Then a joyous burst of colour comes into his world: Maire O’Donnell, whose smile and spirit light up the darkest room – and Tomas’s heart. Maire introduces Tomas the wonders of his new world and shows him that you can find magic anywhere- if you really look. And when tragedy strikes, Tomas has to call on all of Maire’s gifts to triumph and come home.