Films for the Holidays

This year the YFF has prepared a collection of films for the holiday season. Choose from a selection of: animation, comedy, documentary, and musical specials to loan from our festival DVD library this December. To reserve any of these films, please call the festival at 306.782.7077 or email

A Christmas Carl

A Father recounts when Carl, the hobo Santa, showed up on his doorstep one Christmas Eve and sung his way (badly) into the hearts and home of he and his two children.

Runtime: 4 minutes

When It Was Christmas: A Collection of Stories

When It Was Christmas is a collection of stories from Christmas past in rural Canada. They reflect life in the 1930’s & 40’s and take us to a small town in Northern Ontario, a farming community on the Canadian prairie, a prosperous logging centre in Northern B.C. which no longer exists, and the budding urban setting of Vancouver, B.C. The stories evoke memories for those who lived those times, however the messages are timeless and speak to all about the beauty of the human spirit.

Runtime: 46 minutes

Jason McCoy Christmas at the Grand Live from Calgary

This year Jason McCoy is taking Christmas uptown. Join Jason and some very special guests including Colin James for his CMT Christmas special for the 2010 holiday season. But this isn’t your regular country Christmas. Set in Calgary’s marvelous Grand Theatre, this special features Jason playing both original songs as well as Christmas favourites backed by the nine‐piece Jason McCoy Orchestra. Songs are rocked out with horns or swung in the tradition of the great big bands.

Runtime: 45 minutes

George Stroumboloulopoulos Tonight

A Holiday Special

Connecting Canadians to the world’s newsmakers, entertainers, & artists with George’s signature interviewing style. George continues offer his take on the zeitgeist and covers the issues you want to hear about. We’re celebrating with new takes on traditional holiday tunes performed by musicians like Chrissie Hynde, OK Go, F*cked Up, Hawksley Workman, Johnny Reid, Kardinal Offishall, Maestro, Michie Mee, Buck 65, & DSisive. Finally, we’ve got a special reading of The Grinch Who Stole Christmas.

Runtime: 42 Minutes

The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos: Holiday Special

Join George Stroumboulopoulos for a night of holiday performances from celebrated musicians. Guests include Michael Buble, Norah Jones, The Mighty Pope and The Sadies, Metric, Hamilton’s Children’s Choir, Our Lady Peace, Kathleen Edwards, Sweet Thing and Avril Lavigne. Celebrity readers, including Scott Thompson, Stephen King, Eugene Levy, Margaret Atwood, Colin Mochrie, Chris Bosh, Chantal Kreviazuk and and others do a special rendition of The Night Before Christmas.

Runtime: 45 minutes

Ruffus The Dog's Christmas Carol

Ruffus The Dog lives in a bookshop and likes to read stories. On Christmas Eve he is joined by his friends to celebrate the holidays and he shares with them the classic Charles Dickens tale A Christmas Carol”. The story is recreated with puppets, songs and some very silly humour.”

Runtime: 37 Minutes

A Russell Peters Christmas

Comedian Russell Peters spreads his own kind of Christmas cheer in A Russell Peters Christmas. This 1 hour special is a throwback to the Christmas variety shows of yesteryear and features musical performances, stand-up, sketches and special guests.

Runtime: 45 minutes

Jingle Bell Rocks!

With an eclectic cast of characters & songs, JINGLE BELL ROCKS! Is an exclusive backstage pass into the underground universe of original, alternative Christmas music. Equal parts social history, pop culture pilgrimage and revealing character study.

Runtime: 43 Minutes

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