Independent Films at the Avalon Cinema, Woodgrove Centre | Sundays at 1, 4 & 7pm and Mondays at 7pm

For over twenty years Fringe Flicks*, TheatreOne’s alternative film festival, has been bringing the best of the Toronto International Film Festival to Nanaimo audiences –  intelligent, sometimes challenging and often hilarious movies that have won us loyal audiences over the years.

Watch for news of our 2021 programming, which we hope to launch in January. With COVID 19 things may operate differently, but you can expect all necessary safety precautions and the same quality of innovative cinema Fringe Flickers have come to expect. And for a taste of what you have in store, see below for the 2019-20 program.

*Fringe and Fringe Festival are licensed trade-marks of the Canadian Association of Fringe Festivals. TheatreOne’s Fringe Flicks is not a Fringe festival.

Fringe Flicks 2019-20

Ordinary Love

COVID – Cancelled

Joan and Tom (Academy Award (R) nominee Lesley Manville and Liam Neeson) have been married for many years. An everyday couple with a remarkable love, there is an ease to their relationship which only comes from spending a lifetime together. When Joan is diagnosed with breast cancer, the course of her treatment shines a light on their enduring devotion, as they must find the humor and grace to survive a year of adversity.

And The Birds Rained Down

COVID – Cancelled

Three elderly hermits live deep in the woods, cut off from the rest of the world. While wildfires threaten the region, their quiet life is about to be shaken by the arrival of two women… A luminous octogenarian, unjustly institutionalized her whole life, and a young photographer charged with interviewing survivors of the region’s deadliest forest fire.​ And The Birds Rained Down is the story of intertwined destinies, where love can happen at any age and new life emerges in unexpected places.

The Last Black Man in San Francisco

Jimmie Fails dreams of reclaiming the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco. Joined on his quest by his best friend Mont, Jimmie searches for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind.

Wild Rose

Wild Rose tells the complicated story of Rose-Lynn, a woman on a quest to become a country music star, while also grappling with the responsibilities of being recently released from prison and a young mother of two children.


Cass is a single writer who lives by her own rules. She’s also a bit of a disaster. Following the sudden death of her mother, Elaine, she finds herself in crisis, unable to think straight, with a debate raging inside her head.

Tel Aviv on Fire

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise – until the soldier and the show’s financial backers disagree about how the show should end, and Salam is caught in the middle.

Gordon Lightfoot: If You Could Read My Mind

In Canada’s history, there are few people who signified the nation’s modern confidence in its arts more than Gordon Lightfoot. Sparing nothing about Lightfoot’s personal weaknesses and failures as well as his triumphs, this film covers Lightfoot’s career from his own words and his closest associates with recordings of his greatest hits.

We Will Stand Up

Sensitively directed by Tasha Hubbard, nîpawistamâsowin: We Will Stand Up weaves a profound narrative encompassing the filmmaker’s own adoption, the stark history of colonialism on the Prairies, and a vision of a future where Indigenous children can live safely on their homelands.


All unemployed, Ki-taek and his family take peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks, as they ingratiate themselves into their lives and get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Pain and Glory

Pain and Glory tells of a series of re-encounters experienced by Salvador Mallo, a film director in his physical decline. Salvador reflects on the choices he’s made as past and present come crashing down around him.

Thank you to the Fringe Flicks 2019-2020 sponsors!