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2022 CIFF Official
Full Length Selections

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Colored Grrls

Susan Voyticky, Michelle Arvin (Loki Circus Theater)


Inspired by legendary playwright/poet Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf, COLORED GRRLs tells the stories of African-American women through circus, dance and original text. With unflinching honesty and emotion, each woman expresses her story using physical theater, Zoom, and circus.

Flare, A Campfire Story

Troy Wunderle (Circus Smirkus)


The night is near, and a distant glow of embers can be seen pulsing in the forest. A weary traveler pokes at a pile of glowing coals sending sparks and swirling smoke skyward. One by one, additional hikers arrive in search of warmth, safety, companionship, and peace. As the dark of night engulfs them, they embark on an unforgettable journey of the mind that will change their lives forever.

Flare, A Campfire Story is a movie created and performed by the 2021 Circus Smirkus Big Top Tour inTENTsive troupers. In 2021, these 31 troupers stayed in Vermont for 8 weeks in the summer to train, create and perform with coaches and staff (tour was cancelled due to the pandemic). This movie is the culmination of their efforts.

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The MacCarnysons

Ken Fanning


The circus is facing hard times. Sean MacCarnyson has a choice to make, to sell out or to keep the respect of his family. A 45 minute circus comedy film shot in and around Belfast The MacCarnysons features death defying aerialists, hardcore acrobats, mind bending jugglers and loads of craic.

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Moisture Festival - The Movie

Alan Plotkin


Group of Seattle performers trying to save vaudeville.

MOYA | An Acrobatic Art Film

Sabine Van Rensburg, Brin Schoellkopf

South Africa

Moya is an acrobatic art film, rooted in South African culture and seen through the eyes of our youth. Through the use of traditional circus disciplines, as well as indigenous dance, certain scenes subtly address social injustices, others revisit the history of cultural art forms and explore themes such as brotherhood and fraternity despite race. Moya is a strong representation of what Zip Zap Circus ultimately stands for. It is a reflection of the past, present and future of this multicultural cast and nation, which is celebrated through the beauty of art and movement to bring people together.

Circus Movie: "Isabella"

Ricardo S. Mendes

Hong Kong

“They live with us, support us, help us achieve our goals, and yet we are unaware of their importance. It’s time for a revolution, they need us, and we need them.”

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