Ancestral Land

A young traveler thrives on the forest that surrounds him until, by chance, he spots an evil ax that makes him greedy.

  • Gabriel Bissonnette
    Director
  • Gabriel Bissonnette
    Writer
  • Steve Thiboutot
    Producer
  • Arnaud Vincent Raschella
    Key Cast
  • Dania Thibodeau
    Key Cast
  • Stéphane Picotte
    VFX
  • Marie-Pier Diamond
    Director of photography
  • Jonathan Laplante
    poster
  • Samuel Desrosiers
    music composer
  • Alejandro Magaña Martinez
    Sound Designer
  • Benjamin Schiavi Paris
    Cameraman
  • Vicky Limkalan
    Makeup Artist
  • Pascal Auger
    Rescuers
  • Annie Valentine
    Rescuers
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Terre Ancestrale
  • Project Type:
    Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    Fantastic
  • Runtime:
    6 minutes 19 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    March 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    6,289 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Canada
  • Country of Filming:
    Canada
  • Language:
    English, French
  • Shooting Format:
    RED
  • Aspect Ratio:
    16:9
  • Film Color:
    Color
  • First-time Filmmaker:
    No
  • Student Project:
    No
  • Couch film festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 28, 2022
    Award winner best cinematography Marie-Pier Diamond
  • Vancouver independent film festival
    Vancouver
    Canada
    April 20, 2022
    Award Winner best editing in short
  • Fortean Film Festival
    Gloucester, England GL1 3BY United Kingdom
    United Kingdom
    September 2, 2022
    official selection
  • Athens International Monthly Art Film Festival
    Athens, Attica
    Greece
    November 10, 2022
    honorable mention best experimental film
  • Druk International Film Festival
    Paro
    Bhutan
    May 12, 2022
    award winner best silent film
  • Seoul International Monthly Film Festival
    Seoul
    Korea, Republic of
    January 4, 2023
    award winner best experimental film
  • 8 & Halfilm Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    May 13, 2022
    award winner best fantasy
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    April 30, 2022
    award winner best editing of the month
  • Docs Without Borders Film Festival
    Rehoboth Beach
    United States
    August 13, 2022
    official selection
  • The Tylerman International Film Festival Sponsored by Cantigny Park
    Wheaton, Illinois
    United States
    August 5, 2022
    official selection
  • Tokyo International Monthly Film Festival
    Tokyo
    Japan
    July 15, 2022
    honorable mention best short film
  • Rome Prisma Film Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    April 5, 2022
    official selection
  • EdiPlay International Film Festival
    ÉVRY, Île-de-France
    France
    April 24, 2022
    finalist best short film
  • Redwood Shorts & Scripts
    Sunnyvale, California
    United States
    May 1, 2022
    honorable mention zero dialogues
  • Gold Star Movie Awards
    Newark, New Jersey
    United States
    April 8, 2022
    award winner best fantasy
  • The Paus Premieres Festival
    Manchester
    United Kingdom
    June 22, 2022
    official selection
  • The Black Panther International Short Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    May 1, 2022
    Nominee Short best
  • Mabig Film Festival
    Augsburg
    Germany
    December 19, 2022
    Nominee best short film
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles, California
    United States
    May 22, 2022
    Gold Award Fantasy
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Award Winner Best Fantasy Gabriel Bissonnette
  • Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    May 19, 2022
    award winner best silent film
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore
    May 1, 2022
    award winner silent film
  • London Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2022
    award winner best fantasy
  • Milan Gold Awards
    Milan
    Italy
    June 10, 2022
    honorable mention : Director Gabriel Bissonnette
  • Best Indie Film Award
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 4, 2022
    official selection
  • Short Film Slam, Presented by The Madlab Post
    Philadelphia
    United States
    May 28, 2022
    official selection
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 8, 2022
    award winner best inspirationnal short film
  • Midwest Slam Fest
    Franklin, Ohio
    United States
    April 25, 2022
    award winner best sci-fi/fantasy short
  • Fox International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    April 29, 2022
    Honorable mention best editing Gabriel Bissonnette
  • London International Monthly Film Festival
    London
    United Kingdom
    January 25, 2023
    honorable mention best short film
  • Onyko Films Awards
    Odesa
    Ukraine
    July 23, 2022
    award winner best exprimental film
  • New York Neorealism Film Awards
    Rome
    Italy
    May 15, 2022
    award winner best fantasy
  • Montreal Independent Film Festival
    Montreal, Quebec
    Canada
    April 11, 2022
    official selection
  • Toronto Indie Shorts
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 31, 2022
    official selection
  • WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    June 29, 2022
    official selection
  • AltFF Alternative Film Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 23, 2022
    Nominees for Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Supernatural
  • Vancouver Independent Film Festival
    Vancouver, British Columbia
    Canada
    April 20, 2022
    award winner best editing
  • Digital Griffix Film Awards
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 13, 2022
    Nominee first time producer
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 26, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence
    Italy
    June 5, 2022
    Official Selection
  • Sunset International Film Festival
    Langley
    Canada
    May 29, 2022
    Official Selection
  • WILDsound FEEDBACK Film and Screenplay Festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    June 29, 2022
    Award winner best cinematography
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    April 30, 2022
    Nominee original score
  • TMFF - The Monthly Film Festival
    Glasgow
    United Kingdom
    April 30, 2022
    Nominee film of the month
  • The Black Panther International Short Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    May 1, 2022
    Award Winner Enviromental
  • The Black Panther International Short Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    May 1, 2022
    Award Winner VFX
  • The Black Panther International Short Film Festival
    Delhi
    India
    May 1, 2022
    Award Winner best Indie film
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 22, 2022
    Gold Award Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 22, 2022
    Silver Award - Cinematography (Marie-Pier Diamond)
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 22, 2022
    Silver Award - Original Score (Samuel Desrosiers)
  • Hollywood Gold Awards
    Los Angeles
    United States
    May 22, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Short Film Gabriel Bissonnette
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Best Original Score (Samuel Desrosiers)
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Short Film
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Director Gabriel Bissonnette
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • Paris Film Awards
    Paris
    France
    May 27, 2022
    Silver Award: Cinematography (Marie-Pier Diamond)
  • World Film Carnival - Singapore
    Singapore
    Singapore
    May 1, 2022
    award winner short film
  • Milan Gold Awards
    Milan
    Italy
    June 10, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • London Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Short Film
  • London Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Director Gabriel Bissonnette
  • London Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Cinematography (Marie-Pier Diamond)
  • London Movie Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    May 22, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 8, 2022
    audience choice award best actor Arnaud Vincent-Raschella
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 8, 2022
    special mention award best cinematography Marie-Pier Diamond
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 8, 2022
    Honorable mention award best producer Steve Thiboutot
  • Mokkho International Film Festival
    Pondicherry
    India
    May 8, 2022
    Critics choice award best visual effects Stéphane Picotte
  • Fox International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    April 29, 2022
    Honorable mention supporting actress Dania Thibodeau
  • Couch film festival
    Toronto
    Canada
    March 28, 2022
    Nominee Best actor Arnaud Vincent-Raschella
  • Digital Griffix film awards
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 13, 2022
    Nominee indie film
  • Digital Griffix film awards
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 13, 2022
    Nominee original song
  • Digital Griffix film awards
    Montreal
    Canada
    July 13, 2022
    Nominee best visual effects
  • Fox International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    April 29, 2022
    Winner award best no dialogue film
  • Fox International Film Festival
    Rome
    Italy
    April 29, 2022
    Award winner best makeup
  • Midwest Slam Fest
    Franklin, Ohio
    United States
    April 25, 2022
    Award winner best production design
  • Midwest Slam Fest
    Franklin, Ohio
    United States
    April 25, 2022
    Award winner best director
  • Midwest Slam Fest
    Franklin, Ohio
    United States
    April 25, 2022
    award winner best score
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Director of Short Film"
  • Florence Film Awards
    Florence
    Italy
    June 5, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Best Fantasy
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Best Sound Design (Alejandro Magaña)
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Short Film
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Honorable Mention: Screenplay (Gabriel Bissonnette)
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Silver Award: Original Score (Samuel Desrosiers)
  • New York Movie Awards
    New York
    United States
    June 5, 2022
    Silver Award: Cinematography (Marie-Pier Diamond)
  • Anatolia International Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    June 14, 2022
    Finalist Best Sci-Fi / Fantasy Short Film
  • Andromeda Film Festival
    Istanbul
    Turkey
    July 31, 2022
    award winner best sci fiction/fantasy film
  • BRAZIL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 1, 2022
    Award Winner Best Short Film
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Award Winner best musical Film
  • Beyond the Curve International Film Festival
    Paris
    France
    May 19, 2022
    Nominee best short film
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Nominee Best tiny budget film
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Nominee Best actor
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Nominee Best animation film
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Award Winner Best director
  • Symbiotic Film Festival
    Kiev
    Ukraine
    June 16, 2022
    Nominee Best music video
  • Freewheeling Film Awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 30, 2022
    Award Winner Best fantasy (short)
  • The Atlantis Awards
    Chula Vista
    United States
    June 25, 2022
    Nominee Best Independant Film
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Screenplay of Short Film"
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Sound Design of Short Film"
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Cinematography of Short Film"
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Editing of Short FIlm"
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Production Design of Short Film"
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    Best Actor of Short FIlm" to Arnaud Vincent-Raschella
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    Best Actress of Short Film" to Dania Thibodeau
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Poster" Jonathan Laplante
  • BIMIFF - Brazil International Monthly Independent Film Festival
    Rio de Janeiro
    Brazil
    July 15, 2022
    "Best Post-Production"
  • Doge Film Festival(2nd season)
    New York
    United States
    June 30, 2022
    Official Selection
  • RED MOVIE AWARDS
    Reims
    France
    May 7, 2023
    Official Selection
  • Digital Griffix Film Awards
    Montréal
    Canada
    July 13, 2022
    Best Indie Film Gabriel Bissonnette
  • Canada's Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival
    Montréal
    Canada
    August 28, 2022
    nominee best short film
  • Canada's Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival
    Montréal
    Canada
    August 28, 2022
    Nominee best actress Dania Thibodeau
  • Canada's Yes! Let's Make a Movie Film Festival
    Montréal
    Canada
    August 28, 2022
    Nominee best cinematography
  • Festival de films pour l'environnement
    Saint-Casimir de Portneuf
    Canada
    August 12, 2022
    Official selection
  • Vox popular media arts festival
    Thunder Bay
    Canada
    September 8, 2022
    Official selection
  • London director awards
    London
    United Kingdom
    July 29, 2022
    Official selection
  • Cannes International Cinema Festival
    Cannes
    France
    September 19, 2022
    Award Winner Best experimental Film
Director Biography - Gabriel Bissonnette

Gabriel is a director who was born in Laval in 1982, he later grew up in Montreal where he discovered cinema in a youth centre. He cut his teeth in cinema at Cégep de Rosemont and then perfected his skills in editing at ECTQ in Quebec. He built a strong experience thanks to personal projects of short films. He has also formed his own group called Fusion Film. He is now self-employed in the big city of Montreal. He produces as many shows as films or web series.

Some notable projects: In 2009 he received an Art Partage grant for the film Lena dans le mirroir,
Gabriel is making a documentary A Letter from Gaïa and is funded through grants obtained from the Courses des Régions. The same year, Gabriel directed the film KO for which he was nominated for best direction. It is broadcast on the UNIS.TV channel, screened at Kino Montréal 2018 and at the Rendez-vous du Cinéma Québécois. Since then, he has produced several other short films such as Les autres where he received the prize for best special effects at the Yes Mtl festival, L'or bleu with the theme of water war. Finally, he directed and produced two agritourism programs entitled À la bonne franquette for Bell's TV1 channel.

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Director Statement

Hi folks,
My name is Gabriel Bissonnette, I’m the filmmaker of Ancestral Land.

In Ancestral Land, you will see a no dialogs film, an environmental fantasy short film base on a man’s greed and an invisible Elfic woman that represent the beauty of nature.

The film had already been chosen by 43 festivals from all around the world because of the strong message about our values as a human being that affect our world.

If you vote for us, not only you vote for a great film that transcend many generations over the century, you vote for climate change actions for the future.

Good viewing