On Monday January 20th, Ancaster Film Fest screens the feature film SHORT TERM 12 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. only at Ancaster Silver City.  Doors open at 3:15 and 6:15 p.m. respectively and the cost for non-members is $9.
The story is told through the eyes of Grace (a brilliant performance by Brie Larson), a twenty- something supervisor at a foster-care facility for at-risk teenagers. Passionate and tough, Grace is a formidable caretaker of the kids in her charge – and in love with her long-term boyfriend and co-worker, Mason (John Gallagher Jr.).  But Grace’s own difficult past – and the surprising future that suddenly presents itself – throw her into unforeseen confusion, made all the sharper with the arrival of a new intake at the facility – Jayden, a gifted but troubled teenage girl with whom Grace has a charged connection. She and Mason also struggle to help Marcus – an intense, quiet kid who is about to turn 18 – manage through the difficulty of having to leave the facility.   While the subject matter is complex and often dark, this lovingly realized film finds truth – and humor – in unexpected places.
Short Term 12 is a small wonder, a film of exceptional naturalness and empathy that takes material about troubled teenagers and young adults that could have been generic and turns it into something moving and intimate. Kenneth Turan/Los Angeles Times
Short Term 12, a low-budget feature only 96 minutes long, is a big deal on a small scale: for what it reveals of director Destin Cretton as a filmmaker — especially as a storyteller, and a director of actors within tautly constructed scenes — and of Ms. Larson’s abundant talent. Joe Morgenstern/Wall Street Journal
It’s a delicate yet passionate creation, modest in scope but almost overwhelming in its emotional intricacy, ambition, and resonance. Easily one of the best films so far this year, it’s a nearly perfect blend of pimple-faced naturalism, righteous moral fury, nuanced social insight, and unsentimental but devastating drama. Inkoo Kang/Village Voice
All proceeds will go to the Hamilton Out of the Cold Program. Proceeds for the previous screenings of $1000 was donated to the Hamilton Out of the Cold program.
The Ancaster Film Fest is a member of the Toronto International Film Festival’s Film Circuit presenting the best in International and Canadian Films to communities across Canada.  All AFF proceeds are donated to charities and service organizations.  For more information visit the Ancaster Film Fest Facebook site or AFF website or email ancasterfilmfest@cogeco.ca.