In this coming-of-age story, Rosie Ming, a young Canadian poet, is invited to perform at a Poetry Festival in Shiraz, Iran, but she’d rather be in Paris. She lives at home with her over-protective Chinese grandparents and has never been anywhere by herself. Once in Iran, she finds herself in the company of poets and Persians, all who tell her stories that force her to confront her past; the Iranian father she assumed abandoned her and the nature of Poetry itself. It’s about building bridges between cultural and generational divides. It’s about being curious. Staying open. And finding your own voice through the magic of poetry.
Rosie goes on an unwitting journey of forgiveness, reconciliation, and perhaps above all, understanding, through learning about her father’s past, her own cultural identity, and her responsibility to it.
This film is our small effort to try and add a little more peace, love and understanding to our increasingly complex and conflicted world through art, poetry, history and culture. Heady stuff!
- Audience Award (Animasyros International Animation Festival, 25th September 2016)
- Best BC Film (2016 Vancouver International Film Festival, 26th October 2016)
- Best Canadian Feature Film (2016 Vancouver International Film Festival, 26th October 2016)
- Best Feature Film (Jury Prize, 18th Bucheon International Animation Festival, 29th October 2016)
- Festival Award (40th Cinanima, 13th November 2016, Nomination)
- Centennial Best Canadian Film (Video Award, Reel Asian 2016, 14th November 2016)
- ANIMAFICX Award (54th Gijón International Film Festival, 26th November 2016)
- Best Canadian Film (VFCC Award, 16th Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, 20th December 2016, Nomination)
- Best British Columbia Film (VFCC Award, 16th Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, 20th December 2016, Nomination)
- Best Screenplay for a Canadian Film (VFCC Award, 16th Vancouver Film Critics Circle Awards, 20th December 2016)
- Achievement in Music - Original Score (Canadian Screen Award, Canadian Screen Awards, 17th January 2017, Nomination)
- Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema (Santa Barbara International Film Festival, 11th February 2017, Nomination)
- Best Animated Feature (3rd place, Audience Award, 40th Portland International Film Festival, 2nd March 2017)
- Best Narrative Feature (Jury Prize, RiverRun International Film Festival, 10th April 2017, Nomination)
- Human Rights Award (Jury Prize, RiverRun International Film Festival, 10th April 2017)
- Best International Film (Julien Dubuque International Film Festival, 22nd April 2017)
- Audience Award (Animated Feature Competition, Nashville Film Festival, 29th April 2017)
- Ann Marie Fleming came up with the original story when she was an artist in residence at at the Academie Schloss Solitude, a castle in Germany, with a whole bunch of other artists from all over the world, where there were horses outside her window that reminded her of her father. She even wrote a song about it.
- The poem “Snow” by Louis MacNeice is one of the themes of the film. Ann Marie Fleming discovered it the first time she ever went in to a University library book stack as a teenager. She picked it up a book of poems at random, opened the page, and it opened her world.
- The project has been selected by the Canadian Film Centre as part of their exclusive partnership with Indiegogo.
- ”Window Horses hits all the things that are important to me: it's pro-girl, pro-tolerance, pro-diversity and PRO-ART!! My nieces are mixed race and it's very important to me that they see themselves represented in this society.” (actress Sandra Oh on the project; Source: www.indiegogo.com)
- “The story of Window Horses is charming and poignant filled with magical moments. Rosie Ming represents the East and the West. A child of today!” (actress Nancy Kwan on the story of the film; Source: www.indiegogo.com)
- “I was enchanted with the delicate approach to a complex story. That approach is a refreshing one within all the jagged edges that often accompany stories about the place I was born.” (director, writer, actor and producer Camyar Chaichian; Source: www.indiegogo.com)
- “This project means so much to me. I took it upon myself to promote the positive aspects of our country, of our culture and poetry is one great aspect of it. I'm proud to be Iranian, and I'll take every opportunity to get the word out about how beautiful our culture and our country is.” (actor Omid Abtahi on the project; Source: www.indiegogo.com)