A Film by Lina Roessler


Ten year old Farzin and his little sister Gita try to make sense of their mother’s passing and their new home in Canada shortly after the Iranian Revolution in the early 1980’s. For the children, the revolution itself, how and why their mother passed away, and their families religious beliefs or lack thereof are never fully brought to light. These issues belong to the “real world” of grownups, and exist as a subtle backdrop to the inner life of the children- one they must struggle to comprehend and make sense of, all on their own. Upon discovering snow for the fist time, Farzin and Gita use their imagination to create what unfortunately, cannot be true. In doing so, they uncover the harsh reality between truth and imagination and with this loss of innocence, begin their journey out of childhood. Winter is the second in a series of short films titled “Little Whispers”, examining the unique ability children have to use imagination in bearing harsh realities.


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    Lina Roessler

    Lina is the recipient of a double Honours degree with distinction in English and Creative Writing from Concordia University in Montreal, and a performance degree from the American Academy of Dramatic Art in New York City. She has performed in a wide variety of roles off-Broadway and in theatres in Montreal and Toronto. Television credits include a recurring role on Lost Girl, as well as guest stars on several well-known series including Republic of Doyle, Motive, and Supernatural. She is also a busy film actor, and in 2010 was nominated for an ACTRA award for her performance in the award winning Snow and Ashes. Little Whispers: The Vow, which she wrote, directed and produced, is her first film and the first in a series. It recently won First prize, Best Children’s Short at its world premiere at the Rhode Island International Film Festival and is enjoying what looks to be afarreaching, world wide festival tour.

Awards + Festivals

  • 11th LOS ANGELES INT’L CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, USA)December 12, 2015
  • 32nd INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL “SARAJEVO WINTER 2016” (Official Selection, Bosnia and Herzegovina)February 7, 2016
  • 6th FiLUMS’16 INT’L FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Pakistan)February 12, 2016
    4th NORTH CAROLINA FILM AWARDS (Official Selection, USA) February 26, 2016
  • 2nd MANCHESTER FILM FESTIVAL (Int’l Shorts Category, UK)March 3, 2016
  • THE HAIDA GWAII FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Canada)March 11, 2016
  • 19th TIFF KIDS INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Toronto, Canada)April 8, 2016
  • 11th MONACO CHARITY FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Yacht Club of Monaco Theater, Monaco)May 7, 2016
  • SARDINIA FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Italy)June 27, 2016
  • 13th ANONIMUL INT’L INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL (Short Film Competition, Romania)August 8, 2016
  • 7th BENGALURU INT'L SHORT FILM FESTIVAL (Official Selection, Bangalore, India)August 26, 2017
  • 9th FILMZEITKAUFBEUREN (Official Selection, Germany)October 3, 2016


Lina Roessler
Director of Photography
Daniel Grant
Aaron Kopff, Agnieszka Gutkowska, Lina Roessler
Lina Roessler
Matt Lyon
Sound Design
Corby Luke
Hassan Shamaizadeh


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Dolby 5.1 / stereo



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