Picture Character


Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema Tue, Apr 30, 2019 9:30 PM
Hart House Theatre Thu, May 2, 2019 6:30 PM
Isabel Bader Theatre Sat, May 4, 2019 9:15 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox 1 Sun, May 5, 2019 10:30 AM
Film Info
Country Listing:USA
Premiere Status:International Premiere
Festival Info
Festival Year:2019
Accessibility:Partial Subtitles
Program Category:Special Presentations
Film Subjects:Popular Culture
Technology & Culture
Cast/Crew Info
Director(s):Ian Cheney
Martha Shane
Producer(s):Jennifer Lee
Ian Cheney
Martha Shane


Starting out as a limited set of simple icons, emojis have now ballooned into a pop culture phenomenon, appearing in Camera emoji, Fashion emoji, and more. The colourful and fun ideograms are also changing the way we communicate with one another; they've become a language in their own right, one that is continually evolving. The language is user-generated, but a small, secretive committee called Unicode has final say on which emojis make the Scissors emoji. While anyone can submit their ideas, the competition is steep. In Picture Character, we follow a few people from around the World emoji who feel that their respective communities deserve to be represented in the lexicon. They meticulously build presentations for their proposed emojis, hoping that Unicode will give them a Thumbs up emoji. From humble beginnings in Japan, these picture characters now represent something much greater: a tectonic transformation of communication in the digital age. Gabor Pertic

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