Buckshot – Gabriel Jablanczy (Nova Scotia College of Art & Design)
In Buckshot , Clayton, 11 years old, feels the pressure to please his negligent father by reluctantly caving to his hunting tendencies. I thought Jablanczy’s take on the distance present in family relations, especially in a rural setting, was not only achieved but portrayed strongly on screen. In addition, I admire the use of nature to act as a narrator in the story as well as the inventiveness of using the camera to represent natural elements to the audience.
Comment se noie une lÃ©gende – Mirek Hamet (Concordia University)
Comment is the story of virtuoso pianist AndrÃ© Mathieu who moves to the countryside where he plans to give a concert while drifting on the lake. Nobody gets to attend, yet a man lives to tell the story. I should mention the film is completely in French so the dialogue is as patchy as my ability to speak the language (read: VERY) but it did not detract from the visual treats presented. I admired Hamet’s attention to detail in costume, lighting and importantly, casting. Overall Comment is suggestive of whimsy but is rooted in reality and a real treat to watch.
Eggcellent – Martin Sokol (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
An under-performing chicken suffers from enormous pressure to produce at work. The animation in Eggcellent flowed wonderfully and the muted colour pallet matched well with the industrial nature of the setting. I especially enjoyed the subtle poking fun at our consumerist nature.
Escarpment Surfers – Mark Andrew Bone (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
Escarpment Surfers is about thrill-seeking long-boarders speed through the winding hills of Southern Ontario, narrowly avoiding enormous peril in this short form documentary. For a documentary to be entered into this competition is a testament (which I agree with) to Bone’s sense of storytelling.
Every 28 Days – Kenny Chow (Capilano University)
Every 28 Days is a zombie comedy that explores the dangers of untested pharmaceutical products and the power to overcome them. Some will argue that Chow’s film is somewhat misogynist, however I think he was aiming for satire and a piece that pays homage to the exploitation films of the ’70s. The rest is over the top and hilarious and unapologetic, which was refreshing to see.
A Glimpse – Naghmeh Abbasi (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
A young girl wends her way home through urban streets, followed at a distance by a boy tracing her path, providing a child’s perspective of a daily routine. A Glimpse was certainly one of the more challenging pieces in the competition but utilized strongly-framed shots and a sparse use of colour to convey the desires of a child.
Holga et moi – Marie Valade (Concordia University)
Hand crafted stop motion animation forms the core of this personal documentary of a young woman’s life told through memories provided from her beloved camera. I enjoyed the surreal aspect of Holga in the combination of animation with live action stills as it conveys the long-standing power of the physical medium.
Leah – Michelle Berry (Humer Institute of Technology & Advanced Learning)
A sensitive coming-of-age film, LEAH follows the title character’s struggles with her mother and teenage peers as she finds guidance in the wisdom of a familiar stranger. I felt Leah ‘s message really connects with audiences which is due strongly to the two main characters that were cast and a writing style more akin to conversation rather than being heavily meditated allowing for a natural development of the plot.
Sketchi – Lily Sun (Sheridan Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning)
Dealing with death is a growing pain. When a young girl realizes that creativity might be the best solution in dealing with the death of her dog, she manages to give it a new life. The simplicity of Sun’s story allowed her animation technique and artistry to flow on screen, which complemented the tale wonderfully.
Sunrise Documentary – Eva Caspar (Emily Carr University of Art + Design)
Two young girls walk through the woods at dawn, video-recording their search for birds and the morning light. The blend of computer animation and live action shots (much like Holga ) is executed exceptionally well. In addition, Caspar’s use of rich colour aids in the storytelling process which does not aim for the abstract but simply gets to the point.
Teen Getaway – Sam Catalfamo (OCAD University)
Teen Getaway brings the summer romance to a surprising halt and leaves us longing for it. Restraint is the keyword for Catalfamo’s production, another element not always properly utilized by student filmmakers, but here is used correctly. I admired the innocence about teenage living as well as the excellent writing in the piece.
(Comentarios de Elliott Pen, tomados de la Revista en línea del Festival de Toronto.)
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