Tuesday, 15 April 2008

Images Festival 08 - Wrap Up


As the Images Festival comes to a close I feel like there was so much more to explore! What a fantastic festival full of energy, exciting and innovate ideas. It also has the most articulate as well as best dressed crowd (in a Queen West way) that I've encountered. The overall artistic quality of the films is very high and it pushes the boundaries of the moving image media in all of the programming. A mighty impressive festival indeed. Here are some of the highlights.

Favourite Feature: Hail the New Puritan from Day 7

Favourite Short: Tie - Foodie from Day 1 and nocturne (lampedusa - fort europa) the silent short from Day 6

Best Attended: The Lollipop Generation from Day 1 and Trading the Future from Day 11, in classic opening and closing night nature. There was great attendance throughout the entire festival from the events I went to.

Favourite Experience: The Conversation, a.k.a. Everything is Everything live video creation by Tasman Richardson and Kentaro Taki on Day 6 was hands down the most fascinating experience of the festival.

Still on my mind: Vivid images of some of the animated characters in the films, like Foodie falling into a bowl of cheese puffs and The Last Samosa making a run for it. So cute!

Best Day and Best Q&A's: Day 5 with oodles and oodles of shorts and many filmmakers in attendance, this was a very entertaining night.

Favourite Program: S is for Student curated by Lesley Loksi Chan, Dan Neuhaus and Serena Lee on Day 5. A wealth of fascinating short film, very impressive student works.

Wasn't expecting: Late starts. The festival has a relaxed arty feel to it and that felt like it naturally let to a more organic schedule.

Wish I hadn't missed: A lot. There was so many things that looked awesome and I wish I could have gone to it all! I would have liked to see the installations and possibly taken a bus tour, but my biggest regret was missing NO CUTS. NO SPLICES. Selections from One Take Super 8. I hope it was awesome.

The Images Festival ran from April 3-13/08 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Suzie Ridler said...

I absolutely love the sound of this festival. Perhaps next year I will have to come and visit while it's on so we can go together. Experimental stuff is always my favourite and these sound so fascinating.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

It was a really great festival, I'm sure you would enjoy it. Did you check out the shorts on the Images site?

Anonymous said...

No Cuts. No Splices. was undoubtedly awesome. great new filmmakers, packed audience, and a chance to have a beer while seeing fantastic films.

Shannon the Movie Moxie said...

I knew it would be good! I'm glad you got to enjoy it Anon!

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