Monday, 24 November 2008
Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2008 Wrap Up
I'm thrilled that in comparison to last year, this year I saw many of Reel Asian Award Winning Films. I agree with many of the selections but also have a few films I'd like to highlight, and because there were so many amazing films I could rarely narrow it down to just one.
Best Features: Adrift in Tokyo / Tenten, Flower in the Pocket
Best Mid-length: Oh Saigon, Twelve
Best Shorts (live action): Catalogue, The Others, Summer Afternoon
Best Short (animated): Running (Heart, Mind, Body, Spirit)
Best Experimental: Confessions of a Salesman
Best Program: Oh Vietnam on Day 5. Beautiful collection of documentaries. Definitely got me teary eyed though!
Best Q&A's: Micheal Kang at the West 32nd Q&A, the packed audience had great questions. Also Christine Choy and Jodi Long were very entertaining at the Long Story Short Q&A.
Best Experience: Seeing all the happy people during the Awards ceremony and then getting to see the lovely closing night film Adrift in Tokyo / Tenten
Fullest Screenings: The Drummer, West 32nd, Adrift in Tokyo / Tenten
Repeating themes: Portraits (self or others), bringing families together, reunification, home, use of found images from the Internet
Funnest collective experience: The rat toss yet really got people going, there were some competitive catchers out there! Especially for the make up / perfume prizes.
Wish I hadn't missed: Paul Wong spotlight
The Toronto Reel Asian International Film Festival 2008 ran from November 12-16, 2008 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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