One of the best things about living in Toronto is that there are film festivals year round. On the rare occasion when there isn’t a film festival (and even during a few of them), there are hundreds of vans parked all around the place filming something or other. And if you’re not into indie films, there is always the big budget feature or TV Show that you can catch people filming (I’m talking Patrick J. Adams strolling casually through our streets – pause for drool). As a film buff, this city is heaven.
I’ve become a bit disillusioned with the big budget feature film scene lately. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not a film snob, I’m just sick of having to choose between sequels, re-makes or Marvel films (I love a good Marvel flick as much as the next guy but it’s time for a bit of quality over quantity). In any case, it’s brought me into the short film scene. In fact, no film style suits modern audiences more than a good short. With youtube, netflix and twitter who wants to pay $20 to spend 2 hours watching Seth MacFarlane poke fun at history and try to get into Charlize Theron’s pants? What’s more with the barrier of entry into film constantly decreasing, high quality short films are not as rare as they used to be.
With all this in mind my favourite film festival in Toronto has quickly become WILDsound. I volunteered for it in April and have not stopped attending since. The festival is based on gift economy so you can attend even if you’re strapped for cash and the line-up is always great. They play 5 to 6 short films from around the world, and though the odd one may have you squirming in your seat, those occasions are pretty rare.
The best part is that there is a feedback session at the end of the viewings. These sessions are filmed to give the directors and producers better feedback on their work (hence feedback film festival), but they also provide interesting insights into aspects of the films that you may have otherwise missed. What’s more you don’t really have to talk if you don’t want to, and just enjoy your night out quietly and watch some cool films.
The festival is shown year-round on the last Thursday of every month at the Magic Lantern Cinema in downtown Toronto. Hope to see you guys there next time!