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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Sean Kelly

TIFF12: Wrap-Up

Another edition of the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  This was my tenth time going to TIFF and it still remains one of my favourite events of the year.  Seeing 25 films in 10 days (combined with a number of volunteer shifts) can definitely take a toll on one’s body and I was quite zombified with fatigue by the time the festival ended. That said, I would never try to change anything.

There seems to be a theme around the films I see at TIFF every year.  Last year, it was all about embracing the documentaries, to the point that I chose one as my favourite film.  This year, it was all about the Midnight Madness and Vanguard programmes.  Combined, they made up 40% of my TIFF line-up this year and, as it turns out, 3/5 of my Top 5 films from the festival are from those two programmes (including the Top 2).  So, without further ado, here is my full TIFF12 Wrap-Up.  Enjoy.

Top 5 Favourite Films of TIFF12

  1. Berberian Sound Studio (Vanguard Programme)
  2. I Declare War (Vanguard Programme)
  3. Tower (Discovery Programme)
  4. Frances Ha (Special Presentations Programme)
  5. The Bay (Midnight Madness Programme)

Top 3 Midnight Madness Films

  1. The Bay
  2. The ABCs of Death
  3. Dredd 3D

Top 3 Vanguard Films

  1. Berberian Sound Studio
  2. I Declare War
  3. Room 237

Top 3 Special Presentations

  1. Frances Ha
  2. The Iceman
  3. The Suicide Shop

Top 3 TIFF Docs

  1. Storm Surfers 3D
  2. The Act of Killing
  3. Reincarnated

Honourable Mention

  • Smashed (Contemporary World Cinema Programme)

Top 3 Least Favourite Films

  1. In the Fog (Contemporary World Cinema Programme)
  2. Crimes of Mike Recket (Contemporary World Cinema Programme)
  3. Byzantium (Special Presentations Programme)

(Note: While these are technically my least favourite films, there are none in this list that I absolutely disliked)

Films I Wish I Saw

  • Seven Psychopaths (Midnight Madness)
  • Silver Linings Playbook (Gala Presentations)
  • Ghost Graduation (Contemporary World Cinema)
  • The Brass Teapot (Discovery)
  • Artifact (TIFF Docs)
  • Here Comes the Devil (Vanguard)

Favourite Moment

  • During the Storm Surfers 3D Q&A when the director decided to call the film’s subjects (in Australia) and only got their answering machines. One of them called back.
  • I also enjoyed that this was my most social film festival, with me frequently running into the other Toronto film folk.

Final Number of Films Seen

  • 25 (26 if you count pre-fest screening)

Programme Tally

  • Special Presentations – 6 (7 if you count pre-fest screening)
  • Midnight Madness – 6
  • Vanguard – 4
  • TIFF Docs – 4
  • Contemporary World Cinema – 4
  • Discovery – 1

Theatre Tally

  • Ryerson Theatre – 8
  • Cineplex Yonge and Dundas – 7
  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 4
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 4
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 2

TIFF12 Photos

Sean Kelly

About Sean Kelly -

Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described ├╝ber-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).