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Monday, September 16, 2013

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TIFF13: Wrap-Up

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The 2013 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival began my second decade of attending TIFF.  Ever since my first festival back in 2003, I have steadily found my niche with the festival and I can now consider myself to be an old pro.  With the popular Midnight Madness programme celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, I decided to do something that I have never done before and attend all six of the films I saw in the programme at the midnight timeslot.  I am quite pleasantly surprised at how well I lasted going to all those late nights and I will not be against making this a regular thing in the coming years.

Now it’s time for me to present my annual TIFF wrap-up. I hope you enjoy.

Top 5 Favourite Films of TIFF 2013

  1. The Wind Rises (Special Presentations)
  2. Oculus (Midnight Madness)
  3. A Story of Children and Film (TIFF Docs)
  4. Unforgiven (Special Presentations)
  5. Jodorowsky’s Dune (TIFF Docs)

Top 3 Special Presentations

  1. The Wind Rises
  2. Unforgiven
  3. The Double

Top 3 Midnight Madness Films

  1. Oculus
  2. The Station
  3. Witching & Bitching

Honourable Mentions

  • Almost Human (Midnight Madness)
  • The Animal Project (Contemporary World Cinema)
  • A Field in England (Wavelengths)

Bottom 3 Least Favourite Films

  1. Rigor Mortis (Midnight Madness)
  2. Don Jon (Special Presentations)
  3. Standing Aside, Watching (City to City)

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

Films I Wish I Saw

  • 12 Years a Slave (Special Presentations)
  • Blue is the Warmest Colour (Special Presentations)
  • Gravity (Special Presentations)
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Special Presentations)
  • Only Lovers Left Alive (Special Presentations)
  • R100 (Midnight Madness)
  • Why Don’t You Play in Hell (Midnight Madness)

Favourite Moments

  • Director’s mom doing the splits – The Station Q&A
  • Getting hit in the head multiple times with a giant globe – Before Oculus
  • All the creative Midnight Madness props (i.e. alien, Spider-Man)

Final Number of Films Seen

  • 24

Programme Tally

  • Special Presentations: 9
  • Midnight Madness: 6
  • Vanguard: 3
  • TIFF Docs: 2
  • Contemporary World Cinema: 2
  • City to City: 1
  • Wavelengths: 1

Theatre Tally

  • Ryerson – 8
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 4
  • Scotiabank Theatre – 4
  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 3
  • Visa Screening Room (Elgin) – 1
  • Isabel Bader Theatre – 1

(plus 3 advanced screenings)

TIFF13 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).