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Friday, September 25, 2015

Sean Kelly

TIFF 2015: Wrap-Up

I think the fact that it took me nearly a week to complete my coverage of this year's 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is a testament to how busy I was this year. All together, I ended up seeing 33 feature films, plus 7 short films, which is the most I have ever watched at the festival. I saw quite a variety at this year's festival, while also sticking to many of my core programmes, such as Midnight Madness and Vanguard.

Without further ado, here is my wrap-up for the 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival!

Top Ten Favourite Films of TIFF 2015
  1. The Sleeping Giant (Discovery)
  2. The Idol (Special Presentations)
  3. The Devil's Candy (Midnight Madness)
  4. Mr. Right (Gala Presentations)
  5. Yakuza Apocalypse (Midnight Madness)
  6. My Big Night (Vanguard)
  7. The Rainbow Kid (Discovery)
  8. How Heavy This Hammer (Contemporary World Cinema)
  9. I Smile Back (Special Presentations)
  10. Evolution (Vanguard)
Top Three Midnight Madness Films
  1. The Devil's Candy
  2. Yakuza Apocalypse
  3. Southbound
Top Three Vanguard Films
  1. My Big Night
  2. Evolution
  3. The Missing Girl
Top Three Special Presentations
  1. The Idol
  2. I Smile Back
  3. Equals
Honourable Mentions
  • The Family Fang (Special Presentations)
  • Len and Company (Special Presentations)
Least Favourite Film
  • London Road (City to City)
Films I Wish I Saw
  • Green Room (Midnight Madness)
  • Hardcore (Midnight Madness)
  • The Final Girls (Midnight Madness)
  • Room (Special Presentations)
Number of Films Seen
  • 33 Feature Films
  • 7 Short Films
Coverage
  • Sean Kelly on Movies - 31
  • Toronto Film Scene - 3
Programme Tally
  • Vanguard - 8
  • Special Presentations - 7
  • Midnight Madness - 6
  • Contemporary World Cinema - 3
  • Discovery - 3
  • Gala Presentations - 2
  • TIFF Docs - 2
  • Short Cuts - 1
  • City to City - 1
  • Wavelengths - 1
Theatre Tally
  • Scotiabank Theatre - 11
  • Ryerson Theatre - 7
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox - 5
  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema - 4
  • Winter Garden Theatre - 3
  • Elgin Theatre - 1
Plus 3 films seen prior to the festival

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).