Sunday, 16 September 2012

Brad's TIFF 2012 Stats

Out of sheer boredom, I decided to look over some TIFF stats over the past 11 days. Working it all out was interesting and revealed some great gaps in my viewing plan that will hopefully be corrected in future years. Being denied access to Festival Scope and Cinando streaming services halfway through the Festival (due to 'rights' issues, even though all Industry delegates were supposed to have access to them) really damaged the number of Discovery, Vanguard, Wavelengths, Contemporary World Cinema and TIFF Docs entries seen. I had removed most of them from my Festival plan with the intention to stream them later.

STATS

Number of films seen: 24

Number of public screenings: 6

Time spent watching films: 2548 minutes (42 hours 28 minutes)

Cost per film: ~$8.10 (21 films/cost of student industry pass + 2 free films + 1 gifted ticket)

Number of screenings where someone yelled "arrr!" at the anti-piracy screen: 6 (guess which ones)

Number of times the godawful L'Oréal Paris ad played: 8 (twice before Berberian Sound Studio)

Number of films denied entry to: 7 (Spring Breakers, Passion, Yellow, The Master, Spring Breakers (second attempt), Wasteland, Room 237)

Number of films with incorrect projection settings: 1 (P&I for John Dies at the End)

Number of directors I accidentally scared due to a tweet: 1 (Don Coscarelli [John Dies at the End])

Number of premieres: 2 (Berberian Sound Studio, Laurence Anyways)

Number of 3D films: 2 (Dial M for Murder, Storm Surfers 3D)

Number of 35mm films: 2 (Stories We Tell, Berberian Sound Studio)

Number of films I missed the beginning of: 2 (Frances Ha, The Iceman)

Number of films I missed the end of: 1 (Storm Surfers 3D)

Number of films I fell asleep during: 2 (Much Ado About Nothing, Underground)

Category Breakdown
Special Presentation: 12
Midnight Madness: 2* (*also saw MM entry Seven Psychopaths in July)
Vanguard: 2
Gala Presentation: 2
TIFF Docs: 2
TIFF Cinematheque: 1
Contemporary World Cinema: 1
Discovery: 1
Mavericks: 1

Country Breakdown
USA: 12
Canada: 4
Australia: 2
Germany: 1
United Kingdom: 1
Canada/France: 1
France/Brazil: 1
France/Germany: 1
USA/New Zealand*: 1 (+ 11 other countries not listed online)

Other
Weight of delegate bag: ~8lbs
Oddest item in delegate bag: 1 Durex condom and 1 sample pack of Durex lube
"Parties" attended: 3
Alcoholic beverages consumed: 20+
Alcoholic beverages purchased: 2

Non-screening highlights:
  • Talking to Eli Roth and Don Coscarelli about digital filmmaking and upcoming projects at the Midnight Madness cocktail party
  • Hearing Deepa Mehta talk about her film Midnight's Children
  • Hearing Kristen Wiig, Darren Criss and Christopher Fitzgerald talk about their film Imogene
  • Hearing Xavier Dolan talk about his film Laurence Anyways (twice)
  • Industry Panel on the future of independent distribution
  • Industry Panel on RENGA and the future of interactive cinema
  • Watching pitches at Telefilm Canada PITCH THIS! (Sol Friedman's Ivan & Evelyn was my favourite)
Films Seen

Looper
USA
Gala Presentation
118 minutes

On the Road
France/Brazil
Special Presentation
124 minutes

Antiviral
Canada
Special Presentation
108 minutes

Dial M for Murder
USA
TIFF Cinematheque
105 minutes

Stories We Tell
Canada
Special Presentation
108 minutes

The Perks of Being a Wallflower
USA
Special Presentation
103 minutes

John Dies at the End
USA
Midnight Madness
99 minutes

The Place Beyond the Pines
USA
Special Presentation
140 minutes

Frances Ha
USA
Special Presentation
86 minutes

Peaches Does Herself
Germany
Vanguard
80 minutes

Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky
Canada
TIFF Docs
96 minutes

Storm Surfers 3D
Australia
TIFF Docs
95 minutes

The Iceman
USA
Special Presentation
103 minutes

Berberian Sound Studio
United Kingdom
Vanguard
92 minutes

The ABCs of Death
USA/New Zealand (+ 11 more)
Midnight Madness
123 minutes

Much Ado About Nothing
USA
Special Presentation
107 minutes

Passion
France / Germany
Special Presentation
98 minutes

Casting By
USA
Mavericks
89 minutes

Blackbird
Canada
Discovery
103 minutes

Laurence Anyways
Canada / France
Special Presentation
161 minutes

Spring Breakers
USA
Special Presentation
92 minutes

Underground
Australia
Contemporary World Cinema
89 minutes

End of Watch
USA
Special Presentation
109 minutes

Silver Linings Playbook
USA
Gala Presentation
120 minutes

Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Images 25 - Yo La Tengo & Painlevé's Closing Gala


For the 25th Images Festival's last hurrah, New Jersey indie stalwarts Yo La Tengo provided a post-rock soundtrack for a number of films by masterful experimental filmmaker Jean Painlevé.

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Images 25 - Perception and Existentialism at 204 Spadina

The Images studio space at 204 Spadina Ave. was packed to the brim last night as the festival's party space became a studious gallery built for projection and illustration.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Images 25 - Opening Gala & John Akomfrah


I'm a few days late with this post, but with good reason. This weekend is my Easter celebration, as my family follows the European Orthodox calendar, and I've just completed my final essay for my fourth year of university. How coincidental that I would be writing a paper on the alterity of perceptual space in the structuralist works of Vincent Grenier and Peter Gidal at the same time the Images Festival kicks off. It's a pleasant surprise, and it has certainly gotten me in the mood for some Avant-Garde experimental works.

Thursday, 12 April 2012

Images 2012

Isn't this exciting! My confirmation for the 25th Annual Images Festival, held in a number of theatres and art galleries in Toronto, has just come in.

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

T24 Project 2012


Given just 24 hours, could you write, shoot and edit an entire short film?

Sunday, 1 January 2012

The 10 Best Films of 2011

Better late than never, the final 10 Best Films of 2011 list from the We Bleed Movies team.