The opener is traditionally of award-winning short films from around the world. Tonight's program consists of Bukowski, West of the Moon, Big Bang Big Boom, Lipsett Diaries (Les journaux de Lipsett), Na Wéwé (You Too) and The Lost Thing.
Tomorrow morning, the festival's excellent Symposium of industry panels and workshops kicks off with a master class featuring award-winning director Kari Skogland, (Fifty Dead Men Walking, The Stone Angel) and actor Callum Keith Rennie (The Killing, Californication) on Directing Performance.
The screening takes place at the Bloor Cinema, 506 Bloor Street West just east of Bathurst Street. The show begins at 7:00 pm. The program repeats at the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) on Sunday June 5 at 9:30 pm.
The Symposium continues until Saturday, June 4. The festival itself and screenings continue until Sunday, June 5.
Award Winners from Around the World (Gala)The Champagne’s on ice, the red carpet’s been rolled out and the statuettes are polished and gleaming! Come and take a cinematic tour of world’s most celebrated short films. (14A/Party=Patron 19+)
Running time: 76 minutes.
|Hard drinking. Straight talking. For one night only, Charles Bukowski is in the house, as channeled by Tom, a 12 year-old boy.
|West of the Moon|
|In the land of dreams – anything can happen. This lush blend
of live action and animation pieces together stories of broken hearts,
card-playing robots, war and intrigue – all from children’s
recollections of their dreams.
|Big Bang Big Boom|
|Mixed media artist Blu gives us a stop motion run-down of
evolution, big bang theory and just about everything else! Take an
animated journey through the last six billion years.
|Lipsett Diaries (Les journaux de Lipsett)|
|Blending image and sound, fiction and biography, this
dazzling blitz of charcoal and pastel animation elucidates celebrated
Canadian experimental filmmaker Arthur Lipsett’s life, work and mental
|Na Wéwé (You Too)|
|1994 Burundi - a violent civil war has broken out and the
military has pulled over a small mini-van laden with passengers.
Everyone must prove their provenance as the military bumbles along,
trying to separate the passengers into two groups – the Hutus and
Tutsi’s; but it’s the presence of another group that saves the day!
|The Lost Thing|
|A young boy trolling the beach for bottle tops happens upon a lost thing – a large and strangely awkward creature. He’s pitted against societal indifference as he embarks on a journey to find a home for his ‘lost thing’.|