Being an alumni of Ryerson University, I received an invitation to attend a screening of four short films that were featured at the Toronto International Film Festival this year. The screening, held at the Rogers Communications Centre on Monday was a decent-sized gathering of students, both current and past, from the Faculty of Communication and Design.
After an hour-long reception with delicious catering, Katie (of Lives In Heels) and I headed into the auditorium with the rest of the crowd where a few people spoke before the four short films were screened. The emcee/Q&A host was Magali Simard, Senior Coordinator of Film Programs for TIFF. She was absolutely delightful. Candid, funny and charming, Magali gave a brief synopsis of each film as well as posed some questions for the directors of the film afterwards.
Life Doesn’t Frighten Me by Stephen Dunn | This short had won the Best Live Action student showcase short film at TIFF 2012 and it is absolutely deserving. We couldn’t believe that this was done by a current student. Everything about it was so polished and with some dry humour, making great use of the pregnant pauses in a scene.
Tuesday by Graham Foy (aka Fantavious Fritz) | While the previous film centered around a pre-teen girl, this one was a great follow-up about a girl in her 20’s who is having the worst day ever – where everything could go wrong. Personally, this one was probably the least interesting for me. It was a really well shot film but the whole depressing factor was just such a downer, with no inkling of hope or goodness… and maybe because of that, the 14 minutes felt like a lot longer than it was.
Dear Scavengers by Aaron Phelan | This was such a delightful film! Set in one of those old crammed used appliances stores (which we find out later was what initially started the whole film-making process), it is about an old grumpy man watching over his store. The humour is so subtle and it has a great message of changing one’s attitude. I really enjoyed this one.
Shit Girls Says by Graydon Sheppard | The viral video sensation! When this first started going around the internet, I was so proud to learn that the creator was from my alma mater. There have been 4 online episodes now and we watched episode 4 where, Magali prefaced, that this was the shortest short film but with the most cuts in it.
Overall an entertaining evening watching some short films of some very talented young people. All the best to these budding directors and filmmakers!