There were nine films screened at the event and most of the filmmakers took part in a little Q&A afterward where they discussed inspirations for their work. All the filmmakers delivered intelligent answers that offered some more insight into each of their films.
Jonny Micay’s brilliant short documentary Life Via Rail was one of the standout short films screened at the festival. The film mixed live action and animation seamlessly, while telling a true and charming Canadian story. Other notable films of the night included The North Woods by Adam Bartley, a short documentary about alleged alien abductions in northern New Hampshire; Your Mileage May Vary by Hollie Olenik, a touching LGBTQ+ story that isn’t often seen depicted on screen and handled with such maturity.
The only award of the night, the People’s Choice Award voted by the audience, was given to the raunchy comedy The Heirloom by A.J. Franchi and Vincent Martino.
Overall, the Gen Zed Film Festival was a resounding success and I look forward to attending the festival again in the future. Congratulations to all the filmmakers and organizers for a memorable night!