The large theatre was practically full (it was a really popular event) so I took a seat in the very front row and craned my neck up to see the huge screen. Each film shown began with a title slide with the director’s name and grade, which I found provided a nice division between films and helped me to keep track of different directors.
I can say in all honesty that I truly enjoyed each film; it was a very well programmed event, with varying themes and styles. I especially enjoyed A Dying Man Names Steve by Tristan Surman, which is about a man who “after finding out that he is going to die, … realizes that he has to find a new home for his dog before he goes”. It’s humorous, has a cast of great actors, and there was a beautiful atmosphere throughout the film evoked through the use of music and cool colours.
Another favourite is Petrichor by Carol Nguyen; described as “a guide to love and loss”, which features earthworms and graceful poetry.
After all the films were shown, there was a brief awards ceremony. Some of the awards included Best Cinematography, Best Editing, and Best Sound Design. It was great to see films get recognition and to hear the support everyone had for each other. It was a wonderful festival with amazing films and filmmakers!