On opening Night I was unable to attend but on Thursday Night Messenger screened to to great enthusiasm. It was also incredible to see some friends and crew at the screening. On that same night I was able to attend two screening of which I saw some incredible shorts. Friday night I attended another screening at 8pm and saw another batch shorts and on Saturday I saw Morgan Spurlock's documentary followed by the closing night Party.
As always I have compiled a list of my favorite films I saw at the Festival. The list is in no particular order.
A Family Dinner-is a short film by Peter Davenport which tells the story of a family reuniting for dinner after a couple of years. The film is both comic, tragic and intense. Every time you think you know where the film is going, it surprises you with every plot twist. By the end of the film I was so satisfied but wanted to know where each character eventually ended. Luckily, Davenport stated in his Q&A that he plans on expanding the film into a feature.
Chicken- tells the story of two friends who go to vacationing to Puerto Rico to get away from their daily lives and forget their past relationships. The end result is a film filled with sexual tension and two very strong performances by its two leads.
Sam-is a harrowing tale of gender identity, and bullying. Visually astounding, the film tells the story of a girl who is trying to coup with her identity as she is bullied at school. It is a story that is universal and one that resonates even after one has left the theater.
Tonight is the award ceremony and I am looking forward to seeing whether any of these films win.