TIFF14: Wrap-Up

TIFFThisIsYourFestival My twelfth year of attending the Toronto International Film Festival has come to a close.  This year is notable for the fact that I practically ignored the Gala and Special Presentation programmes and focused mostly on small film selections, which typically don’t feature big starts.  More than half the films I saw were part of either Midnight Madness or Vanguard, which really helps to demonstrate my love of genre films.  However, I also some memorable films from the other programmes of the festival, including quite a few from the Discovery programme. Now it is time for my annual wrap-up. Top 10 Favourite Films of TIFF 2014

  1. The Look of Silence (TIFF Docs)
  2. The Editor (Midnight Madness)
  3. Backcountry (Discovery)
  4. The Guest (Midnight Madness)
  5. What We Do in the Shadows (Midnight Madness)
  6. Big Game (Midnight Madness)
  7. Pride (Special Presentations)
  8. The Dead Lands (Special Presentations)
  9. It Follows (Midnight Madness)
  10. Shrew’s Nest (Vanguard)

Top 3 Midnight Madness Films

  1. The Editor
  2. The Guest
  3. What We Do in the Shadows

Top 3 Vanguard Films

  1. Shrew’s Nest
  2. Over Your Dead Body
  3. Alleluia

Top 3 Canadian Films

  1. The Editor (Midnight Madness)
  2. Backcountry (Discovery)
  3. Bang Bang Baby (Discovery)

Honourable Mentions

  • Big Game (Midnight Madness)
  • It Follows (Midnight Madness)
  • Tu Dors Nicole (Contemporary World Cinema)

Least Favourite Film

  • Teen Lust (Contemporary World Cinema)

Films I Wish I Saw

  • Spring (Vanguard)
  • Cub (Midnight Madness)
  • Breathe (Contemporary World Cinema)

Final Number of Films Seen

  • 22


Programme Tally

  • Midnight Madness – 7
  • Vanguard – 5
  • Special Presentations – 3
  • Discovery – 3
  • Contemporary World Cinema – 2
  • TIFF Docs – 1
  • Wavelengths – 1

Theatre Tally

  • Scotiabank Theatre – 7
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 5
  • Ryerson – 5
  • Bloor Hot Docs Cinema – 3

(plus 2 advanced screenings) TIFF 2014 Photos

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).