Monday Editorial: Film Festival Hangover and Looking to the Future

The day after TIFF is one I often feel very low on energy. After more than a week of seeing multiple films and getting minimal hours of sleep, the film festival can really take a toll on your body. It is also a time to reflect on what exactly I am going to do next.

Last week, I made the decision to resign as a contributor for Toronto Film Scene, which I have been a part of since July 2013. There are many different reasons for my departure, but I suppose the main one is that I found myself contributing less to the site in recent months, with only a review of mine popping up once or twice a month. While remaining a contributor of Toronto Film Scene would’ve allowed me access to certain advance screenings, I no longer felt any satisfaction from the writing I did for the site.

So, what exactly is next for me? To be completely honest, I do not know the answer to that question. I suppose the most important goal for me is to find a paid writing position, or at the very least continue my efforts to monetize this site. I have already sent in one pitch to a site and I hope to send out some more within the next couple months. I definitely think that now is the time to develop myself as a freelance writer and try to make it a career that I can live on.

I also want to reignite some goals I had when I graduated from university 7 years ago, but have since fallen on the wayside. Before settling into film criticism, I had a desire to be more of a film scholar and write a film essay and get it published. In fact, I have been considering going one step further and writing a book, even though it would be quite daunting for me to try such an undertaking. However, it’s a challenge that I am willing to try and I may or may not have already started a manuscript.

Then there is my filmmaking career. While I focused on film theory and history in university, I still maintained an interest in production and even took some continuing education course to learn more filmmaking skills. It was in late-2015 when I formally decided to establish Sean Kelly Productions and my horror-comedy short film Itch is currently being submitted to film festivals. I am not sure what will come about from my filmmaking career and whether or not it will turn into something I can make money from.

As you can see, I am currently at a crossroads and there is many directions that I can take. The one thing that I know for sure is that I am no longer satisfied with the status quo and I am ready to take my life and career to the next level.

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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).