TIFF19 Wrap-Up

Another year and another Toronto International Film Festival in the books. This year, my personal milestone was seeing nine out of the ten films in the Midnight Madness programme and we’ll see if I can see all ten next year. The rest of my festival this year was made up of a mix of special presentations and Canadian premiere, so I’m going to get right to listing off my favourites of the fest.

Top Ten Favourite Films of TIFF19

  1. Parasite (Special Presentations)
  2. Crazy World (Midnight Madness)
  3. Blood Quantum (Midnight Madness)
  4. Anne at 13,000 ft (Platform)
  5. Sorry We Missed You (Masters)
  6. Jojo Rabbit (Special Presentations)
  7. Color Out of Space (Midnight Madness)
  8. Saint Maud (Midnight Madness)
  9. The Lighthouse (Special Presentations)
  10. The Vigil (Midnight Madness)

Top Five Midnight Madness Films

  1. Crazy World
  2. Blood Quantum
  3. Color Out of Space
  4. Saint Maud
  5. The Vigil

Top Three Canadian Films

  1. Blood Quantum (Midnight Madness)
  2. Anne at 13,000 ft (Platform)
  3. Clifton Hill (Special Presentations)

#VanguardLives Top Three Non-Midnight Madness Genre Films

  1. The Lighthouse (Special Presentations)
  2. SYNCHRONIC (Special Presentations)
  3. Jallikatu (Contemporary World Cinema)

Top Three Special Presentations

  1. Parasite
  2. Jojo Rabbit
  3. The Lighthouse

Honourable Mentions

Films I Wish I Saw

  • Marriage Story (Special Presentations)
  • Vast of Night (Midnight Madness)

Least Favourite Films

Number of Films Seen

  • 25 Feature Films
  • 1 Repertory Screening

Programme Tally

  • Midnight Madness – 9
  • Special Presentations – 8
  • Contemporary World Cinema – 4
  • Discovery – 1
  • Masters – 1
  • Platform – 1
  • TIFF Cinematheque – 1
  • TIFF Docs – 1

Theatre Tally

  • Scotiabank Theatre – 9
  • Ryerson Theatre – 8
  • TIFF Bell Lightbox – 4
  • Elgin Theatre – 1
  • Pre-Festival/Screeners – 4
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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).