The Cabbagetown Short Film and Video Festival showcases a number of short films from Canada and the rest of the world. Founded in 1992 by Gina Dineen, the festival has grown in popularity and acclaim over the years. It’s a celebration of local and international talent which takes place in one of the most diverse and artistic regions of Toronto. The entire screening is two hours long and features a number of films, none of which exceed 15 minutes in length. The films are also judged by industry professionals, and prizes are awarded for each category. Here, we have highlighted a few interesting picks from this year’s lineup.
A Mile in these Hooves
A Mile in these Hooves, directed, written, and produced by James Brylowski, is a hilarious Canadian mockumentary about two foster brothers who set out to beat the world record for longest distance traveled by two people in one costume. Complications arise when one of them falls in love and starts losing focus. This charming and wonderfully weird film won the award for Best Comedy. Along with this festival, it will be playing the Chicago Comedy Film Festival in October 2014.
Sumsing, a German animation film directed by Martin Rahmlow, is an exciting visual adventure. In spite of its short length, it is captivating for two reasons: the intensity of the graphics and the powerfulness of the sound. It’s vague enough to be interpreted whichever way the viewer desires. On the one hand, Sumsing seems to portray birth and death; on the other hand, it seems to be some sort of a surreal journey.
Un Lugar Mejor (A Better Place)
Un Lugar Mejor (A Better Place), a Spanish short directed by Moises Romera and Marisa Crespo, provides the viewer with a brief glimpse into the lives of a group of youths after a soccer game. They discuss various topics, including one of their mothers, the possibility of a better future in a better place, and whether or not they should leave their current lives behind. This film brushes upon various heavy topics; the viewer gets a sense of complications beneath the surface, and it is intriguing.
You Won’t Regret That Tattoo
You Won’t Regret That Tattoo, directed by Angie Bird and produced by Michelle Woodward, explores the stories behind several elderly people’s tattoos. This documentary is particularly interesting because of the stories told and the emotions behind them. Every tattoo has some sort of meaning, and it’s intriguing to see people looking back on their body artwork while reminiscing about the life experiences that led up to these decisions. These are several personal memories being shared firsthand, and that is a beautiful thing to watch.