Every day so far has been packed with activity, with lots of great screenings, events and industry sessions. Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to catch all of them. But I’m doing my best.
The opening night was a grand way to kick things off. There was an intimate yet lively reception for the filmmakers at Insomnia before we were escorted to the red carpet at the Bloor Cinema for the gala screening. Some distinguished speakers included Mayor David Miller and the local MP Olivia Chow. The screening itself started with a humourous short The Others by Aram Collier and was followed by the beautifully shot and lyrical film The Drummer by Kenneth Bi. I couldn’t get over how much Jackie Chan’s son looks like a scrawny version of my friend Richard Lee.
After a Q&A, we all headed down to the Century Room on King Street for the Opening Night Party. It was great to see some old friends, and meet some new ones too as usual. Hai Tran, the subject of the documentary Daddy Tran: A Life in 3-D, was there with a 3-D viewer and some of his outstanding photography.
Thursday featured the industry series kickoff. There were some fine parties too – a reception at Trinity Square Video for Takashi Ishida, the closing reception for The Empty Orchestra at the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery in Hart House, and the Canadian Moviemakers Karaoke After-Party in the Arbor Room of Hart House.
I was tied up Friday during the day and then spent the evening preparing for the Pitch competition tomorrow. I did manage to make it to the Disquieting: Late Night Shorts screening. They were all quite interesting, but it was exciting to see Jennifer Liao’s film What You Eat. She was there with a number of her cast and crew and stayed for a Q&A afterwards. They all did a terrific job and she certainly proved a deserving winner of last year’s pitch competition (emerging category). I then headed over to the Rivoli to catch RAMeN: Reel Asian Music Night.
Tomorrow is going to be a long day. We prepare for the pitch competition in the morning, have the competition itself at 1:30 -3:30, at least one reception, and then the screening of my film The Audience at 8:15 along with West 32nd. I’m not at all worried but quite excited by it all. We’ll see what happens.