September 5, 2015 at 12:41 pm #193936
The vast majority of the general public don’t get to see filmss while they’re at, say, Cannes, Sundance, Telluride, etc., but most of those films are eventually released to theaters and then DVD/streaming/on-demand.
Which festival do you think usually has the strongest lineup when you look back at what they’ve premiered and showcased, not in terms of Oscar prospects, but just in terms of pure quality?September 5, 2015 at 12:44 pm #193938
Sundance.September 5, 2015 at 1:17 pm #193939
There is Telluride and Toronto, and then everything else.
Toronto has the edge if you want to see a lot of big titles for the Oscar season, as well as the big foreign-language picks for the year, and the best documentaries. The festival showcases around 400 films, so it is massive.
Telluride has a better ratio of good:bad as it is much more selective and small. They also tend to get one or two big exclusive films that don’t hit Toronto, as well as a few premieres before Toronto. Still, they don’t have nearly as many foreign-language films or docs.
If you are just going to a festival without a lot of preparation, Telluride would be your best bet (most expensive festival, though). If you do your research beforehand, Toronto wins.
Critical favorites from Toronto last year (discounting Oscar films):
Clouds of Sils Maria, Coming Home, 99 Homes, Eden, Force Majeure, Hungry Hearts, Love & Mercy, Mommy, Mr. Turner, Nightcrawler, Phoenix, Pride, Still Alice, Two Days, One Night, While We’re Young, A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Goodbye to Language, Winter Sleep, Red Army, Sunshine Superman, The Look of Silence, The Duke of Burgundy, Girlhood, The Tribe, It Follows, The Guest, What We Do in the Shadows, Top Five, St. Vincent, Maps to the Stars
Not to mention the Oscar-y type films:
The Imitation Game, The Theory of Everything, Whiplash, Wild Tales, Leviathan, The Tale of the Princess Kaguya, Timbuktu, Wild, FoxcatcherSeptember 5, 2015 at 3:18 pm #193940
Sundance sets the indie narrative for the year and Cannes usually sets the pace for the arthouse theaters that year (or for some stragglers the early year after), but usually when all is said and done I find Berlin has the really special hidden gems. NYFF is always a pretty good summary of the high profile fest titles from around the world, but sometimes I get aggravated with some of the higher-profile titles they leave out since that’s the easeist one for me to go to.October 27, 2015 at 12:26 pm #193941
The Vancouver International Film Festival showcased 375 films.
- The True Cost
- Cop Car
- 45 Years
- Son of Saul
- Racing Extinction
- The Chinese Mayor
- The Summer of Sangailé
- My Internship in Canada
- Embrace of the Serpent
- The Lobster
- Murmur of the Hearts
- Louder Than Bombs
- Steak (R)evolution
- The Anarchists
- Beeba Boys
- 600 Miles
- The Treasure
- Home Care
- The Measure of a Man
- I Promise You Anarchy
- The Falling
- Charlotte’s Song
- London Road
- The Daughter
- Arabian Nights
Best Film: Michael Ross, The True Cost
Best Director: Sebastian Schipper, Victoria
Best Screenplay: Jafar Panahi, Taxi
Best Lead Actor: Jocob Tremblay, Room
Best Lead Actress: Kalieaswari Srinivasan, Dheepan
Best Supporting Actor: Kevin Bacon, Cop Car
Best Supporting Actress: Adèle Exarchopoulos, The Anarchists
Best Casting: Robin D. Cook & Fiona Weir, Room
Best Cinematography: Cyril Barbançon, Hurricane
Best Costumes, Hair & Makeup: Brandon Peterson & Sarah Elizabeth & Jaala Leis Wanless, Charlotte’s Song
Best Editing: Jeff Hurrell & Gareth Van Niekerk, Deathgasm
Best Music: Julio de la Rosa, Marshland
Best Production Design: Jessica Leigh Clark-Bojin & Victoria Pearson, Charlotte’s Song
Best Sound: Tamás Zányi & Tamás Dévényi & Tamás Székely, Son of Saul
Best Stunts & Choreography: Zoltán Gulyás Kiss, Son of Saul
Best Visual, Special & Animated Effects: Johnathan Guest & Michael A. Miller, DeathgasmOctober 27, 2015 at 1:38 pm #193942
Hands down.October 28, 2015 at 2:37 pm #193943
First of all, Telluride is not a “real” festival, but much more a festival of festivals. Also, I suppose that even if most of us don’t get to see those films at major festivals, we do have a chance to catch many of those at small festivals at our region (for example I have at least 2 of such a kind).
Regarding the question, I’d say that I prefer Sundance, but if I objectivly check my ratings it goes to Cannes.