The 2012 TAIS! Showcase was last night and the theatre at the NFB was packed. The films screened were a great mix of experimental and story based. One of the highlights of the night was Mack Carruthers's Snowdrifter, which has a great twist to it. Mark's film went on to become the 2012 TAIS Official Showcase selection. You can check out the film below.
This is a story of an adorable snowman, wandering alone in the arctic wastes...
|Mack Carruthers and Mary Shwareh|
During the event I got a chance to meet Patrick Jenkins who also had a film, Sorceress, in the showcase. Patrick got in touch with me via the site several months ago and it was great to get a chance to meet him in person. Sorceress is filled with epic shots and follows conventional horror tropes à la hitchcock. Patrick's use of positive/negative space in the film and the audio that accompanies it are particularly noteworthy. To me, the film has a truly Canadian feel harkening back to the earlier NFB films.
|Sorceress by Patrick Jenkins screening at the NFB|
|Madi Piller giving Berdene du Toit a hug after Berdene won the Technical Difficulties Anijam Division|
|Drawing tickets for door prizes|
|One of the door prize winners receiving a gift donated by Silver Snail Comics|