Producers: Marc Lamothe
Every year snce 2006, Fantasia has devoted a programming block to audacious, boundary-breaking short films. Allow yourself to be overwhelmed by this fever dream that defies traditional cinematic laws of time and narrative structure. See the sounds, hear the images! It’s like a symphony of the imagination. We’ve assembled for you over 20 singular works that together make up a voyage to the heart of the mind’s eye, a dreamlike mélange of tones and colours. Though CELLULOID EXPERIMENTS has always reserved an important place for international films, this year’s edition is dominated by a selection of creators from Quebec and Canada.
Direct from Spain comes Kote Camacho’s LA GRAN CARRERA, in which a documentarian revisits a morbid incident at the Lasarte Hippodrome in 1914. American Ben Ridgway returns with the world premiere of his bewitching animated short TRIBOLUMINESCENCE. Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski offer L'ANNÉE DE L'OR, a delirious creation accompanied by the music of Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Syl Disjonk presents a work in progress, the nightmarish ETHEREAL CHRYSALIS, which already earned a Special Jury Prize at the most recent edition of Vitesse Lumière. Richard Vézina shares a slice of eternity with the world premiere of MEMENTO MORI. Andrew Milne experiments in 35mm with PHANTASM, a Quebec premiere. Among the NFB’s newest gems is LES JOURNAUX DE LIPSETT by Theodore Ushev. Masterful! Jaimz Asmundson captures a visual performance impeccably with THE MAGUS, a Montreal premiere. Rhayne Vermette breaks apart all the eye captures in R SEYMORE GOES NORTH, a Montreal premiere. Fans of Burton Cummings and the Guess Who will love the hilarious NEGATIVIPEG, a poetic recreation of an awful event, by Matthew Rankin. As we do each year, we’ve reserved time for the finest moments of Dérapage, an event of audio-visual exploration founded by the students of UQÀM’s graphic design department. This year we’ve selected the intriguing CATS by Jocelyn Leduc, the architectural vision of foulmalade.org’s OHM, the apocalyptic ÉLÉMENTS by SIM Éric Mc Guire et the reverie THE PAGE’S WING by Federico Campanale. A must! TIND (this is not design), a well-known Montreal collective, present BLITZ and NORD’EST. From the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema come Emma Michelle Owen with INSIDE A FORT MADE OF SHEETS, Jenni Tannahill with JUMP, Tina Nawrocky’s DESERTED, Yoshino Aoki’s THE DOOR, and David Martineau Lachance and Chelsea Owen, each directing a double shot with L'AUTOPORTRAIT/PYROMANTEIA and MOTEL/BEAR AND THE CAPTAIN. And finally, Lawrence Côté-Collins knows what buttons to push with FUCK THAT.