I hope everyone is doing well and getting some much-needed rest.
August was an excellent month for short film festivals. I found a lot of good films to share with you guys, which felt very rewarding. Though films were not as emotionally charged as of July’s selection, each festival this month had its own personal flair, and it was fun to be a part of the experience. I am sad that many of them are over, but I am happy for the plethora of opportunities these events provide filmmakers.
For August, my favorite festivals were AAIFF: Ones To Watch, St. John’s International Film Festival, and Melbourne International Film Festival. The short films at these festivals were top-notch.
Last month we finished the final reviews of the PBS Short Film Festival. Then, we started and completed several other film festivals, including AAIFF, GIFT, and SJIFF. Moving forward into this month, we will finish up the PBS Film School Shorts and REEL South Shorts, which I started last month.
Then, from there, we will see what else comes our way for September.
SFW Monthly Film Favorites
This was hands down a well-made short film. I respected the content and delivery, and I felt like I learned a lot while watching.
Months later, I still think this is one of the scariest short films I have ever seen. It is just a simple, playful scare. You know the whole film that the jumpscare is coming, but you are still affected by it when it eventually gets you.
Gerald’s Bad JuJu
I liked the depth of this film. There are many layers to the main character’s life and struggles, and it feels like an intimate journey we are on with him. During my first watch, I assumed that the main character was “weird” about food because he was conscious of his spending or food waste. I think the reveal at the end, on top of everything else, that he may also be suffering from body dysmorphia, is unbelievable.
I liked Tips because it honestly just felt like a clean comedy bit. Not only did the actors and filmmakers put effort into creating natural laughter, but they also crafted the discussion to preserve the integrity of the service industry.
Glad You’re Here
This is just an inspirational film about finding your voice and freedom when faced with hardships. I loved this biopic, and I am glad I got to see it.
Josephine and the Roach
This film is a combination of chaos and precision. I loved the awkwardness of the girl (it made the film cute and quirky). I think because you grow accustomed to her strangeness, and in a way, accept it for her personality, this makes it easier for you to believe that she would fall in love with a roach.
-Also, 100th Post Celebration. Yay, now on to 100 more-
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