Looking at the lists of films selected in the various categories for the first time each year is always exciting. There's not much to go by - film titles, names of directors, countries. It's like being in a big room with strangers many of whom you will soon get to know. Some will become great friends, others nodding acquaintances, others you'll never connect with.
But for now all you've got are appearances and stereotypes. Does a film title catch your fancy? Intrigue you enough to want to know more? Maybe you have a connection to particular country that's represented by a film or two. And perhaps there are some interesting or even familiar names.
That's where we are now as the 2016 films selected for this year's festival have been posted on the AIFF2016 website. At this point I'm just going to give a brief overview and comment briefly on some of the names and titles that caught my attention.
|From the poster for Attila Szász' Demimonde|
The background for the Features list isImage . Szász is a Hungarian film maker whose The Ambassador To Bern won the Best Feature at AIFF in 2014. You can see a Skype interview I did with Szász back then. There's also transcript. Part 8 talks about the film (Demimonde) he was starting to work on (which was why none of the film crew could make it to Anchorage that year).
|Screenshot from the trailer of Karan Ananth's Indian film The Blind Side.|
The background is a
Here's some dialogue I created from three other titles from the documentary list.
A: Goodbye Darling, I'm Off To Fight
B: I'll Wait Here
A: Walk With MeAs you can see, at this point, these are just words on a page that have whatever meaning you might invest in them. But before long, as we learn more about the films and, hopefully, see them, they will show us who they really are.
|Image from the trailer of Richard Harper 's Evil's Evil Cousin.|
Some of the shorts titles that seemed to have some superficial connection at this point:
Like a Butterfly
Sing For Your Supper
|Row 1,||This Path
|Background is screenshot from A Reasonable Request|
Some other titles:
There were the titles with numbers:
- 20 Matches
- How To Lose Weight in 4 Easy Steps
But maybe the second one should have been paired with
- Fresh Chocolate Bar
And there are time related titles:
- On Time
- Late Night Drama
ANIMATION, which was a little thin last year, has a robust roster of films this year.
|Image from Elif Boyacioglu's The Teacup|
And there's lots of mischief we can do grouping some of the titles
Some Intriguing Titles:
The Girl Who Spoke Cat
You bruise, You lose
Welcome to the Last Bookstore
|Notorious Corn||Pug of War||Red||Just Like It Used to Be|
|The Old Man and the Pear||No Touching||Green Light||A Space In Time|
|Under the Apple Tree||Virgin Territory||The Land Before Time Machines
|Image screenshot from Daven Hafey's We Eat Fish|
Some Intriguing Titles:
At this point I know next to nothing about these films, though finding pictures for this post gave me a bit more information. We have titles (and you can see all the titles and names of directors and countries and lengths of most of the films at the AIFF2016 website. Soon we'll know a little more, and eventually, we'll be able to see many of these films and meet some of the filmmakers.
Note: Since the Alaska films didn't have countries listed (last year all but one was a US filmmaker), I've listed the titles.
Note 2: HTML Table Generator has revamped its page and I'm having a bit of trouble making the tables work here in blogger. I can't see the final table when I'm composing or in Preview which means I have to post it to see if I got it right. So forgive the different kinds of tables. I'll get this eventually.