Shine it On! 2005: The National Salon des Refuses Rating: NN
Here's your chance to see TIFF from the programmer's point of view. It's a collection of short films, selected by lottery, that didn't quite make it into the festival.
This year the most striking fact about the program is that the majority of films - aside from Lina Rodriguez's horrible-relationship mini-drama, Passive Voice - come from Winnipeg, Winnipeg, Regina or Winnipeg.
Clearly, there's a burgeoning nest of larval filmmakers in the west. Salome's Gift, by Jaymez, is an obscure narrative about guns, loud noises and the colour red; Bevan Klassen's On A Sunday is an attractively sepia, unattractively rambling and unfocused tale of a black-sheep father and son.
Dreams Of Mourning by Warren Nightingale and Dragoon Street by David Zellis both tinker with digital effects. The former renders a film about a man, a forest and a train in painterly blobs, while the latter turns people into Atari-style video game characters and back again a few too many times.
The fact that none of these films is a masterpiece is beside the point; the city of cheap rent and giant mosquitoes seems poised to inundate the world with a swarm of directors.
You've been warned. (September 6, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art)