By Aaron Boehlert
This past Saturday, the Toronto Underground Cinema on Spadina hosted the 6th annual Toronto Student Film Festival, featuring twenty-six films from student producers around the world. Selected from hundreds of submissions, the films shown were extremely diverse, ranging from a dark comedy about a young girl in Singapore feeding her abusive parents Clorox-tainted rice (Rice, dir. Sofri Yusoff, Singapore) to an adorable animated film about love between rock formations on planets in outer space (Crater Face, dir. Skyler Page, USA. Check it out below!). There were profound themes showcased in every single one of the featured works, some subtle and some outright ridiculous in the best possible way.
My personal favourites included Whatever It Takes (dir. Catherine Maltais, Canada), a film about a young boy who will do whatever it takes to gain the affection of a bossy female costar, and A Divorce (dir. Beini Huang, Australia), an animated picture (and winner of the Best Film) about a neurotic, divorced, lonely man who has trouble saying what he feels.
This event honestly blew my mind, and showcased the enormous talent of student filmmakers the world over. Hats off to them!