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Monday, May 02, 2005

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lily

All around, I thought it was much better this time compared to years past. Except when my seat broke.

Filmbrain

Hey Aaron -- welcome back.

As someone who has both worked the festival (last year -- thanks to you) and simply attended as a guest, there are a few things I take issue with, though I'm not sure this is the type of feedback you are looking for.

First off, I didn't get to nearly as many films as I would have liked this year due to lack of time. I would agree, however, that things at the Regal were more organized than last year – and it sounds like you can take a fair share of credit for that.

My problem with the festival has to do with its philosophy, or lack thereof. To many, the TFF seems less a film festival than a massive marketing campaign for American Express. While corporate sponsorship exists at almost every major film festival (to some extent), the TFF is ALL about American Express, and it's quite a turn off. First, there is the advanced sales for AMEX holders -- this is bullshit. Then there are the high profile films -- Hollywood product that has no place at an international film festival. I mean - what was House of Wax doing there?

You'd think that a festival still in its infancy would want as much press as they can get, yet they seemed not to be interested in film bloggers -- well, at least this one. (By comparison, the Berlinale, a festival with far more prestige has embraced bloggers.)

I think the TFF needs to figure out exactly what it wants to be. Is it for the people, or for AMEX employees and their clients? Is it about the films, or about the publicity?

Still, there were many impressive titles this year -- it's just a shame it was next to impossible to get to enough of them (or get tickets for them!)

Thigh Master

Two words for the '06: More Cuthbert!!!!

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