Family Day at TIFF
It was Family Day at TIFF Wednesday when young filmmakers brought their siblings, parents -- and in Sean Wainsteim’s case, grandparents -- to the festival. While Wainsteim didn’t win the Emerging Filmmakers Competition, his grandparents Ester and Lejb Pilanski stood elegantly out in the crowd of youngsters vying for the competition sponsored by RBC.
Twenty young filmmakers who’d participated in the TIFF mentoring program were each given $500, a camcorder and asked to create a short three to five-minute movie. The theme, Family, was as evident in the room as it was onscreen. Wainsteim’s film “was about my grandparents just kvetching.” The first prize of $15,000 was won by Kara Blake, 37, of Montreal who shot, the real-life living arrangements of Blake and her sister, Julie, in Montreal. They live in identical apartments adjoining each other in a situation Blake describes as “lateral cohabitating”. The film, Next of Kin, follows them through a day in synchronized domestic actions from brushing their teeth to making tea and was shot over one weekend.
Second prize of $10,000 was won by Gabriel Taraboulsy, 30, who grew up in Montreal but now lives in Los Angeles, with a film titled My First Movie. He used actors to play the roles of a fictional family secretly filmed by the youngest child. However, he brought real friends and relatives to the event held on the opening day of the festival.