The 13th Edition of the8fest Small-Gauge Film Festival is coming!

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the8fest poster by Sandra Brewster

Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26, 2020 at Beverley Halls SPK (206 Beverley St.)

A little festival for small films!
Screenings. Workshops. Artists Talks.

the8fest returns for its 13th year with 3 nights of performances, screenings, installations, workshops and artist talks! the8fest is North America’s longest running festival devoted to all forms of small-gauge film screened only on celluloid. Take a peek at what’s in store for this year!


FRIDAY, JANUARY 24, 2020

7:00 PM – BAGEROO THIRTEEN! VOLUME 1

Screening work from near and far, BAGEROO THIRTEEN! is curated from our open call for submissions featuring works by Sandy McLennan, Ryan Ferguson, Josh Weissbach, Blaine Speigel, Tiff Bartel, Meganelizabeth Diamond + Aaron Zeghers, Carol Cece Anderson, Aisha and Andalah Ali, Colby Richardson, Daniel Hackborn, Alexander Rogalski, and Ilse Kramer! Plus, an extra special commission of new work by Morgan Sears Williams!
Supported by Trinity Square Video

9:00 PM – “PANORAMA” – WOMEN IN EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA
Curated by Colectivo Toronto

Join us for this programme showcasing independent Argentine and Latin American women filmmakers. This unique programme presents the work of artists who use a variety of different methods to explore the possibilities of the Super 8 format. The generation of filmmakers presented in this programme wants to make their voices heard and express their ideas and visions through their films: the stories are developed freely, allowing the erasure of the line that separates fiction from the experimental or the documentary.
Supported by CINAIN and the Consulate General of Argentina in Toronto

10:00 PM – SCHMELZDAHIN: CITY ON FIRE
Curated by Chris Kennedy

From 1975-1989, the artists Jochen Lempert, Jochen Müller and Jürgen Reble collaborated in Bonn, Germany under the group name Schmelzdahin, making dozen of films and expanded cinema performances. Their name—translated to English as “Melting Away”—literally describes the root of their process. They would subject found film footage to all manner of chemical and biological de-compositional techniques. They would destroy images through burning them, adding acids and bleaches and even burying film in the earth for extended periods of time. Although these practices are more common now amongst process-based filmmakers, when Schmelzdahin first performed them, they were revolutionary.
Co-Presented by Goethe-Institut Toronto

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Image Still from Schmelzdahin: City On Fire


SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2020

1:00 PM – 4:00 PM – INTRODUCTION TO CUT, COLLAGE AND ANIMATE WORKSHOP WITH RICH FEDORCHAK

Visiting animator Rich Fedorchak will provide an introduction to collage animation in Super 8 filmmaking! You’ll get hands-on experience learning the steps to pre-production and shooting animation. Rich will bring collage materials, but participants should bring ideas and some materials to begin animating. Each participant will be able to shoot some film during the workshop. Both beginners and experienced filmmakers welcome!
$40 – SPACE IS LIMITED – EMAIL us at the8fest@gmail.com to sign up NOW!
Supported by TAIS

7:00 PM – BAGEROO THIRTEEN! VOLUME 2

Saturday night kicks off with gems by Andrés Pardo and Ernesto Baca, Maxime Michel, Marcos Arriaga, Chris Kennedy, Michael Lyons, Camille Pueyo, Alexandra Gelis, Alina Tretinjak and Magdalena Pfeifer! This really intricate programme features works exploring the body, the built environment, the natural world and all the ways those are weaved together! Featuring commissioned new work by Adam Cohoon!
Supported by Images Festival

9:00 PM – LOOKING BACK INTO THE PAST TO SEE BETTER-SPOTLIGHT ON THE FILMS OF JORGE LOZANO
Curated by Milada Kovacova

This programme brings together a broad range of works which constitute the breadth of Jorge’s artistic vision: be it an implicit exploration of the politics of the day, a poetic rumination of time and space, or the consummation of a two-screen projection of a hyper montage from his archive. This programme surveys the breadth of Jorge’s vision and leaves us with lots of food for thought!
*Join us Sunday, January 26th at 1PM for a Brunch Artist Talk with Spotlight Artist Jorge Lozano!
Supported by FADO Performance Art Centre and re:assemblage collective

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Image Still from Spotlight Artist Jorge Lozano


SUNDAY, JANUARY 26, 2020

7:00 PM – HOME MOVIE HISTORY PROJECT: ROADSIDE DISTRACTIONS
THE ROAD TRIP AND THE READY-MADE TOURIST EXPERIENCE

We travel north, south, east and west on road trips with enthusiastic groups of travellers from the 1940s to 70s. Stitched together by the hypnotic effect of driving footage shot through car windows, we stop along the way with families at trading posts and souvenir shops!
Presented by the Home Movie History Project

9 PM – BAGEROO THIRTEEN! VOLUME 3

Works by Tess Elliot, Jeffrey Mann, Jeffrey Langille, Holly Chang, Amy Maurine Edwards, Sara Bulloch, Dawn George, John Porter, Gerald Saul, Rich Fedorchak, Tetsuya Maruyama, and Delf Gravert and Ian Johnson grace the closing programme of our 13th Edition!
Supported by CFMDC and LIFT

+++ INSTALLATIONS ALL WEEKEND LONG
LITTLE BOSHKUNG (‘LAKE OF MANY ECHOES’) by ANDREW LENNOX & MERIDIAN by KYLE WHITEHEAD
This year, the8fest is excited to present two installations by Canadian artists. The artists’ explorations of new ways to engage with small-gauge film expand the medium in the most unexpected ways! Their works will be up throughout the festival weekend.
Supported by Pleasure Dome


The 13th edition of the8fest runs Friday, January 24 to Sunday, January 26, 2020, at Beverley Halls SPK (Polish Combatants’ Hall), 206 Beverley St. (south of College, at Cecil Street).

This venue is partially accessible, and the8fest will have a care attendant available. There is accessible parking below the building and an elevator, but the washrooms are not fully accessible and the venue does not have automatic doors. If you have any accessibility needs, please reach out to us by email at the8fest@gmail.com and we will do all we can to accommodate!

Tickets: PWYC
Suggested: $8 per screening // $40 festival passes // $40 workshop fee

For more information including interview opportunities, press stills and preview links of selected films, please contact Barbora Racevičiūtė at the8fest@gmail.com

the8fest is made possible through the generous support of: The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the Toronto Arts Council as well as our sponsors and community partners: Home Movie History Project, the Liaison of Independent Filmmakers of Toronto (LIFT), Canadian Filmmakers Distribution Centre (CFMDC), Prefix ICA, Pleasure Dome, YYZ Artists’ Outlet, Hex Editions, Images Festival, Goethe-Institut Toronto, FADO Performance Art Centre, re:assemblage collective, Tangled Art + Disability, Toronto Animated Image Society (TAIS), and Trinity Square Video (TSV).

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