The 2013 Fantasia Film Festival, after three intensive weeks (presuming you followed along either as a press member or a die hard fan), came to a close right around this time last week. Well, okay, describing the event as ‘long’ is a bit mean spirited since in actuality the time went by relatively fast. That said, it remains one of the longest film festivals around and, if you listened to episode 62 of the Sordid Cinema podcast, actually puts some critics to sleep for making them watch and write so much.
Each and every summer Sound on Sight strives to provide its fans the best coverage it can of this now legendary event. Articles range from pre-festival news updates, press conference reports, interviews with filmmakers and actors generous enough with their time to visit Montreal and sit down with writers and, of course, reviews of the movies themselves. While it is stimulating and often a lot of fun to fulfill those duties, they also come with the territory, they are expected from a Sound on Sight writer (and probably writers from any other media outlets covering this or any other film festival). That said, there rarely are articles about the festival experience itself. So, in order to really cap off what was yet another memorable Fantasia (and my second as a SOS writer with a press badge), we shall temporarily do away with the formal writing style and share some more personnel thoughts on the ups and down of covering Fantasia.