I am really looking forward to Fantasia this year, for lots of reasons. Seeing a few movies, of course, including my lovely friend Joe O’Brien’s Devil’s Mile. I’d also love to see Faults and Mr. Go, which are playing during our trip there. And of course there’s Goat Witch, the new short James Sizemore joint, which is screening before the midnight film (Dead Snow: Red vs Dead!!) on Saturday.

Goat Witch reprazent

Goat Witch reprazent

Realistically, I shouldn’t even spend too much time looking at the screening schedule because I’ll get all excited about seeing stuff and then I’ll end up seeing nothing, because my Frontières schedule will be really packed.

For anyone who is reading this and will be in Montreal on Wednesday June 23, I highly, highly recommend Kumiko: The Treasure Hunter, an absolute fave of mine from Berlin. Really beautiful movie.

Kumiko is hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure

Kumiko is hilarious and heartbreaking in equal measure

I’m also excited about seeing pals from all over the world (and Montreal) and doing fun things with them, like going to eat at La Prunelle, because that restaurant was my favourite discovery of last year’s Fantasia trip. The food is top notch, and it’s a bring-your-own-wine place, so it ends up being extremely reasonably priced. Colin (and our dining companion, John) both ordered the bison rib, which was the tenderest piece of meat I ever tasted, and also bigger than his head. I can’t even remember what I ate, because it wasn’t novelty-sized.

this Plateau joint is very worthwhile

this Plateau joint is very worthwhile

And, most of all, I’m equal parts terrified and excited about the actual Frontières co-production market, where we will pitch Rite of the Witch Goddess to the world for the first time.

My to do list for that still includes:

  • Finalizing the pitch script with James and Tim
  • Waiting with bated breath for our proof of concept trailer to be completed
  • Compiling (with the team’s help) a slideshow of images to play during our presentation
  • Sending the Fantasia team our list of people who we want to request meetings with
  • Designing and printing a Rite of the Witch Goddess postcard
  • Updating and printing the Ultra 8 Pictures “slate” flyer, which has info about the other films we’re working on
  • Finalizing the Rite of the Witch Goddess LookBook, where we’ll be hosting all the documents & videos that are going to be part of our presentation, so that the people we meet can access all that info even after the market is over.
  • Oh yeah, and I should get my nails done.
this is what my nails looked like for Fantasia 2013

this is what my nails looked like for Fantasia 2013