the 8 fest ::: 2012 festival
The 8 fest 2012 - 5th ANNUAL FESTIVAL
Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29
“a little festival for small films”
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The 8 fest returns to Toronto for its FIFTH year for three nights of screenings and also live performances. This year will again find the festival at Trash Palace Cinema (89B Niagara Street. at Tecumseth, just west of Bathurst). The 8 fest is North America’s only festival devoted to all forms of small-gauge film, including Super 8, 8mm, 9.5 and loops, shown in their original formats. The 8 fest showcases the 70+ history of small gauge film - from contemporary artists’ work in the form, to its wider cultural use in home movies, instructional loops and beyond.
This year’s edition of the 8 fest consists of eight programmes, one regular 8mm workshop, and one artist’s talk. The eight programmes include:
A spotlight on Berlin-based Super 8 filmmaker Milena Gierke who will
be visiting the festival courtesy of The Goethe Institut Toronto and
who will be presenting a FREE artist’s talk at the Goethe on Saturday
afternoon January 28th at 4:00 PM (100 University Avenue at King).
Notes From Nowhere: Super Winnipeg Super 8 - a survey of recent Super
8 activity in Winnipeg curated by renowned performance-art duo Shawna
Dempsey and Lorri Millan. Artists include Noam Gonick, Deco Dawson,
Heidi Phillips, and Ed Ackerman, among others.
Adventures in Animationland - a programme mixing recent animations
received by the 8 fest with commissions in collaboration with Toronto
Animated Image Society (TAIS). Artists include Julie Voyce, Daryl
Vocat, Tanya Read, Leslie Supnet, and others.
Bush Films - a presentation by HomeMovie History Project in which
small gauge film stocks are used for documentary and instructional
purposes and which permit audiences to see themselves and their
relatives and their ancestors and descendants and their communities in
a social setting.
Zinger Vol. 3: More Tales from The Funnel - further exploration of the
histories and mysteries of Toronto’s legendary underground Funnel
Experimental Film theatre, with films by Eldon Garnet, John Porter, FASTWURMS, Sandra Meigs and Bruce LaBruce + Anne MacLean.
First Films: even filmmakers start small - a programme of first films!
Including films by Louise Noguchi, Lisa Steele, Dot Tuer, John Creson, Madi Piller and more!
The 2012 8 fest will also host a regular 8mm workshop with filmmaker
John Kneller at Trash Palace on Saturday afternoon from 2:00 to 5:00 PM.
It will be limited to a maximum of ten participants. Registration
fee is $25 and includes all materials.
*Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The full programme for the 2012 8 fest can be viewed NOW at
The 5th edition of the 8 fest takes place from Friday, January 27 to Sunday, January 29, 2012. Main venue is the venerable Trash Palace (89B Niagara St., rear unit, just west of Bathurst).
Admission: 5$ per programme, or 25$ for festival pass.
(Artist talk with Milena Gierke is FREE!)
Workshop: 25$ includes all materials (email us to register, space is limited!)
The 8 fest is made possible through the generous support of:
The Canada Council for the Arts, The Ontario Arts Council and the City
of Toronto through the Toronto Arts Council as well as our sponsors
and community partners: Art Gallery of York University, Canadian
Filmmakers Distribution Centre, Niagara Custom Lab, FADO Performance
Art Centre, The Goethe Institut Toronto, Home Movie History Project,
The Images Festival and Trinity Square Video
For more information including interview opportunities, press stills,
and promotional DVD compilations of festival selections,
Please contact Andrew James Paterson, Festival Coordinator at: