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Darryl's Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival preview

Need a tip for something fun to do this weekend? I've got more than just the tip for you. Darryl's Hard Liquor and Porn Film Festival. Don't let the name fool you--the fest is not a hardcore pornographic event. It's actually a very silly, and sometimes sexy, short film fest that features hilarious parodies, mockumentaries, music videos, brilliant animations, and live action shorts about sex or anything else naughty. It's safe enough that you could bring your mother, if she hadn't already agreed to be my date.

darryls hard liquor and porn film festival toronto

The festival is described as "a get-together of filmmakers, film fans and partygoers devoted to the sheer fun of wallowing in images of campy excess and outrageous innuendos. It's an annual comedy short film event that includes a screening of 25-35 short films and an after-party. Audience members are encouraged to dress up in porn star or otherwise sexy outfits (or as a banana). It's not required but it is fun. The audience is 50% male and 50% female ranging from 18 to 90 years old."

Having had the pleasure of pre-screening a half dozen films, I can say that this years festival attendees are in for a real treat. From the brilliantly animated Tram, the story of a busty sex-crazed tram operator, to a live-action post-coital escape attempt in the aptly named One Night Stand, the broad selection of funny shorts won't give you the shaft. Unless that's your thing.

The promoters say the festival is "all about having a good laugh. We don't censor films; if it's legal, it's fine. The Festival likes to promote films that are fun and make people feel good about themselves." How can you argue with that?

In the ten years since the festival began, the event has amassed hours of sex-parody from filmmakers, animators, comedians, actors, and artists from around the world. Besides Toronto, the festival has also played in Montreal, London, and Australia.

darryls hard liquor and porn film festival toronto

The festival runs from Friday, November 16th to Saturday November 17th, 2012 at 7 & 9pm at The Projection Booth East (1035 Gerrard Street East).

The After-Party on Saturday is at The Centre of Gravity Circus Training Studio East (an old 1920s vaudeville theatre at 1300 Gerrard Street East).

Tickets are $20 for the main showings (ticket packages also available) and are available online for purchase, and also at the door (but they might sell out).

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