“COME TO DADDY” Short Soiree Report; Winners Announced


FANGORIA co-presented a unique event in Toronto last week: the oddly named COME TO DADDY SHORT FILM SOIREE (no doubt a nod to a HELLRAISER quote), curated by frequent FANGORIA contributor John Nicol and taking place at swanky bar 3030 Dundas West.

The venue (which has housed the Toronto FANGORIA Halloween party for two years) is split into two sections divided by heavy, elegant drapes: the front, designed for dining and retro-pinball (they even have a vintage KISS table!), the back featuring a large stage, ample seating, tons of beer taps and a sizable screen. It was of course a “bar festival” and, while not the ideal location for people to fully absorb serious cinema, the room had a bizarre and appealingly loose vibe; a film hang-out full of filmmakers and fans looking to see something new and hopefully, a bit shocking or at least spooky.

The drawback was that there were far too many pictures selected (18 in total), there were a few unfortunate technical hiccups and Nicol’s intended post-screening dance party was pre-empted, with some of the films left unscreened. A shame, but even those flaws only added to the rock and roll tone of the night.  The movies that did make it on-screen were by and large decent. Jay Clarke’s LIVELY was a standout and director Navin Ramaswaran’s arresting THE MISFORTUNE OF MADELAINE MOODY was especially exciting. And being able to have a few drinks while grooving on the work amped up the fun.

This week, festival winners were announced.

They are:

Best Picture Audience Vote:

LIVELY (dir: Jay Clarke)


DEMON BITCH (dir: Mike McMurran)


Critic’s Choice Selection:

SPLIT (dir: Andy Stewart)


Honorable Mentions:

OTHER (dir: Daniel Del Purgatorio)

BREATHE (dir: Toby Meakins)

Plans for another round are already in the works. With a few bugs ironed out, this could be something really special.

About the author
Chris Alexander
Author, film critic, teacher, musician and filmmaker (not to mention failed boxer) Chris Alexander is the editor-in-chief of FANGORIA Magazine. He got his first professional break as the “Schizoid Cinephile” in the pages of Canadian horror film magazine RUE MORGUE before making the move to FANGO in 2007. His words have appeared in The Toronto Star, Metro News, Wired, Montage, The Dark Side, Tenebre and many other notable publications and he appears regularly on international television and radio.
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