THE CANADIAN FILM FEST IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION DEVOTED TO THE CELEBRATION, PROMOTION AND ADVANCEMENT OF CANADIAN FILMMAKING TALENT.
By exclusively featuring Canadian films, its goal is to provide filmmakers with valuable showcasing and networking opportunities and to offer the public homegrown productions to view and enjoy.
WHAT WE DO IN A CANUCKSHELL:
- The CFF is dedicated to supporting Canadian independent films and cultivating emerging and established filmmaking talent.
- In addition to film screenings over the course of five days at Cineplex’s Flagship Scotiabank Theatre, the CFF presents the CFF Industry Series with industry panelists, a masterclasses, a screenplay competition worth $10,000 and of course awesome parties.
Bern: We have many times programmed what horror and some genre fans would call B-movies. I look at them as I look at any movie we generally program: a lower-budgeted movie. The camp that’s usually associated with a low budget genre movie is just a plus for me as it is all about having fun within the genre. That’s why I love them.
Regan: What about older B-movie style horrors, some that are funny on purpose, others, not so much…what are your favs and why?
Bern: Many, many favourites. I have a huge collection. Bruce Campbell in anything. Tons of Canadian gems, too many to mention. Genre fans tend to be more forgiving as long as the story is good and there’s lots of whatever the genre calls for like gore or lasers or spaceships or demons or laughs. I’m one of those people.
Regan: Are there any more recent horror comedies or modern day B-movies you love and wish you had the opportunity to program into CFF?
Bern: Tons of stuff the Toronto After Dark or Blood in the Snow festivals steal from my clutches.
Regan: Ah, yes...I'm looking forward to interviewing the people involved with Toronto After Dark and Blood in the Snow next week -- thank you for recommending them to me. Last question, have you got a favourite Canadian horror-comedy film?
Bern: A Little Bit Zombie is really funny. We programmed that a while back. I saw that a couple of times before we screened it. So much ridiculous fun.
Regan: Yes, that one's great! Thank you so much, Bern, for sharing your thoughts on this niche sub-genre with me today.
Here's a list of a few more Canadian-made horror-comedies (or horrors with an healthy sense of humour) and B-movies:
Interested in my most ludicrous B-movie parody? Check out the trailer for Space Zombies: 13 Months of Brain-Spinning Mayhem! below...