Walking the Black Carpet
By Chloë Bellande – mtltimes.ca
MASCARA & POPCORN® events are cultural happenings that encourage meetings and networking exchanges between artists, filmmakers and industry professionals. Founded by Florence Touliatos, the festival promotes independent cinema, giving a voice to filmmakers with thought-provoking, controversial, dark and edgy stories.
From August 14th- 17th, Mascara & Popcorn Short Film Festival hosted their 5th edition, with a lineup of 50 short films, screening at the Mainline Theatre on St-Laurent. The festival kicked-off with a Black Carpet party at le Bistro de Paris, where the filmmakers were invited to meet the jury, in a fun-filled evening animated by Florence herself – also known as “Freaky Miss T” – with live band performances and vendors exposing their dark and edgy art pieces. The short film competition this year was tough, as there were high quality movies although produced on a low budget, that stood out the already impressive lineup.
On Sunday August 18th, winners were announced for each “Best of” category, taking home a golden skull as their trophy. Among others, the “Best Local Short Film / went to Izabel Grondin for “La Table”; and, the “Best 2014 M&P movie” award went to Ara Ball, for “L’ouragan”, an edgy movie dealing with social issues in Montreal.
To see a list of all award winners, and Official selection trailers, visit the Mascara & Popcorn website: mascaraandpopcorn.com