TIFF 2017 Wrap Up

Just like the warm weather in Toronto, TIFF17 has come and gone but it was a stellar festival season for filmmakers, and for SESLER!

We would like to take one last opportunity to congratulate our DPs Jackson Parrell, Brendan Steacy, Guy Godfree, Kris Belchevski, and Douglas Koch, and the sensational teams they worked with on the six films that screened as part of this year’s line up.


Alias Grace / DP Brendan Steacy
A layered historical drama based on Margaret Atwood’s Giller Prize–winning novel about a poor Irish servant accused and convicted of murder, from director Mary Harron and screenwriter Sarah Polley. Don’t miss what Now, The Hollywood Reporter, CBC, and National Post noted in their posts about the series.

Cardinals / DP Jackson Parrell
Directors Grayson Moore and Aidan Shipley tell the story of Valerie, portrayed by Sheila McCarthy, who returns home from prison years after killing her neighbour in an apparent drunk driving accident. She wants nothing more than to move on — until the deceased’s son shows up at her door and it becomes clear that the past is not easily forgotten. Film InquiryThe Film Stage, Cinema Scope, Dork Shelf, and blogTO published reviews that are worth a look.

Bird / DP Guy Godfree
Molly Parker makes a remarkably self-assured debut as a writer and director with this richly nuanced family drama about a woman whose daily struggles with her ailing parents are compounded when a beloved pet makes the kind of escape she herself longs for. Be sure to check out what Toronto Star, Scene Creek, blogTO, and The Gate had to say.

Shadow Nettes / DP Kris Belchevski
From one of the country’s most inventive filmmakers, Phillip Barker, comes a tale based on the mysterious traditions of the Shadow Nette Fishers of the Erie Valley. For the fisherman we meet here, only fate can decide whether his poses and gestures of virility will produce the result he so desires. The Gate calls it “a great performative piece full of movement and surreal delights”.

The Drop In / DP Jackson Parrell
On a night like any other, Joelle is closing up her hair salon when a mysterious visitor appears asking too many questions about her citizenship. Nothing is what it seems in Naledi Jackson’s fierce, stylish and genre-bending allegory on immigration and belonging. Read more about the short film in these articles published by The Gate, blogTO, Scene Creek and blackfilm.com.

I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing / DP Douglas Koch
Patricia Rozema’s iconic film about the scatterbrained Polly who gets a job as a secretary in an art gallery and comes to idolize her employer, but soon discovers she is not who she claims to be. The film was part of the TIFF Cinematheque programme which curates gems from the history of Canadian and international cinema, and was featured as part of TIFF’s Canada on Screen list of 150 essential moving-image works. In Magazine dubbed it a must-see LGBTQ film at TIFF 2017.


We’ve shared our TIFF adventures throughout SESLER’s social media channels, and you can now look through our complete gallery to see all our photos and the friends we ran into at the CFC BBQ, Whites Reception, and our other screenings and events!