Inaugural Lost Episode Festival Toronto This Weekend

Don’t be LEFT out! The very first Lost Episode Festival Toronto (LEFT) is tak­ing place this week­end at the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema. What’s a “lost epis­ode,” you ask? Well, the clever fest­ival organ­izers put it best:

Our focus is on inde­pend­ent short films, which are meant to be “lost epis­ode” satires of pop­u­lar and cult tele­vi­sion shows (ex. Star Trek, The Twilight Zone, etc). LEFT is tar­geted at any­one who has ever fallen in love with a tele­vi­sion show, and wished it was still around — now it can be! Fans and film­makers alike can cre­ate their own “lost epis­odes”, and we will show­case them. This is a fest­ival by and for fans of great cult clas­sics of tele­vi­sion and cinema.

I met the incred­ibly nice folks behind the fest­ival, Johnny and Nicole, recently and their enthu­si­asm is infec­tious. On Saturday at 4pm, they’re show­ing lost epis­odes of Star Trek, Batman, and The Twilight Zone in addi­tion to some other great short films includ­ing the amaz­ing Astron-6 mas­ter­piece Biocop. Sunday at 4pm they’ll be show­ing films from the 50 Hour Film Competition and present­ing awards to the best films.

Tickets are a very reas­on­able $10 for each day (and a measly $5 for stu­dents) and the event is 19+ due to the Bloor’s fant­astic liquor licence! Johnny and Nicole assure me that they’re going to be run­ning some inter­est­ing drink deals, cour­tesy of Mill Street Brewery. I recom­mend get­ting there no later than 3:30pm each day to check it out!

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