Courtesy of the YoungCuts Film Festival
What's It Called? Switching Worlds
Who Made It? Written and Directed by Francesca Abbondanza-Bergeron
Where Is It From? Canada (Quebec)
How Old Is the Director? 19
Who Is the Director? Francesca Abbondanza-Bergeron is a new filmmaker and scriptwriter. She just graduated from John Abbott College’s Creative Arts, Literature and Languages (Media Arts) program. Interested in using her films to question the boundaries between reality and fiction, she explores the human’s understanding of his own imagination. Her latest film, Switching Worlds, follows the story of a young man obsessed with women depicted in mangas and animes (Japanese cartoons). However, he gets more than he bargains for when one of his own sketches comes to life. Recently, Abbondanza-Bergeron has worked as an assistant editor for the making of Parabola Films’ À St-Henri, le 26 août. She will be pursuing her studies in the field at Concordia University next Fall.
What Is It? Live Action with Animation
How Long Is It? 4:59
What Is It About? A young otaku gets more than he bargained for when one of his sketches comes to life.
When Did YoungCuts Play It? 2011
Why Did YoungCuts Play It? YoungCuts started in 2001 as the Toronto International Teen Film Festival and while we changed our name and expanded our age limits to 25 and under in 2005, we have kept a place for teen filmmakers in our Festival.
It is sometimes a little bit harder to find a gem amongst the pile of Teen films, but when you do find one like Switching Worlds...
The best teen filmmakers have absolutely no fear and accomplish the impossible because no one told them that it couldn't be done.
Take Francesca. Her story combines animation with live action with deceptive ease. Her story is told with economy and grace. Our only minor quibble is evidence of her skill: the entire film has maybe five words of dialogue. Francesca came within an unnecessary sentence from telling her story purely visually.
And from what we can tell, most of the work was completed before she turned 19. No one tell her that she is not supposed to be this good this young.
What Awards Did It Win? Top 100 Short Films YoungCuts Film Festival
YoungCuts Statement As a quick follow-up, we should maybe explain how we ended up finding Switching Worlds. The Festival Director Michael Ryan was invited to lead a discussion about Best Practices for Festival Submissions during the Concordia Film Festival on the Thursday afternoon that the festival started. This lead to an invitation to take part in a panel early that Saturday morning during the festival about the future of short film. One of the other panellists was Daniel Schorr who teaches animation at CEGEP John Abbott. He invited Michael to attend their end-of-year screening that was taking place at Cinema du Parc that Sunday evening.
We mention this as a tip to student filmmakers and their teachers. If you are doing an end-of-year screening, invite film festivals like ours to come. If we can send someone to watch the films we will. And we will frequently tell young filmmakers on the spot what films we are interested in (and sometimes what films need more work.)
It does help to give us more than 24 hours notice though!
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