A few notes about last year's Festival.
Total films seen: 42
The Bestival of the Festival
The Top Ten Films I saw at the festival were:
1) Fish Tank
2) Mary and Max
3) Modern Love Is Automatic
5) Big River Man
6) Easier With Practice
7) The Hurt Locker
9) Little Soldier
10) The September Issue
Special mentions to: My Last Five Girlfriends, AntiChrist, Spread, Le Donk and The Girlfriend Experience.
That said, if I included the films I saw before the festival started, the list would also include Moon, Mesrine (parts I & II), Adventureland and Rudo y Cursi, the first two of which would definitely have made it into the top ten above.
Highlight of the Festival: Meeting and interviewing Gerald Peary, brother of Danny Peary, of "Guide For The Film Fanatic fame (aka The Book That Changed My Life - it's where "FilmFan" comes from). Also had great interviews with Gael Garcia Bernal and Diego Luna, Jesse Eisenberg, Brenda Blethyn, Mas from EastEnders and the very lovely Andrea Riseborough, who, quite rightly, wouldn't let me take her picture.
Disappointment of the Festival: No Surprise Film this year. Still not sure why, though if I had to guess, I'd say because they're more trouble than they're worth.
Party of the Festival: Definitely the Le Donk party, complete with Le Donk and Scor-zay-zee performing on stage.