Check out the Most Daring & Visionary Experimental Films Coming out of TIFF 2015

If you want to see what the future of moving pictures looks like, one great place to look is what's going on in experimental and avant-garde film.

History has shown us that when storytelling methods and aesthetics evolve in classical cinema, experimental filmmakers like David Lynch, Maya Deren, Luis Buñuel, and Chantal Ackerman have left their impression somewhere. So, where are we headed today? What are the most recent rumblings in the bizarre world of experimental film?

Well, this might give you an idea (or some ideas). As we approach the kick-off of the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept. 10th), video essayist Kevin B. Lee picks 7 of his favorite films from TIFF's Wavelengths program, which highlights outstanding experimental shorts and features by some of the most exciting new filmmakers working today.

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If classic narrative films are prose, then experimental films are poetry. (Of course, all films are a little bit poetry, right?) These filmmakers take joy in pushing the medium, growing it, redefining it. This is why, in my humble opinion, it'd benefit all filmmakers to consume as many of these kinds of films as they possibly can. You can learn new filmmaking techniques, new ways of telling stories, or just sit back and get inspired by images that you've never seen before.     

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I'm sorry, but compared to everything else I've seen come out this year, these clips don't seem that visionary or daring.

September 4, 2015 at 11:37AM


I love that one with the rug being pulled away. It's funny. The best experimental films tend to be strange comedies.

One thing that I notice is an oversight on IMDb is that "Experimental" is not in their list of genres.

September 5, 2015 at 9:57PM


Ya know what's really cool? I live about an hour north of Toronto and plan on going to TIFF a few times over the next few weeks. No comments, no critiques, just enjoyment of the talent and the people.

September 11, 2015 at 5:16AM

Rachael Dakoda
Owner of Brian's Brackets

I liked the iphone filming itself.

The rest is totally indistinguishable from the art films shown to us in film school many years ago... that were shown to my professors many years before that.

September 15, 2015 at 9:11PM, Edited September 15, 9:11PM