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Arrow Video presents: The What The Film Bazaar

24th March 2018

THE LASER BLAST FILM SOCIETY is proud to present the 4th edition of the WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL, an annual celebration of contemporary eccentric cinema.

Spanning March 24th–25th at THE ROYAL CINEMA in Toronto, this year’s festival not only promises five feature films, but will also inaugurate the WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR presented by ARROW VIDEO, a market floor for VHS tape-traders, indie comic collectors, and vendors of obscure and cult cinema.

Come and meet some of the Arrow team at the WHAT THE FILM BAZAAR which will precede film screenings daily, and take place at THE MONARCH TAVERN (12 Clinton St.), mere steps away from the Royal Cinema, and will also feature live-podcast recordings, bizarre presentations, and fun social events.

Arrow Video
The Beguiling
Bay Street Video
The Laser Blast Film Society
Andrew Barr Illustrator
And More!


12 PM – 3:00 PM
VHS vs BETAMAX @ Hand Eye Society Table
Vaporwave aesthetic meets Smash Bros. in this vibrantly silly brawler and historically accurate depiction of the ’80s Format Wars. Grab your collection and play a quick-fire succession of battles where you must dodge videotapes, block them with your shield, or toss them at the other players. Which format will emerge victorious? Demo the game at The Hand Eye Society’s table and find out! Created by Adam Robinson-Yu and Maxwell Huang-Hobbs.

2 PM – 4 PM
Artist Signing @ The Beguiling Books + Art Table
MATT DALEY (acclaimed Kaiju illustrator!)

3PM – 5 PM
Artist Signing @ The Beguiling Books + Art Table
JENN WOODALL (Magical Beatdown) 3 PM – 5PM

3:30 PM
WTFilm Short Films Programme
A collection of strange, and surreal shorts


1 PM – 3 PM
Artist Signing @ The Beguiling Books + Art Table
JASON LOO (The Pitiful Human Lizard) 1 PM – 3 PM

2 PM – 4 PM
Artist Signing @ The Beguiling Books + Art Table
BENJAMIN MARRA (Night Business) 2PM – 4 PM

2:30 PM
Hand Eye Society and Laser Blast Film Society will invite attendees to sign up to compete in brutal VHS vs BETAMAX combat – the victor will take home both glory and a special prize!

3:00 PM
Live Podcast Recording
Justin Decloux and Will Sloan record a live episode of their podcast THE IMPORTANT CINEMA CLUB

At the WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL, the feature film schedule is as follows:


7:00 PM - THE LAPLACE’S DEMON Dir. Giordano Giulivi / Italy / 2017 / 109 min TORONTO PREMIERE! Scientists find themselves ensnared in a sinister game of fate where their every decision has been anticipated and engineered to systematically send them to their doom in this sci-fi noir shot entirely against rear-screen projections over seven years!

9:30 PM - MANGOSHAKE Dir. Terry Chiu / Canada/ 2018 / 97 min WORLD PREMIERE!
An uproarious lo-fi labyrinth of suburban adolescent shenanigans over ‘one crazy summer’ that recalls the generational coming-of-age myths of Richard Linklater or George Lucas’s American Graffiti and introduces a bold and brilliant new Canadian filmmaker!


4:00 PM - ANCHOR ZONE Dir. Andrée Pelletier / Canada / 2017 / 82 min / 35MM PRESENTATION!
A young woman living in a dystopian St. John’s must enlist in the aid of skateboarding punks to find her father. The Laser Blast Film Society will celebrate this obscure Newfoundland sci-fi adventure on a rare 35mm print!

6:30 PM - GREEN HOUSE Dir. Armando Lamberti / USA / 2017 / 101 min / WORLD PREMIERE!
A comic character study of a sneering manifestation of arrested adolescence gradually crescendos into a full-blown familial melodrama after a young man is forced to move in with his estranged half-sister. Indie filmmaking reminiscent of Hal Hartley or early Wes Anderson.

9:00 PM - JUNK HEAD Dir. Takahide Hori / Japan / 2017 / 114 min / TORONTO PREMIERE!
An eight-years in the making stop-motion tour-de-force that’s as whimsical as Wallace and Gromit, but with the aesthetic predilections of H.R. Giger. It’s picaresque plot concerns a cybernetic explorer’s descent into the recesses of the Earth to recover ancient DNA that promises to restore fertility to the human race.

WHAT THE FILM FESTIVAL fills a gap in Toronto’s dense film festival landscape, showcasing outlier and outsider films that intersect definitions of both genre and avant-garde cinema and operate outside the traditional parameters of taste and convention. It is made possible in part by the funding support from the Ontario Arts Council, an agency of the Government of Ontario.

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