Ubisoft Presents Fantasia 2008

Spotlights + Special Events

Short Film Programs : DJ XL5's Hellzapoppin Zappin’ Party

DJ XL5's Hellzapoppin Zappin’ PartyTuesday, July 8th at 10 PM - Hall Theatre

DJ XL5 is back with a festive program of shorts edited in the manner of zapping from one TV channel to another, making you forget your troubles by submerging you in a universe where good sense and logic don’t necessarily apply. An international overdose of humour and strangeness without shame.

You’ll discover three shorts from PES, a master of stop-motion animation, and four spoof cartoons by the American collective How It Should Have Ended .DJ XL5 pays a tribute to Adam Green (Hatchet and Spiral) by screening three of his shorts, including the Canadian premiere of the humorous THE TIFFANY PROBLEM. Aaron Augenblick’s tour de force GOLDEN AGE reveals the sordid lives of eccentric cartoon characters from yesteryear. Famous animated album covers battle to the death in Rohitash Rao & Abraham Spear’s marvellous BATTLE OF THE ALBUM COVERS. Nostalgic for ’70s and ’80s TV? You’ll appreciate Andrew Struthers’s twisted HINTERLAND WHO’S WHO: WOOD SPIDER.

England offers us Dan Gitsham’s HOW TO PICK UP GIRLS, and Simon Tofield’s CAT MAN DO and LET ME IN, two cartoons inspired by his cat’s selfishness. France surprises us with Patrick Bagot’s DUNK and Mickaël Le Meur’s CONTRE LA MONTRE, a film about the perils of time travelling. Australians K. Burgess & E. McGill’s LONE RIDER proves to be the perfect ending for such a diversified program.

Like last year, DJ XL5 leaves room for local filmmakers such as Carnior(MONGOLO DIABLO), Eddie 69 (TROP), Mathieu Fontaine, Simon Lacroix (world premiere of 2072), Francois Mercier (MAILLOU) and four premieres from Montreal’s twisted collective Road Kill Superstar. Finally, you’ll be able to see a sneak preview of SANS DESSEIN, the first feature film from Montreal collective Dead Cat Films.

As with every year, arrive early because XL5 is the only Fantasia programmer with a record of strating 20 minutes early! Musical Intermission awaits.


DJ XL5 is a local multimedia artist whose short-film programs and special events have traveled across Canada to film festivals, repertory theatres and other events. Last year’s Kaleidoscopic Zappin’ Party was screened in 16 Canadian cities and in front Place des Arts’s Théâtre Maisonneuve, filled to over capacity. This year at Fantasia, he also presents his first short feature 16-33-45-78, screened during CELLULOID EXPERIMENTS.