Interview: Jeff Drake from the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival (2023 Edition)

This is the 14th year for the Saskatoon Fantastic Film Festival, formerly known as The Dark Bridges Film Festival (though they revived that name a couple of years ago and run two festivals a year now).

I had been interviewing Festival Director John Allison almost every year since the festival’s inception over a decade ago, so I thought it might be fun to switch it up a bit. Rather than go too deep into what the festival is all about, I wanted to know what the experience of one of their film programmers is like. Jeff and I talk about that as well as a couple of his picks for the festival this year.

As a side note, I’ve seen four of the (29) movies now and I mostly like what I’m seeing. I say this every year, but if you can’t go to a bunch, just pick any random film or two and go. You’re sure to have a unique film experience. You can find more info and watch some of the trailers at

Enjoy! And thanks to Jeff and John for making this interview happen! This year’s festival runs from November 17th to 25th at the Broadway.

Craig Silliphant

Craig Silliphant is a D-level celebrity with delusions of grandeur. A writer, editor, critic, creative director, broadcaster, and occasional filmmaker, his thoughts have appeared on radio, television, in print, and on the web. He is a juror on the Polaris Music Prize and the Juno Awards. He has written two books; a non-fiction book about Saskatoon's music scene, Exile Off Main St, and a book of short stories called Nothing You Do Matters. He's a husband and father who loves living in Saskatoon. He has horrible night terrors and apocalyptic dreams.

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