To start off, let’s celebrate by saying that the film industry in Canada is alive and well. Many reports of late have indicated that film production studios are heading back down South due to budget constraints. But the sheer number and quality of film festivals currently screening in Canada says otherwise. The Canadian film and television industry is a huge contributor to Canada’s economic growth and with over 250,000 full time workers generating in excess of 12 Billion dollars in labor income; I’d say the horizon looks promising. With over 100 film festivals presently operating in Canada there is something for everyone.
One of the best of these festivals is the Annual Silver Wave Film Festival which is happening for the 13th year in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Running November 7th – 10th, The Silver Wave Film Festival screens feature films, documentaries and short films shot in the province and produced by New Brunswick filmmakers. Silver Wave is also a showcase for some of the best film and videos from Canada and around the world, plus multicultural, new youth screenings, and French and English programming of all genres.
This year The Centre for Arts and Technology Halifax and Fredericton campuses will be lending a hand as a Silver Sponsor of the event. Our Digital Filmmaking program graduate Pierre Cormier has directed a short film called SNAKEPIT. SNAKEPIT is the first 3D stereoscopic film produced by the graduating film students at the Centre for Arts and Technology. Since the Centre is an official sponsor of Silver Wave, you will have the opportunity to see this short film in 3D inside the lobby of the Centre Communautaire Sainte-Anne on Saturday, November 9th. So be sure to visit our staff so that you can borrow some of our 3D glasses for your viewing pleasure.
Festival Passes are $40. Special Student Passes are only $20, which gets students into everything! (Students must show their student ID when purchasing). Individual Screening Tickets will be sold at the door of each screening at each venue (cash only).
Halifax and Fredericton’s Digital Filmmaking School offers an intensive 18-month training program that educates students in all integral aspects of digital filmmaking, from script development to post production. This immersive course offers students the opportunity to experience the full filmmaking process. Students will graduate with a complete understanding of both the craft and the business of filmmaking. The program is led by industry-experienced instructors who guide and mentor students through the course, giving them a real worldview into the business of film.
Festival Screening Venue Locations:
– Charlotte Street Arts Centre (CSAC): 732 Charlotte Street, Fredericton, N.B. (Auditorium)
– University of New Brunswick Campus, Fredericton, N.B. (Tilley Hall, Room 102 Auditorium)
– Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne: 715, Priestman Street, Fredericton, N.B. (Theatre)
For more information about The Silver Wave Film Festival please click HERE.
For more information about The Centre for Arts and Technology’s film programs click HERE.
Images from the filming of SNAKEPIT: