BC Film School students at Centre for Arts and Technology Kelowna are ready to showcase their talent after a year of dedication during the 10th Annual Kelowna Student Film Festival on September 14 at the Rotary Centre for the Arts. The festival gives Digital Filmmaking and Animation students the chance to show their films in a friendly competitive environment.
For the past 10 years, the festival – which has grown to an annual audience of over 300 – has had the goal of not only displaying student talent, but of celebrating the future of Canadian talent and supporting Kelowna’s arts community.
Aside from preparing for the festival, students have kept busy providing support to the growing film industry in the Okanagan, often alongside Digital Filmmaking grads and other local talent, including the 2012 productions of A Mother’s Nightmare, Anything But Christmas, and A Stanley Cup Odyssey.
“The festival is a great opportunity for students to show off their hard work in front of friends, family, peers, and members of the community,” says Digital Filmmaking department head Graham Cairns. “Industry professionals are also invited to the event as VIP’s, which is a great networking opportunity for the students, and has led to job offers over the years.”
Among the awards handed out is the coveted People’s Choice Award, which brings friendly rivalry between the Animation and Digital Filmmaking students, so there is anticipation building to see who will bring home the award during a banner year for the event.
Other programs get involved in the festival as well. Event & Promotions Management students produce and execute the event, Digital Photography students act as red carpet “paparazzi”, Audio Engineering students provide live sound reinforcement and DJ entertainment, and Fashion Design & Merchandising students present their latest designs in a fashion demonstration.
After ten years of outstanding shows, this is sure to be the best yet!