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Centre for Arts and Technology Is Gearing Up for First Local Film Festival


Wondering what our local film students are up to? Then head-on down to Empire Theatres, Park Lane on September 5th as the Centre for Arts and Technology launches their first local student-based film festival. As the first film festival in Atlantic Canada to only focus on post-secondary film students, a total of 81 were submitted to the festival.

“The amount of support we have seen for this film festival has been tremendous!” said Fateh Ahmed, Digital Filmmaking Program Manager at Centre for Arts and Technology. “Not only did we receive works from several local film schools, but we also received work from Ontario, Kelowna, Qubec, London, Paris, New York and from other international countries such as Argentina and Iran as well.”

This all day film festival will include filmmaker question and answer sessions and workshops/ talks with local filmmakers and film groups such as Afcoop, ACTRA, IATSE, and DGC. The festival will finish with a screening of the top selected films followed by an awards ceremony at Empire Theatres, Park Lane. Types of film to be featured at the festival screening include short films, short documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animation.

“The introduction of an annual student film festival in Atlantic Canada will be instrumental in bridging the gap for emerging filmmakers and provide them with a great vehicle to launch themselves into their professional careers. We have aligned closely with key film industry organizations and we believe their involvement will provide excellent exposure for our young filmmakers.” said Deb Merry, Director of the Centre for Arts for Arts and Technology. “We are looking forward to seeing the industry’s reaction to these films. I believe they will be very pleased.”

The Digital Filmmaking program at the Centre for Arts and Technology focuses on the entire filmmaking process for the local industry with further practice in the grant and funds processes for film. Centre for Arts and Technology provides certificate and diploma programs for emerging industries in entertainment, digital art and information technology. It consists of three Canadian college campuses in Kelowna, BC, Fredericton, NB and here in Halifax and provides a special educational experience that draws on the talent and resources of industry professionals from coast-to-coast.

The film screening will take place from 6:30pm – 8:30pm and is open to the general public. A limited number of tickets are available for this FREE screening and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. To reserve tickets (maximum of 4 tickets) and secure priority seating, please call 902.429.1847.