Halifax, NS – September 9, 2013. Competing against 81 works from around the world, Nova Scotia’s next generation of actors, directors and filmmakers held their own, earning top awards at the First Annual Student Film Festival. Topping submissions from across Canada, the United States, England, France, Germany, Argentina and Iran, Nova Scotia’s entries made quite a mark in this truly international film festival.
Ageless – shot in Halifax’s Point Pleasant Park and submitted by writer/director Dillon Garland from Barrington, Nova Scotia, was a festival favorite, earning awards for both Emerging Actor of the Year and Emerging Director of the Year. The short film follows a power-hungry detective as he pursues a little girl, Chloe, after discovering she may be harbouring a secret he can use to his advantage. He soon finds out just how deadly this secret is.
England’s Alexis Wajsbort took home the title of Best International Short for his film Red Balloon, and Emerging Actress of the Year went to Halifax native Elizabeth Riegert for her role in Donna and the Wolf.
The awards were announced following a day of screenings, filmmaker Q&A sessions, workshops and panels with local filmmakers and film groups such as AFCOOP, ACTRA, IATSE and DGC. A variety of genres were represented, including short films, documentaries, music videos, experimental films and animated works.
“There was a tremendous amount of international talent at this festival. So for Nova Scotia to compete at this caliber is a testament to both our creativity and our tradition as story tellers,” Fateh Ahmed, Digital Filmmaking Program Manager at The Centre for Arts and Technology. “I would like to congratulate our winners and entrants from around the world for making this first annual event a true success.”
About the Student Film Festival
Sponsored by local filmmakers, film groups and the Centre for Arts and Technology, the First Annual Nova Scotia Student Film Festival was created to showcase some of Nova Scotia’s brightest creative talent and provide valuable learning opportunities for those perfecting their craft. As the only festival of its kind in the Atlantic region, the event is seen as instrumental step for budding filmmakers to launch their professional careers in the $2 trillion global entertainment and media industry.
About the Centre for Arts and Technology
The Centre for Arts and Technology, with campuses in Kelowna, BC, Fredericton, NB, and Halifax, provides diploma and certificate programs for those pursuing careers in the entertainment, digital arts and information technology industries. The college offers a special educational experience that draws on the talent and resources of established professionals from coast-to-coast. The Digital Filmmaking program is tailored for the local industry, and includes essential skills for emerging artists, such as grant writing and film distribution.