Well, we’ve made it through the summer, and we’re almost into the cool fall.
Times like these are great for long walking adventures, backyard fires and football games.
But there’s another festival right around the corner, and it’s one of the city’s most treasured events.
The Edmonton International Film Festival (EIFF) runs from September 25 to October 4, 2014. It is the city’s largest film festival, encompassing theatres downtown and in Old Strathcona.
EIFF brings together Albertan film lovers, creative directors, auteurs, and mixes them with an international cast of movie makers producers and music/audio moguls. Dozens of films get screened and the following question/answer sessions give audiences a director’s view of the work.
Now in its 28th year, EIFF has expanded its lineup to include some of the world’s best contemporary, independent, documentary and short films. But it’s short films that Canada is known for around the world, and EIFF takes advantage of the local talent even as it brings big ticket works to Edmonton.
One of the festival’s highlights is the 24/One Filmmaking Challenge. Now in its 10th year, this is the activity that get cameras across the city shooting, and you’ll see people out trying to get as much light as possible, since they only have a day to do it. See, teams get together and have no plot and no characters, only their camera and their crew. Teams are given a theme and a quote, and they have 24 hours to make a movie out of it—planned, acted, shot, edited and submitted. The top 7-minute movies are screened in a real movie theatre. It’s a spectacle, and the screening nights are fun for the whole family!
Edmonton’s local pride and perspective make it a great location for a festival of this caliber. Producers across the globe have commented, saying that it is one of the friendliest and warmest film festivals in Canada, which is no easy task when you consider how close it is to snow!
To find out more about the Edmonton International Film Fest, visit the website, and if you’re interested, they might still be needing volunteers!
Hope to see you at a screening!