A Message from the Executive Director
I am super excited for the Hub City Cinema Soceity's first ever two day film festival HUB CITY CINEFEST! For the past 4 years since our first Local Films Showcase in 2013, we have been organizing showcases of local films and each one get bigger and better. CINEFEST is a testament to the growth of filmmaking that we've experienced in Nanaimo and on Vancouver Island.
CINEFEST isn't a conventional film festival. First of all, it showcases 100% local talent from Vancouver Island. Second of all, we don't have a typical submission process. We are using more of a scouting process where we pick films that have caught our attention and shown excellence through accomplishment. We want to encourage, foster and challenge filmmakers to pursue excellence and shoot for the stars. We don't want filmmakers to have the mentality that "I'm just going to make a movie for CINEFEST". There is a world out there with many other film festival (including a couple on the island) that filmmakers should challenge themselves to submit to and we want to emphasize and celebrate the local Vancouver Island films that have been accepted in other festivals or achieved other accomplishments while also providing the opportunity for apparent talent to be shown.
I believe in the talent that we have here on the island. We can make movies that arrests the world's attention. CINEFEST is a celebration of the talent and successes of local filmmakers. I look forward to seeing the films on the big screen at CINEFEST, and I look forward to the future dreams that will be inspired. Now go make a movie. The stars are waiting.
- Maxwell Dowie
Executive Director of the Hub City Cinema Society