A Message from the President
With the HUB CITY CINEFEST's third year we continue to grow and change things up! This is a special film festival that showcases 100% local talent from Vancouver Island. Because our mandate is to showcase local films, the festival depends on the creations of local filmmakers meaning the festival selection is flexible to the kind of films we have available to show this year. In past years we've shown locally made feature films, and had multiple screenings. This year we didn't quite have enough films to do multiple shows. Instead we decided to do something we've been wanting to do in past years which is host a day with an educational Filmmakers Panel and a Festival Party. Over the past year we have developed our five year Strategic Plan, and established our Four Pillars of Connection, Education, Promotion and Production. By including a panel and a party, we are making CINEFEST encompass our mandate to support local filmmakers.
For our film selection, CINEFEST doesn'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. A majority of the CINEFEST films have achieved some form of success either being in other film festivals around the world, or being part of some filmmaking program. We want to encourage, foster and challenge filmmakers to pursue excellence. 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 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.
This year we have an interesting selection comprising of a lot of comedy and documentaries. You should be thoroughly entertained and enlightened. And we're excited to be back at the Avalon Theatre. Hope you enjoy the show!
- Zachary Tannar
President of the Hub City Cinema Society