Starting off strong
First annual Bad Buoy Film Festival a hot ticket in Baddeck
The Bad Buoy Film Society members didn’t know what to expect when they launched the inaugural film festival, but they quickly found out.
The first annual Bad Buoy Film Festival began on July 30 at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck and quickly became popular with local residents.
The committee had 500 tickets for its four featured films and 400 were sold prior to the first screening in July.
“We felt there was a chance people would like to come out and see these films, but we were surprised by the response,” said festival organizer Deryck Chapman. “There is a demand there and we are happy with the success so far.”
The Bad Buoy Film Society was formed in the spring to host an annual film festival featuring contemporary films.
“When we formed the society we kind of had a mandate that we’d create access to culturally significant films and present films that are like independent voices that are sometimes under-represented in more rural areas,” said Chapman.
The festival began with the screening of “Myrtle Beach” on July 30, followed by “Werewolf” by Ashley McKenzie of New Waterford. The festival continues on Sunday with a screening of “Don’t Blink” by Robert Frank, before it wraps up on Aug. 20 with two sold-out screenings of “Maudie.”
As part of the partnership with the Alexander Graham Bell Museum Association, the society agreed to use some of the festival profits to benefit the museum. Festival money has been used to purchase a new projection screen, upgrade speakers and purchase a new blue-ray system.
Chapman said the feedback from those attending the festival has been positive.
“The first night there was a question and answer period with the directors and that went on for at least the better part of an hour,” he said. “The crowd was very engaged and I felt it was a really important part of the evening.”
Chapman said the committee plans to hold the festival again next summer.
“We have a few films we’re considering for next year,” he said.
Chapman confirmed tickets are still available for the Aug. 13 screening and there is a waiting list for tickets for the Aug. 20 shows.
Tickets for the films are $10 each and are available at the Outdoor Store, the Silver Dart Lodge, Two Buoys Home and Gifts and Vista in Baddeck as
“The first night there was a question and answer period with the directors and that went on for at least the better part of an hour. The crowd was very engaged.”
Festival organizer Deryck Chapman
well as the Herring Choker Deli in Nyanza and Atomic Records and Collectibles in Sydney River.
For more information on the Bad Buoy Film Festival visit www.facebook.com/baddeckboy.
The first annual Bad Buoy Film Festival is currently talking place at the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site in Baddeck. The festival began on July 30 and runs each Sunday until Aug. 20.