Gear­ing up for the Smith Sound film fes­ti­val

The Packet (Clarenville) - - FRONT PAGE - BY MARK SQUIBB THE PACKET

There’s a new short film fes­ti­val com­ing to the Clarenville area.

The Smith Sound Film Fes­ti­val will be held Fri­day, Oct. 13 at the Com­mu­nity Cul­tural House in Mil­ton.

“The whole idea is a screen­ing of a va­ri­ety of New­found­land short films, mainly older works, some of which haven’t been seen in re­cent years,” ex­plained Stephen Bon­nell, who is host­ing the event, and whose short film “Strange Case” will be fea­tured in the fes­ti­val.

“We’re plac­ing the em­pha­sis on films that rarely get seen. A lot of films don’t get shown at the two larger film fes­ti­vals here in New­found­land [the Nickel In­de­pen­dent Film Fes­ti­val and the St. John’s in­ter­na­tional Women’s Film Fes­ti­val and] … we want to give those film­mak­ers, who of­ten don’t get their works shown, an av­enue for them,” says Bon­nell.

The films, a mix­ture of dig­i­tal films and older film reel, are to be un­der 15 min­utes in length, and vary from come­dies, dra­mas, ex­per­i­men­tal films, and, ap­pro­pri­ately enough, as the event is tak­ing place on Fri­day the 13th, hor­ror.

Films by Justin Oak­ley, Jor­dan Can­ning, and other New­found­land film­mak­ers have al­ready been sub­mit­ted.

Bon­nell sug­gest that, even though no overly neg­a­tive films with graphic or grotesque con­tent or nu­dity will be screened, it might be best to leave chil­dren with a babysit­ter.

“I know one par­tic­u­lar film we have is about a bunch of rowdy fish­er­man who get into a dis­pute over their boat… there’s some ma­ture lan­guage,” ex­plained Bon­nell.

Bon­nell says many of the film­mak­ers will be present at the event to in­tro­duce their film prior to its screen­ing, and will be avail­able for a ques­tion and an­swer pe­riod.

At the end of the night, the au­di­ence will get to se­lect their top three films, and prizes will be awarded to those films which place. Bar ser­vice and re­fresh­ments will fol­low.

Ad­mis­sion fee is $5, with pro­ceeds go­ing to the lo­cal food bank.

“We’d like lo­cal peo­ple to get out and see some amaz­ing short films, pro­duced here in New­found­land,” says Bon­nell.

Sub­mis­sions are due Sept. 8, and there is no sub­mis­sion fee.

To sub­mit a film, you can con­tact Bon­nell at stephenb@ nf.sym­pa­tico.ca.

If this year’s fes­ti­val goes well, Bon­nell says he would like to see the Smith Sound Film Fes­ti­val be­come an an­nual event.

MARK SQUIBB/ THE PACKET

Stephen Bon­nell film­ing on set.

MARK SQUIBB/THE PACKET

Stephen Bon­nell film­ing a scene for “Strange Case.”

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