Gearing up for the Smith Sound film festival
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.
Stephen Bonnell filming on set.
Stephen Bonnell filming a scene for “Strange Case.”