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Silver Wave Film Festival bringing over 100 films to Fredericton

Joakim Wahlaner / Flickr CC

Joakim Wahlaner / Flickr CC

The 14th annual Silver Wave Film Festival is hitting the city for another great year. The event, taking place Nov. 6 to 9, will feature over 100 films from near and far.

Cat Leblanc is one of the organizers of this year’s festival. She says that this festival can appeal to a wide variety of film-lovers.

“There is something for everybody at SWFF,” she explained. “There will be New Brunswick Shorts by New Brunswick filmmakers, youth, horror, student, multicultural, aboriginal shorts and documentaries as well as carefully chosen features that are highlighted throughout the festival.”

Tilley Hall will host the opening gala Thursday at 7 p.m. The evening will present “Kung Fu Elliot,” a documentary about a Moncton man who wants to become an action star. This documentary has travelled the world and has been presented at Hot Docs, a Canadian international documentary festival.

NB Shorts 1 and 2 are also events to check out. Both taking place at the Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, it’s an evening to celebrate excellent New Brunswick work.

Kayla-Renée Ossachuk is a UNB student and will be presenting one of her films at Midnight Madness on Friday night at 11:30 p.m. Her film started as a class project but turned into something more.

“It started as a class project for Film 4001. We all work-shopped scripts and played a different role in pre-production and production. We ended up using the script of local filmmaker, Jared Carney. After the class was over, we tweaked it a bit then sent it in to Silver Wave.”

She adds that she felt like the film, and others like this, need to be seen at an event like Silver Wave.

“A lot of work goes into a project like this. You start with something so small, just words on a page. I also think people some don’t understand all the work it takes to create a film, so this gives us a chance to show our work.”

On top of being a great place to get real feedback on your work, SWFF provides people the chance to meet others working in the industry and to make connections for future work.

Though there are a lot of friendly things going on during the festival, there is also a bit of competition, with an awards ceremony happening at the end of SWFF.

The Silver Wave Film Festival is the brainchild of the NB Film Co-op.

Leblanc thinks it’s events like these that help grow the arts community in the province.

“It’s a great showcase event. It’s really important to show work from around here.”

The festival’s schedule is available at Swfilmfest.com, with passes going for $40.

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