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Every year the Silver Wave Film Festival continues to bloom and showcase fantastic filmmakers from around the world with a special focus on NB homegrown films. (Photo by Jeff Picka)
Filmgoers love to vote for their favourite films each year at Silver Wave. (Photo by Jeff Picka)
SILVER WAVE FILM FESTIVAL RECEIVES RECORD SUBMISSIONS
After the Silver Wave Film Festival deadline rolled around this year on July 3rd and the dust had settled from the stampede of submissions from around the world, the programming committee realized that a record had been set for submissions this year. They hope to be able to contact all the submitting filmmakers by September with the results on whether their gold made it into SWFF or not.
What makes Silver Wave so appealing to so many filmmakers around the world? There is a cosiness and sense of community at SWFF which is second to none. There are so many unique and wonderful creative elements to the event. One of the Silver Wave Sponsors, Robert Simmonds, sums it up nicely in this interview they did with Cat LeBlanc for their magazine.
The spotlight is on NB & Indie filmmakers Everywhere -- -- at Silver Wave
By Heather Laura Clarke
Writers, producers, and directors can spend years pouring themselves into a film -- only to have the actors swoop in and command the spotlight for their contribution. But thatâ€™s not the way things happen at the Silver Wave Film Festival, which is hosted by the New Brunswick Film Co-op. There is room for everybody on the creative team including the actors.
Co-organizer Cat LeBlanc says filmmakers from all over the world love to submit their shorts to Silver Wave because of its commitment to respecting, supporting, and promoting their efforts.
â€œItâ€™s become a very popular event because itâ€™s all about the filmmakers. We treat them like gold,â€ says LeBlanc. â€œWith a lot of the bigger festivals, the focus is only on the celebrities that come out. But we always make a really big deal about our filmmakers -- whether theyâ€™re from here in New Brunswick, or around the world -- and they appreciate that.â€
The grassroots event dates back to 2000, when the NB Film Co-op staff and board decided there needed to be a better way to showcase their work. At the time, the only other New Brunswick festival accepted only French films primarily -- forcing many New Brunswick filmmakers to submit and if accepted travel to other provinces to screen their projects in front of an audience, and participate in panels and workshops.
The festival was originally called the Tidal Wave Film Festival, but changed its name to Silver Wave in 2005, after the upsetting tsunami disaster. LeBlanc says â€œSilver Waveâ€ suits the festival perfectly, because it fits with the history and romance of Hollywoodâ€™s silver screen.
The 14th annual Silver Wave Film Festival runs November 6-9 in Fredericton. Open to films in all languages, the festival focuses primarily on shorts, with just three to four slots for feature films depending.
The festival has also included French, Iranian and Aboriginal screening showcases, LeBlanc says theyâ€™re very open to all kinds of films, as long as they have English subtitles to allow for a wider screening audience.
â€œWhen you reflect back on our beginnings and consider the market here in Atlantic Canada, it really is terrific to see how weâ€™ve grown to become an important cultural event in New Brunswick and the Atlantic region,â€ says Tony Merzetti, Executive Director of the New Brunswick Film Co-op.
During the four-day event, Silver Wave will screen more than 100 films across three locations; the Charlotte Street Arts Centre, University of New Brunswickâ€™s Tilley Hall, and Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne.
Thereâ€™s a free youth program screening shorts created by young people throughout New Brunswick and beyond, and a special midnight screening of horror films thatâ€™s developed a cult following.
20 awards will be presented at the highlight event, the Silver Wave Awards, and guests will get to channel their inner Hollywood star on the red carpet -- posing in front of a step-and-repeat.
â€œItâ€™s pretty jam-packed, and it all goes by in a wave -- no pun intended,â€ says LeBlanc. â€œThereâ€™s a lot of excitement in the air.â€
Fridayâ€™s industry summit will include workshops and panels with prominent and emerging producers, directors, and writers.
Silver Wave attracts many industry personnel from both the independent and commercial film community in Canada -- and LeBlanc says itâ€™s a great opportunity for the two worlds to network. â€œA lot of times, people are so busy working that they donâ€™t get a lot of chances to get together with other creatives and talk about new projects,â€ says LeBlanc.
â€œThis is a wonderful opportunity for them to come together and chat, and perhaps form new partnerships.â€
And, just because the overall focus of the festival is not on celebrity doesn't mean there is no Hollywood glamour at SWFF from time to time.
Actor Billy Campbell -- best-known for appearing on The Killing and Dynasty, as well as opposite Jennifer Lopez in the film Enough -- was a special guest one year at the Silver Wave Festival Film.
â€œHe was in one of the films (The Disappeared-Filmmaker Shandi Mitchell, Producer Walter Forsyth), so he came out to support it, and he was wonderful about speaking at our events,â€ says LeBlanc. â€œWe presented him with a Lifetime Membership to the New Brunswick Filmmakersâ€™ Co-op, and he was so nice about presenting awards, and talking with everyone.â€
One of Silver Waveâ€™s other notable guests has been Joe Medchuck, who served as Executive Producer on Ghostbusters. He was presented with a special mask to commemorate his visit, and spoke at length with many aspiring producers, filmmakers and actors.
The festival also serves as a way to introduce aspiring filmmakers to industry professionals. Volunteers of all ages travel from around the Maritimes to take tickets, organize lines, and shake hands with the people who could launch their film careers.
â€œItâ€™s a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the film community,â€ says LeBlanc.
She says itâ€™s exciting to see the works of up-and-coming talented filmmakers, and wonder where their careers will take them. At last yearâ€™s festival, two hometown favourites -- Gia Milani (writer/director) and Tony Whalen (producer) -- presented their first feature film, All the Wrong Reasons. The film stars the late Cory Monteith -- who played Finn Hudson on Glee
â€œThey worked so hard with their team for five long years to get it written, prepped, shot, and edited, so it was a huge deal for them and all of us,â€ says LeBlanc. â€œIt opened our festival, and it did really well. There was such a big demand that we had to put on a second screening of it.â€
For more information on the Silver Wave Film Festival -- please visit www.swfilmfest.com
CHECK OUT THE NEW NB FILM CO-OP WEBSITE!
We want you to peruse our new website, same address, brand new site! (http://www.nbfilmcoop.com). Check out the film co-op support programs (http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/programs), activities calendar which is viewed in page or calendar mode (http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/activities) and, check out the member's links which is full of cool stuff from the crew/cast database, film database, video and photo galleries, member list and so much more! (http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/members)
THANK YOU TO THE MEMBERS FOR HELPING THE NBFC
Thank you to all the NBFC members and people from the larger community who helped Fonya Irvine on her Short Film Venture film shot this weekend, you all rock! To find out more about the Short Film Venture Program, Fonya and the other recepients: CLICK HERE
Most importantly, thank you to the NB Film Co-op and the staff as the program would not exist without the co-op's volunteer labour administering it, and Tony Merzetti's work on keeping it alive. Thank you to the province of NB for its financial contribution.
MEMBERS, TIME TO RENEW!
Members, Time to Renew Your Membership with the NBFC.
Memberships run from January 1-December 31, annually. Typically members are asked to renew in Jan/Feb of every year but we will take you back whenever you come. Come on back, time to get film busy!
Check out who is renewed for 2014 so far and renew right on this link! http://www.nbfilmcoop.com/members/listing
Most Recent New and Renewed Members: Alan Edwards, Fredericton, Eric Hopper, Fredericton, Rob Imeson, Fredericton, Tim Boreland, Fredericton, Natasha Arluison, Fredericton, Terry Oakes, Fredericton, Barry McCluskey, Fredericton (New), Allan Galloway, New Maryland, Alex Good, Fredericton (New), Carolyn Klotz-Mosher, Saint John (New)
DONATE TO THE NBFC
The NB Film Co-op is a non-profit and registered charity with a registered charity number. Donations of $10 and higher will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Anyone interested in donating can talk to staff directly about how they would like their donation to assist the organization. As well, donations can go to the specific areas listed below.
Be sure to specify in a message when you donate as to where you want your money to go. A charitable tax receipt will be issued and mailed to anyone who donates so be sure to include your mailing info when you donate online.
Here are some of the Film Co-op activities you can donate to:
- Special Co-op Grant Programs
- Workshops and Training
- Outreach to Children & Teenagers creating in film
- Silver Wave Film Festival
- Monday Night Film Series
- Equipment Pool
- Helping NBFC Members on limited incomes who want to create
CLICK HERE TO DONATE TODAY!