UWO Film Festival displays London's talented filmmakers

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Tired of recycled Hollywood storylines? Does the thought of enduring another Owen Wilson, Ben Stiller or Will Ferrell flick make you sick?

Die-hard film fanatics should check out the Western Undergraduate Film Society’s 2007 UWO Film Festival this weekend.

The 13-year-old festival showcases work by Western and Fanshawe’s best filmmakers.

“The festival is an excellent opportunity for students to exhibit their work on the ‘big screen’ and it’s also quite competitive,” says Vanessa Sacca, the festival’s co-director.

An official partnership between Western and Fanshawe helps facilitate the festival. The recent creation of the co-operative Media, Information and Technoculture and Television Production program has strengthened the two schools’ co-operation.

The Film Festival’s primary focus is promoting student creativity.

“As the connection between students at both schools matures, we’re hoping our film festival can act as an artistic conduit for the exhibition of the talents that they both have to offer,” Sacco says.

Friday’s inaugural screening includes a Q&A session with the filmmakers, offering an in-depth look into their motives and ideas.

The festival also lets participants decide which film deserves the $100 People’s Choice Award.

Aside from unlimited bragging rights, this year’s festival winner receives $500 and automatic entry into the London Canadian Film Festival. Second and third-place finalists receive $250 each.

Pre-selection for the festival begins Saturday. Sacca urges students to come out and help decide which films should grace the silver screen.

In true Hollywood style, next weekend’s screenings will be followed by a lively after party in Galleria Mall filled with “refreshments, music, occasional schmoozing, and of course, the announcement of the filmmaking awards,” Sacco says.

The UWO Film Festival takes place at Rainbow Cinemas in Galleria Mall March 16. Submissions are due tomorrow by 5 p.m. in University College 74 or UC 32. For full contest details visit www.wufs.net/festival.

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