UWO Film Festival exhibits skilled London filmmakers

Rainbow Cinemas plays host to the annual competition

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

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Are you a die-hard fan of indie cinema?

This Friday, aspiring filmmakers from Western and Fanshawe College will showcase their films at the 15th annual UWO Film Festival at Rainbow Cinemas.

This year, 10 to 15 films will be playing, each with a maximum running time of 12 minutes. Shown back to back, each two-hour screening will showcase all the films.

The festival features a variety of genres, so be prepared for a mixture of anything from horror to comedy or avant-garde.

“The festival is great for Western film students because it gives them the opportunity to showcase what they can do and provides them with hands-on experience,” UWO Film Festival co-director, Marlie Waks, says in reference to Western’s largely academic film program. “We don’t really have anything like this for students.”

Many of the filmmakers use their own equipment and do their own editing, and the Western Undergraduate Film Society offered its services to anyone in this process. Western also provided equipment to students who do not have their own, allowing all students to participate.

Brendon Basner, the festival’s co-director, is excited to see so many new works, especially since there’s a slew of new talent.

“Honestly, these events are a lot more fun than you would expect. There’s a lot of laughs to be had and we’re always blown away by the amount of talent and effort that goes into these films,” Basner explains.

The festival is also a perfect opportunity for young filmmakers to get some exposure.

“Typically, there is not enough opportunity in London, as it’s a small town and we’re hoping to make up for that,” Waks says.

After the final screening on Sunday evening, there will be a judging ceremony and a small party. The winner for the best film will be awarded a $500 cash prize. Second and third-place contestants will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively. There will also be a Viewer’s Choice Award " a cash prize " where audience members can vote for their favourite film.

Though you won’t see such masterpieces like Gigli or I Know Who Killed Me, the festival is a great way to support new, local talent.

The UWO Film Festival will be shown at three separate screenings: Friday, March 14 at 6 p.m. and Sunday, March 16 at noon and 6 p.m. at Rainbow Cinemas.

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