Jasper Short Film Festival reviewed
By: Chloë bellande – mtltimes.ca
Was there ever any doubt that the best short films originated from our very own country? Well, on September 27th, 2014, the quiet town of Jasper unrolled its red carpet to host their very 1st International film festival, with 23 short films and close to a full house screening event. To kick-off their programming, films from Alberta and across Canada were competing for awards, along with a movie from their south neighbors, California, USA.
Works include drama based on actual events, such as 9/11, SciFi futuristic shorts as well as animation and experimental films. “Clearly, there was something for everyone in the short film festival to be found within the offerings of 14+ rated program”, said Marianne Garrah, festival co-founder & Administrator.
The selection committee composed of local media members, Parks Canada as well as the founders of the festival deliberated on more then 35 submissions to produce nearly 6 hours of original cinema for this 1-day event. Being part of the jury panel myself, I had the chance to watch all the movies in the line-up, and proudly review the works of both emerging and established filmmakers. And the award goes to…
Emerging filmmaker – Christopher Rohde of Ottawa, ODD ONE OUT
Established filmmaker – Louise Abbott of Ogden Quebec for Nunaaluk
Peoples Choice – Imogen Pohl of Lethbridge for HB
Awards were donated by the Banff Mountain Film Festival and Banff Springs Fairmont, for a day at that fantastic festival. The projection space provided by the Chaba Theatre completed the experience with a real theatre environment and of course, the big screen. “The hopes for the event in the future is to coordinate the festival date to fill a seasonal gap in Jasper’s cultural tourism offerings. 2015 will see the opening of Jaspers first dedicated arts and cultural Centre”, commented Marianne Garrah, proud of the 1st festival installment.
CALLING OUT ALL THE MONTREAL FILMMAKERS!! Submissions will be opened for the 2015 Jasper Short Film Festival around next Spring so if you haven’t started your next project, you know what this mean…? Start shooting!