Some exciting, thought-provoking and award-winning student films will be screened at Film Works in Red Deer.
The same lineup of 20 short films will be shown each night, from Thursday to Monday, Feb. 6 to 10, at City Centre Stage.
Film Works is showcasing the projects of graduating students and alumni of the RDC Motion Picture Arts Program. These films spotlight up-and-coming producers, directors and actors who could make a future impact on the Canadian film industry.
Many of these shorts were entered in film festivals all over the world and are now being screened for the first time for a home audience.
The award-winning films being shown are:
• Cher 604, by Shawn Knievel and Amanda Trimble, winner of best student film at the Alberta Film Awards 2013. It’s about unrequited love, writer’s block and turning to a muse for inspiration.
• One More Night, directed by Jeff Woodward, an official selection for the Interrobang Film Festival, New York New Filmmakers, and the Intercut Film Festival, where it won best short narrative film and best actress awards. The film is described as being “for romantics and cynics and anyone who has had a morning after.”
• Under the Acorn Tree, which won the best short film award at the MOAB International Film Festival. The film is about a sad elderly man who leans on his memories of love to guide him to a more passionate life. It stars Paul Boultbee and is directed by Justin Brunelle.
• The Pack A.D.’s music video for the song Positronic from the Unpersons album. This video helped The Pack A.D. garner a Juno Award nomination last year for breakthrough group of the year. It stars Motion Picture Arts alumni Alexandra Mihill.
Some of the other films being shown are I Got You A Balloon, about simple everyday kindness, Becoming, about the origins of the first female werewolf, Diary of an Edmonton Model, a backstage look at Edmonton Fashion Week, The Immigrant Revenge of El Diablo, about trying to bring down a drug lord, and Oliver, about a post-mortem message that becomes life-changing.
Short films about being stood up by a blind date, coping with a string of murders, greed, an anti-hero, drag racing, hockey, and more music videos are also in the offing.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and screenings begin at 7 p.m. each night. On Friday, Feb. 7, a wine and cheese gala event will follow the screening.
Tickets are $10 nightly at the door.