Central Albertans will be able to spend four days at the movies during the Central Alberta Film Festival next month.
This year’s festival will screen a variety of short films and feature films at Festival Hall in Red Deer Oct. 14-17.
“We want people to know that these films are fun for the average audience. People don’t have to be intimidated. It’s a night out at the movies,” said Heather Thiessen, head of submissions for CAFF.
Tanya Mullakady, CAFF communications director, said she’s encountered people who say they don’t know what to expect from the festival.
Most of the films this year are Canadian, and many are from Alberta. John, 316, a feature length film from Edmonton, tells the story of a psychiatric hospital turned upside down by a mysterious drifter. Finch, a short film about a woman trapped in an abusive relationship, was submitted from Calgary.
“They ask questions like ‘Will it be too fancy for me?’ or ‘Am I going to understand what’s happening on screen?’ This is just a great safe activity to help people get out of the house and see some great films,” said Mullakady.
Central Alberta is also represented with a film from Bashaw. “Guardians of the Grasslands” is a short documentary that is the result of a collaboration between dedicated conservationists and local ranchers, which seeks to showcase how cattle continue to create hope on what’s left of Canada’s native grasslands.
“The awards show after the screenings on October 17 is fancy in that it’s a chance to dress up and be glamorous, but it’s a good time for everyone,” said Mullakady.
Tickets are available at www.cafilmfestival.ca.
Organizers aim to make social distancing at the festival screenings and awards show simple for audiences, with seating at tables instead of theatre seating in rows.