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The Inaugural Central Alberta Film Festival, 2017
Central Alberta Film Festival, March 31 and April 1, 2017 – a weekend filled with 38 independent films, one-on-one interviews, industry networking, lights and red carpets, custom CAFF awards, celebrations and a whole lot of memories and connections made. From a memorable CAFF Yellow Ribbon Cutting on Friday afternoon, the closing VIP Victory Celebration held at a trio of downtown businesses Saturday evening, and whole lot of talented films in between – we are so honoured in saying that our first festival was deemed a huge success.
While showcasing numerous feature films and blocks of shorts on the Friday and Saturday at Carnival Cinemas, it all wound up to our big finale with an exciting double-feature event, that was paired with our awards ceremony late afternoon on Saturday. Guests had the tough choice between viewing “Pushing Dead” starring Danny Glover, or locally produced “She Has a Name”, and then all joining together in one theatre immediately after for the CAFF Awards.
Bringing together approximately 650 guests in just two short days, and numerous filmmakers and their cast & crews from all over, we could not have asked for a better first festival.
Thank you all who joined, and we look forward to seeing you again at our upcoming CAFF Events, as well as the 2018 Film Festival.
Film Makers Workshop & Festival Preview Night
Thank you to everyone who joined us for our very first CAFF Film Makers Workshop & Festival Preview Night at Carnival Cinemas on October 6, 2016.
We were thrilled to have our four presenters, Derek Selinger, Ania Danylo, Brendan O’Brien and Matt Kooman who came and provided their techniques to our guests. Each presentation was unique and gripping in its own way. It was wonderful to see our guests taking advantage of the opportunity to engage with each individual speaker, and asking excellent questions during the Q&A at the end of each presentation. Our host, Rachel Stillings, informed everyone with some of our exciting plans for our upcoming February Film Festival, as well as some exclusive offers we have planned for our (soon to be available) CAFF Memberships. We enjoyed watching a few short films, as well as a couple sneak peaks to some INCREDIBLE films coming in 2017! All while snacking on some of Carnival Cinemas delicious, complimentary popcorn & drink they provided our guests.
We had a lovely time meeting everyone who came out, and we cannot wait to plan more Workshops for you all!
Special thanks to: our fabulous Workshop sponsors, Sunny 94, Divine Flooring, Rock 104.5, All Hit Country 96.5 CKFM, Parkland Party, Carnival Cinemas, Quest Signs, OpenHWY, Stettler High School, Red Deer College and to the volunteers who came to lend a helping hand! Also, major thanks to Sean from To The Lost for allowing CAFF to hold our after party at his beautiful cocktail bar.
Beer, Poutine & Screen
We’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who joined us at our “Beer, Poutine and Screen” fundraising event.
This event was well received and on behalf of our team we would like to thank you all for spending your Friday evening with us. It was an honour to meet so many of you face to face and it was wonderful to see so many industry leaders in the same room enjoying our beer, poutine, watching the teasers and live entertainment.
Special thanks to: our fabulous sponsors and volunteer, Troubled Monk, Juiced Audio, Parkland Audio, Parkland Party, Deputy Mayor Frank Wong, Ivan Daines & Tanya Nydokus, Aric Froese, Stettler High School, Derek Selinger, Matthieu Accad and Caleb Cameron!
An Affair to Remember
CAFFs first ever red carpet event, An Affair to Remember Gala on March 16th, 2016 was a huge success. Over 100 amazing people attended at The Westpointe Conference Centre, dressed up to a true “red carpet” level of style. The energy in the room was almost tangible. Local artists and filmmakers, movers and shakers in the community and well respected members of society were there alongside dignitaries such as the Mayor of Red Deer, Tara Veer, the Red Deer County mayor, Jim Wood, and the mayor of Stettler, Dick Richards. Kalisha Mendonsa and Leah Wilson from Red Deer shared their vision for creating a documentary on the plight of women around the world and how Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF) was a great partner for them to have for showcasing their passionate project. Matthew Kooman, also from Red Deer, presented a trailer for his feature film, She Has a Name. He was enthusiastic about the vision of Central Alberta Film Festival (CAFF). The feedback from this event was encouraging and reinforced for us how ready the community is to have a place like CAFF to network and showcase the hard work and talents of our local people.