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June 9, 2020 22 min

WE ENCOURAGE ANYONE TO JOIN IN ON THE FUN VIRTUALLY! The Okotoks Film Festival This year we will be live streaming our Festival from June 11-14, instead of hosting it at the Okotoks Cinemas as usual. A pass gets you access to our entire four day program. About the Okotoks Film Society Originally established in March 2016 as the Okotoks Film Festival Society, the Okotoks Film Society changed their name in July 2018 to better represent the increasing scope of their goals and community involvement. The Society is a group of board directors with the goal of making Okotoks and the surrounding area a viable and attractive place for film creation. They work to educate and connect local filmmakers while providing opportunity for filmmakers and the public alike to take an active part in film culture. The Okotoks Film Society is also the home of the Okotoks Film Festival and partners with the Okotoks Cinemas to create meaningful film experiences. Pushing for innovation in both filmmaking and in film watching the Okotoks Film Society is here to answer questions and provide programing to encourage professional development. About the Okotoks Film Festival The Festival is a three-day annual international film festival offering programming for all ages including a variety of film screenings, workshops, and galas. This international professional festival is a joy for audience and filmmakers alike. During the Festival we also include networking opportunities for filmmakers and a 48-hour filmmaking competition, an audience favorite. Filmmaker testimonials "The team at Okotoks are so welcoming, kind, and hard working - a group of super stars for sure! They put together some valuable panel talks, and provided filmmakers with multiple networking opportunities. The Q&A's after the screenings allowed filmmakers to connect with audiences, and Katie asked some really insightful questions. I will definitely submit to this festival again, and look forward to returning one day!" – Julia Beney, 2019 – A Girl, A Boy, A Penny and a Very, Very, Very Long Road "We were honoured to have "Never Been to War" chosen as an Official Selection for the Okotoks Film Festival. Communication is excellent with this festival, and Katie and her team work tirelessly at ensuring filmmakers feel valued, and we had a great time. This is an excellent and growing festival, and I wouldn't hesitate to apply again in the future." – Cora Selinger, 2018 – Never Been to War "We have had the privilege of having our animated short films, Raven Steals the Light and Raven Meets the Little Makers, screened over the last two years at Kinder Reels. It's so much fun to attend in person and talk about our work, and then meet the other filmmakers. Katie and her team are awesome!" – Sharlene Millang, 2018 - Raven Steals the Light "What a great festival! Very filmmaker focused, with lots of opportunities to network with other filmmakers (filmmaker brunch, podcast panel, Q&A, closing party, etc). The fest was incredibly well organized (which you can't say about a lot of others out there). Communication was great with Katie and her team. They were on the ball every step of the way and never left us in the dark, or an email unanswered. And they do cash prizes! That's not something you see at a lot of festivals these days, but it can really go a long way to helping out up-and-coming filmmakers. Seriously awesome little festival. We had a great time and we hope to be back again someday!" - Aaron Kurmey, 2018 - Thousand Yard Stare Lovely, lovely festival filled with international directors and a quality selection from all over the world. The staff was kind and curteous and the atmosphere was professional and fun. – Giulio Manicardi, 2017 – Like "Although I could not attend, it was an honor to be selected and to take part of this year's lineup. They were very helpful and easy to communicate with. Thumbs up to all involved!" - Adam Losurdo, 2017 Thanks to all our sponsors, donors, and the Community Initiatives Program Grant from the Government of Alberta that fund our Festival and keep us running! Festival Director: Katie Fournell Katie is our bouncy, fun-loving face of the festival. Katie is a filmmaker herself with a few films under her belt, such as “I Got You a Balloon” and “Be the Hero”. An avid film lover, she was really into the festival scene in Edmonton. When she moved to Okotoks and realized we didn't already have a festival in place she knew she was going to have to do something about that. Questions about what the festival is? Want to Sponsor or Donate? Have a film you want to know how to submit? E-mail Katie: Board of Directors President – Elisa Shigehiro Vice-President – Brendan Rose Secretary – Ashley White Treasurer – Brian Fea Director – Ian Rose Director – James Lozinsky Director – Scott Lepp Lead Volunteers Front of House Manager - Patrick Brown Application Manager - Sue Moore Programmers Katie Fournell Ashley White Tony Igeb Festival Passes Festival Pass: $30 Opening Night Special: $40; gets you a Festival Pass, as well as popcorn delivered to your door courtesy of Okotoks Cinemas! Delivery available for Okotoks residents only. Are you looking to include our festival beer, the OFFTop, from Hubtown Brewing in your package? Head over to their Website to get the HubTown Opening night package, it includes your pass, popcorn, swag, and OFFTop!!
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