Cinefest Sudbury gets ready to welcome tons of movie buffs
26th annual film festival to feature movies that were filmed in northern Ontario
Movie lovers will soon be able to get their fix, as programming for the 26th annual Cinefest Sudbury has been released.
The film festival begins in just a few weeks and will feature more than 60 locally and internationally produced movies.
The managing director of the festival said he expects at least 30,000 people to attend screenings this year.
“So you'll notice one person walking out of one theatre. They've just seen one film, they're going into the next film,” Patrick O'Hearn said.
“And they do that back-to-back throughout the entire week. There's some people who brag that they see 40 films in a week, which is amazing.”
O'Hearn said this year's festival will offer a new series called "Behind the Scenes,” which will feature talks from movie-making insiders about the art of filmmaking.
The film festival will also feature movies that were filmed in northern Ontario.
The festival has given locals a chance to make a career in the film industry, O'Hearn added.
“The ability that these filmmakers [have to now gather] with their first features … You couldn't do this, you know, five, 10 years ago without, you know, larger budgets. Some people are able to do some pretty amazing things with smaller budgets.”
Cinefest begins on Sept. 13 in Sudbury. The opening gala of Cinefest will feature a film that was partially shot in the Parry Sound and Muskoka area. It's called "October Gale."