25 Oct KCFF Volunteer Celebrates 10 Years and Counting
“For me, the most rewarding part of being a KCFF volunteer is the experience and the opportunity to be part of something that continues to grow and thrive.” – Chrystalla Frantzeskos
Written by Chengcheng Ma
Chrystalla Frantzeskos is a Program Coordinator at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University, who has been volunteering for the Kingston Canadian Film Festival (KCFF) for a decade. An outgoing person who likes to spend time with friends and family, Chrystalla has an inclination for cooking, reading, sports, travelling, and photography. She enjoys watching independent and Canadian films; her favourite Canadian film from 2016 is the documentary DRIVING WITH SELVI by Elisa Paloschi.
During the past ten years, Chrystalla has done a wonderful job in a variety of volunteer positions, such as marketing, assisting with workshops, voting to short-list local short films, and venue managing. In her daily life, Chrystalla likes volunteering and supporting local events and initiatives. According to her, KCFF is “a fun four-day Kingston experience of some of the best in Canadian film; a collective of industry guests, volunteers, community members, and movie-goers who all love film.”
Chrystalla particularly enjoys volunteering for KCFF because she gets the chance to meet new people – whether new volunteers or movie-goers – as well as reuniting with past volunteers. She loves opportunities to meet industry guests, to attend events, and of course, to watch some of the best Canadian films. “Watching a film at a festival gives me a better audience experience. At these festivals there are often directors, producers, or actors who attend and talk about their films in front of the audience. This gives me a chance to be interactive, to ask questions of the industry guests, and listen to how the movie was filmed. Essentially I get the back story.”
When asked about what kept her volunteering for KCFF, Chrystalla says: “It is giving time to something I enjoy and being able to participate and contribute – as one of many volunteers and staff – in running a successful festival. For me, the most rewarding part of being a KCFF volunteer is the experience and the opportunity to be part of something that continues to grow and thrive.”
Having ten years of volunteer experience with KCFF, Chrystalla sees the continued dedication of new and returning volunteers and the talent of Canadians in the film industry. As she says, “the festival has grown so much and each year is better and better.”