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By Ivette Rodriguez, Local Shorts Programmer

Welcome to KCFF and my suggested itinerary for a program that’ll give you a good dose of “local” at the Fest! It was an honor to view hundreds of submissions this year and I can say that Kingston is churning out some amazing talent. Follow my itinerary below. If you are like me and love everything local, you won’t want to miss these events!

THURSDAY, MARCH 12

6:30 PM YOUTH SHORTS

My KCFF starts off by attending the youth shorts program! There is nothing more impressive than watching what filmmakers 17 and under are making. The best part? Most of them are from Kingston!

8:00 PM BEDOUIN SOUNDCLASH + MUSIC VIDEOS

After that, I’ll race over to the Ale House and catch the end of the Music Video Program, which are 15 brand new music videos created by local production companies and bands – all premiering at KCFF.   The videos will seamlessly slip into a live concert from Bedouin Soundclash. Fun fact, the band met while attending Queen’s!

9:00pm WHO FARTED?

I’m gonna have to be quick at the Bedouin Soundclash show to get to the premiere of the enviro-doc, Who Farted? Co-directed by Kingston’s Albert Nerenberg and featuring a ton of local students too, this is a great local pick that has a very important global message.

 

FRIDAY, MARCH 13

2:30 PM BREAKING IN: STARTING A CAREER IN FILM & MEDIA – Workshop

If you’re interested in a career in Film & Media, make sure to attend this Breaking In Workshop to meet industry professionals. Preregistration is now open and IT’S FREE!

9:00 PM SHE NEVER DIED

Nothing better than a horror film on a Friday night! Also, director Audrey Cummings graduated from Queen’s and has connections to Kingston. This movie is sure to shock you, so bring a friend for comfort!

 

SATURDAY, MARCH 14

12:30 PM ROAD TO THE LEMON GROVE

Beautiful scenery and big laughs, what more could you want to kick off your Saturday at the Fest?  Adapted by Kingston’s Charly Chiarelli from his hit one-man show – and starring Charly himself!

3:30 PM LOCAL SHORTS 1

The shorts programs (which I helped curate!) are great for watching a diverse selection of films that will make you laugh, cry and imagine. Proudly made by Kingstonians!!

6:30 PM IN CONVERSATION: BEHIND THE SCENES

If you love Canadian television, this is the event for you! Andrea Bang from KIM’S CONVENIENCE,  Matt Johnson from NIRVANNA THE BAND THE SHOW and Winter Tekenos-Levy writer of SCHITT’S CREEK (p.s. she grew up in Kingston!).

9:00 PM LOCAL SHORTS 2

To end the night, a variety of shorts from local filmmakers – a completely separate batch from the previous show.   MORE LOCAL!

 

SUNDAY, MARCH 15

12:30 PM DRIFTING SNOW

This film by Cherry Valley-based director Ryan J. Noth is also based in Prince Edward County!! Prepare yourself for some melancholy set in tiny towns with snowy roads.

5:30 pm CLOSING NIGHT AWARDS PARTY

To close out the Festival, I’ll head over to the Delta to help toast the local filmmakers and award-winners for Best Local Short, Best Youth Short, Favourite Shorts voted on by the fans and the People’s Choice award-winner. It’s always bittersweet to end the Festival but it’s a great time to get together and celebrate.