The eighth annual Silver Wave Film Festival is taking place in Fredericton, New Brunswick this week from Thursday November 13th until Sunday November 16th. Screenings will take place at Tilley Hall on the UNB campus, the Charlotte Street Arts Centre and the Centre communautaire Sainte Anne.
Not the Toronto International Film Festival
Although it is a smaller film festival with 82 films being screened compared to the 312 film week-long extravaganza called the Toronto International Film Festival, the Silver Wave Film Festival is big enough to bring in directors, producers and other film industry professionals to town for the weekend to give presentations and workshops for budding film enthusiasts.
Local and International
Part of the goal of the Silver Wave Film Festival is provide a venue to showcase local films and talent. As usual, this year’s line-up features a large number of local and regional films with almost half of the screenings being from New Brunswick. However, there is also international flavour to the festival with several international films being screened including feature films from the UK, Mexico and the United States along with shorts and documentaries from other countries such as Germany.
One of the stand out events for me include the opening gala screening of the Moncton, New Brunswick shot Growing Op (trailer)which has received rave reviews. Another interesting showing will be Gruff and Ready: The Mazzuca Story which profiles the locally famous Mazzuca brothers. There are several other interesting shorts and features being screened throughout the weekend that I hope to catch.
Bigger and Better
It looks like an exciting festival line-up and it seems to keep getting better every year. It really is nice to have an opportunity to see something other than the multi-million dollar budget predictable ho-hum Hollywood movies. Looking forward to 2009’s Silver Wave line-up.