Supporting Young Filmmakers @ Powell River Film Festival – February 17 – 21

imageThe Powell River Film Festival has a long history of supporting and enriching the experiences of young aspiring filmmakers. The tradition continues this year, with festival programming that will appeal to students and the general public alike.

The weekday morning selections in the Festival’s School Film Focus program are good entertainment for all ages and start at 9:45 am at the Evergreen Theatre, PR Recreation Complex, February 17 – 19. Feature screenings include: Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, All the Time in the World, and Landfill Harmonic.

As part of the festival’s School Film Focus programming, students at Brooks Secondary will see the documentary “Circus without Borders: The Story of Artcirq and Kalabante.” Tla’amen Elder John Louie will connect the film’s themes to the legacy of colonialism and residential schools in BC.

Five-Minute Film Contest: Each year, entries are received from filmmakers 19 & under from around the province, with the winners selected by a jury of media makers. This year’s jury is Karen Skadsheim, Powell River City Councillor and Radio Host; and George Johnson, Faculty, Centre for Digital Media.

Tickets to the Friday and Saturday evening screenings include winners from the 5-Minute Film Contest. Each evening, winning films will be revealed, young filmmakers will receive their prizes, and first moments on the big screen will be celebrated by all in attendance.

This year’s contest finalists are:

Madison Gibson: Langley Fine Arts School –  Senescence


Arrthy Thayaparan: Crofton House – Proud Daughter


Jerod Spence: Heritage Woods – Kim & Karl’s Kung-Fu Kickslosion!


Nikola Fok, Carly Wan & Katharine Lee: Crofton House – In Time


Quin Voth: Powell River Digital Film School – Sky’s the Limit


Daria Azizian: Heritage Woods – Work on Words


PRIZES Include:

  • GIFTS (Gulf Island Film & Television School) Full Scholarship
  • GIFTS $300 towards tuition x 2
  • Script consultation with PRAXIS
  • Online course tuition for Shoreline Academy
  • Full scholarship to PR Digital Film Camp 2016
  • Partial scholarships to Adventures in Film Camp
  • PRFF hats from the Knowledge Network
  • Townsite T-shirts form Tourism Powell River

For more information about the Powell River Film Festival or to see the full schedule of films, visit Tickets to the Powell River Film Festival are available at Breakwater Books or online at

All info and pic creds: Powell River Film Festival.


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