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First Annual Canadian Picton Fest Fosters Young Filmmakers & Cinephilia

It's time for films by the campfire in Ontario's Prince Edward County. From July 7 - 10, in Picton, a summer destination town in rural Ontario, Canada, a group of the greater Toronto area's (and beyond) biggest filmmaking talents will be participating in a film festival and immersive workshop for aspiring young filmmakers.

Among the highlights are a workshop, which will be facilitated by Toronto filmmakers Stephen Dunn (Fan Favorite Award-winning short "Swallowed") and Pat Mills ("5 Dysfunctional People in a Car"). Screenings at the festival portion of the festivities will include Mike Ott's "Littlerock," Daniel Cockburn's "You Are Here," ambitious Canadian omnibus doc "The National Parks Project," and an indieWIRE-sponsored screening of Cameron Yates's "The Canal Street Madam."

“We wanted to advance and celebrate cinema as a form of community building,” Picturefest co-directors Peter Knegt and Jennifer MacFarlane - who grew up together in the Picton area - said in a joint statement. “And we can’t think of a more appropriate setting than Prince Edward County. Beyond giving us a picturesque backdrop for the event itself, the artistic community that has been fostered in that region in the past decade is incredible. In the past few months, the response from the community toward the event has been very inspiring. From media artists to animators to puppeteers, Prince Edward County has a cultural currency comparable to a community twenty times its size.

"Thirteen film programs have been curated by a diverse group of individuals and organizations on the basis of their thematic relationship to ideas of community," they continued. "Ranging from old and new, Canadian and international, documentary and fiction, short and full-length, it’s an eclectic mix of cinema sure to offer something for everyone."

[Editor's Note: Peter Knegt is indieWIRE's Associate Editor]

Below is a list of the film's screening at the fest, with descriptions provided by the festival.

The Films

Thursday, July 7th
“Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday”
Directed by Jacques Tati
France, 1960, 83 min
7:30PM – The Regent Theatre
curated by Tilda Swinton & Mark Cousins; screening will be followed by a reception at the wine bar inside The Regent Theatre

Friday, July 8th
“Littlerock”
Directed by Mike Ott
USA, 2010, 84min
5:45pm – Bloomfield Town Hall

“You Are Here”
Directed by Daniel Cockburn
Canada, 2010, 98min
7:45pm – Bloomfield Town Hall
co-presented by Quinte Film Alternative; director in attendance

Saturday, July 9th
“Track 2”
Directed by Harry Sutherland
Canada, 1986, 90min
12:00pm – St. Andrew’s Church
co-presented by Pink Triangle Press

“Music From The Big House”
Directed by Bruce McDonald
Canada, 2010, 90min
2:30pm – St. Andrew’s Church
co-presented by the Belleville International Documentary Festival

“The Arbor”
Directed by Clio Barnard
UK, 2010, 94 min
5:00pm – St. Andrew’s Church

“The Canal Street Madam”
Directed by Cameron Yates
USA, 2010, 90 min
7:00pm – St. Andrew’s Church
co-presented by indieWIRE

“The National Parks Project”
Directed by Louise Archambault, Keith Behrman, Daniel Cockburn, Hubert Davis, Sturla Gunnarsson, Zacharias Kunuk, Stéphane Lafleur, Peter Lynch, Catherine Martin, Kevin McMahon, Scott Smith, Jamie Travis, John Walker
Canada, 2011, 120 min
9:00pm – Small Pond Arts
filmmakers in attendance

“The Shrine”
Directed by Jon Knautz
Canada, 2010, 93 min
11:30pm – Small Pond Arts
curated by Steven Landry

Sunday, July 10th
Youth and Student Shorts Film Program
Various countries, 2010-11, 90min
12:00pm – Bloomfield Town Hall
co-presented by the Toronto Student Film Festival and the Toronto Youth Shorts Film Festival. Intermission in between 2 programs.

Award Winning Short Films From Around The World
Various countries, 2010-11, 71min
2:15pm – St. Andrew’s Church
co-presented by Ouat Media, North America’s largest short film distributor

“Wilby Wonderful”
Directed by Daniel MacIvor
Canada, 2004, 99min
4:00pm – St. Andrew’s Church
a tribute to Daniel MacIvor curated by Brad Horvath; preceded by a selection of MacIvor’s short films.

Picturefest Youth Retreat Movie
Directed by Picturefest’s Class of 2011
6:00pm – St. Andrew’s Church
facilitated by Stephen Dunn and Pat Mills.

Secret Sing-a-Long Extravaganza
6:30pm – St. Andrew’s Church
screening will be followed by a brief farewell to Picturefest onstage.

All access badges are available at Books & Company in Picton and online at www.countytix.ca . You can also just show up for all screenings: It’s first come, first serve and a $10 suggested donation.

For more information on the films, participating in Picturefest, or to set up interviews with the organizers, please contact: picturefest@gmail.com or visit www.picturefest.ca

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