For those curious, advancements for this summer’s Picton Picturefest – a DIY, not-for-profit film festival and “cinephile retreat” I’m currently planning with a group of folks – are coming fast and furious. On July 7th we’ll kick off four days of screenings, workshops, parties and merriment amidst one of the most picturesque communities in Ontario (fyi to those unaware: Prince Edward County is roughly a 2 hour drive east of Toronto; and a 4 hour drive west of Montreal… some call it “Ontario’s ‘Provincetown'” by personally I’d peg it more as a Canadian version of Napa). An eclectic mix of venues have all been set, as has 9 of the 13 films that will screen at the fest (but we can’t announce them just yet)… In keeping with our theme of community (in programming, organizing and execution), the majority of screenings at the festival – a mix of Canadian and international, new and old, narrative and documentary, feature and short – will be on a first-come, first-serve basis with a suggested donation of $10.
But you will also be able to purchase a “friend of Picturefest” pass that will get you into all events for the price of $50 for adults, and $30 students, youth, and seniors. Full screening and workshop schedule will be announced on June 4th at a fundraiser and launch party in Picton at a TBA location. Passes will be made available at that time.
Besides the films, there will also be camping for our “youth retreat”. The official Picturefest camp will be open to anyone who signs up for our 4-day immersive filmmaking workshop, which will turn young budding filmmakers into a mini film crew with the help of two established filmmakers (and all around lovely people), Mr. Stephen Dunn and Mr. Pat Mills. Information about how to apply for the workshop/camp element of Picturefest is available on this website. Applications are due by June 7th, and you must be 16 years or older to participate (parental consent forms are a must for those under 18). By the end of the festival, those in the workshops will be able to screen the culmination of their work during our closing night festivities. It is 100% guaranteed to be the best time ever.
We are teaming with Small Pond Arts to host an awesome, art installation laden campground for all the folks in the campground. And this camp ill ALSO be open to friends and guests of Picturefest who are coming in from out of town, or are local and just want to take part in the outdoor fun. Transportation to and from Toronto will be organized. There will be limited space for both the transportation and the camp, so if this is something you’d be interested in (either the camping, the transport, or both), contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org so we can pencil you in. You won’t regret it.
We couldn’t be more excited that this is all coming together, and have to express a remarkable gratitude the everyone that has helped us along the way so far: Everyone in the Picturefest Collective, as well as our partners and friends at the Ontario Arts Council, Prince Edward County Economic Development Office, Prince Edward County Arts Council, Small Pond Arts, Spark Box Studios, Quinte Film Alternative, Loyalist College, Hot Docs, Angeline’s, Books and Company, Electric Wallpaper, Crowe Productions, Scout Design, PIVOT, Sandbanks Vacations, Crawford, Grace Scutella, Jennifer deGroot and Audrey Wood.
It’s three months away, but summer weekends plan themselves pretty quickly, so we’d love for you to “save the date” and make Picturefest your best weekend of summer 2011 (there’s also gorgeous beaches, wineries, art galleries, cafes, and people… so it shouldn’t be hard to make up your mind here).