We bring the best of the work of regional film artists to London Ontario in a juried competition for features, shorts, documentaries, short documentaries and short animations. Additionally, FCFF presents a selection of the best Canadian films of the year, industry workshops and networking, a screenplay competition, filmmaker Q&As, receptions and awards.
A LETTER FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“It's not what a movie is about, it's how it is about it.”
With apologies to film critic Roger Ebert for stealing his line, perhaps we can say the same of the Forest City Film Festival's inaugural season.
It was certainly about showcasing filmmaking talent from Southwestern Ontario, screening their work to audiences here, many for the first time, offering a glimpse into the talent that is from London and region and rolling out of the colleges, universities, even high schools, to take their place behind or in front of a camera and tell our stories.
But it is even more about the "how." How they told stories ranging from a fashion designer's artistry to a former porn star rebuilding her life, to a slave chapel's history to London's underground music scene, and even the compelling story of a failing Finnish cheerleading team. It showed how drawing a classic building is a touchstone to our past. This is what makes film great.
We heard many comments from audience members about how delighted they were by the quality of films we were able to share with them. The filmmakers were excited by the opportunity to screen their work to their community and learn and grow from networking with each other. This inaugural year has set a benchmark for us to grow from.
We are in the audience-building stage and our surveys indicate this festival will grow significantly in years to come. We are working to build brand recognition and loyalty with our audience and filmmakers and will continue to strive to meet these goals in the years to come. We can hardly wait to create our schedule for 2017 and welcome filmmakers and audiences for the second annual Forest City Film Festival.