WIFF calls for applications for local films

The Windsor Film Festival is calling for applications from local filmmakers for the 2022 festival lineup.

Submissions are now open, with the deadline being August 11.

An independent jury of film professionals will select local films based on their quality, originality and ability to contribute significantly to the success of the Windsor International Film Festival this year.

The films considered range from fiction to documentary style with a running time of 50 minutes or more and short films under 20 minutes.

Windsor International Film Festival executive director and chief programmer Vincent Georgie says he looks forward to local submissions.

He says it’s a great way for local filmmakers to get their movies on the big screen.

“We really enjoy bringing a lot of local stories to the screen and having really good discussions. We invite all of our community of local filmmakers who have their local feature films ready or almost ready, they have the rest of the summer to complete them and submit them to the festival for our consideration.”

Georgie says residents are already excited to submit their local films.

He says WIFF Local took place during the festival before COVID.

“A lot of people have made movies, even during the pandemic and more recently, who want to bring them to the big screen. We’ve had a lot of feature films and short films screened in the past that are from local filmmakers and we expect- you at a very high bid rate this year just because of the number of questions we’ve had about it and the interest already.”

Entries must be premiered at the event and not previously screened commercially, publicly, on the internet or broadcast in greater Windsor-Essex.

This year will mark the return of the festival to a traditional format for the first time since the start of the pandemic.

With files by Rob Hindi

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