Thursday, February 14, 2008


James Bond director Roger Spottiswoode headlines this year’s educational programming.

Kingston – The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is pleased to announce details regarding its Local Filmmaking Initiative workshops, Master Class and one-on-one sessions, which will take place during the 2008 festival, February 27 to March 2. The workshops and one-on-one sessions are offered entirely free of charge but participants must pre-register for the workshops and apply for the one-on-one sessions on the Festival’s official website

Three workshops will be held throughout the Festival, including the NFB Kids’ Animation workshop, which will take place at the National Film Board of Canada’s Mediatheque in Toronto on February 23. This workshop is open to children 9-11 years old and requires adult accompaniment. The Acting workshop, facilitated by veteran actor Barry Blake will take participants through the art, the business and the craft of acting in film and television. The Cell Phone Filmmaking workshop, led by Mateo Guez (director, Late Fragment), will provide tips and tricks for shooting with a video capable cell phone, and participants will be asked to create their own film over the course of the festival using phones provided by Telus Tyroute. The best of the cell phone films will be showcased before the Festival’s Closing Gala of Shake Hands with the Devil.

This year’s Master Class will be facilitated by Roger Spottiswoode, a Canadian and Hollywood director whose work includes the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, Air America, Turner and Hooch and Shake Hands with the Devil. Spottiswoode will present a special screening followed by a one hour in-depth career discussion. The Master Class takes place Sunday March 2 at 12:00 pm. Admission is $25, advance registration is required and seating is limited.

The one-on-one sessions are designed to offer local filmmakers the opportunity to interact with and learn from experienced film industry professionals. To be selected, applicants must have a project in progress. The submission period closes Sunday February 24.

One-on-one session application forms and online workshop and Master Class registration is available on the Festival’s official website

The Kingston Canadian Film Festival is proudly presented by The Kingston Whig-Standard and Cogeco. The Festival operates in partnership with the Toronto International Film Festival Group and receives funding from the Ontario Arts Council, The City of Kingston, the Kingston Arts Council, Artsvest, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Business for the Arts, The Community Foundation of Greater Kingston and the George Taylor Richardson Memorial Fund.

The 2008 Kingston Canadian Film Festival will be held February 27 to March 2, 2008.

For additional information, please contact:
Alison Migneault, Festival Director
(613) 484-2387
[email protected]

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