Friday, July 13, 2012

Bay Street Rocks

September 6-9 2012

Short Animation for Bay Street Film Festival by Hubert den Draak

Films for the people

Since the inaugural festival in 2005, the Bay Street Film Festival has screened hundreds of films to thousands of Thunder Bay residents and visitors. Last year the festival ran from September 29th to October 2nd, featured 42 films from 12 different countries, including nine movies from local Thunder Bay filmmakers.
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Among the countries represented at the Festival were India, Germany, Finland, Spain, Serbia/Montenegro, France, Berundi, Belgium, the USA and, of course, Canada. We had our best turnout ever with an opening night packed house and excellent attendance throughout the festival. Heartfelt thanks to our volunteers and sponsors! We also welcomed 11 Docs North Participants and mentors, who came from as far away as Moose Factory, Hudson, Sioux Lookout and Geraldton. We look forward to seeing your films on the big screen in next years festival!If you want a sneak preview of their workshop films go to
One of the highlights of the Festival was the opportunity to discuss the films with local and visiting filmmakers themselves. Visiting filmmakers who attended this year: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril from Nunavut (*Tunnit: Retracting the Lines of Inuit Tattoos* and *Inuit High Kick*); Martin Bargiel from Germany (*Augenblicke*); Robert March from Great Britain (*Shrapnel*). From the US: Joshua Mellars (*Play Like a Lion*); and five from Canada: Pixie Cram (*Dreamcoat*), Michelle Latimer (*Choke*), Andre Gaumond (*Un fils*), Jocelyn Forgues (*Memoires d’un Magasin Generale*), Nilfur Rahman (*Foreign Film*)Manfred Becker and Amit Breuer (*Guantanamo Trap*)

Engaging People In Film:
The Bay Street Film Festival began as a way to showcase the great work being done by independent filmmakers locally and abroad. Started by a group of local filmmakers and film buffs known as the Flash frame Film and Video Network the goal was to create a unique film experience where audiences and filmmakers could make a face-to-face connection.

The Finnish Labour Temple is where the event is held. At Bay Street. This is Canada’s other Bay Street, once the epicenter of Finnish cultural and political activism in North America. In the recent years the Labour Temple has been rejuvenated as a community auditorium. With a large screen, sound system and seats for 300 people, the Finnish Labour Temple is a superb location for screening films and now thanks to the renovations that we all helped make possible, the hall is full accessible!
In addition to serving as a community auditorium, the Finnish Labour Temple is also the location of Thunder Bay’s famous Hoito Restaurant, where Finnish food is on the menu.

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