The Golden Film Festival is making a comeback this year, and organizer Jessie Oatway is already accepting submissions.
“When I was growing up and getting into films, the Golden Film Festival is all I thought about,” said Oatway.
“It really blew me away, and I actually won a couple prizes.”
That is one of the reasons he has decided to take on the major task of hosting the festival, and giving up and coming filmmakers the opportunity to showcase their work, and also to showcase Golden.
“It’s basically a way for locals to advertise their own home,” added Oatway. “Sometimes these videos get online and go viral, it’s really an amazing way to market outdoor adventure here.”
There are a few categories, such as Best Golden Film, and Best Overall Film, but Oatway has left the requirements broad enough to inspire a variety of filmmakers. Film content could include adventure, drama, documentary, comedy or music videos.
There will be judges deciding on the winning submissions, including festival founder Cliff Markham, but festival goers will also have a chance to vote for their favourite to win the People’s Choice.
Kicking Horse Mountain Resort is also offering a prize of their own. The film chosen as the best Kicking Horse Edit, will receive $500.
“I’m really glad the businesses in Golden are getting involved,” said Oatway.
“If these films get out there and bring more people to come play in Golden, that’s great for all of us.”
Most of the movies will revolve around outdoor adventure, but definitely not all of them.
“We’ve got quite a few submissions so far,” said Oatway. “One that’s come in is about a year in the life a paraplegic man…so there’s definitely one very inspirational film in there already.”
The deadline for submissions is on March 17. Details and requirements for film submissions can be found at www.goldenfilmfestival.com.
The festival itself is on Sunday March 26 at the Mount 7 Rec Plex. Not only will there be lots of great films to check out, Whitetooth Brewing will be on hand selling beer, and Amico Meats will be providing the food.
The doors open at 5 p.m., and the movies will begin at 6 p.m.
“We’re going to have an intermission around 7:30, so it will be a social event as well. And hopefully we’ll wrap up around 10,” said Oatway.
Ticket information can also be found on the festival website.