16th annual Fredericton film festival set to kick off another impressive edition beginning November 3.
The 16th annual Silver Wave Film Festival (SWFF) featuring over 80 films, a full slate of special events and a film industry series, will happen over four days in Fredericton, starting Thursday, November 3rd and running through Sunday, November 6th.
“Silver Wave is on an annual mission to spotlight the creative talent of New Brunswick filmmakers along with filmmakers from around the world,” says Cat LeBlanc, SWFF co-programmer, and co-organizer. “There were so many incredible films from New Brunswick, Canada, and around the globe submitted this year that we faced challenges in programming. The province of New Brunswick is proud to support what many call the best little grass roots film festival around.”
The Silver Wave Film Festival’s Gala Opening Night will take place on Thursday, November 3rd, at 7 pm at Tilley Hall, room 102, UNB Campus. The evening will feature the world premiere of Beerocracy, directed and produced by NB based Alex Vietinghoff and Shauna Chase of The Manatee fame. The documentary explores the craft brewing industry in New Brunswick which has exploded in recent years. The world premiere of a new music video, Judgement Day by Brendan Mittelholtz starring well-known rapper Ceeb Dread will play before the feature screening.
The festival is once again very excited to present the centerpiece of the festival – NB Shorts I and II on Friday and Saturday night, November 4th, and 5th, 7 pm at Le Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne. The Silver Wave Awards will follow Shorts II at 9:15 pm on Saturday where 24 awards will be given out to filmmakers from around the globe with many of the awards focusing on NB talent.
Friday is a treasure trove of additional screenings with Short Films: Tall on Talent at 9:30 pm followed by Midnight Madness at 11:30 pm, both happening at Tilley Hall, UNB Campus.
The Festival’s Closing Gala presentation on Sunday, November 6th at 7 pm will be Singing To Myself by PEI creative team Harmony Wagner and Jason Rogerson. This heartfelt story about a young deaf woman who decides to forsake the world plays at Tilley Hall, Room 102, UNB Campus.
Also included in this year’s line-up are stellar short film programs, featuring both Canadian, youth and international selections, a very special short film spotlight screening, an excellent documentary program that showcases people and places and, a thought-provoking documentary that challenges our negative view of sex work, compliments of Fredericton’s own Cinema Politica who always strive to bring true stories to the world.
Rounding out this year’s program on the final day of the festival on Sunday, November 6th is a fantastic line up of documentaries of all lengths covering a variety of topics from women in Africa who are rebuilding their lives, transgender issues and LGBT pride, Maliseet teenagers and their trials and triumphs on St. Mary’s First Nation, climate change and the Millennial dream that many strive for.
Special Saturday and Sunday afternoon matinee screenings during the festival will showcase New Brunswick filmmaker Colleen Furlotte (Stripped), and Jeffrey Kelley’s (FIVE) feature films. FIVE is also available as a novel.
The Silver Wave Industry Series, a one-of-a-kind event focusing on film, television, and digital media, is an important part of SWFF, Friday, November 4th at the Charlotte Street Arts Centre. There will be pre-scheduled private industry meetings, and cutting edge panels on documentary filmmaking, features and shorts filmmaking, updates on the NB film industry and women in film and television.
Full Passes are on sale now. Full passes get the holder into everything Silver Wave. They can be purchased in person at the Film Co-op by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire or by PayPal online on the SWFF website (box office link): www.swfilmfest.com
Festival programs are available at the Film Co-op as well as various locations in Fredericton. Individual tickets for all screenings can only be purchased at each screening at the ticket booth. (cash only)
Platinum Sponsors: Province of New Brunswick, City of Fredericton, Centre communautaire Sainte-Anne, Equifilm, CBC Television and Radio, Crowne Plaza, University of New Brunswick’s Faculty of Arts, Nick Wilson Videography, East Coast Camera Rentals, The Canada Council for the Arts, Telefilm Canada, Picaroons, and the New Brunswick Filmmakers’ Co-operative
Gold Sponsors: Don Chapman, Let em Laugh Productions
Silver Sponsors: Arrowhead Electric Ltd., daVinci College
Bronze Sponsors: Carlee JC, IATSE 849, Frictive Pictures, Robert Simmonds Clothing, Insurmountable Sounds, imagineNATIVE, Hemmings House, CinéRelève, Cinema Politica, MediaNB, Grid City Magazine, WIFT-AT, and all its dedicated supporters and volunteers.