Film Fest Gala a huge success

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

  • Director Peter Wintonick holds court with some fans

    Director Peter Wintonick holds court with some fans

Written by Laura Shaw

Friday night (Oct 17) was the opening gala for the Guelph International Film Festival, back in Guelph after a 13 year hiatus. The festival, directed by Dawn Matheson, featured films from all over the world and spanned October 17-19. I spoke with one of the many volunteers at the event, Matt Soltys, and asked him a few questions about his view as an insider.

Matt explained to me that films are an extremely powerful medium, since images can evoke extreme emotional response as well as convince the viewer quickly and effectively, unlike writing, which can be ignored, skimmed over, tossed aside. The video they showed Friday night convinced me of this quickly, “Seeing is Believing: Handicams, Human Rights and the News”. Directed by Katerina Cizek and Peter Wintonick, the film discussed how the power of videocameras can stop violence, prove violence to unbelievers and also spread propaganda. It was an amazing film, definitely not an easy one to forget.

  • click here for some more pictures of the event.

The gala itself was located in Old Quebec Street, the mall downtown. There was wine and food, but my favourite was a table set upwith strips of celluloid, coloured inks, paintbrushes and markers, and the entire group was encouraged to participate in decorating the strips. The strips were to be attached and played on the last night of the festival. Extremely innovative thinking, smooth lighting and catchy music made the opening night a success.
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