It is the only place in northern Saskatchewan to see award-winning international films.
Reel Rave, the 10th annual International Film Festival hosted in Waskesiu Sept. 6-8, will be an enjoyable experience for film buffs.
The film festival is an annual fundraiser for the Mann Art Gallery in Prince Albert, volunteer Donna McKeand Smith said
“This is a really important fundraiser for the Mann Art Gallery because it helps to supplement project grants and public programming throughout the year,” Smith said. “It is planned and organized through wonderful volunteers who do a lot of work.”
This year, there will be six award-winning films from the Toronto International Film Festival and national shorts from the Yorkton Film Festival, Smith said.
“We have The Angel’s Share, it is a comedy from Scotland and The Sapphires from Australia,” Smith said.
In addition to the two comedies, there will be The Act of Killing, a documentary from Denmark, Norway and the United Kingdom, Hannah Arendt, a drama from Germany, Rebelle, a drama from Canada and The East, a thriller from United Kingdom and United States.
“Some of them are films that wouldn’t be available to us to see otherwise,” Smith said. “The shorts from Yorkton are award winning from the Yorkton Film Festival.”
The festival will start on Sept. 6, with a presentation of shorts from the Yorkton Film Festival in the evening at the Evergreen Café, which is open to the public.
Unlike the shorts, tickets to the international films are three for $25. Showings will start on Saturday morning at the Twin Pines Theatre.
“On Saturday night, the last show that night is The Angel’s Share, a Scottish comedy, so we are all going to go to the Hawood Inn lobby,” Smith said. “There is going to be a Scotch tasting. It will be a social.”
Between films, there will be entertainment playing on the screens from local filmmakers.
“There are also submitted shorts from local people who have entered and they will be showing in between the movies and at the Evergreen Café,” Smith said. “I’m not sure how may have been submitted yet.”
Smith hopes people enjoy the film festival this year and the award-winning films that will be playing.
“We are just hoping that every year it will get bigger and bigger,” Smith said. “We have had really positive feedback and interest so we are hoping it will just keep growing. Waskesiu is a nice atmosphere to have it in too.”
Advance tickets will be sold until 10:30 the morning of Sept. 7 and will be available at the Mann Art Gallery and Amy’s on Second in Prince Albert and at Twin Pines Theatre and Pine and Fancy in Waskesiu.