Early bird passes on sale for the 2023 Peterborough ReFrame Film Festival
Early bird passes are now on sale for the 19th annual ReFrame Film Festival, which runs from January 26 to February 3, 2023.
An international documentary film festival focused on social and environmental justice, ReFrame is once again returning as a virtual festival in 2023, although some limited in-person events are planned, including an opening reception and film screening at the Showplace Performance Center. in downtown Peterborough.
Also announced at a virtual media event on Friday, Nov. 18, hosted by ReFrame’s creative director, Amy Siegel, was a $44,600 Community Development Fund grant for the Trillium Foundation’s 2021-22 festival season. Ontario, an agency of the Government of Ontario that provides time-limited grants to charitable non-profit organizations in Ontario.
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“We have one of the best film festivals in all of Ontario for a community our size,” said Dave Smith, MPP for Peterborough-Kawartha, when the grant was announced. “The ReFrame festival is a celebration of many small independent film producers. There have been a number of films I have seen that have piqued my interest and more than anything else it gets you thinking about things and looking at them from a different angle.
The $44,600 grant allowed ReFrame to maintain operational viability and present a virtual film festival during the pandemic.
“Last year, you made a compelling case for how a $44,600 grant would affect your ability to keep people connected through filmmaking,” said Ben Currelly, a volunteer on the review team. grants from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. “I understand that your grant has helped you recruit additional staff so that online and hybrid programming can be done, is also used to help cover rental costs and to purchase cleaning equipment and N95 masks as well. “
Festival Board Chairman Jim Hendry explained why ReFrame is returning once again as a mostly virtual festival in 2023.
“There’s a definite benefit to a virtual film festival,” Hendry said. “We are very happy to be able to offer on-demand screening of more than 50 films. ReFrame’s Virtual Theater is convenient, accessible and available across Canada, and it keeps our community safe.
“We had originally planned a combined live and virtual festival this year, but for a number of reasons, including concerns that COVID was not done with us yet, we have made the decision to be primarily again virtual. However, we will be hosting limited in-person events, including a special opening night screening and reception at the Showplace Performance Center on January 26.
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Hendry added that the festival will also hold interviews, panel discussions, Q&As and special events, although these will also be primarily virtual.
“Our plan is to return to a full festival of live indoor screenings when we celebrate ReFrame’s 20th anniversary in January 2024,” Hendry said.
Festival director Kait Dueck, who took over from Jay Adam in October, thanked the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting last year’s festival.
“The ReFrame Film Festival simply wouldn’t have been possible during the pandemic without the generous support of the Ontario Trillium Foundation,” Dueck said, before announcing the availability of discounted passes for rising stars. -early for the virtual festival.
“Today we’re releasing our popular virtual early bird passes,” Dueck said, noting that they make great holiday gifts. “These passes give our audience streaming access to our entire 2023 catalog of select virtual films.”
Passes are $65 per person or $85 for a household and are available while supplies last at reframefilmfestival.ca.
Dueck also unveiled the creative design for the 2023 festival, featuring a playful poster by Peterborough artist Casandra Lee.