Emma Zinck’s application to participate in the prestigious Creative Minds Filmmaker Institute in Cannes this May was successful. The 19-year-old Island film student, currently in her 2nd year of studies at Queen’s University, will join a select group of young filmmakers from around the world to meet at the Cannes Film Festival in France in order to showcase their work while learning from professionals how to operate effectively in an international marketplace. A highlight of the 2-week institute is a competition in which the attendees team up to script, shoot, and edit a short film, all within five days.
As an early send-off for the Charlottetown native, the public is invited to a celebration of song, dance, and film in the Steel Recital Hall at UPEI on February 19, during which the audience will be treated to the first public screening of Between Worlds, Zinck’s recent short film that helped her land a spot at the Cannes institute. The event begins at 7:30 pm. Between Worlds relates how a lonely girl named Ava constructs a fantasy world in an attempt to escape her mundane existence. The original musical score for the film is the result of a unique collaboration of 23 UPEI composition students (who also performed and recorded the music). While their instructor, Dr. Richard Covey, handled key scenes and sketched out the main musical ideas for the film, they took care of the rest. The final score met with Zinck’s approval: “I was absolutely blown away! It was cool how the students interpreted each scene. It really worked!”