New film festival and youth conference planned for PEI
The PEI Film, Food & Idea Festival, an innovative new cultural festival featuring films, salon-style dinners, and inspirational talks, will take place July 13–16, 2017 in Charlottetown. It includes a youth conference that will provide training and tools focusing on social entrepreneurial initiatives. The Festival’s format will give attendees the opportunity to see the latest thought-provoking works and take them beyond the screen to stimulate deeper discussion and create broader awareness about issues presented.
Said event founder and veteran festival producer Colin Stanfield (New York Film Festival, Nantucket Film Festival). “The Festival will provide filmmakers and social change agents an opportunity to inspire and interact around a highly-curated and topical film program. Keynotes and talks with internationally recognized experts as well as special salon dinners featuring locally sourced foods will serve to deepen conversations, build awareness, and generate impact.”
A signature program of the Festival—Talks with Vicki Gabereau—moderated by Canadian cultural icon Vicki Gabereau, will bring together festival and conference participants in a lively, talk show format. Vicki will be one of the key faces of the Festival say organizers.
Running concurrent with the Festival, the pro-social youth conference has a goal of inspiring homegrown employment opportunities in media, technology, culture and the burgeoning multi-platform storytelling space. The Conference’s Fellows Scholarship Program will bring together conference participants and a lineup of filmmakers, keynote speakers, business leaders, and high-profile proponents of social change. Charlottetown artist and cultural event producer Becka Viau (Art in the Open, Reading Town PEI, the Island Literary Awards, ECMA Community Linkages Program) will work with the festival organizers to help program and produce the youth conference.
Full Festival and conference details will be announced late May/early June 2017. Film screenings will take place at City Cinema and the Florence Simmons Performance Hall at Holland College. Early bird discounts on the All-Festival Patron Pass will be available early 2017.
Festival founder Colin Stanfield is a Charlottetown native. He currently resides in New York City where he has worked in the arts and culture sphere for over two decades. He is the founder of Raspberry Point a festival consulting company focusing on strategic planning, programming and event production. Notable past positions include: Festival Producer, Film Society of Lincoln Center’s New York Film Festival; Managing Director, San Francisco Film Society; Executive Director, Nantucket Film Festival; Manager of Operations, Ottawa International Jazz Festival.
The PEI Film, Food & Idea Festival advisory committee consists of Eve Gabereau (Founder, Soda Pictures); Pan Wendt (Curator, Confederation Centre Art Gallery); Dave Hyndman (Founder, Dave’s Lobster); PEI-based Chef Jon Pritchard; Canadian media personalities Nobu and Mio Adilman; documentary filmmaker and award-winning author and journalist Michelle Shephard (Toronto Star, Guantanamo’s Child, Uyghurs: Prisoners of the Absurd); California-based fashion designer and salon dinner impresario Cari Borja, Dana Harris, Editor-in-Chief, IndieWire. www.peifest.com