The 6th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival (ChFF20), which took place in October, showcased close to 60 works from all four Atlantic provinces—both via online streaming and at City Cinema. For Island filmmakers, the biggest impact of the pandemic was completing productions.
The Film4Ward funding program was hard hit. Only Trilby Jeeves’ family drama The Rolling Pin, was ready to be screened at ChFF20.
Luckily, other Island filmmakers helped fill the gap with short works reflecting these challenging times—notably Mille Clarkes’ Love In Quarantine via the NFB and Dom Girouard’s Self (Isolation) series.
ChFF20 proved that Island storytellers can cover it all, and the sector is truly developing on PEI.
Young Island talents like William Wright and Shane Pendergast also submitted accomplished works, and Islander-by-choice filmmakers like Shannon Shura continue to create.
Adam Perry’s much-anticipated thriller A Small Fortune (still in post) indicates that the film community on PEI is maturing and gaining skills. A Small Fortune is by a filmmaker who stayed here, against all-odds. “This feature is likely to put PEI on the map as a fresh, visually-stunning location for productions,” says Cheryl Wagner, ChFF Executive Director.
“Developing skills in our local talent is a bedrock principal of the Charlottetown Film Festival, and this year we offered four Industry Sessions via Zoom to bring experts to PEI,“ explains Wagner. “Topics covered were Casting without an Agent: Tips, Tricks, True Stories; International Discoverability through Telefilm Canada; Puppets Up for the Screen: Tips on Performing, Writing, Directing and Producing; and Open For Business: Attracting Out-of-Province Productions.”
The industry sessions are available through the ChFF website: