Gbeck Future Film Festival is a large-scale competition of original films created by filmmakers from around the world. The 2020 edition of the Festival is the sixth annual, and the second to be presented in PEI. Last year City Cinema hosted the event, and this year the Festival will be held at the Brackley Drive-In on September 2 and 3.
The Festival focuses on new media and young filmmakers. The competition is divided into two parts: script and production. The films were also grouped by length and organized in three types: drama, documentary and animation.
The short list for the sixth GbeckFF was released in February with the winners announced in April. Films were submitted from China, Canada, America, Russia, Turkey, Iran, Indonesia and other countries. In total, 28 short films were selected including two from PEI: Queen of the Crows, made by PEI filmmaker Harmony Wagner, peers into the life of artisan Claire, who fights to keep eleven year old Elsa from being swallowed up by the mental health system—with the help of 30,000 neighbourhood crows; and Furball, made by PEI filmmaker Jason Rogerson, about a self-centred feline, Furball, who when faced with losing his owner’s attention, takes matters into his own.
The organizing committee selected movies for screening that feature the international nature of the Gbeck Film Festival, as well as promote the development of multicultural exchange in PEI. Each screening will feature two themes with multiple short films per theme. Both Island films will be screened during the event.
Tickets for the festival are available at eventbrite.ca.