Onward Anyways

6th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival—Oct 23 to 25

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The 6th Annual Charlottetown Film Festival will take place October 23–25 with limited-seating screenings at City Cinema and Full Festival passes available for online viewing of a variety of films from and about Atlantic Canada.

In 2019, the Charlottetown Film Festival (ChFF) proceeded under its own banner of Onward. This year, limitations could have cancelled ChFF20 but Cheryl Wagner, back on board as ChFF’s Executive Director, decided Onward Anyways was a better choice.

Summerside filmmaker Susan Rodgers’ first feature film Still the Water will launch the Festival weekend on Friday, October 23 at 7:30 pm. The weekend will be comprised of eight other screenings.

Saturday, October 24 will showcase works from the Atlantic region throughout the day, grouped together province by province under the banner Howdy Neighbour, with screenings at 12 pm, 2:30 pm and 5 pm. The New Brunswick screening at 2:30 pm includes Phil Comeau’s L’Ile d’Acadie about the 2019 Congrès Mondial with footage from PEI. The Spotlight screening at 7:30 pm, Islanders to Watch, will present more than a dozen shorts and music videos from PEI screen artists.

Sunday, October 25 promises something for everyone. An overdue salute to JoDee Samuelson, PEI’s film pioneer and award-winning animator, starts at 12 pm. Screening at 2:30 pm,  How Ya Doin’ Today will be a slate of (mostly) silly short films addressing what self-isolation can reveal and often challenge. CBC will bring a number of diverse documentaries under the title In Search of Ourselves at 5 pm. And ChFF20’s final screening at 7:30 pm will close the Festival with a dozen disturbing shorts in Name Your Nightmare, just in time for Halloween.

Tickets go on sale in early October at charlottetownfilmfest.com.

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