If you see me galloping into the Orange Hub next week, you know I am on my way to FAVA FEST 2022, a celebration of amazing works from local independent filmmakers.
You may know the Film and Video Arts Society Alberta (FAVA) from the one-minute short films screening on LRT platforms, that unique theatre in your neighbourhood, or your favourite local filmmaker. As long as you are part of the independent filmmaking community in Edmonton, chances are you’d end up repeating these two syllables, FAVA.
When Ashlee Pearce moved to Edmonton for her filmmaking career, she didn’t expect to receive as much support from the local community. Now working as the marketing, communications and events manager for her sixth FAVA FEST, Pearce feels blessed to see recurring names appearing on the screening list, and even more new names debuting every year.
“The creativity we see from every year’s screening is beyond imagination,” says Pearce. “Edmonton has such a vibrant community where everyone owns their narratives. And for anyone who’s interested in starting a new project, they can always find someone to share that niche interest with.”
The five-day event includes nightly cinema screenings, a filmmaker talkback session, and a barbecue and mixer night. Pearce looks forward to meeting all filmmakers and film lovers at the Orange Hub.
“The Orange Hub is a unique place filled with experiments,” says Pearce. “Every time I walk into any of the studios, I can never expect the same setting. Music videos, narrative films, documentaries, animations… Oh, and beware not to step on someone’s stop-motion shooting set.”
Learn more about this year’s festival and the outstanding achievements in film, video and media art in our community at FAVA. Screenings for FAVA FEST run from May 24-28, 2022.