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31-Mar-2015 8:29am PDT  

 

Bay Street Film Festival

11 Annual September 09, 2015 to September 13, 2015

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314 Bay Street
Thunder Bay ON P7B 1S1
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Phone: 807-346-0066
baystreetfilmfestival@gmail.com
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Northwestern Ontario: All Genres
This category is used to help distinguish films that are made in the Northwestern Ontario region. Only films shot east of the Manitoba-Ontario border and north and/or west of Sudbury, Ontario, may be submitted through this genre.
International: All Genres
Bay Street Film Festival first and foremost serves as a showcase for films and videos made in our region but we welcome international submissions in all genres that fit our theme of "Films for the People." We are especially interested in documentaries, short films and animations that have social justice, environmental, community activism, or human rights themes but we consider other genres and subjects. Because our objective is to connect filmmakers in our community with those from away, we are committed to bringing filmmakers to Thunder Bay to screen their work. We provide a meeting ground for international and local filmmakers to promote future co-productions and collaborations.
Canada: All Genres
This category is strictly limited to those films that have been filmed in Canada ONLY within the past three (3) years.

MISSION & OBJECTIVE
The Bay Street Film Festival is a not-for-profit annual media arts festival that presents Canadian and International films, videos, and film installations of all genres at a number of venues in Thunder Bay, Ontario. With its eleventh festival on September 9-13, 2015, the festival helps professional independent artists show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of media arts.

The festival connects professional independent filmmakers with other artists and to audiences of all ages and interests by showing films, facilitating creative and professional development and multidisciplinary arts performance in an accessible, inclusive, friendly environment.

A focus of the festival is to showcase the latest films of emerging and established professional independent filmmakers working in remote and isolated circumpolar communities around the world so that the diverse stories and perspectives of the near and far North are given increased visibility and prominence.

The festival encourages collaborative efforts to promote media arts, culture and education among all sectors and ages to strengthen the arts in our geographically remote area.


ABOUT THE FESTIVAL
The Bay Street Film Festival is a not-for-profit annual media arts festival that presents Canadian and International films, videos and film installations of all genres at a number of venues in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Celebrating its eleventh anniversary from September 9-13, 2015, the festival helps professional independent artists show their work so audiences of all ages and interests can enrich their experience and understanding of media arts.

A focus of the festival is to showcase the latest films of emerging and established professional independent filmmakers working in remote and isolated circumpolar communities around the world so that the diverse stories and perspectives of the near and far North are given increased visibility and prominence.

In the past ten years, Bay Street Film Festival has screened over 350 films; hosted over 90 visiting filmmakers from Canada and around the world; hosted dozens of discussions and seven highly successful Master Classes; engaged audiences of all ages and interests including the Finnish, Aboriginal, Francophone and other specific communities.

We are supported by the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council and Heritage Canada, and many dedicated local sponsors, especially merchants from the Bay Street area. We pay screening fees to artists and distributors depending on the length of their film, according to current IMAA (Independent Media Arts Alliance) rates. We also provide several travel grants to help subsidize travel expenses of filmmakers from around the world (filmmakers are chosen by lottery), allowing them the opportunity to travel to Thunder Bay to present their film, participate in Q&A periods after the screening, participate in panel discussions and most importantly, to interact and share film and filmmaking experiences with the Thunder Bay community.

A designated National Historic Site of Canada, the Finnish Labour Temple is the festival’s primary venue. It features a large auditorium with a seating capacity of 250, a high quality sound system, a large format screen, a stage and two accessible lifts. It’s ideal for screenings, master classes and performances. The festival utilizes other locations including an outdoor screening site and the Thunder Bay Public Library.

Thunder Bay is located on Lake Superior between Toronto, Ontario, and Winnipeg, Manitoba, directly north of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and it is serviced by an international airport. Be sure to check out www.thunderbay.ca for more information about the city and region we call home.

ORGANIZERS
Beth Haywood (Festival Manager Intern) ; Kelly Saxberg (Founder) ; Zoë Gordon (Festival Manager)

GENERAL RULES
Submission Guidelines:

Criteria for eligibility are:

- All submissions must be postmarked by May 15, 2015

- The final program of the festival will be posted August 1, 2015 (date approximate).

- The "People's Choice Awards" will be announced after the close of the festival, on or around Sept. 15, date approximate.

Although this is a non-competitive film festival, "People's Choice Awards" are given to the three films judged to be the best by festival audiences.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS

If your film is selected for the festival, the Bay Street Film Festival requests your permission to keep a copy in our library for free loan for educational purposes to individuals or organizations in our region. We do not duplicate or sell these materials; they are strictly loaned for educational purposes only. Otherwise, the video and accompanying materials will be kept in the Bay Street Film Festival library.