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How to Mount a ‘Small Scale’ Film Festival

Have you ever wanted to host a film screening in your community to showcase movies that you are passionate about? Are you looking for a new way to engage the community with an event that is both entertaining and thought-provoking? In this workshop, April Struthers of Alofli Consultancy will share her experiences in planning, organizing and launching the Faces of the Coast Diversity Film Festival.
Struthers recently completed a 3-year project on racism and discrimination on the Sunshine Coast and to raise awareness on these issues, she worked with a local advisory group to develop a small-scale film festival that screened in Gibsons and Sechelt. Through the project, she discovered that one of the best ways to get the public’s attention about an issue, especially an unpopular or hidden issue, is to mount a simple, small scale film festival.
This workshop will cover how to fund the festival, choose films, work with the technical aspects and attract an audience. It is suitable for small organizations, community groups or non-profits who may have a small budget, but ‘big ideas’ of how to change the world. This workshop has been presented provincially at a symposium where it was labeled a ‘best practice’ in terms of raising diversity awareness. Although the topic of the festival was diversity and experiences of discrimination, the festival format can be used for any issue. Two of the films from the diversity festival will be used at the workshop as examples.
This is the third in a series of events presented by the Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives to celebrate and explore local diversity issues in conjunction with International Women’s Day, Anti Bullying Day and International Day for the Elimination of Racism.
For more information, please contact the Sunshine Coast Museum & Archives at 604-886-8232 or

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