The artistic director of the first Blue Mountain Film Festival prepares to watch many films as she receives submissions for the June event.
Helen du Toit, who recently moved to Clarksburg, has worked at many major film festivals in Canada, the United States and Scotland, planning events and programming films that people will enjoy.
This one, she says, will be a little more personal.
“My dream for this festival in many ways is to create the festival that I’ve always wanted to attend,” said du Toit.
The Blue Mountain Film Festival is organized by Blue Mountain Village, with sponsorship from Blue Mountain Resort, and is scheduled for June 1-5, 2022.
There will be approximately 25 feature films focusing on international and Canadian cinema. Submissions must be submitted by January 31 with a late deadline of February 21.
Addicted to movies early on – and in part because of Kryzsztof Kieslowski’s miniseries Dekalog – du Toit is enthusiastic about the art of filmmaking, which combines many aspects of visual, audio and psychological storytelling to create art. .
“I think everyone who watches TV … used to stand around water coolers and talk about it … you know a good movie when you see one,” du Toit said. “You have the added benefit of having guest speakers at the screenings, and it’s really magical because you can unbox the art with the creator.”
The festival will also be looking for volunteers to help out in various roles. Information will soon be posted on the festival website allowing volunteers to register.
For more information on the upcoming festival or to submit a film, visit the festival website at bluemtnfilmfest.ca.