Grand River Film Festival Presents the Launch of Cinemerge
Grand River Film Festival, in partnership with Wilfrid Laurier University’s Department of English and Film Studies and the Dean of Arts Office, are pleased to present a brand new program to the 2013 festival: Cinemerge.
Cinemerge is the Grand River Film Festival’s new educational outreach program, bringing together WLU film students, tri-city industry professionals and filmmakers involved in both creative and commercial production. This program has been organized by Laurier alumni and current students in the English and Film Studies Department under the guidance of GRFF Executive Director Tamara Louks, and GRFF 2013 Board of Directors Member and WLU Film Studies Program Coordinator Dr. Russell Kilbourn. Cinemerge aims to nurture strong connections between Wilfrid Laurier University, Grand River Film Festival, and the greater KW community, and to create opportunities for students and alumni to network with and learn from local film industry professionals.
An evening of independent film, conversation and mingling for students interested in the growing film industry within the Waterloo Region.
The Cinemerge Launch Event, presented by GRFF and WLU, kicks off the 2013 Festival with an evening screening of locally produced film, a stimulating panel discussion, and networking after party on Thursday, October 17th, 2013, at 7:00 PM at the Princess Twin Cinemas in Waterloo.
Last Run (High Rise Studio, Conestogo, Ontario)
Last Run premiered last winter to four sold out shows and has not been screened since, making this an exclusive opportunity for WLU film students and community members to see this fantastic local film and connect with the filmmakers and production studio team.
Following the screening, Dr. Russell Kilbourn will mediate a Q&A panel of local film professionals, including a many of those involved in Last Run. This allows attendees to engage in an intellectual conversation about the films, ask questions, learn more about the filmmaking process, and learn about the necessary roles and skills required for a successful film production.
The after party will provide ample opportunity for ticket holders and attending filmmakers to mingle amongst a number of highly anticipated guests, including individuals from local film related organizations.